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Minutes of Town Board Meetings

Minutes of 3/20/2017

March 28th, 2017

Carroll Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 20, 2017


“These minutes of the Town of Carroll Select board have been recorded by its Secretary. Though believed to be accurate and correct they are subject to additions, deletions and corrections by the Select Board at its next meeting when the Board votes its final approval of the minutes. They are being made available at this time to conform to the requirements of New Hampshire RSA 91-A:2.”

Minutes recorded by Maryclare H. Quigley, Secretary

Board members present: Paul Bussiere, David Scalley, Brian Mycko

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Bussiere.

Members of the public present: Imre Szauter, Debbie Szauter, Greg Hogan, Judy Pappas, Chris Pappas, John Trammell

Pledge of Allegiance

The Board announced the approval of bills and signing of manifests.

Selectman Scalley made a Motion to: Approve the minutes of 3/13/2017 as written. Selectman Mycko seconded and the Motion passed.

Chairman Bussiere then nominated Selectman Mycko to be the Chairman for the next year. Selectman Scalley seconded and it was approved.

Chairman Mycko resumed the meeting with Committee Assignments. The Board concurred that it would be good to have the representatives remain as they were during the past year:

Planning Board: Brian Mycko
Conservation Commission: Brian Mycko
Parks and Recreation Commission: David Scalley
Safety Committee: Paul Bussiere

Chairman Mycko announced the newly elected Town Officials:

Selectman: David A. Scalley
Treasurer: Annette L. Marquis
Cemetery Trustee: Edward W. Martin
Trustee of Trust Funds: John L. Foster
Library Trustee: John R. Gardiner
Supervisor of the Checklist: Linda D. Finn
Planning Board (One Year): Bonnie J. Moroney
Planning board (Three Years): Donna L. Foster
Michael Hogan
Zoning Board of Adjustment (Three Years) Write-Ins: Joan Karpf
Judi Scalley

Chairman Mycko went on with the Warrant Articles by number and announced the results: all of which passed. The Secretary referred to Warrant Article 2, and asked about the employee wage increases. She said after the Selectmen approve them it has been customary that they go into effect on April 1, following Town Meeting. The Selectmen said they should be put through and Selectman Bussiere made a Motion that: the increases identified as on the budgets and discussed previously should go into effect as of April 1, 2017. Chairman Mycko seconded and it passed unanimously.

Selectman Scalley said he was looking for feedback regarding the Building Permit application and process information he had sent to the Board. He said he had reviewed about fifteen towns in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to come up with this. He said this is geared for both Residential and Commercial so there are parts that won’t apply to every project.

Selectman Bussiere asked what authority we have to even have this as a 1979 vote for adopting the building code failed, so he believes there is no authority per our own vote. Based on meeting minutes the vote was tied, therefore it failed. He feels there was no authority to establish the building code or Enforcement Officer and that there are too many gray areas. Selectman Scalley said he believes that it was the vote for the Zoning Ordinance in 1979, so the previous one is the authority. Selectman Bussiere said we couldn’t change trash disposal without a warrant article, and thus questions how we can enforce above the 1979 Ordinance. The Secretary was asked to check with Legal Counsel about how to fix this; what to do going forward; should we rely on State Inspectors; do what we’ve been doing for the last thirty years?

John Trammell said the RSA’s are the rule making authority and felt they should reveal something. But it was noted because we have an inspector and we are supposed to follow the BOCA. It was also noted there have been many addenda since, but if the original didn’t pass, what should we be doing? These will be researched with Legal also being asked.

Selectman Bussiere said regarding the landfill in Bethlehem, he doesn’t feel anything will be happening for the next three to five years and therefore he believes we should move forward. He said when we ended last year that Greg Hogan, Public Works Supervisor, left it with the understanding with the landfill in Berlin that we would be back. The Board requested that Mr. Hogan get contracts for the landfill as well as for trucking with the Normandeau Company. Greg said this landfill is stable for at least the next 27 years and they have another plan for 30 years that they have to take to the State for approval,.

The following items were approved and signed:

Thank You Letters for those who did not run for re-election – Sue Kraabel, Treasurer; Karen
Moran, Assistant Treasurer; Rob Gauthier, ZBA; Paul Bussiere, ZBA
Oaths of Office – J. Karpf, ZBA; B. Moroney, PLBD; J. Scalley, ZBA; J. Gardiner, Library
Trustee; A. Marquis, Treasurer; M. Hogan, PLBD; D. Scalley, Selectman
Tax Map Maintenance Proposal, 2017-2018 – CAI Technologies
Street Numbering Update Proposal 2017-2018 – CAI Technologies
Veterans’ Tax Exemption – Dyson; Kraabel
Elderly Exemption – Hogan
Water Warrant – Wesolowski
Municipal Work zone Agreement, Rt. 302 E – State of NH DOT
Current Use Penalty Tax Abatement – River Rock Developers, LLC

Follow-Up Items:

Town Credit Cards: Tabled
Meeting with Eversource Community Relations Specialist: Imre Szauter said he spoke with the
Eversource Community Relations Specialist and they are hoping to meet on March 28 or
29 to talk about street lighting and the possible new building. Mr. Szauter also noted the
next meeting of the Building Committee is Thursday, March 30, at 9 a.m.
Water Policy Revision: The Secretary said the new Policy had not gone to the attorney and she
was asked to inquire if the Board wanted it to be reviewed. After discussion, Selectman
Scalley made a motion to: Send it to the Attorney for review. Selectman Bussiere
seconded and it passed unanimously.

Other:

The Secretary said she thought the Board should know that George Brodeur had stopped in to say that he had received write-in votes and accepted the position as representative from the Town of Carroll on the White Mountains Regional School Board. Therefore, the Town has a School Board Rep for the first time in around two years.

Selectman Scalley spoke of Warrant Article #5, regarding planning, etc. for a new public safety and administrative building, which was approved by the voters. He said he feels this passed due to the way Imre Szauter presented it and praised Mr. Szauter and the Building Committee for the job so nicely done.

Selectman Scalley also mentioned that the electric bill for the water pumps this past month was around $1,600 and wondered about doing something solar. Greg Hogan said little can be done with the pump house as it is and this is based on the Water Asset Audit just being completed.

Imre Szauter said he would like to acknowledge Maryclare and Kelly for helping the Building Committee with the tab on the Town website and posting minutes, etc. He said this is important helpful for getting information to the public.

The Board was polled to go into non-public session, per RSA 91-A-3 for legal at 7:55 p.m. Chairman Mycko, yes; Selectman Scalley, yes; Selectman Bussiere, yes.

At the close of non-public session at 8:20 p.m., Selectman Bussiere moved to return to public session and seal the minutes from non-public session. Selectman Scalley seconded and the Motion passed.

There being no further discussion, Selectman Bussiere made a Motion to adjourn the meeting. Selectman Scalley seconded and the Motion passed unanimously. Chairman Mycko declared the meeting ended at 8:21 p.m. The next Selectmen’s meeting will be Monday, April 3, 201