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Minutes of 12/15/2008

December 19th, 2008

Carroll Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
December 15, 2008

"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 Quigley, Secretary

Board members present: Bonnie Moroney, Christopher Hancock

The meeting was called to order at 7:09 PM.

Members of the public present: Carmine Fabrizio, Bill Dowling, Bill Rines, Roberta McGee, David Ikasalo John Trammell, Tom Gately, Bill Smalley

Pledge of Allegiance

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

Chairman Moroney made a Motion to: accept the minutes of December 8, 2008, as written. Selectman Hancock seconded and the Motion passed unanimously.

Stan Borkowski’s report was not received, and it was noted that it was the second week in a row.

The following items were approved and signed:

Contract for Cartographic Associates, Inc. – Tax Map Updates
Letter to Normandeau Trucking – Invitation to present information on trucking
Acceptance of LGC Medical and Dental Coverage
Water Warrant – Colaluca Management, LLC; Hall
Agreement for Lock-In Price for Oil with Stiles Fuel -- $2.339/Gallon

Chairman Moroney then spoke about people coming into, and calling, the offices regarding water and tax bills. She began by saying that a few years ago, people wanted Roberts’ Rules imposed at the Selectmen’s meetings as a way to curb outbursts and command respect. Chairman Moroney continued that the staff in the Town offices deserves no less – they are there to help people and the extremely discourteous treatment (yelling, using vulgarities, and throwing their payments at the Clerk) rendered by some folks is absolutely unjustified. People with issues are welcome to come to the Board, but when they come to the Tax Collector’s office they need to remember that she does not set the rates. All of the staff has been put on notice that if customers come in exhibiting behavior as above, they are to contact the police to escort them from the building. The Chairman received Chief Trammell’s agreement and his Department is aware of the possibility of being called upon.

Chairman Moroney spoke about writing a warrant article for the acceptance of the land being donated by Bretton Woods. After a brief discussion, it was agreed that it should be sent to Town Counsel for advice on correct wording.

Warrant articles for the revolving fund for police details, purchasing a generator for the Town Hall and the Police building as well as the Highway Department’s for a new dump truck were briefly discussed. It was also agreed that these should be forwarded to DRA and Town Counsel for correct wording and format. Tom Gately noted that we should be sure everything for the generator is included, i.e. propane hook-up, lines, etc.

Chairman Moroney asked the secretary to check on the procedure for the Selectmen to approve the warrant articles and when they were done previously.

It was also suggested to look into a possible warrant article for a wood burning (for heat) or energy conservation exemption. We will research what we have as well as inquire what other towns are doing.

Referring to the warrant article for the new dump truck, David Ikasalo asked if bids had been requested for the price. Billy Rines responded that the chassis can come from anywhere as it’s a state bid, so the price is the same everywhere. Equipping the truck was put out to bid and North Country Ford came in with the best price. A brief discussion ensued regarding costs, and it was noted that most items are researched for price or put to bid. This led to the salt shed which had been put out for bid. We had received several bids that were much too high as the building was substantially more elaborate than required, so they were not accepted. Mr. Rines and Chairman Moroney both said they always try to look for the best price. Roberta McGee reminded all that a year ago when the salt shed was put out for bid, none were received.

Bill Dowling, Transfer Station Superintendent, told the Board he is working on a mandatory recycling ordinance. His Committee will look it over and then he will bring it to the Board. Mr. Ikasalo asked what the Town Hall did about recycling. Mr. Dowling responded the Town Offices recycle everything they can and that he removes the buckets on Mondays. It was also noted that they do the same in the other town buildings, and that when there is a function at the Town Hall, Mr. Dowling provides special barrels and receptacles for the various recyclables--aluminum, plastic and glass.

There being no further business, Chairman Moroney made a Motion to: adjourn the meeting. Selectman Hancock seconded and the Motion passed unanimously. Chairman Moroney declared the meeting ended at 7:45 p.m.