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Friday, January 22, 2021

Selectmen 2020-12-15

Selectmen Minutes

December 15, 2020

Present:  Fred Woodhouse, Diane Callahan, Gary Backstrom

Call to order by Fred Woodhouse at 5:30 pm.

Motion to approve the minutes of 12/1/2020, (Woodhouse/Backstrom).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to to approve the manifest (Woodhouse/Backstrom).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve the payroll (Woodhouse/Backstrom).  All in favor, motion carried.

Intent to cut for Aho, M 7 Lots 26 and 26a resigned, the original intent to cut did not have the signature of one of the owners of the lots.

Bill Joyner, Moderator:

  • Gave the Board information on HB1129 "Virtual Town Meetings".  This gives towns the option of holding two sessions virtually, the first to review the warrant and then allow comments from the public over the course of one week, the second to make changes and approve the warrant.  Mr. Joyner also reviewed RSA 39:2 and 39:1-b.

  • Mr. Joyner will continue looking for space that will hold a minimum of 75 people "socially distanced".  Mr. Joyner will meet with school officials in January 2021 to discuss possible meeting sites as one of the schools.

Sandy Eneguess, Road Agent:

  • Some tree work has been done.

  • Ready for the predicted snow.

Ken Callahan:

  • The generator has been repaired.

Karen Shea Dufrense, Tax Collector:

  • Will run for reelection as Tax Collector.  Lisa Borges, Deputy Tax Collector, has had a limited role due to the COVID pandemic and has not had the opportunity for training.

  • Gave the Board a list of what the Tax Collector does during the year.  Ms. Dufresne requested an increase in the stipend to $3,600.00/year, this would be $300.00/month.

Carl Newton:

  • The Town Clerk had contacted him regarding a property on South Road that someone is interested in purchasing.  Mr. Newton suggested that the prospective buyer look at the lot with someone from the town.

  • Suggested that the Board contact Mr. Groesbeck about obtaining a building permit.

Reviewed and discussed a letter from Tracy Craig regarding a proposal to start a "Little Lending Library".  A picture was included which showed a small box on a post in a wash tub.  The ordinance may not address this.  Ken Callahan suggested that the Planning Board discuss this.  Mr. Woodhouse did not see any setback issues as this is not permanent, it is portable.

Elizabeth Preston, who is an Information Technology person, contacted Mr. Woodhouse.  The FCC has plotted out areas that need internet service.  Temple Road to Greenleaf Road and Rt 123 to Rt 124 are two small sections.  Starlink, which is owned by Elon Musk, has applied for grants to provide satellite internet service.  There would be no cost to the Town, residents could buy into this service if approved.  

Meeting adjourned at 6:54 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 01/05/2021.