Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Dec 22, 2014

Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes - December 22-2014

5:00 PM
Present: Town Manager Fred Moody, Chairman Milton Bratz, Selectman G. Michael Gilman, V. Chairman Marghie Seymour attending by conference call from New Mexico on personal family business, Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings
Others Present: Guy Harriman, John Freeman (NCIC), Rudy Gelsi, Dann, Robert Blechl (The Caledonian), Bob O’Conner (Channel 2), Bruce Hadlock, Brien Ward, Darin Wipperman (The Courier), Chief Paul Smith (Littleton PD), Molly White (NCIC), Greg Eastman
Bratz called the board of selectmen’s meeting to order at 5:45 PM Appointments: None Citizen’s Concerns: Dann said that he had some concerns regarding lockouts and that he believes the police or fire departments should not respond to these calls. Instead the people should be given the number of a locksmith. Dann stated that he and his neighbors did not get a 2.25% pay raise and the town employees are taking money out of his pocket. He would like whoever the boss of the police and fire department is to tell them to stop this practice. Bratz asked Dann that if we have a woman with two small kids and she is locked out of her car and a police officer is close by, was he saying it should be done by the private sector. Dann said if he were right there then he should do it but if it is a call in then they should be given the number of a locksmith. Dann introduced a Mr. Gaynor who is a locksmith. Bratz asked Dann to submit his concerns in writing. Bruce Hadlock said he read through the agenda and wanted to know what is the closed meeting is about. Bratz said there are statutes that give the selectmen the right to go into nonpublic sessions and read Hadlock the relative RSA’s.
Town Manager’s Report: Moody wanted to bring the board up to speed on some of the issues discussed at their last meeting regarding parking issues. The issues were forwarded to the DOT by staff that is working with the state to resolve the issues. Moody said that he feels the issues on Union Street could be solved by having metered spaces. Moody said that the issue raised by Mr. Garcia regarding Slate Ledge Road has been resolved by directing the Highway Department to take back the plow route. Moody said that the board has asked about parking meter fees and transfer station fees as part of their budget discussions. Moody said that nothing has been resolved. At the last meeting the police chief talked about the parking meter fees. Moody provided the board with a handout on the transfer station fees. The information he provided to the board was for their review. The town is working with NCIC on two EDA Grants. One is for the River District which would be matched with a community development block grant for sewer infrastructure through the North Country Council. Both projects are moving forward. Moody said they are also working for a planning feasibility grant with LIDC and Littleton Water & Light for the Industrial Park. Moody said that as the park fills up there is less space for new businesses to locate there. They are asking EDA to provide them with some planning assistance to look at the remaining available space and how it could be best utilized. Moody said that Brien Ward has been providing some assistance on that. Old Business: Work Place Violence Policy Moody said the policy has been brought to the board twice before. The policy has been pared down without any reference to fire arms. Seymour moved to adopt the policy as written. Gilman seconded the motion. Motion passed with a 3-0 roll call vote. Consider Warrant Article Banning the Sale of Synthetic Cannabinoids Moody said we are continuing to look at public input. It is this understanding that a student group will meet with the selectmen and we will bring this back at a later date.,
KRT Appraisal – Statistical Update Contract Moody explained the contract that he had negotiated with KRT includes two days of abatement requests at no additional charge. After the two days they charge $800 per month. The contract has to be approved by the DRA (Department of Revenue). Moody said KRT will be here at the second January meeting to answer questions and respond to any concerns. Bruce Hadlock said that he was reading about the revaluation. We should be approaching the people we elected in office and have it changed back to ten years. Hadlock said the board should go back on this and it should be done by our representatives. Financially it is killing our communities. Gilman said that he thinks it changed when they brought in the state property tax. Bratz said they would talk to the representatives. Dann said the national census is done every ten years. Dann wanted to commend the town manager and the board on the rewording of the town’s violence policy. New Business: None Other Business: None Moody advised the board that it was 6:15 and they have a 6:30 PM appointment with council. Moody said they would likely go into nonpublic and asked the board if they would like to invite Gregg Eastman to join them in the nonpublic session. Gilman made the motion to invite Gregg Eastman into the nonpublic session and to go into nonpublic session per the following RSA: RSA 91-A:3, II(d) Consideration of the acquisition, sale or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community. Bratz announced that Tom Pankos was present as well. Seymour seconded the motion. Motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote. The board entered the nonpublic meeting at 6:30 PM Gilman made the motion to seal the minutes permanently. Bratz seconded the motion. The motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote. Gilman made the motion to adjourn. Bratz seconded the motion. Motion passed 2-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:02 PM.