Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Apr 13, 2020

Public Hearing Donated Fire Truck Minutes April 13-2020




MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020

4:30 PM

Present:  Town Manager Andrew Dorsett, Chairman Carrie Gendreau, Vice Chairman Chad Stearns, Selectman Roger Emerson, Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings. 

Others Present:  Chad Miller (FD), Joe Mercieri (FD), Karen Noyes (Finance Director), Chris Tyler (FD)

Gendreau called the hearing to order at 4:36 PM. 

The Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 4:30 PM, Remote Audio Access as prescribed by RSA 31:95-b, Section III, and RSA 91A: 2 to discuss the acceptance and expenditure of unanticipated money from the State, Federal or other governmental unit or private sources by the Selectmen. 

For the purpose of accepting a donated 1994 Eone Fire Engine – Model Sentry, equipped with a 1,000 gallon water tank and a 1,250 GPM Hale Pump.  Additional equipment:   One 24’ aluminum extension ladder, one 16’ aluminum roof ladder, two 10’ sections of black hard sided suction hose, one multi-nozzle deck gun and two intake Jaffery values.  This hearing is being conducted in accordance with NH RSA 31:95b.  The Town of Rochester is the donor of the vehicle that has an estimated value of $12,000.

Dorsett said the vehicle will need some work.  Gendreau asked if there was an estimate.  Noyes said that she had been told it would cost around $2,000.  Noyes stated they had asked Rochester if they would consider selling the vehicle but they stated they wanted to donate it instead.  Gendreau asked if they knew why they wanted to donate versus selling it.  Noyes stated it might because they received a grant and it was one of the conditions of the grant.  Dorsett stated they have a vehicle replacement plan and the truck was going to be taken cycled out.  We will probably get around two years out of it.  They have already purchased a new one. 

Emerson said that one of the things you have to worry about with a truck like this is the idling time.  Because the vehicle was donated it’s probably not a lot to worry about.  Dorsett said it has already been added to our insurance.  Chad Miller was asked if the truck was in service yet.  Miller said the repairs needed to be done first.  Gendreau said this hearing will be left open to 5:00 PM.  Chief Mercieri said the truck is in service and is being used as they speak.  We are very fortunate that we have a truck they could put in service and use immediately.  Gendreau said she was thinking of drafting a Thank You note to the Town of Rochester.  Gendreau asked Mercieri if he would like the board to draft it and he signs it along with the board.  Mercieri said that would be perfect.  Gendreau asked if there was anyone who the letter should be addressed to.  Mercieri said it would be the fire chief and he would forward that information to her.  Gendreau said quite a few years ago we had a relationship with the Town of Rochester.  We did the Secret Shopper, Littleton went there and they came here.  We shared ideas.  Dorsett there was an app created and we still have the report.  The report highlighted things like no benches, where were people able to sit.  Not enough picnic tables and the way finding.  Gendreau said the people from Rochester asked why they would be matched up with Littleton because Littleton is fabulous.  Gendreau said they have a river and many other similar things that Littleton has.  They also requested the information on our Harmony Park, which they also installed.

Chief Mercieri said the apparatus gives us a little bit of breathing room.  They applied for the Fire Fighter Grant with the hopes we can acquire a new truck with the grant money.  This is our third attempt acquire apparatus grant.  It took us two attempts when they applied for a tanker.  We are hoping we are successful with this grant application.  If not we are going to pursue other avenues.  Such as creating a warrant to replace one of the fire trucks.  This truck is a 94 and Engine 6 is a 96.  It is not going to get us through a long time.

Stearns made the motion to accept the donation of a donated 1994 Fire Engine from the Town of Rochester with an estimated value of $12,000 per RSA 31:95-b.  Emerson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.  The public hearing closed at 5:01 PM.