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Minutes of Town Board Meetings

Minutes of 4/2/2018

April 7th, 2018

Carroll Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
April 2, 2018


“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: Brian Mycko, David Scalley, Bonnie J. Moroney

Members of the public present: Greg Hogan, Mike Rouillard, Mya Rouillard, Marcia Rouillard, Chris Pappas, Judy Pappas, Imre Szauter, Debbie Szauter, Dianne Hogan, Michael Hogan, Richard Krapf, Robert Gauthier, Jeremy Oleson, Justin Roshak, Reporter from the “Democrat”

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Scalley

Pledge of Allegiance

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

Selectman Moroney made a Motion to: Accept and approve the minutes of 3/26/2018 as written. Selectman Mycko seconded. Chairman Scalley said it was in the minutes that Selectman Mycko abstained from a vote and he didn’t remember that. Selectman Mycko said he had, the Chairman said all right and called for a vote. The Motion passed unanimously.

Chairman Scalley called on Robert Gauthier. Mr. Gauthier questioned if he should be in Non-Public Session but it was determined that his reason for asking to be on the agenda was regarding an elected official and therefore should be in regular session. Mr. Gauthier proceeded to ask if it is the Board’s feeling as a whole to encourage business in town, and all Selectmen answered yes. He asked if it is the Board’s intention to promote business in town to which the Selectmen also answered yes. He asked if any business had ever been discouraged from opening and the Selectmen said no; and he followed that with the question if any liquor permits had even been denied, to which the Selectmen said no.

Mr. Gauthier then asked Selectman Mycko why he abstained from signing the letter of approval for the liquor license for Yaya’s Market & Deli. Selectman Mycko said it was for personal reasons. Mr. Gauthier asked what would have happened if there had only been two Selectmen present. Selectman Mycko said there were two other Selectmen at the meeting so he knew it wasn’t an issue if he abstained. Mr. Gauthier asked if had ever said no to a liquor license before and Selectman Mycko said not that he could recall. After further questioning, Mr. Gauthier said he had an issue that Brian told someone he would do everything possible so the Blue Store doesn’t open; and asked Selectman Mycko if he said that. Selectman Mycko said he never said that. After further discussion, Mr. Gauthier said he hopes if it’s personal at other times, that Selectman Mycko wouldn’t let it cloud his judgment.

Mike Rouillard said this is his family’s business and will be their livelihood and wondered if Selectman Mycko’s judgement will change, as the Select Board are supposed to be impartial. Mr. Rouillard said he expects they will be coming before the Board for other things in the future and hopes Selectman Mycko will not let anything affect that.

Signing the Franconia Gas Contract followed. Selectman Mycko asked what was going on with Irving and Chairman Scalley said they are being looked at for the future as they are higher at this point. He also noted that until they receive the signed contract, they will not honor the $1.65 per gallon price going back, as they had negotiated previously. Selectman Moroney made a Motion that: The Chairman sign the Franconia Gas Contract. Selectman Mycko seconded and it passed unanimously.

Renewing the lease for the Police Department was brought up. The Secretary said she had received an email from Lori Hogan who said she would be fine with renewing with a 2% inflation adjustment. The Board agreed and the Secretary said she would ask Mrs. Hogan to go forward with a new lease.

Chairman Scalley said the Northpoint Engineering, LLC, report came back for the Hoffman testing and nothing was found in the water.

The following items were approved and signed:

Land Use Change Tax – Kempton
Current Use Warrant – Kempton
Water Warrant – First Quarter Billing, 2018

Follow-Up Items:

Franconia Gas Price/Invoice – The Secretary said this was answered in the discussion for signing the Contract. It had not previously been stated that they were waiting for the signed Contract to update the past invoices.

Tax Deeded Property – The Secretary spoke with the Tax Collector and the Town may sell by sealed bid or do a public auction. The Tax Collector is getting costs together so the Board may put a minimum bid on if they wish.

Other:

The Secretary brought forms with wages for fulltime and regular part time employees for the Select Board to sign. She reminded them that with the passing of the budget, any raises for employees would be effective April 1. Chairman Scalley added the caveat that if there should be any calculation errors, they would be corrected. There was also a form to be signed showing the pay for what is called “casual employees” i.e., election workers, etc. Selectman Moroney made a Motion to: Approve and sign the forms. Selectman Mycko seconded and it passed unanimously.

Imre Szauter said he wanted to correct the final report for the Building Committee which he gave at the last meeting. He said he had overlooked an invoice of $973.75 for February for Allan Clark, and the amount actually spent was $38,700.86. Thus, the balance should be $21,299.14. He said that brought the spending to 35.5% of $60,000, the amount which was authorized.

Fire Chief Jeremy Oleson advised the Board the Department’s forestry truck, a 2002 Chevy, is no longer needed. It needs quite a bit of work and they can hitch the trailer to the pickup truck. He asked if they had any preference for it, putting it out to bid, or otherwise. It was determined the truck is not needed elsewhere and the Board said they would leave it up to Chief Oleson.

Michael Hogan said he hadn’t thought about it when the Board did their Committee assignments, and that he has already spoken with both Selectman Mycko and Selectman Moroney; but he is requesting a change of reps for the Planning Board from Selectman Mycko to Selectman Moroney. He said he’s asking for this because most on the Board are relatively newer and that Selectman Moroney has a lot of knowledge from having been a member for so many years. As both agreed, Chairman Scalley made a Motion to: Appoint Selectman Moroney as Select Board rep to the Planning Board and Selectman Mycko would go back to the Conservation Commission. Selectman Moroney seconded and the Motion passed unanimously. Both Selectmen Mycko and Moroney were thanked.

Rob Gauthier reiterated that elected officials cannot hide behind “personal” – if there is a conflict, they should step out.

The next meeting will be April 9, 2018 at 7 p.m.

As there was no further business, the Board was polled to go into non-public session, per RSA 91-A-3 for town aid at 7:30 p.m. Chairman Scalley, yes, Selectman Mycko, yes, Selectman Moroney, yes.

At the close of non-public session at 8:00 p.m., Chairman Scalley moved to return to public session and seal the minutes from non-public session. Selectman Mycko seconded and the Motion passed unanimously.

Chairman Scalley made a Motion to adjourn the meeting and Selectman Moroney seconded. The Motion passed unanimously. Chairman Scalley declared the meeting ended at 8:02 p.m.