September 21, 2021
Present: Fred Woodhouse, Diane Callahan, Gary Backstrom
Call to order by Fred Woodhouse at 5:31 pm.
Public Hearing for the acceptance and expenditure of ARPA (American Recovery Plan Act) funds:
Motion to accept and expend the ARPA funds (Backstrom/Callahan). The Town Administrator explained to the members of the public that the American Recovery Plan Act included money for municipalities for “infrastructure”. The details on how this money can be spent are still being discussed. Some examples on proposed uses are studies for broadband and water and/or sewer upgrades in municipalities with municipal water and sewer. This Select Board determined that it would accept the money, put this money into a separate account and then work with the NHMA on appropriate ways to expend the money. The Board has until 12/31/2024 to commit this money and until 12/31/2026 to expend this money. Members of the public asked about purchasing new picnic tables for the Willard/Bass Park, looking into broadband, working on bridges and roads (which is not allowed under the ARPA). Vote on the motion Backstrom and Callahan – yea, Woodhouse – abstained, motion carried.
Motion to close the public hearing (Backstrom/Woodhouse). Hearing closed at 5:43 pm.
Select Board meeting opened at 5:43 pm:
Review of 9/2/2021 minutes – two amendments were submitted. Mr. Backstrom requested that the word “worry” on page 2 regarding Class V and Class VI roads be changed to “concerned about”. Ms. Callahan requested that additional comments be added to the section of Senator Denise Ricciardi’s comments on education freedom accounts indicating the actual dollar amount 300% of the federal poverty level is. Motion to approve the 9/2/2021 minutes with Mr. Backstrom’s amendment (Woodhouse/Backstrom). Woodhouse and Backstrom – yea, Callahan – nay, motion carried.
Motion to approve payroll for 9/21/2021 (Backstrom/Callahan). All in favor, motion carried.
Motion to approve the manifest for 9/21/2021 (Backstrom/Callahan). All in favor, motion carried.
Signed a timber tax warrant for Robert Graham, M 1 L 1.
Signed the Forest Warden appointment form for the State of NH to appoint Francis Guptil as Forest Warden.
The Town Administrator informed the Board that Lisa Borges has submitted her resignation as Deputy Tax Collector and Carl Newton has submitted resignations as Deputy Road Agent, Code Enforcement, and all cemetery related duties. Motion to accept Lisa Borges resignation as Deputy Tax Collector (Backstrom/Callahan). All in favor, motion carried. The Board will not vote on Mr. Newton’s resignations and will ask him to reconsider.
Information received about dumping on Swamp Road. A resident has suggested putting cameras up, Mr. Woodhouse spoke about cameras being stolen.
Research regarding Noah Olson’s request to “unmerge” lots is ongoing. Ms. Callahan reviewed tax records which indicate that one year the Wiechels had a one acre parcel with a cellar hole, subsequent year there was a one acre parcel with a house, and then another 3 acres appear on the tax records.
It appears that San-Ken has a driveway on the Nashua Road property, follow-up will be done with Attorney Gary Kinyon.
Submitted a list of items that entail the job of the Sexton for the next person.
Asked about the cease & desist for San-Ken, Mr. Call was informed that this will be followed up with the Attorney.
Would like information on the ½ mile of Mountain Road that is classified Class VI but has been maintained by the town.
Requested that a pie chart be inserted in the annual report that shows how the property taxes are expended.
Meeting adjourned at 6:32 PM.
Minutes taken by Debra Harling. Approved on 10/07/2021.