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September 7th, 2021

Town of Carroll
Select Board Meeting Minutes

September 7th, 2021
7:00pm
“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: Elke Tonnesen
Board Members in Attendance: Chair David Scalley, Ken Mills, and Rob Gauthier

Others in attendance- Tadd Bailey, Marc Brodeur, Josh Robertson, Michael Rouillard, Imre Szauter, Bonnie Moroney, Rene Vecchio, Ben Jellison, Will Cunningham

APPROVE AND SIGN MANIFESTS
Chairperson Scalley confirmed that the manifest was signed by all the board members.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES – 08/31
Selectperson Gauthier made a motion to approve the minutes from 08/31/2021, Selectperson Mills Second. All in favor, 3-0.

SIGN PERMIT-SAVOY
Selectperson Scalley speaks on this- the sign is already up, but he still needs to further look into this with Lisa, and refer to the zoning ordinance in regards to the size and location. This item will be moved to next week’s agenda.

STARTING 2021 SELECT BOARD BUDGET
Selectperson Scalley speaks on this- Elke and Kelly worked on this last week, these are proposed times for the town committees and departments to bring forward their budgets. If the Selectmen can look over these and approve for submission to appropriate committees. Ben Jellison and Tadd Bailey relay that the first and third Tuesdays are Fire Department meetings so if their dates could be moved around those days that would be better.
Selectperson Scalley notes this on the list and Selectperson Gauthier request that it be put on the next agenda.

USE OF REC AREA FOR VICTORIA ROZUMEK
Selectperson Scalley speaks to this- This is not a problem; we do not really have a schedule for the Rec Area. It is a carry in carry out type situation, we do not charge a fee for the use of the area. Tadd Bailey makes a request that if there will be alcohol consumed, with the approval from the select board, that he would like to have a detail officer on site.

FIRE CHIEF HIRING COMMITTEE
Bonnie Moroney put together a list of people who would like to be on the board for hiring a new fire chief- noting that Imre Szauter has decided not to participate, but Ben Jellison would like to be added. Selectperson Scalley adds that we will need to put a select board member on the committee as well. The board decides to continue this discussion in non-public, all agreeable.

PURPLE HEART COMMUNITY
Selectperson Scalley speaks on this- we got some information via mail from the Purple Heart Community Project Advocate, inquiring if the town would like to become a Purple Hear Community. Selectperson Scalley asks that the board review the documents and it can be discussed at the next meeting.

FOLLOW UP

DRIVEWAY PERMIT
Selectperson Scalley notes that all of the documents went to town legal and we are still waiting for a response from them.

TAX DEEDED PROPERTY – ROUTE 3 NORTH
Selectperson Scalley notes that he spoke to All Demo today for a price on an asbestos inspection- he did not get an official quote yet but the person he spoke to stated it will be $400 for the inspection and $35 per sample, they also relayed that they can take anywhere from 10 to 14 samples.

Additionally, per legal, the State will not be contributing any money to tear down the house. Selectperson Scalley also mentions that he spoke to the abutting neighbor and they are interested in purchasing the property. Selectperson Scalley states that it won’t happen this year but if we could get some prices for next year’s budget that would be helpful.

Ben Jellison asked about selling the property with the house and letting the neighbors handle the litigation and tear down, etc. Selectperson Scalley states he spoke to the neighbor and they are not interested in doing that, they want land only.

SCHOOL WITHDRAWAL
Selectperson Gauthier states that Ben had emailed Ben McLaughlin today and he is feeling optimistic about the case. He is hoping to have something by October 1st.

CERTIFIED COMPUTERS/PROFILE
No updates

DRIVEWAY PERMIT
Selectperson Scalley notes that this permit has been waiting for a few weeks now and has been held up with some signatures, and is still being held up as we are waiting for the Road Agent to sign. Scalley askes that the board review now, so that when the Road Agent signs, they have already reviewed it and ready to sign at the next meeting.

PURCHASE AND SALES AGREEMENT
Selectperson Gauthier states that the board received a purchase and sales agreement from legal for the old fire station. Selectperson Mills states that this can now be forwarded to St Jean Auction.
Selectperson Scalley questions the amount of money that will put down for bidder registration and the amount that will be deposited for the actual sale. The amounts are clarified as follows each bidder will put a deposit of $10,000 to participate in the bid. The deposit amount is ten percent (10%) of the purchase price. They are two separate transactions.
Selectperson Mills states that the auctioneers will be available any day, with the exception of the 9th, for a meeting about moving forward.


OTHER

Selectperson Mills brings to discussion the 250th Committee and the help with the commemorative license plate, he reached out to the state and got some information about what was needed to move things forward. He relayed to Rena Vecchio that they will need to get a speck sheet from the state and compare it with what the committee would like for a license plate. That will go to the state along with a application letter from the select board to be approved.
Rena Vecchio states that they someone who is working on a design.
Selectperson Mills states that the committee should first look at speck sheet so they know what the state requires and what they do not allow on these plates before finalizing a design, he relays to her that once he gets that from the state he will forward that over to Rena.

Selectperson Gauthier- Nothing

Rena Vecchio would like to know if the Historical Committee could print out their newsletters at the town hall to distribute, she notes that the committee will pay for their own paper, they just need a place to print. Approved by the board.

Rena Vecchio also discusses the 250th Celebration- in regards to the celebration, they are still working on different ideas- Banners, Custom beers from Rek-lis, and having a party at the Mount Washington Hotel when the beers are ready to introduce to the North Country. Additionally, ideas of having a BBQ, Car Show, or a Town Yard Sale are still floating around.

Bonnie Moroney asks about the salaries of the Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief- She states that when Brad Houston was still active with us his pay was $51,504 and now that positions pay has been lowered to $27,000. She feels that that amount should go back up to attract a new fire chief.
Selectperson Scalley states that that amount will go back up in the new budget.
Josh Robertson asks why that amount was moved.
Selectperson Scalley states that because of the default budget and the fact that they had to make a large payment. We stole from a little bit of every line and he recalls that he did make a mistake and that that amount was too low.

Imre Szauter makes a statement to publicly acknowledge Chief Oleson’s hard work and dedication to the town over the last five years. Chief Oleson got pulled into the Building Committee and has been a vital part of it, giving many hours aside from his regular hours. Thank you, Jeremy.


THE NEXT MEETING IS: SEPTEMBER 9TH 5:00PM for non-public, and SEPTEMBER 14th 7:00PM for a public meeting.

PUBLIC HEARING
September 7th, 2021
7:41pm

The Town of Carroll Board of Selectmen will enter a Public Hearing pursuant to NH RSA 31:95-b, Section III and RSA 91A:2, to discuss the acceptance and expenditure of $78,203 in unanticipated revenues from the American Rescue Plan of 2021(ARPA)/Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
The board acknowledges that they have accepted the funds, in the amount of $39,101.58, which is only half of the money, the other half will be received next year. These funds will be mostly used for infrastructure, roads, water, etc., Selectperson Mills states he would like the water department to get first look when it comes to spending this money, he spoke with Greg Hogan today about some of these things and he will be putting together a list of items. Selectperson Mills also encourages people to look at the interim rulemaking online in regards to what the money can be used for, because the government will come back and audit the town, looking at what you spent the money on.


THE BOARD WILL ENTER NON-PUBLIC SESSION PER RSA 91-A:3, Legal and Personnel

Selectperson Scalley made a motion to go into non-public session at 7:46 pm per RSA 91-A:3, Legal and Personnel. Selectperson Gauthier second, all in favor 3-0.

Selectperson Scalley made a motion to return to public session at 9:06 pm and seal the minutes of the non-public session. The motion was seconded by Selectperson Mills. All in favor, 3-0.

Selectperson Gauthier made a motion to adjourn the public meeting at 9:06pm. Selectperson Mills second. All in favor 3-0.