September 30, 2003

APPROVED – October 7, 2003






Mr. Harold Lynde, Mr. William McDevitt, Mr. Jean-Guy Bergeron, Mr. Richard Derby,

Mr. Victor Danevich


Also present:



Members of the press and general public.


Mr. Tom Gaydos, Town Administrator


The Chairman, Harold Lynde, opened the meeting at approximately 6:30 pm. 




September 23, 2003



(McDevitt/Bergeron) To approve the September 23, 2003 meeting minutes as amended.




(5 - 0 - 0) The motion carried.


The amendments to the minutes were as follows: page two (2nd paragraph, 5th line) - the word grown shall be replaced with the word growth; page four - the word addional shall be corrected to read additional; page four the words that were left undeveloped shall be added to the sentence that reads ‘3825 acres of high and dry land that were left undeveloped’.


September 16, 2003

The Selectmen reconsidered the September 16, 2003 minutes due to a typographical error in the budget amount listed for Elections and Human Services.



(Bergeron/McDevitt) To reconsider and amend the approved Selectmen minutes of September 16, 2003; the requested budget for Elections shall read $22,750 and the requested budget for Human Services shall read $35,875. 




(5 - 0 - 0) The motion carried.




Mr. Bill Scanzani, Victoria Circle noted that Senate Bill 95 (affordable housing) was still active and comment was still open.  He felt that it was important that Pelham commented on the Senate Bill because the current wording would negatively affect the community (based upon the current Master Plan, CIP, Planning and Zoning).  Mr. Lynde asked if an agenda item should be added for a future meeting.  Mr. Scanzani asked that the Senate Bill be reviewed and consider contacting the NH Municipal Association to discuss the negative affects the bill would have on the Town. 


Mr. Rick Hammar, Jeremy Hill Road came before the Board to offer the services of Hammar and Sons Sign Company for the creation of signs for the Municipal Complex.  He discussed some of the signs Hammar and Sons had created for surrounding communities and welcomed the opportunity to work with Pelham.  Mr. Lynde suggested that Mr. McDevitt create a subcommittee and come back to the Board with suggestions.  Mr. Hammar said that temporary signs should be created in the event of an emergency situation until a decision is made regarding permanent signs.   




Sherburne Hall Committee, Ms. Charlene Takesian


Ms. Charlene Takesian, Chairman Sherburne Hall Committee said that the committee had been meeting with various departments and committees within the Town to gather information for possible uses of Sherburne Hall.  She said another thought was that artwork created by the school and residents could be displayed in the hall.  She reviewed some of the possible uses of the hall and reviewed the vision statement drafted by the committee.  Ms. Takesian said if anyone had suggestions, they should be forwarded to  She said the committee was seeking people who may be interested in donating their services, time or ideas.  She reminded people that donations were being accepted.  Those who donate a minimum of $25 would have their name on a plaque and added to a drawing for a one-week stay at a resort in Lincoln, NH (for the week of November 16th - 23rd).  Ms. Glennie Edwards, Sherburne Hall Committee member noted that the committee was also ‘zeroing’ in on the kitchen area so that PTV would soon have a small studio area.


Mr. Bergeron asked if the public would be charged for use of the hall for parties or showers.  Ms. Takesian said the committee had briefly discussed the issue, but had not made a decision.  She noted that no alcohol was allowed on Town property.  There was further discussion regarding the possible private use of the hall. 


Mr. Charlie Mooskian, Sherburne Hall Committee member said that the Sherburne Hall Committee would bring final designs and plans, and noted that the Selectmen would have the authority to make the final decisions. 


Mr. Lynde expressed his gratitude for the work that the committee was doing.  


Pelham Center Traffic, Mr. Leo Thibeault


Mr. Leo Thibeault, NRPC Commissioner provided the Selectmen with a brief background of his experience and qualifications.  Since his appointment as a Commissioner, he has reviewed the discussions (using video and meeting minutes) that pertained to traffic studies for the Town center.  Mr. Thibeault said he attended an NRPC meeting where Ms. Carol Murray, Commissioner for the Department of Transportation spoke, after which he met her and set up a meeting to discuss the Town center situation.  He said that he and Mr. Bergeron met briefly with Ms. Murray at her office and she volunteered to come to Pelham, October 3, 2003 at 11am to review the Town center.  He said Ms. Murray had been provided with the past studies, as well as the study done by Ms. Robin Bousa, Traffic Engineer and Planning Board member.  He said that he, Mr. Bergeron, Fire Chief David Fisher and others would be present and went on to invite Ms. Bousa and the Selectmen to attend the meeting with Ms. Murray.  He informed that Mr. Andrew Singelakis of NRPC said there was $160,000 in funding available which should be further researched.


Mr. Thibeault said he reviewed the studies previously done in the Town center, and provided the Selectmen with traffic pattern proposals he had drafted using the information from the studies.  He then discussed the advantages and disadvantages contained in the proposals he brought forward, and what he believed would be the best solution to the current situation. 


Mr. Bill Scanzani, Victoria Circle (Planning Board member) circulated a traffic pattern proposal for consideration, which was designed similar to that of a round-a-bout that also included provisions for parking. 


Mr. Thibeault informed that he had created a draft proposal that was very similar to Mr. Scanzani’s plan.  He then circulated a copy to each of the Selectmen. 


Ms. Bousa discussed Mr. Scanzani’s plan and said the turning radius from Common Road onto Main Street would not be adequate as currently shown.  She then discussed the number of cars that would be turning at Common Road due to the redirection of the traffic flow, which could possibly be problematic; further analysis was needed.  She said that the AM traffic data would be necessary and said that the Planning Commission could possibly collect the data. 


The Selectmen went to discuss the presented plans and concluded that AM traffic data (6:30am - 9:30am) and turning movement counts should be requested from NRPC.  Ms. Bousa said she would analyze Mr. Thibeaut’s and Mr. Scanzani’s plans and summarize her findings in a memo to the Selectmen. 


Adelphia Contract


Mr. Jim Greenwood provided the Selectmen with a copy of the Adelphia contract for signature.  He said that CTAC was happy with the agreement, which would have a term of seven (7) years and would keep subscriber costs down.  After a brief discussion regarding what services would be provided, the Selectmen signed the Adelphia contract.    


Tech Plan, Mr. Victor Danevich


Mr. Danevich provided the Selectmen with an update of the Technology Plan which had been refined since occupation of the Municipal Complex.  He also provided an update/breakdown of the current personal computers used throughout the Town.  He discussed the replacement schedule for the computers which had the objective to have all the pc’s current by 2006. 


Conservation Commission Non-Public Session


* see below for Request for Non-Public Session.




Municipal Building


There was no report.




There was no New Business discussed.




Mr. Danevich said that he had attended an organizational meeting with a group of students who were interested in forming a committee and doing the ‘legwork’ to gather information regarding a skateboard park.  He said that there were also members of the community that were interested in being involved with the committee.  Mr. Danevich asked if a date had been scheduled for street naming.  Mr. Lynde didn’t believe that a date had been scheduled. 


Mr. Bergeron said that he attended a meeting with Mr. Gaydos, Fire Chief David Fisher and Mrs. Roy from the Department of Labor.  He said notes from the meeting should have been circulated to the Selectmen, which may be able to be used during upcoming safety labor issues.  He reminded the Selectmen that October 3, 2003, Ms. Carol Murray a Commissioner from the Department of Transportation would be in Town to view the Town Center. 


Mr. McDevitt said that he discussed the road name list with the Fire Chief, who explained why the Selectmen had received the list and why certain roads were included. 


Mr. Derby informed that the Budget Committee was hearing and studying the Town budgets. 


Mr. Lynde said that the Open Space Committee had met last Wednesday and believed that the Selectmen would hear the results. 





(McDevitt/Bergeron) Request for a non-public session per RSA 91-A:3,II, d (Consideration of acquisition, sale or lease of property)




Mr. Lynde-Yes; Mr. McDevitt-Yes; Mr. Derby-Yes; Mr. Bergeron-Yes; Mr. Danevich-Yes


Mr. Lynde noted that when the Board returned, after the non-public session, the Board would not take any other action publicly, except to seal the minutes of the non-public session and to adjourn the meeting.  The Board entered into a non-public session at approximately 8:25 pm. 


The Board returned to public session at approximately 9:00 pm.




(McDevitt/Bergeron) To seal the minutes of the non-public session indefinitely.




(5 – 0 – 0) The motion carries.





(McDevitt/Bergeron) To adjourn the meeting.




(5 – 0 – 0) The motion carries. 


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:00 pm.

                                                                                          Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                          Charity A. L. Willis

                                                                                          Recording Secretary