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Minutes of 1/5/2021

January 7th, 2021

Carroll Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
January 5, 2021

“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.”

Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis and in accordance with Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #12 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04, this Board is authorized to meet electronically and did so through Zoom.

Minutes recorded by Kelly Trammell, Secretary
Board Members: Robert Gauthier Jr., David A. Scalley, Bonnie Moroney

Members of the Public: Jeremy Oleson, Tadd Bailey, Imre Szauter

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Chairperson Gauthier

Pledge of Allegiance

Chairperson Gauthier announced the approval and signing of manifests.

Selectperson Moroney made a motion to approve the minutes of 12/28/2020 as written. Selectperson Scalley seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed a Data Verification contract from Comerford Nieder Perkins, LLC. Selectperson Scalley made a motion to approve and sign. Selectperson Moroney seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed a Water Warrant for Sweeney. Selectperson Moroney made a motion to approve and sign. Selectperson Scalley seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed an Oath of Office for ZBA Alternate for Robalski. Selectperson Scalley made a motion to approve and sign. Selectperson Moroney seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed a Report of Wood Cut for Kimball. Selectperson Scalley made a motion to approve and sign. Selectperson Moroney seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed information received from the Town of Whitefield with regards to pay-per-bag trash disposal. Last year Whitefield paid $12,000 to purchase bags and generated $40,000 in revenue. The Board discussed the topic of pay-per-throw bags. It was decided to add a new line to the Transfer Station budget of $5,000 to purchase bags in case the warrant article passes and pay-per-throw is implemented.

The Secretary advised the Board that Tri-County Cap has consolidated several of their warrant articles and changed their process in how they calculate and request donations from Towns. The total donation request has actually gone down for Carroll and there will only be one warrant article shown. The Secretary also advised the Board that she had no written requests from Caleb. She said she had called and emailed with no response. The Board decided not to include a request for Caleb this year. The Secretary advised the Board that the attorney has reviewed all warrant articles. She said the list they had that evening had new inclusions of the pay-per-bag article, sale of the Fire Station article, RSA 41:14a allowing the Select Board to acquire or sell land and also the warrant article directing the School Board to review the possibility of the Town withdrawing from the White Mountains Regional School District.

The Board was advised that they should add $70,000 to the legal line in order to pursue the matter of possibly recalculating our payment to the School District or possible withdrawal. The Board discussed budgeting versus attaching the amount to the warrant article if allowed by law. The Board decided to add $70,000 to the legal line for the attorney that would be handling the matter. There was discussion that this was a large increase. Jeremy Oleson stated that the cost is an unfortunate part of the process that has to be gone through if we want the end result to be a significant savings in School tax if we are successful.


Follow Up:

Tax Deeded Property – Rte. 3 North – Nothing new.

Sound Panels – Selectperson Scalley said he was placing the order and expected them to be ready in approximately two weeks.

Sick time – Continued discussion. The Board decided to continue the matter next week.

Other:

Selectperson Moroney said the State School Study Committee is requesting letters giving authorization to them to use the donation money that Towns had contributed to the Coalition Communities for the purpose of fighting the change to State School Funding and returning to donor towns. She said the Coalition hasn’t been active although Towns continue to donate. The Town of Carroll’s donations make up just over 7% of the total amount in the fund. The Coalition has evolved into this new group and the money will be used to hire a lobbyist. The Board agreed to allow the new Committee to use the money. The Secretary will draw up a letter for the next meeting.

Police Chief Bailey stated he submitted paperwork to the Police Academy to be an accredited agency. He said if approved it will open the door for more grants.


At 8:25 p.m., Chairperson Gauthier made a motion to go into non-public session per RSA 91-A:3 II (c) reputation. The motion was seconded by Selectman Scalley and polled; Gauthier – yes, Scalley – yes, Moroney – yes.

At 9:30 p.m. Selectperson Scalley made a motion to return to public session and seal the minutes. Selectperson Moroney seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Selectperson Scalley made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Selectperson Moroney seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Chairman Gauthier declared the meeting ended at 9:31 p.m.