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May 10th, 2022

Planning Board Minutes of 5/5/2022

Town of Carroll Planning Board
Meeting Minutes
May 5, 2022
7 PM

“These minutes of the Town of Carroll Planning Board have been recorded by its Secretary. Though believed to be accurate and correct, they are subject to additions, deletions, and corrections by the Planning 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.”
Planning Board Members Present: Chairperson Alex Foti, Vice Chairperson Austin Alvarez, Donna Foster, Bryan Mycko (Alternate) and Selectmen’s Representative, David Scalley. Absent: Julie Rosebery, Tom Godfrey.
Public present: None.
Minutes were taken by Austin Alvarez.
1. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson, Alex Foti, at 7:01 PM.
2. Alex led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Secretary: Austin Alvarez volunteered to take the minutes. Selectmen’s representative, David Scalley, agreed to continue the search for a permanent Secretary to the Planning Board.
4. Approval of April 7, 2022 Minutes. Austin Alvarez presented comments on the post-script by Alex Foti to the meeting minutes and, after a brief discussion regarding the ability of each member of the Board to present their opinion, withdrew his comments. The minutes of the April 7, 2022 meeting were then approved on a motion by Donna Foster and a second by Bryan Mycko. Austin later noted that two TBDs in the minutes should have been corrected and would be added and approved at the next meeting.
5. Old Business: None.

6. New Business: Master Plan and Key Needs for the economic development of the Twin Mountain/Bretton Woods region. Chairman Alex Foti initiated a discussion: How can we support the establishment of restaurants, entertainment venues and other businesses in the Town of Carroll? David Scalley had distributed copies of the latest version of the Town of Carroll Master Plan, adopted by the Planning Board, June 11, 2015, at the last meeting. A discussion ensued that included the lack of restaurants, entertainment venues, hardware stores, mini-markets, etc. This has been exacerbated over the past two years by the COVID-19 pandemic, failures of local businesses and the lack of available staffing for positions at current businesses, such as the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. The loss of several businesses in the Town of Carroll were mentioned by various Board members and what could be done to facilitate investment in the Town. David Scalley suggested that Planning Board members that were interested in the Master Plan should get together and present the need for the update of the plan to the Select Board, which is pursuing Grants for economic development. The Select Board may approach the Northern Community Investment Corporation in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the North Country of New Hampshire to support the cost of professional services for economic development and related cost-sharing grants. Member Alex Foti and Alternate Member Brian Mycko expressed their interest in working on the next generation plan.
7. Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM on a motion by David Scalley and seconded by Bryan Mycko.

Respectfully submitted, Austin Alvarez
For Review by Planning Board, 5/5/2022