BOARD OF SELECTMEN
CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGAINCE
PRESENT: Mr. William McDevitt, Ms. Deb Casey, Mr.
Also present: Mr. James Pitts, Town Administrator, members of the press and general public.
Chairman McDevitt opened the meeting at approximately .
MOTION: (Farris/Casey) To accept the minutes of the
VOTE: (2 - 0 - 2) The motion carries. Ms. Casey and Mr. Hardy abstained
Mr. McDevitt acknowledged the members of the public, and advised that the item on the agenda regarding the acceptance for the petition Warrant Article for fixed winged aircraft and helicopter ordinance was strictly procedural. He informed that the Selectmen would not be voting on this, but rather referring it to the Planning Board. Ms. Casey informed the public that the Planning Board’s public hearing for this would be on
Mr. Hardy wanted the Board to take under consideration the fact that certain residents had been operating their aircraft for many years with no complaints. He also said that during certain instances, those people had assisted in public safety issues. Ms. Casey added that the Planning Board was reviewing vested rights.
Mr. Norman Hamm,
Mr. Robert Bourgeois,
Mr. Nate Boutwell,
Mr. Dave Picard, appeared before the Board to also discuss the petition Warrant Article for fixed winged aircraft and helicopter ordinance. He said that his family had aided and assisted law enforcement in the past. He felt that growing up around aviation was a positive role model. He informed that safety barriers for aviation were extremely high. He wasn’t aware of any problems flying over the lake. He ended by saying he couldn’t imagine life without aviation.
Mr. Farris asked if the FAA in
Mr. McDevitt started off by saying he had revised the Warrant Article based on the Board’s suggestions, and he asked them to review. He read the revised version aloud. Mr. Farris suggested that the words “alternative sites” be added. Mr. Lynde and Ms. Casey briefly discussed additional wording. Mr. McDevitt said he would rewrite for next week’s meeting.
REVIEW OF HEALTH INSURANCE TRUST WARRANT ARTICLE
The Board discussed the balance and disbursement amounts and what type of buffer was remaining. It was also pointed out to possibly raise the amount to avoid a spike in the future.
Mr. Pitts explained the amounts provided. He said in 1999 approximately $230,000 was put in, and approximately $254,000 was taken out. There was notification of a 9.4% increase (approximately $24,000), which was how the raised amount was calculated.
The Board discussed the accumulative interest and how it is absorbed.
MOTION: (Lynde/Casey) To change the amount to $255,000.
VOTE: (4 - 1 - 0) The motion carries. Mr. Hardy voted no, based on the point Mr. Pitts brought up.
REVIEW OF HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT TRUCK WARRANT ARTICLE
The Board discussed the purchase amount and what would be taken out of the existing budget. The cost of the vehicle was then discussed. It was decided to word the Warrant Article as voted during the
Mr. McDevitt had a meeting (a couple months ago) with two gentlemen from Southern NH Services to discuss subsidized elderly housing for income eligible persons. During that meeting, they discussed the types of parcels wanted, in which the
Ms. Casey pointed out that Pelham residents wouldn’t be given priority through the HUD program.
Mr. Farris spoke of the traffic in the area and noted that there had been talk of reclaiming the
Mr. Lynde brought up the point that the Sherburne land and
Mr. Hardy felt the proposal was premature and after the 2001 Town Meeting the Board may have a better feel regarding the use of the school and land. He suggested that a needs assessment be performed. Ms. Casey said there was one done for the general area in connection with low-income elderly housing.
There was a brief discussion regarding what answer to provide to the Southern NH Services. Mr. McDevitt said he would contact.
NHMA ALTERNATE DATES FOR SB2 TOWN MEETINGS
Mr. Pitts informed of a new law regarding SB2 Towns and school districts, which provides for three separate timetables for elections. He gave the dates for March, April & May and the time frames between the sessions.
The Board briefly discussed the proposal and decided they would rather not change the dates.
SNOWPLOW DAMAGE POLICY
Mr. McDevitt suggested that the Board revisit the possibility of creating a policy. The Board briefly discussed. No conclusion was made.
Mr. McDevitt informed that Chief Hagland requested a replacement in his absence
MOTION: (Hardy/Casey) To appoint Sgt. Michael to be in charge in Chief Hagland’s absence.
VOTE: (5 - 0 - 0) The motion carries.
Mr. McDevitt informed there was a meeting with Mr. Craig Musselman regarding the Transfer Station. He informed that the DOT contracts were coming in high and the bids, in comparison to other communities were coming in considerably higher. Mr. McDevitt noted that in a previous meeting, Mr. Patrick Griffith from Waste Management, had made a proposal to do the construction. Ms. Casey said that the bid was for construction as well as a cost for tip and transfer.
Mr. Lynde asked if the open top container is still being kept in mind. Ms. Casey said it was discussed and she noted that Mr. Musselman informed that, with regard to weight, not as much trash could be held within an open-top container. She noted that special equipment would have to be purchased for compacting. She said that as far as bids, it opens things up to include the open-top container.
Mr. Hardy suggested that Mr. Mason speak to the Board to discuss the possibilities.
There was a discussion regarding the cost and equipment needed for compacting. Mr. Lynde brought up the following points regarding the open-top container: 1) Mechanical; 2) Electric; 3) No limit for the amount of furniture; 4) Open to other contractors. He suggested getting an estimate of weight for open-top containers. Ms. Casey informed that the Town is currently able to get more tonnage due to the compactors. It was decided to review having a swap-shop.
TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT/SELECTMEN’S REPORT
Mr. Pitts said he was informed that a truckload of windows left at the transfer station after hours. He said it was a recurring problem. Security options were discussed and it was decided to review security options with Chief Hagland.
Mr. Pitts said the Pelham Police Relief Association sponsored a holiday dance for the 7th & 8th graders. He said it was a successful event and over 300 canned goods were gathered for the food pantry.
Mr. Pitts then read a letter of appreciation from the Police & Fire Departments to Don Foss commending the actions of the road crew during the first inclement weather of the season.
Ms. Casey informed that the December 4, 2000 Planning Board Meeting would be the last one before going to ballot, with regard to Open Space Development. She then informed that the Planning Board’s
Mr. Farris said the last Park & Rec. meeting centered on the 1, 3 & 5-year plans for the parks in which ideas for Muldoon, Veterans, Raymond & Memorial park were discussed. He said any budget requests would be backed by the plan. He said the youth basketball plan was underway. He thanked the volunteers. Mr. Farris said there were several questions regarding the gas line crossing the Muldoon & Raymond parks.
Mr. Farris informed that the Scouts were looking for support for goals and perspectives regarding the expansion of their facilities at Muldoon and Raymond. He said there was a question regarding the timber fees generated and if they should have been added to the fund at Raymond. Mr. Lynde asked if anyone addressed the need for fields. Mr. Farris said it was all included in the plans.
Mr. Lynde informed that Conservation would be meeting Wednesday. Mr. Lynde asked about the Granite State Electric increase and asked if NHMA would get involved. Mr. Pitts said NHMA was going to, but not enough Town’s were interested. Mr. Hardy said that even though the Granite State rate was going up, it was still less expensive than public service in
Mr. McDevitt informed the Board would not be meeting
Mr. McDevitt said the historical marker for the
Mr. McDevitt read aloud a section of a letter (dated
1) all DES requirements from the site have been adequately addressed, and 2) based on the information, all sources of ground water contamination of the subject site, discovered during the site investigation, have been eliminated and ambient ground water quality standards are met throughout the site.
Mr. McDevitt said Sunday at the Yuletide Celebration sponsored by the Fire Department would be held.
Mr. Farris thanked the Garden Club for decorating the
MOTION: (Hardy/Casey) To adjourn the meeting.
VOTE: (5 - 0 - 0) The motion carries.
The meeting was adjourned at .
Charity A. L. Willis