Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Jun 7, 2020

Board of Selectmen Minutes - June 8, 2020


 

TOWN OF LITTLETON
MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2020
5:00 PM
BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING
REMOTE MEETING MINUTES
 

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

Others Present
:  Brian Patnoe (Transfer Station Manager), Chris Wilkins (Parks & Recreation Director)

Gendreau called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.

Pledge of Allegiance

Appointments: Brian Patnoe – Littleton Transfer Station
Brian Patnoe provided a brief update on Green-up Day.  It was awkward this year due to social distancing.  We ended up getting around fifty bags and approximately about four-hundred fifty pounds.  That does not include what Andrew Peter Clark brought in.  He was picking up all spring long.  Patnoe said Peter brought in over what people brought in on Green-up Day.  Patnoe said so far it has been an interesting year.  Most people are now getting used to the way things are being done. 

The market for cardboard is coming back and is now worth three times more since December.  Plastics are low.  Metal prices have plummeted.  There have been a lot of changes to the market.  New Hampshire is above anywhere else in the US.  A lot of that has to do with the people who work at the transfer stations.  They really care about the environment.  Construction demo is up by 50% but has slowed down the past couple of weeks.  A lot of people at home are cleaning out.  Stearns asked if can handle the increased loads.  Patnoe said they can’t do anything about it.  They don’t know when it will fill up.  Some days they have had three containers going out.  Patnoe said that some bears managed to take five or six bags out but they managed to recover them.  The budget is great this year.  The next couple of months will be a real test as business opens up again.  Emerson asked if they had enough room to stock pile metal.  Patnoe said they have to deal with it once a year.  Usually the end of July or beginning of August they come and get rid of it. 

           Town Manager’s Report:
Accept & Expend a Parks & Recreation Grant Award
Andrew Dorsett provided a quick update on the Developmental Disabilities Grant.  The playground project has been a very inclusive process.  Chris Wilkins has put together this project using community stakeholders, such as the schools, students and adaptive sports partners.  The scale has been scaled back due to Littleton Regional Hospital having to pull back its donation of $40,000.  Wilkin’s said there are two different councils in the state.  One is on disabilities and the other is on developmental disabilities.  We are working with them both to ensure out design is in line with theirs.  The NH Council on Developmental Disabilities has awarded us a grant amount of $5,000.  Stearns made the motion to accept and expend $5,000 grant funds from the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities for the new playground to be ADA compliant.  Emerson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

MOU with SAU84 and Parks & Recreation
Dorsett said the school has already signed the agreement, however Chris found an error in the agreement that required the Town to provide portapotties for all events.  This item was removed and the school will hopefully sign it again with the portapotty requirement taken out.  Wilkins said they have been getting requests to reopen.  Parks has the space and he put out a post this weekend.  We would like to invite businesses to use parks space for restaurant or other types of retail. 

Apthorp Group Community Discussion
Dorsett said that recently the Lahout’shave committed to support improvements in the Apthorp area.  Dorsett and others will gather a list of stakeholders in the area and gather and share concerns and ideas.  A limited group gathering will be held on the 17th of June for an initial discussion.  The meeting will be at 5:00 PM at the Opera House. 

High Hazard Potential Dam Grant Program
Dorsett said the Dell’s Dam is owned by the Town of Littleton and is in need of repair.  The dam has the highest possible hazard rating.  The original purpose of the dam was for recreation and fishing. If the dam were to flood it would cause serious damage to businesses and home owners properties.  The dam first flooded in 2017.  Engineers have submitted plans but no mitigation has occurred to date.  The Town has $20,000 from a warrant article to continue the engineering work. Grant funds will also be used. We estimate the cost would be around $750,000.  The grant requires a 35% match in the amount of $262,500.

The conservation commission has a fund balance of $129,000.  If they were interested in using those funds it would reduce the amount of the match the Town would have to raise.  Emerson said he visited the dam the other day and in his opinion there could never be enough pressure to make it fail.  Emerson said he would like the people who condemned it to come up and speak with us.  Dorsett said he would provide Emerson with the report.  They have been demanding action for a long time.  Dorsett said that Tom Alt and Val Poulson both looked at it and had differing opinions.  Tom wanted to have it taken down and Val wanted to keep it because it is a piece of our history.  The engineer had worked on a complete redesign.  Dorsett asked they look at all other options including a rebuild.  Dorsett said he has a list of all the dams and all of the dams that are red listed. 

Dorsett said the Town Offices are planning on reopening soon.  It is being reviewed by our labor management committee.  His goal is to have the offices opened no later than the end of this month.  Emerson asked if they had to wait for restaurants and other businesses for the state to make the decision. Dorsett said they had to go by the state guidelines.  Dorsett said someone came up with the idea to put a big tent down by the river district and have the businesses set up tables and have the food brought to the diners.  Gendreau asked who would be responsible for the tent. Dorsett said maybe they could charge the vendors for tent rental. Maybe it could be something the chamber could take charge of. 

Dorsett said another update was the wastewater treatment plan DES permit renewal.  DES met with the wastewater treatment plant last week to discuss the stricter permit requirements.

Old Business: None

New Business:  None

Board of Assessors: None

Public Comments: None

Other Business:  None

Stearns made the motion to adjourn.  Emerson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.  Meeting adjourned at 6:07 PM.

Stearns made the motion go into a nonpublic session per the following RSA:
RSA 91-A:3, II(C) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of this board, unless such person requests an open meeting.  This exemption shall extend to include any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicantEmerson seconded the motion.  After a unanimous roll call vote the board entered the nonpublic session at 6:08 PM.  The board came out of the nonpublic session at 7:27 PM.  The minutes were sealed by a unanimous roll call vote.  No decisions or votes were made in this meeting.