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Minutes of Town Board Meetings

Minutes of 2/13/2017

February 16th, 2017

Carroll Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
February 13, 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: Michael Hogan, Dianne Hogan, Jeremy Oleson, Greg Hogan

Pledge of Allegiance

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

Selectman Scalley made a Motion to: Approve the minutes of 2/8//2017 as written. Selectman Mycko seconded and the Motion passed.

The following items were approved and signed:

Northpoint Engineering, LLC, Agreement – Monitoring Old Landfill
User Agreement & Customer Information Forms Update – NH DOT Fuel


The Secretary spoke about the dedication and the Selectmen’s report for the annual report and Chairman Bussiere said they will talk about this later in the meeting.

Greg Hogan, Public Works Supervisor, told the Board they are getting “beat up” on the sidewalks as both snow blowers/throwers are presently broken down. He said all sidewalks are on State roads and a lot of junk gets plowed up; i.e. leather straps, trash, etc. This miscellaneous debris usually cannot be seen and gets caught up in the equipment. He said he had been told in the past that we can post that sidewalks are not maintained for winter use. He thinks he would like to do that, as otherwise they may have to purchase new attachments. Mr. Hogan said the tractor is very good and it’s not that, it’s the equipment that is attached, which should probably be commercial grade, if they could get it for a reasonable price. He reiterated the tractor is great and is used for many projects and jobs year round. After discussion, it was decided that he would research to find out what might be available for equipment with costs for same.

Jeremy Oleson, Fire Chief and Chief of EMS, asked what the Board or people in town expect for coverage from the Ambulance side. He said during the day they’re fairly good with coverage, but nights are hard to which Chairman Bussiere said some coverage at some point. Chief Oleson said there are fewer volunteers and the younger ones are having families and with jobs, etc., they are not showing up the way they used to. He said he is absolutely not complaining about the call members, he’s very fortunate with the ones he has. It was the consensus in the meeting that numbers of volunteers are way down and it’s everywhere, not just in our part of the country. It was noted by Chief Oleson and the Board both, that this is a subject that has come up several times in the past, so it’s not a new issue, either.

When asked, Chief Oleson said they need a minimum of two licensed people on the ambulance and there have been numerous times when there is only one, so until a second person shows up, they can’t go out. Chairman Bussiere spoke about a skeleton full time crew and what the cost might be. Chief Oleson said one thought would be to pay members to be on-call and if they get a call to pay more per hour. Chairman Bussiere posed the question of four full time people to give a 24/7 rotation and Chief Oleson responded that might be possible, but they need to get the payroll to that point.

Chief Oleson said it’s not just pay—that it’s also about time with family, jobs, other interests, etc. He said it’s about getting up at 2:30 a.m. for a call and being up until it’s time to go to bed the following night. He said he tries, but there’s only so much he can do and still get to us some of his time off, etc. He said the former chief worked the same way, he covered everything he could. He went on to say there are numerous reasons why people don’t respond and he just wanted to bring it to the Board as something to think about, that he doesn’t expect an answer right away.

Regarding licensing and education, Chief Oleson said he is looking to put together an EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) course at the end of April into May. He said at 48 to 60 hours for this level, this is the lightest one can do. He said EMT is up to 300 hours. He also said that while the Department pays for the course, the people do them all on their own time, though it may be something for the next budget season. He said the make-up of the calls changes; when the Ski Area is open, there are many; in winter, of course, when there is snow machining, a call usually requires all hands due to the distance they have to go. And likewise in the unincorporated places, distance is a big issue. Chief Oleson said the taxpayers have been very generous and made a big investment in what have. He said they should be very proud; the investment made and the people we have are well worth it. He added that he is hoping someone will be encouraged to join by knowing they are needed.

Follow-Up Items:

Town Credit Cards: In process. The Secretary said some did not want to give their Social
Security numbers and the Board concurred it was fine, they just would not have a credit card.
Meeting with Eversource Community Relations Specialist: In process.
Water Policy Revision: The Secretary brought copies of the revised policy and the new
application form for the Board’s perusal. They will review for the next meeting.

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

At the close of non-public session at 8:10 p.m., Chairman Bussiere moved to return to public session and seal the minutes from non-public session. Selectman Mycko seconded and the Motion passed.

Back in public, the Board discussed the Selectmen’s report and Chairman Bussiere handed out an outline of sorts, based on the Secretary’s prior email. The Board agreed with this and asked the Secretary if she would write a report using this. They also agreed they would send any additional information they might come up with to her by Saturday, February 18. They moved to the dedication and though they had considered various ideas, strongly agreed they wanted to dedicate this year’s Annual Report to the employees of the Town. A draft or outline will be sent to the Secretary by the Chairman and each will also send information if they have any, again by February 18.

Selectman Scalley thanked the Board and Town for the donation to the Visiting Nurses Association in memory of his late father.

There being no further discussion, Chairman Bussiere made a Motion to adjourn the meeting. Selectman Mycko seconded and the Motion passed unanimously. Chairman Bussiere declared the meeting ended at 8:22 p.m. The next Selectmen’s meeting will be Monday, February 27, 2017.