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Minutes of Town Board Meetings

Minutes of 12/26/2005

December 26th, 2005

Carroll Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
December 26, 2005, December 29, 2005


Board members present: Jay Ouellette, Allen Strasser, William Wright

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Members of the public present: Doug Bews

The board began with the approval of bills and signing of checks.

Selectman Strasser made a motion to approve the minutes from 12/19/2005. The motion was seconded by Selectman Wright and passed unanimously.

Selectman Strasser reported that Commerford & Nieder will be here on Thursday, January 05, 2006, to meet with a representative from the town and from the Department of Revenue, as required with the hiring of a new assessor.

Chairman Ouellette reported that according to meeting minutes, the town agreed to plow access to Gerry Warren’s subdivision until the bridge on Old Town Road is replaced. Regarding replacement of the bridge, a motion was made by Chairman Ouellette to sign the Application for Preliminary Estimate to the State DOT. The motion was seconded by Selectman Strasser, and passed unanimously. The application was signed.

A Letter of Intent from North Country Council was discussed. Signing this letter does not commit the town to the Hazardous Waste Program if funds are not appropriated by the town, and Chairman Ouellette moved that the letter be signed. Selectman Strasser seconded, and the motion passed. The letter was signed.

A memo and attachment from Chief of Police John Gardiner to the Board of Selectman was read. The Chief’s letter to John Bell states that Mr. Bell is in violation of a court order dated November 21, 2001 regarding unregistered vehicles on his property. Following Chief Gardiner’s recommendation, the selectmen voted to contact Town Counsel and ask them to proceed with a “Motion for Show Cause Hearing” and ask the judge to find Mr. Bell in contempt of its order.

A discussion took place regarding minimum housing standards. A letter from Bernie Waugh referenced RSA 48-A which sets standards, and for the town’s purposes may be sufficient without adopting a new ordinance. Doug Bews would like something that would set standards for the number of occupants using a rental unit. Stan Borkowski, as the Health Officer, can and should enforce the RSAs mentioned above. Any new ordinance will be discussed for preparation by September 2006.

Doug Bews asked if the Appalachian Mountain Club is paying the real estate tax this year. They were sent a tax bill, but the AMC is still not wanting to pay the school tax, so the issue is not settled. This brought out a discussion of the school tax, and the town’s options. The town can’t leave the district until a separation study is done, and that can’t be done till we have a place to send the children. With Bethlehem and Littleton currently studying district possibilities, we don’t have either of these options. Selectman Strasser will be going to a School Board meeting on January 10th to submit a new formula for the school tax.

Selectman Strasser asked that a copy of the last audit done by Plodzik & Sanderson be sent to Karen Carew along with a letter stating our intention to hire her for a forensic audit.

Doug Bews asked about the status of reclassifying the groundwater to GA1. He expressed his concern for local businesses if the Aquifer Zoning Ordinance passes and the groundwater is reclassified. The selectmen have taken no action on the reclassification to this date.

The selectman discussed the school payment still due in December in the amount $343,500. If not paid by the end of the year, we will have to encumber funds. A meeting will be set up for the end of the week with Karen Horsch to discuss year end finances.

At 8:12 p.m., as there was no additional business, Chairman Ouellette made a motion to go into executive session regarding town aid, which was seconded by Selectman Wright. The motion passed unanimously.

At the close of executive session, Chairman Ouellette made a motion to return to public session and seal the minutes from executive session; which was seconded and the motion passed unanimously. A motion was made to recess the open meeting until Thursday, December 22 at 7 pm., which was seconded, and passed unanimously.

Thursday December 29, 2005

Board members present: Jay Ouellette, Allen Strasser, William Wright

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m.

The selectmen reviewed the Town of Carroll Human Services program as recently updated. Selectman Strasser made a motion to adopt this on an interim basis and send to Kim Hallquist of the Local Government Center for review. The motion was seconded by Chairman Ouellette and passed unanimously.

Selectman Strasser suggested calling Charlie Baylies regarding the bond necessary for cutting timber on Forest Land. We have an Intent to Cut form from Bruce Turcotte of Timber Resource Group for which we have no bond.

Selectman Strasser will contact Debra Foster of the US Geological Survey regarding updating the Flood Insurance Rate Mapping for the town of Carroll.

At 7:50 there being no additional business, Chairman Ouellette moved to go into executive session regarding town aid. The motion was seconded by Selectman Wright and passed unanimously.

At the close of executive session, Chairman Ouellette made a motion to return to public session and seal the minutes from executive session; which was seconded and the motion passed unanimously. A motion was made to adjourn for the evening, which was seconded, and passed unanimously