Municipal Departments

Town Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday
8:30 am - 4 pm
Closed 12:30 - 1:00
Friday: 8:30 - 12:30

Town Clerk's Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday:
8:30am-3:45 pm
Closed 12:30 - 1:00
Fridays: 8:30am-12:30pm
First Saturday of the month:
8:30-10:45am

125 Main Street, Suite 200
Littleton, NH 03561
Phone: 603.444.3996
Fax: 603.444.1703

Dec 12, 2016

BOS Minutes - December 12, 2016


BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016

5:00 PM

COMMUNITY CENTER, HEALD ROOM

120 MAIN STREET, LITTLETON, NH

 

Present:  Town Manager Andrew Dorsett, Chairman Milton T. Bratz, V. Chairman Schuyler Sweet, Selectman Edward Hennessey, Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings

 

Others Present:  Mount Washington Regional Airport Members, Chief Paul Smith (Littleton PD), Joseph Evans (Littleton Public Library), Sara Maclver (Chairman, Library Board of Trustees), Rudy Gelsi, Eddy Moore, Karen Noyes (Finance Director), Joe DePalma (Public Works Director), Bruce Hadlock, Dan Matthews (Wastewater Treatment Plant)

 

Bratz called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Appointments:

Mount Washington Regional Airport – Budget Presentation

The Mount Washington Regional Airport Members provided the board with a copy of their proposed budget for 2017.  The total expenditures for 2016 should be about $77,000.  Next year the 2017 budget is set at $89,550.  We are asking for $20,050 from the five member towns.  The amount we are seeking from Littleton is $8,948 which is slightly up from last year.  Bratz asked if they had been before the budget committee yet.  The stated they were meeting with the budget committee the following night.  Sweet asked why the IMA is limited to the five towns.  The commission stated the IMA was readopted in 2010. Jefferson withdrew from the agreement two years ago.  Franconia has not upheld the terms of the agreement.  The commission voted them out of the membership because they had not paid their membership fee for a couple of years.  The commission intends to go back to visit with previous member towns and try to get them to rejoin.  At one point in time there were 22 member towns.  Ed Hennessey said the same questions keeps coming up.  Why aren’t more towns involved, why are some of the larger businesses involve?  The commissioners said they are working on that.   

 

Chief Paul Smith – Highway Safety Committee – School Street 

Chief Paul Smith stated he had received comments from the high school safety committee regarding School Street regarding a recent snow storm.  He also received comments from the Highway and Fire Departments.  The problem is parking on School Street near the rear entrance of Parkers Market. More and more parking is extended up the road towards High Street.  As a result when plow trucks are going up the hill and school buses are going down the hill there is a real issue as to who can stop and who can go where.  It is a real safety issue and those comments were passed onto public works. The safety committee met last week and they recommend is to eliminate parking on the eastern side of the road.  We are asking for signage for no parking on this side of the street. And on the opposite side of the street we ask that parking be limited during the winter months.  We met with business owners and the church in the immediate area and they all support the request. The parking restriction will be from November through April, Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The safety committee are asking for the board to approve the requested parking restrictions.  Hennessey asked where they would go if they can’t park there.  Smith said he didn’t know. Joe DePalma said there is a parking lot that can accommodate all the cars for Horizon on Clay Street.  It is a 22 car lot they don’t utilize it.  This is an empty lot and paved and lit.  Bailwick’s is in complete support of this.  Chief Smith said he is working with them as to where they can park.  Milt what is the time frame.  Smith the week after the holidays on January 6th.   Bratz said they could wait on this until the end of the meeting for anyone that has questions or comments. 

 

Chief Paul Smith – Main Street Parking Meters – Request to Bag Meters

Smith said we usually receive a request from the chamber at least for the week prior to Christmas.  It has been beneficial to the community from December 19th through January 3rd.  They suspend the meters during that time period.  Bratz said we would hold this open until the end of the meeting. 

 

Joseph Evans – Appointment to the Littleton Public Library Board of Trustees

Ed Hennessey moved the appointment.  Schuyler Sweet seconded the appointment.  Motion passed 3-0.  Joseph Evans was sworn into the position of Library Trustee.  Bratz noted this appointment is valid through Town Meeting day of 2017.

 

Town Manager’s Report:

Wastewater Treatment Plant and Maintenance Contractor Request for Proposal

Dorsett stated the board directed him to put the wastewater treatment facility out to bid.  We have reviewed the bid from Utility Partners and the bid meets all of the requirements.  Utility Partners has been our provider for several years.  Dave Circle provided a brief presentation as to what the process is at the plant and a slide show that showing some of the equipment used. 

 

December 23 – Town Office Hours

Bratz passed over this item until the end of the meeting.

 

Other Business: 

            Health Officer Qualification Requirements

Milt Bratz provided the board with a description of the job description and the requirements for the Health Officer.  He has asked the other selectmen to review.  This provides a guideline for someone replacing him when his term is up in two and a half years.  He is now up to 43 cases as well as a lot of household complaints.  A couple of weeks ago the 99 Restaurant had an accidental discharge of fire retardant material.  He received a call regarding a meth lab.  There is quite a bit of investigative work involved.  He receives numerous reports from the state and the federal government ranging from the ZIKA virus and other health threats.  The only requirement the state has to be a health officer is that the selectmen appoint you.  There are no other requirements.  We are asking the requirements be changed to require a couple of years of college and municipal experience.  You need a little bit of biology and other experience. The new guideline requires an associate degree.  Bratz stressed this is just a guideline.  Anyone can request a copy of this guideline if they would like one.   A new law this year on mold the health officer cannot do this and an agency has to be hired. Add work with the town manager to the document.   Hennessey moved to accept the guidelines.  Sweet seconded the motion.   Motion passed 3-0.

 

Old Business:  NONE

 

New Business:  NONE

 

Public Comments:

Eddy Moore stated that Joe DePalma has completed the Ken Curran Bridge and wanted to thank him for doing a wonderful job.  Rudy Gelsi wanted to know about the misrepresentation of the taxes.  He got fifty people who are going to write a petition to have their assessment done again.  The three selectmen when they receive a complaint about the assessment they should consider doing something about it.  We have to pay the company.  That the law.  He does not understand why Mr. Kelley’s assessment went down $347,000.  Bratz said the hospital went down.  Gelsi said it seems we tax payer don’t have much support from our officers.  Bruce Hadlock said the board should put a warrant article on the warrant requiring the BOS and the school board meet a minimum of twice per year.  Dorsett said he has met with the school at least three times in the last year. 

 

Board Action:

Chief Paul Smith – Main Street Parking Meters – Request to Bag Meters

Smith said we usually receive a request from the chamber at least for the week prior to Christmas.  It has been beneficial to the community from December 19th through January 3rd.  They suspend the meters during that time period.  Bratz said we would hold this open until the end of the meeting. 

Hennessey moved to bag the meters as requested by Chief Smith.  Sweet seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0. 

 

December 23 – Town Office Hours

Bratz passed over this item until the end of the meeting.

Bratz asked for a motion to have the Town Office closed Friday, December 23rd.  Sweet made the motion to close the office from 8:30 to 12:30 PM.  Hennessey seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

 

Chief Paul Smith – Highway Safety Committee – School Street 

The parking restriction will be from November through April, Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Hennessey made the motion to approve the parking restrictions requested by Chief Smith on School Street.  Sweet seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

 

 

 

Note:  Sweet made the motion to go into a nonpublic session per the following RSA’s:

 _X    RSA 91-A:3, II (a)  The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a public meeting, and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.

Hennessey seconded the motion.  The board entered the nonpublic  session at 6:20 PM.

The board came out of the nonpublic session at 6:48 PM.  Sweet made the motion to seal the minutes.  Hennessey seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.  Hennessey made the motion to adjourn.  Sweet seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.  The meeting adjourned at 6:49 PM.