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Minutes of Town Board Meetings

Minutes of 2/8/2018 APPROVED

March 5th, 2018

Town of Carroll Building Committee Meeting Minutes
February 8, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.
Carroll Town Hall

Members present: Mike Finn, John Gardiner, Brad Houston, Susan Kraabel, Janet Nelson, and Imre Szauter

Professional staff present: none

The Building Committee (the :Committee;) meeting began at 9:10 a.m. and was recorded.

Attendees stood and recited The Pledge of Allegiance.

An agenda was distributed and a sign-in sheet was routed around.

Attendees introduced themselves.

The Jan. 18th informational session draft minutes were discussed. Mike Finn made a motion, seconded by John Gardiner, to approve the minutes as written. The motion passed unanimously.

The Feb. 1st regular meeting draft minutes were discussed. John Gardiner made a motion, seconded by Mike Finn, to approve the minutes as written. The motion passed unanimously.

Imre Szauter opened a discussion on the Feb. 6th Town deliberative (first) session.

John Gardiner stated that he asked Town Clerk, Becki Pederson for the number of registered voters that attended the deliberative session, as there weren・t many people there. Becki Pederson reported that 58 registered voters were present on Feb. 6th.

Mike Finn offered that this was the first deliberative session he attended, so he wasn・t sure whether the turnout was good or not. He stated that he was surprised by the absence of comments and questions regarding the project warrant article (Article 2).

John Gardiner mentioned that the Committee should remain vigilant even though there was no opposition to Article 2 expressed at the deliberative session. One danger is that those who are uninformed or have chosen to ignore the information provided through the informational sessions and town website may vote :NO; merely because of the $3.95 million cost of the project.

Susan Kraabel agreed with others that the lack of comments or questions on Article 2 may have occurred because most of the people at the deliberative session have the information they need to make an informed decision.

Janet Nelson stated that she recognized most of the people at the deliberative session and thought they had either attended one or more of the informational sessions and/or got the information they needed from the brochure mailed to all registered voters in January.

John Gardiner asked if anyone took time either before or after the deliberative session to view the posted building deficiency photographs. Imre Szauter stated that he noticed several people pause to look at them.

John Gardiner compared and contrasted the old style of town meeting with what the Town of Carroll does today as an SB2 town. He stated that there was more passionate debate at the old style town meetings as attendees would vote immediately following any discussion on an article. Under the current system, the deliberative session and town vote are two separate events separated by over one month.

Susan Kraabel commented that the school board deliberative session on Feb. 5th lasted 15 minutes, and no changes were made to their warrant.

Imre Szauter offered his thanks to Committee members, firefighters, and their families for attending the deliberative session and for their support. Whether the lack of comments or questions on Article 2 was a good or a bad omen will be determined on Mar. 13th.

To close out the discussion on the deliberative session, Imre Szauter read aloud an email message he received early Feb. 8th from Allan Clark. The message read:

Please share my thoughts with the Committee.

The Committee has done an excellent job promoting the municipal project. They have made an effort to attend meetings and discuss the project with friends and neighbors.

The fact that there were no questions or testimony at the Deliberation Session indicates that the effort to educate the voters has not fallen on deaf ears. We need to be careful that we don't get lulled into thinking that we have the vote. We have 5 weeks until the ballot vote.

We must continue our efforts and explain and promote the project every chance that we have.

I become more and more confident that the Committee・s hard work is going to pay off with substantially more than the required 60% vote, but only if we continue to work hard over the next 5 weeks.

I am honored to have the opportunity to work on this project and with such a great committee. Don・t let up.

Allan R Clark
REI Service Corporation
763 Chestnut Street
Manchester NH 03104
603 645 6450 office
Sent from my iPad

Committee members expressed their appreciation for Allan Clark・s comments and encouragement.

Imre Szauter stated that Allan Clark has offered another tour of the Franconia Public Safety building on Thursday, Mar. 1st at 10:00 a.m. John Trammell has arranged for a Mount Washington shuttlebus to transport participants from the Town Hall parking lot to Franconia and back, leaving Carroll at 10:00 a.m. This tour was announced by David Scalley at the deliberative session. There will be a brief Committee meeting on Thursday, Mar. 1st at 9:00 a.m., so interested Committee members are welcome to join the tour following the meeting.

Under other issues and updates, Imre Szauter:
Reported on the Feb. 5th Committee report to the Select Board.
Reported account balances as:
o $0.00 spent [$2,500.00 (100%) remaining] in the Committee miscellaneous expenses fund.
o $36,658.36 spent [$23,341.64 (38.9%) remaining] in the warrant article authorization fund.

Imre Szauter summarized current action items:
1) Post approved Jan. 18th informational session minutes on the town website and Google Drive (Imre Szauter).
2) Post approved Feb. 1st meeting minutes on the town website and Google Drive (Imre Szauter).

Imre Szauter reminded attendees of the following upcoming meetings:
Committee meeting V Thursday, Mar. 1st @ 9:00 a.m. in Town Hall

Imre Szauter polled attendees for any closing remarks. Hearing none, he asked the pleasure of the Committee.

John Gardiner made a motion, seconded by Janet Nelson, to adjourn the meeting. The vote to adjourn was unanimous.

The meeting adjourned at 9:35 a.m.

Minutes prepared by Imre Szauter.