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Minutes of 2/22/2022

February 28th, 2022

Carroll Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
February 22, 2022

“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 Heather Brown, Secretary
Board Members: David Scalley, Ken Mills, and Robert Gauthier

Members of the Public: Tadd Bailey, Imre Szauter, Verne Amirault, Mike Gooden, Rena Vecchio, Chris Pappas, Josh Basnar

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairperson Scalley.

Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL of 2/16/2022 SELECT BOARD MINUTES – Selectperson Mills motioned to approve the 2/16/2022 Select Board minutes as written; Selectperson Gauthier seconded. Discussion-none. Gauthier-AYE, Mills-AYE, Scalley-Abstain.

APPROVAL & SIGNING OF MANIFESTS – The Board all confirmed they had signed.

AWARD PRESENTATION – The Board presented a distinguished service award to Joshua Basnar, at the recommendation of Chief Bailey. The Board and Chief Bailey commended Officer Basnar while in service as a full-time police officer, he has given back to the community as a fire-fighter and most recently as successfully completed all training to become certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT). The Board presented an EMT pin to Officer Basnar and thanked him for his outstanding service to the Town of Carroll.

LAND USE CHANGE TAX (Grampa Harry’s Lane LLC; 203-010-011-024) –The Board tabled this topic until the next meeting, pending additional clarification.

DONATION TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT (BAILEY) – Chief Bailey explained to the Board that he received a generous donation of $1,190 from Bretton Woods Vacations (Aaron & Alex Foti) a couple of weeks ago and wanted to acknowledge it in the meeting minutes. Bailey went onto explain that in discussion with the secretary, he understands that donations must be used within the calendar year, and further explained that his hope was to purchase a new server for the Police Department, as it is in need of replacement. Bailey explained that he anticipates the server costing approximately $4,000 and if the budget passes, he had accounted for a new server, if the budget does not pass, he would use the donation towards a new server and would meet with the Selectmen again to ask for monies to be used out of the Computer CRF to cover the remaining cost.

Discussion between Bailey and the Board regarding the server and the need, further noting the need to get sooner than later. The Board asked Bailey to get a quote for a new server and follow up with them at a following meeting. Bailey acknowledged.

Bailey and the Board both thanked Bretton Woods Vacations and the Foti’s for their generous donation to the Police Department.

PD PART-TIME HIRE – Chief Bailey explained to the Board that he was approached by a police officer in Conway who is interested in doing part-time here. Bailey wanted to confirm with the Board that he could move forward with the applicant.

Discussion between Bailey and Board regarding potential hire. Bailey confirmed that the officer is fully certified and would only need to be outfitted, and further confirmed that the officer would be primarily for coverage when the full-time officers are off.

The Board all agreed for Chief Bailey to move forward with the potential hire. Bailey acknowledged and indicated that he would work with the secretary to get the necessary paperwork to move forward.

INTENT TO CUT (JOHNSON; 207-045-000-000) – The Board reviewed the intent to cut for Johnson. Selectperson Mills motioned to approve and sign the intent to cut for Johnson; Selectperson Gauthier seconded. Discussion-none. Gauthier-AYE, Mills-AYE, Scalley-AYE.

FOLLOW UP:
TAX DEEDED PROPERTIES: 422 ROUTE 3N & 97 LITTLE RIVER RD – The Board all confirmed this topic could come off the agenda, as both properties were auctioned a couple of weeks ago. The secretary acknowledged.

SCHOOL WITHDRAWAL – Selectperson Gauthier speaking as the Selectmen’s Rep. for the School Withdrawal Committee, informed the Board that signs have been ordered and a mailer should be in by the 3rd, which would be in mailboxes the Friday or Saturday before voting. Gauthier also indicated that there might be the possibility to put something in the newspaper and further stressed that all the information being sent out in various ways is to educate the public.

OTHER:

Selectperson Mills updated the Board on the status of the Purple Heart signs, noting that the signs have been picked up and are awaiting installation in the Spring. Mills also explained that once the ground thaws a ceremony will be coordinated for when the signs are ready to be installed.

Verne Amirault explained that they had received a call from Ammonoosuc Trout Unlimited expressing their desire to do the fishing derby again this year, noting that last year because of Covid, it did not happen. Amirault explained that in discussion they were thinking of Memorial Day, but in conversation with Rena (Vecchio) the idea of doing it around 250th Anniversary Celebration weekend, which is anticipated for some time in July. Amirault further explained that he communicated the possible change of date with Ammonoosuc Trout Unlimited and they were very receptive of the change.

Amirault asked the Board for permission to use the pond for the fishing derby for the 250th Anniversary Celebration weekend (date to determined, sometime in July) and be used on one of the weekend days. Amirault also pointed out that it was no cost to the Town and everyone has had a good time in the past, noting that he and his wife, Bobbi would take care of the advertising and getting the donations for coffee and refreshments and Ammonoosuc Trout would supply the fish.

Selectperson Mills motioned to approve the use of the pond for the fishing derby for some time in July; Selectperson Gauthier seconded. Discussion-none. Gauthier-AYE, Mills-AYE, Scalley-AYE.

Verne Amirault, speaking for his wife Bobbi, wanted to publicly acknowledge the donation of multiple power tools to the garden club that was received from David and Judi Scalley and express her appreciation for the donation.

Rena Vecchio updated the Board on the status of the 250th Anniversary Celebration, noting they are meeting every other week. Vecchio further explained that they have a list of events they are considering and trying to plan and would be looking to the departments and committees within the Town to help out with some of the events, noting there are only (7) members working on this and they cannot do everything. Vecchio reviewed the list of events the committee compiled.

Vecchio also reminded the Board that the commemorative plates came in and they are $20. Discussion regarding the commemorative plates and commercial vehicles. Chief Bailey indicated that he would look into the specifics.

The next Select Board meeting will be Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Selectperson Gauthier speaking as the Selectmen’s Rep. for the School Withdrawal Committee, asked the Board if the School Withdrawal Committee could also be present at the Select Board meeting at the beginning to encourage the public (parents, students, and residents) to attend for a Q&A regarding the withdrawal, noting the committee would be there to answer questions and provide information. The Board agreed and noted that it would be at the beginning of the agenda.

At 5:28 p.m., Chairperson Scalley made a motion to go into non-public session per RSA 91-A:3 II legal and personnel. The motion was seconded by Selectperson Mills and polled; Mills-AYE, Gauthier-AYE, Scalley-AYE.

At 6:43 p.m. Chairperson Scalley made a motion to return to public session and seal the minutes. The motion was seconded by Selectperson Mills seconded and polled; Mills-AYE, Gauthier-AYE, Scalley-AYE. The motion passed unanimously.

Chairperson Scalley made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Selectperson Mills seconded. Mills-AYE, Gauthier-AYE, Scalley-AYE; and the motion passed unanimously. Chairperson Scalley declared the meeting ended at 6:43p.m.