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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Selectmen 2020-05-05

Selectmen Minutes

May 5, 2020

Select Board Chair, Fred Woodhouse, called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm and read the following:

As Chair of the Sharon Select Board, due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus and in accordance with Governor Sununu's Emergency Order #12 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04, this Board is authorized to meet electronically, and these reasons shall be reflected in the minutes.

Please note that there is no physical location to observe and listen contemporaneously to the meeting, which is authorized pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order.  However, in accordance with the Emergency Order, this is to confirm that we are:

  1. Providing public access to the meeting by telephone:

  2. Additional public access by video or other electronic means will be available by utilizing the Webex platform.

  3. Providing public notice of the necessary information for accessing the meeting.

  4. Providing a mechanism for the public to alert the public body during the meeting that a member of the public wishes to speak or be recognized during a public comment to virtually "raise your hand".

  5. Providing a mechanism for the public to alert the public body during the meeting if there are problems with access:  If anybody has a problem, please call the Town Administrator at 603-562-9373 or email

  6. In the event the public is unable to access the meeting via the conference call, the meeting will be adjourned and be rescheduled at a later time.

  7. All votes will be taken by roll call vote.  We will start the meeting with roll call attendance, when each member states their presence, also please state whether there is anyone in the room with you during this meeting, which is also required under the Right-to-Know law.

Roll call attendance: Fred Woodhouse, at the Meeting House, also in attendance is Debra Harling, Town Administrator, Jasmine Woodhouse.

Diane Callahan

Gary Backstrom

Motion to approve the 4/21/2020 minutes (Woodhouse/Callahan).  Roll call:  Woodhouse in favor, Callahan in favor, Backstrom in favor, motion carried.

Application for tax exemption pursuant to RSA 72:23 IV (educational) filed by New England College for the Sharon Arts Center property, M 3 L 6.  Motion to deny this application due to the fact that the property is vacant and not being "used and occupied" for educational purposes as required by RSA 73:23 IV (Woodhouse/Callahan).  Roll call:  Woodhouse in favor of denial; Callahan in favor of denial; Backstrom in favor of denial, motion carried.

Ms. Callahan asked about reimbursement of COVID-19 expenses, Mr. Woodhouse stated that at this time the Town of Sharon has no related expenses.

Meeting adjourned at 5:51 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 05/19/2020.