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Minutes of 12/18/2006

December 22nd, 2006

Carroll Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
December 18, 2006
"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 Susan Kraabel, Secretary.

Board members present: Bill Wright, Allen Strasser, Bonnie Moroney

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.

Members of the public present: Roberta McGee, Eleanor Brauns, Tom Gately, Doug Bews, Ann Fabrizio, Carmine Fabrizio, Tadd Bailey, Jeff Duncan, Bill Dowling, Bill Smalley, Rick Brown, John Trammell, Kelly Trammell, Jim Covey, Lisa Covey, Mark Fuller, Michelle Fuller, Matt Dieterich

The board announced the approval of bills and signing of checks.

Selectman Strasser moved to approve the minutes as amended of the meeting on 12/04/06. Selectman Moroney seconded, and the motion was passed unanimously.

The minutes of the December 11th meeting were amended to show that Stan Borkowski as health officer. Selectman Strasser moved to approve the minutes as amended. Selectman Moroney seconded, and the motion was passed unanimously. Selectman Strasser also noted that after the meeting the report from Stan Borkowski had been received and was posted.

The secretary reported that she had received material from Primex, but wouldn’t receive quotes on health and dental insurance until additional information was sent to Primex.

The subjects of a street light on Twinview Drive and the request from Eleanor Mason to plow sidewalks on Rte. 3 North were tabled until Billy Rines is available. Chairman Wright asked Bill Dowling if his plow at the transfer station could be used on sidewalks, and was told the swath was too wide.

Bonnie Moroney addressed a situation that occurred recently in the town hall. She’d heard from several people that Selectman Strasser took it upon himself to reprimand an employee in a public area with other people present in the vicinity. In addition, Selectman Moroney was told that Selectman Strasser expressed his intention to burn another employee. Selectman Moroney told Selectman Strasser that his conversation with the employee was a violation of RSA 91-A:3; any discipline must not be done by one selectman, as he has no authority on his own. This was a matter that should have been done in a non-public session with at least one other board member. She suggested that Selectman Strasser was out of control and should restrict his contact with employees to meetings in public or non-public sessions with the other selectmen. Selectman Strasser denied he’d reprimanded the employee, and said he was just asking the employee why he hadn’t done something he and Chairman Wright asked him to do months ago. Selectman Moroney said she’d discussed this with the LGC and once again stated that disciplinary action should be taken up in executive session.

The following items were approved by the selectmen.

Certificate of Occupancy - Bretton Woods Motor Lodge
Current Use Documents …amp;quot; Steve Messina
Warrant Article …amp;quot; Tri-County Cap $800.00
Warrant Article …amp;quot; Weeks Medical Center $1,000.00
Petition Warrant Article …amp;quot; Dump Truck w/plow $53,500.00
Petition Warrant Article …amp;quot; Replacement Snowplow $3,300.00

Bill Dowling asked for approval to buy a 74” snow bucket using $1,400 from his budget. He intends to use it to move cans and plastic for baling. Discussion took place about how much money was left on the total town budget, then Selectman Moroney moved to approve the purchase. Selectman Strasser seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Mr. Dowling also asked to spend $1,500 from his budget to buy a much needed second computer for the police department. Selectman Moroney moved to approve the purchase, Selectman Strasser seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Mr. Dowling related to the selectmen that the BWPOA asked him to do a newsletter for them regarding the recycling center. In addition he had information regarding classes related to recycling that are available to everyone.

Selectman Moroney presented a job description for town administrator that she’d prepared. Chairman Wright moved to accept the job description if the warrant article for administrator passes. Selectman Strasser seconded, and the motion was passed unanimously.

At 7:40, the meeting continued with focus on water related topics. Matt Dieterich and Mark Fuller represented the Rosebrook Water Company from Bretton Woods. Billy Rines, from the Twin Mountain system, was unable to attend because of a dentist appointment in the afternoon. Mr. Dieterich said the PUC pre-hearing December was the first step in the transfer of ownership to the new resort owners, with the final hearing likely to be in May 2007. The $15,500 payments from the Town of Carroll and $16,000 from the resort that go into the CIAC fund were discussed. The former owners had not made their $16,000 payments for 5 years, and recently had done that. Expenditures had been made from the CIAC that had not been approved by the PUC, and post-approval is being sought. Mr. Fuller reported that hydrant repairs are underway; they have a system for flushing hydrants and flow meter check. All hydrants have been color coded correctly. Three new hydrants have been ordered, and Selectman Strasser suggested talking to Billy Rines, as size is an issue. Selectman Strasser said that there will be a warrant article to increase the size of payments to CIAC so as Bretton Woods expands water lines on their public road the payments will increase. Bretton Woods currently has 44 hydrants with 3 of them not working. The Twin Mountain system has 91 hydrants. Discussion took place regarding reporting with the PUC, and Selectman Strasser said as water commissioners for the Town of Carroll, they would like to see the reports when filed. Scott Hayes of Iron Mountain Water Co., does the water testing in Twin Mountain, and according to Selectman Strasser, Mr. Hayes will be doing the same reporting for Twin Mountain as Mr. Fuller will in Bretton Woods. The selectmen requested that as water commissioners, they would like to schedule meetings on the 3rd Monday in March, and the 3rd Monday in November each year. Notice of future meetings will be sent to both Matt Dieterich and Mark Fuller.

After Mr. Dieterich and Mr. Fuller left, discussion took place about bonding for water line expansion in Twin Mountain, and we don’t have enough information yet. Selectman Strasser said he’d been trying to get estimates on water expansion from Mr. Rines for several months, and had none yet. He said the state is working on Lennon Road and if we could put in water lines at the same time it would cost a lot less. The secretary will contact Butch Garneau about getting an estimate for doing Lennon Road with hydrants every 600 feet. It was noted that a 3/5’s majority is necessary for bonding approval.

Selectman Strasser said he'd contacted Bernie Waugh about the warrant article to transfer land ownership to John Foster, and he couldn't give a legal opinion with the information he had. The selectmen decided to ask Evan Karpf to talk with John Foster about the warrant article and some of the proposed language in the deed.

Chairman Wright opened the one bid received for highway trucks for sale. KR Heating and Repairs bid $279.50 for the 1975 Chevrolet Truck and $351.50 for the 1986 GMC Truck. Selectman Strasser moved to accept the bid, Selectman Moroney seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.

The Planning Special Revenue Account was discussed as to purpose of funds, and Selectman Strasser will look at writing a new warrant article to expand the purpose.

The selectmen voted to meet next on January 2, 2007 at 7 pm.

At 8:45 PM, as there was no additional business, Chairman Wright declared the meeting ended.