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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Selectmen 2018-02-20

Selectmen Meeting Minutes

February 20, 2018

Present: Carl Newton, Donald T. O'Brien, Linda Paris

Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Mr. Newton.

Motion to approve the minutes of 2/6/18 (Paris/O'Brien).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve payroll and manifest (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.

Debra Harling:

  • Avitar has been updated on building permits, subdivisions, and other assessment related issues.

  • Avitar will be sending address labels for the inventory forms.

  • Avitar has forwarded a copy of the most recent contract.

Tim Keenan:

  • Mr. Newton asked Mr. Keenan if Eric Matson could email invoices for approval, Mr. Keenan will check into this request.

  • Mr. Newton stated that the Swamp Road warrant article will be passed over.  An alternate idea to try and discourage dumping of garbage is to create a fine policy for dumping and erect a sign stating this with the dollar amount of the fine.

  • Mr. Keenan informed the Board that typical winter operations are occuring.

  • Mr. Keenan is working on applications for state bridge aid.  The Board encouraged completion so that the town is able to get on the state list for bridge work.

  • Peterborough was going to purchase some culverts.  Mr. Keenan thinks there may be a problem, but he will contact Peterborough again.  The town will use the 2 foot culverts, ad there are 6 to 8 culverts that are available for sale.

Regular Board meeting suspended and the hearing on the Swamp Road warrant article opened at 5:45 pm.

Mr. Newton informed the public that one of the property owners abutting Swamp Road, Mr. DiSalvo, had contacted the Board and threatened legal action if the town votes to close Swamp Road.  The Board thinks that it is in the best interest of the town to pass over this warrant article at this time. A letter will be sent to Mr. DiSalvo explaining this action. There were questions about the possibility of closing the bridge on Swamp Road.  Mr. Newton explained that closing the bridge does not alleviate the issue of people dumping garbage on the road. Mr. Guptil asked why the Board was suggesting closing the road. Mr. Newton explained that there have been issues along the road which include dumping of garbage, unattended fires, and drug deals.

Motion to table and not discuss Article 10 at the 2018 Town Meeting (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to design a sign to be erected on Swamp Road detailing a $1,000 fine for dumping garbage and that cameras are active (O'Brien/Newton).  All in favor, motion carried.

Swamp Road hearing closed at 6:10 pm, regular Board meeting reopened.

Ms. Paris:

  • A Moderator is needed for the town.  Mr. Goff is willing to moderate the Town Meeting but does not want to do elections.

  • There has been no response from the School District regarding the list of students.  The SAU office will need to be contacted after Town Meeting.

  • Items that need to be available for Town Meeting - police and fire statistics, pie chart, list of budget item changes.

  • The Peterborough Library has requested $115,000 to cover the moving expenses for its temporary move during construction.

  • Mr. Matson has a payment scheduled for the end of February, the Board will like information on when this payment is received.

Motion to adjourn (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:24 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 3/6/18.


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Carl Newton                      Donald T. O'Brien Linda Paris