Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Feb 3, 2016

Deliberative Session Minutes February 3, 2016


 
TOWN OF LITTLETON, NEW HAMPSHIRE “FIRST SESSION” MINUTES
FEBRUARY 3 AND 4, 2016
 
 
The Town of Littleton Deliberative Session of Town meeting was held at the Littleton High School cafeteria starting at 6:00 P.M. on February 3, 2016.   
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was spoken.
 
A plaque was given to Moderator Gerald Winn by the Littleton Selectmen for serving as Town Moderator for 50 years.
 
Mr. Winn went over some housekeeping issues.  He asked the voters if it was okay to let those speak that were not Littleton registered voters.  
 
Dann made a motion to only let them speak at the end of the meeting.  There was no second to his motion.
 
A voice vote was in the affirmative to allow the non- voters to speak.
 
Mr. Edward Hennessey, Selectman of Littleton, made a motion to close the meeting at 10 P.M. and continue the meeting at 6 P.M. the next night at the same place.    The motion was seconded by Schuyler Sweet, Selectman of Littleton.  
 
A voice vote was in the affirmative.
 
Mr. Hennessey made a motion to not reconsider an article once it has been voted on.  Mr. Sweet seconded the motion.
 
A voice vote was in the affirmative.
 
All articles were read before the discussion of them.
 
Article 01: Election of Officers 
To choose necessary officers, including one (1) Moderator, (2) year term; one Town Clerk,  (3) year term; two (2) Selectmen, one (3) year term; one (1) year term; one (1) Treasurer, (3) year term; two (2) Supervisors of the 
Checklist, one (6) year term; one (4) year term; two (2) Trustees of the Trust Funds, one (3) year term; one
(1) year term;  one (1) Park Commissioner, (3) year term; four  (4) Library Trustees, three (3) year terms; one (2) 
year term.
 
 
 
 
Mr. Sweet made a motion to fix an error on the warrant for the Library Trustee position.  The warrant listed the position for Library Trustee as one two year term.  The warrant should read Library Trustee one (1) year term.  Mr. Hennessey seconded the motion.  
 
A voice vote was in the affirmative to amend the warrant to read as amended.
 
Article 1 will be placed on the ballot as amended.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 02: Petitioned Warrant Article to Change Zoning Classification 
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to change the zoning classification of Map/Lot 44-23, a 12.1 acre parcel and Map/Lot 44-33, a 4.3 acre parcel presently owned by Kimberly Rene Howard 1998 Revocable Trust, situated on the west side of Old Waterford Road and currently in the Residential-11, Rural, and Commercial-111 Zones, so that these two (2) parcels shall be in the Commercial-1 Zone.  No Tax Impact.  Recommended by the Planning Board.
 
Mr. Bratz spoke on Article 2. He explained there is a problem with the article as there was an error in the petition on Map/Lot 44-23.  It should have read Map/Lot 44-32. He urged the voters to vote no on Article 2. 
 
Dann asked what happens if the vote is yes.
 
Mr. Bratz explained it is not a valid article, thus the vote to change the classification would not be valid. 
 
Article 2 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 03: River District Infrastructure & Community Sidewalk Bond
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $900,000 (Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars) for design and construction of Town infrastructure, including roads, sewer, sidewalks and associated improvements in the River District and connecting areas, including the following streets and/or roads Ammonoosuc, Bridge, Bronson, Cottage, Elm, Main, Meadow, Mill, Mt. Eustis, Pleasant, Saranac, South and Riverside Drive and additional sidewalks.  And to authorize the Town to utilize said funds and authorize Town to acquire and/or swap land and/or rights of way, easements and buildings in said area without further vote of the Town for said purpose. And to authorize the issuance of not more than $900,000 (Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars) of bonds and/or notes in accordance with the provisions of the municipal finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon. Furthermore to authorize the Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend grants, donations, or other funding sources that are available for such purpose.  Funds raised by this appropriation shall be expended only if matched by a minimum of two dollars of grants, donations or other funding sources for every dollar of this appropriation. This is a non-lapsing appropriation until December 31, 2019. It is estimated that two thirds of this appropriation will be funded by taxes and one third by sewer user revenue and/or reserves.  
No Tax Impact in 2016.  
Tax Impact for 2017 & 2018 $0.070 per Thousand on Property Tax, and $0.030 per Thousand on Sewer Taxes (Proposed Term Fifteen (15) Years).  
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 5-4.
(3/5 Ballot Vote Required) 
 
John Hennessey explained Article 3.  He showed several slides.  He said the project is to include part of Main St. to Meadow St. and down to Bridge St.  The project is to start in March or April 2016. He said the planning is completed.
 
George McNamara said the sewer system is from the 1930’s.  Storm drains are insufficient and sidewalks and roads are sloping the wrong way.
 
Bruce Hadlock asked about the bond rating.  He wanted to know how much the Town could borrow.  
 
Karen Noyes said that last time we could borrow $66 million.
 
Bruce Hadlock said the evaluation went down $52 million.  He then asked how much is in the Sewer fund.
 
Karen Noyes said the estimated amount is $240,000.
 
Bruce is concerned there is not enough in the Sewer fund if there is a catastrophic episode. 
 
Herbert Will lives on Riverside Drive and said he is concerned about the trail from the footbridge on his property regarding vandalism, trash, and things stolen from his front porch. He is also concerned about eminent domain regarding the property where he lives.
 
Town Manager Dorsett said there is no plan for eminent domain.
 
Article 3 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 04: Acquisition and Sale of Land, Buildings or Both
 
 
To see if the Town of Littleton will adopt RSA 41:14-a wherein the Selectmen shall have the authority to acquire or sell land, buildings, or both.  Any such proposed acquisition or sale shall first be submitted for review and recommendation to the Planning Board and Conservation Commission.  Thereafter, two public hearings shall be held regarding the proposed acquisition or sale.  If a written petition of fifty (50) registered voters is presented to the Selectmen, the proposed acquisition or sale shall be inserted as an article in the warrant for the Town Meeting.  
No Tax Impact.  Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.
 
Town Manager Andrew Dorsett explained Article 4.
 
Casey Hadlock offered an amendment to Article 4 which was seconded by Arthur Tighe.  
 
The amendment was to include Section II (a), (b) and (c).
 
Article 4 as amended now reads: 
To see if the Town of Littleton will adopt RSA 41:14-a including section II (a), (b), and (c) wherein the Selectmen shall have the authority to acquire or sell land, buildings, or both.  Any such proposed acquisition or sale shall first be submitted for review and recommendation to the Planning Board and Conservation Commission.  Thereafter, two public hearings shall be held regarding the proposed acquisition or sale.  If a written petition of fifty (50) registered voters is presented to the Selectmen, the proposed acquisition or sale shall be inserted as an article in the warrant for the Town Meeting.  
No Tax Impact.  Recommended by Selectmen 3-0
 
Article 4 passed as amended by voice vote.  It will be placed on the ballot as amended.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 05: Sale of Town Owned Property
 
 
Shall the Board of Selectmen be authorized, without further Town Meeting action to sell the following Town Property after two duly noticed public hearings in accordance with RSA 41:14-4a:  2007 Double Wide Manufactured Home – located at Hagan’s Manufactured Housing Sales & Service, 2393 Saint Johnsbury Road, NH Route 18, Littleton, NH 03561.
No Tax Impact.  Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.
 
Edward Hennessey made a motion to amend Article 5 to eliminate the words “in accordance with RSA 41:14-4a”. The motion was seconded by Schuyler Sweet.  
 
Mr. Hennessey explained the Town attorney recommended elimination the above wording.  
 
The amendment passed by voice vote.  
 
M. Hennessey explained the mobile home is waiting to be sold and the Town is paying lot rent.  The Selectmen are seeking permission to sell the mobile home.
 
Bruce Hadlock offered an amendment to take the dollar amount it was purchased for.  Rudy Gelsi seconded the amendment.  
 
Mr. Hadlock’s amendment was defeated by voice vote.
 
 
Article 5 will read as follows:
Shall the Board of Selectmen be authorized, without further Town Meeting action to sell the following Town Property after two duly noticed public hearings? A  2007 Double Wide Manufactured Home – located at Hagan’s Manufactured Housing Sales & Service, 2393 Saint Johnsbury Road, NH Route 18, Littleton, NH 03561
 
Article 5 will be placed on the ballot as amended on the first amendment presented.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 06: Sale of Town Owned Property
 
 
Shall the Board of Selectmen be authorized, without further Town Meeting action to sell the following Town Property after two duly  noticed public hearings in accordance with RSA 41:14-4a:?  Tax Map/Lot 91-88 a parcel of .43 acres located at the Industrial Park currently leased by Fort Fairfield BP, LLC.  Fort Fairfield BP, LLC to purchase this property for $7,500 (Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars).
No Tax Impact.  Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.
 
A motion to amend Article 6 was proposed by Mr. Hennessey and seconded by Mr. Sweet to strike the wording “in accordance with RSA 41-14-4a”.
 
The amendment passed by voice vote.
 
Bruce Hadlock made a motion to amend Article 6 to add the wording “and by doing so protect the Town by adding the following easements for drainage, electrical, water and sewage”.
 
Jan Edick seconded the motion.
 
A voice vote was taken and was inconclusive.  A standing vote was then taken and the vote was in the affirmative Yes  30    No 22.  
 
Article 6 will be placed on the ballot as amended below:
 
Shall the Board of Selectmen be authorized, without further Town Meeting action to sell the following Town Property after two duly noticed public hearings?  Tax Map/Lot 91-88 a parcel of .43 acres located at the Industrial Park and in doing so protect the Town by adding the following easements for drainage, electrical, water and sewage, currently leased by Fort Fairfield BP, LLC.  Fort Fairfield BP, LLC to purchase this property for $7,500 (Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars).
No Tax Impact.  Recommended by Selectmen 3-0
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 07: 2016 Operating Budget
 
 
Shall the Town raise and appropriate as an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the warrant or as amended by vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth therein, totaling $8,395,342 (Eight Million Three Hundred Ninety Five Thousand Three Hundred Forty Two Dollars)?  Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $8,300,517 (Eight Million Three Hundred Thousand Five Hundred Seventeen Dollars) which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the Town or by law; or the governing body may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only.  
Estimated Tax Impact $7.020 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by the Budget Committee 6-1.
 
Teresa Brooks spoke on behalf of Ammonoosuc Community Health Service (ACHS) and explained they missed the deadline for putting in a petitioned warrant article.  She made a motion to amend Article 7 to increase the Operating Budget by $15,000 for ACHS.
 
Lynn Davis seconded the request.
 
Arthur Tighe asked if that figure would go into the default budget for next year.
 
Karen Noyes said it would be a one year payment only.
 
The amendment failed.
 
Peter Rivieras of Caleb Caregivers explained their mission is to enhance Senior Citizens volunteers.  He asked for $2000 to be added to the Operating Budget for Caleb Caregivers.  
 
A motion to amend the article to increase it by $2000 was made by Tony Ilacqua and was seconded by David Carpenter.
 
The amendment did not pass.
 
Andrew Dorsett, Town Manager then explained the budget.
 
Article 7 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 08: Police Cruiser Safety Equipment
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000 (Three Thousand Dollars), for the purpose of purchasing and installing Police & Police Cruiser Safety Equipment into Police Cruisers and or to offset the purchase cost and setup of a new police cruiser, and to authorize the withdrawal of $3,000 (Three Thousand Dollars) from the Special Detail Revenue Fund.  And to further authorize the Police Chief to trade in or sell older and unused equipment.
No Tax Impact.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 7-1.
 
Bruce Hadlock made a motion to amend Article 8 to change “authorize the Police Chief” to “authorize the Selectmen”.
 
Wilfred Thompson seconded the motion.
 
The amendment was defeated.
 
Article 8 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 09: Purchase of New Police Cruiser
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $43,357 (Forty Three Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Seven Dollars) for the purpose of purchasing and set up of a new police cruiser as a replacement for a seven year old police cruiser in service in the Littleton Police Department.  And further authorize the Selectmen to trade in or sell an older cruiser for the purpose of reducing the cost of a new cruiser.  
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.057 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 5-3.
 
Article 9 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 10: New Full Time Police Officer
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $63,474 (Sixty Three Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Four Dollars) for the purpose of increasing the current level of Patrol Officer staffing for the Town’s police department.  The nine month estimated cost is $63,474 is inclusive of benefits, equipment and uniforms, the full year inclusive cost is estimated to be $85,911and if approved the full cost will be added to the 2017 default and proposed budgets.  
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.084 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 6-2.
 
Article 10 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 11: Establish Heating System and Oil Tank Mitigation Capital Reserve Fund
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to establish a Fire Department Heating System and Oil Tank Mitigation Capital Reserve Fund under the provisions of RSA 35:1 to raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand Dollars) to be placed in this fund.  Further, to name the Selectmen as agents to expend from said fund. 
Estimated Tax Impact $0.020 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 6-2. 
 
Chief Mercieri explained Article 11.
 
Article 11 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
Article 12: Establish Fire Department Equipment/Vehicle Capital Reserve Fund
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to establish a Fire Department Equipment/Vehicle(s) Capital Reserve Fund under the provisions of RSA 35:1 for the purpose to replace and purchase equipment or vehicle(s) and to raise and appropriate the sum of $25,000 (Twenty Five Thousand Dollars) to be placed in this fund.  Further to name the Selectmen as agents to expend from said fund. 
Estimated Tax Impact $0.033 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen 2-1.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 5-3.
 
Article 12 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
Article 13: Highway Garage Salt Shed Reserve Fund
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $40,000 (Forty Thousand Dollars) to deposit into the Highway Department Capital Reserve Fund under the provisions of RSA 35:1 for the purpose of planning, designing and building a Highway Salt Storage Shed.    
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.053 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 6-2.
 
Article 13 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 14: Highway Department Truck Replacement Three Year Lease
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the selectmen to enter into a Three (3) Year lease agreement in the amount of $85,000 (Eighty Five Thousand Dollars) for the purpose of leasing a new 2016 or newer Heavy Duty Truck, Plow and Equipment, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $28,333 (Twenty Eight Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Three Dollars) for the first year's payment for that purpose. This lease agreement contains an escape clause. 
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.038 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen 2-1.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 5-3.
 
Article 14 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
Article 15: Highway Department Sidewalk Tractor Three Year Lease
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the selectmen to enter into a Three (3) Year lease agreement in the amount of $40,000 (Forty Thousand Dollars) for the purpose of leasing a 2015 or newer sidewalk plow tractor and equipment, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $13,333 (Thirteen Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Three Dollars) for the first year's payment for that purpose. This lease agreement contains an escape clause. Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.018 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 5-4.  
 
Article 15 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
Article 16: Highway Department Loader Three Year Lease
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the selectmen to enter into a Three (3) Year lease agreement in the amount of $130,000 (One Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars) for the purpose of leasing a new Highway Department Loader, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $43,333 (Forty Three Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Three Dollars) for the first year's payment for that purpose. This lease agreement contains an escape clause. 
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.057 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 6-2.
 
Bruce Hadlock made a motion to amend Article 16 to add the wording “or used”. 
 
The article reads as amended:
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the selectmen to enter into a Three (3) Year lease agreement in the amount of $130,000 (One Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars) for the purpose of leasing a new or used Highway Department Loader, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $43,333 (Forty Three Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Three Dollars) for the first year's payment for that purpose. This lease agreement contains an escape clause. 
 
The amendment passed by voice vote.  Article 16 will be placed on the ballot as amended.
 
The motion to stop the meeting at 10:00 P.M. was made and seconded at the beginning of the meeting.  It is now 10:00 P.M and the meeting will continue on February 4, 2016 AT 6:00 P.M. at the Littleton High School cafeteria.
 
February 4, 2016 The second night of the “Deliberative Session” started at 6:00 P.M. at the Littleton High School cafeteria. Mr. Winn, Town Moderator presided over the meeting.
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was spoken.
 
Article 17 was the next article to be discussed.
 
 
 
 
Article 17: Transfer Station Health and Safety Repairs
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $18,000 (Eighteen Thousand Dollars) for various health and safety repairs and equipment at the Transfer Station.  
Estimated Tax Impact: $0.024 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  
Recommended by Budget Committee 7-1.
 
Brian Patnoe, Manager of the Transfer Station spoke on Article 17.
 
Article 17 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 18: SEA Collective One Year Bargaining Agreement
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to approve the cost item included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Board of Selectmen and the State Employees’ Association, Local 1984, which calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing level:
One (1) Year Contract Cost:
Year                 Cost
2016                 $12,539.00
And further to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,539.00 (Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Thirty Nine Dollars) for the current fiscal year, such sum representing the additional costs attributable to the increase in salaries and benefits over those of the appropriation at current staffing levels paid in the prior fiscal year.  Pursuant to RSA 273-A:12 VII, if approved, the terms of this collective bargaining agreement, including the pay plan, but excluding costs of living increases will continue in force and effect until a new agreement is executed.  
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.017 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 6-0.
 
Mary Edick made a motion to amend Article 18 for the heading to add the word “POLICE” to let the voters know the
 SEA is the Police .  
 
Jerald Lesage seconded the motion.
 
The amendment passed.
 
The body of the article did not change.
 
Article 18 will be placed on the ballot as amended.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 19: Special Town Meeting
 
 
Shall the Town of Littleton, if Article 18 is defeated, authorize the governing body to call one special meeting, at its option, to address Article 18 cost items only?
No Tax Impact – (Cost Included in Operating Budget)
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.
 
Article 19 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 20: Hill Street Upgrading
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Dollars), of which $220,000 (Two Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars) is for the purpose of designing, engineering, paving and upgrading Hill Street, and to upgrade the sewer systems related to this road, which is estimated at $80,000 (Eighty Thousand Dollars) and to further authorize the withdrawal of $80,000 (Eighty Thousand Dollars) to come from the Sewer Replacement, Connection, and Sewer Restricted Fund Balances previously established for this purpose. Any savings realized on this project will be used for and expended on other Town roads. 
Estimated Tax Impact $0.291 per Thousand. 
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 4-2. 2 Abstained.
 
Article 20 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
Article 21: Cyr Road Upgrading
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate an amount not to exceed $140,000 (One Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars), for the purpose of designing, engineering, paving and upgrading Cyr Road.  Any savings realized on this project will be used for and expended on other Town roads.
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.185 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 4-2.  2 Abstained.
 
Selectman Bratz explained the area being done is about 8/10ths of a mile long.
 
Mary Edick asked what happens if $140,000 is not enough to complete the project.
 
George McNamara said he is fairly confident it will come in under $140,000.
 
Article 21 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 22: Upper School Street Upgrading
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $185,000 (One Hundred Eight Five Thousand Dollars), of which $110,000 (One Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars) is for the purpose of designing, engineering, paving and upgrading Upper School Street, and to upgrade the sewer systems related to this road, which is estimated at $75,000 (Seventy Five Thousand Dollars) and to further authorize the withdrawal of $75,000 (Seventy Five Thousand Dollars) to come from the Sewer Replacement, Connection, and Sewer Restricted Fund Balances previously established for this purpose.  Any savings realized on the project will be used for and expended on other Town roads.  
Estimated Tax Impact $0.146 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 4-2. 2 Abstained.
 
Article 22 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 23: Funding of Town Wide Assessment Maintenance Trust Fund
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 (Twenty Thousand Dollars) to be added to the Town Wide Assessment Maintenance Trust Fund previously established.  The purpose of this funding is to meet the constitutional and statutory requirement that assessments are done every fifth year following RSA 75:8-a.  It is anticipated that a revaluation will take place in 2020.
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.026 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 6-2. 
 
Article 23 will be placed on the ballot as written.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 24: Unexpended Conservation Commission Funds
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $829 (Eight Hundred Twenty Nine Dollars) to be placed in the Conservation Commission Capital Reserve Fund previously established. This amount represents the unexpended portion of the Conservation Commission's 2015 appropriation.  
No Tax Impact. 
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.   Recommended by Budget Committee 7-1. 
 
Article 24 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 25: Unexpended Welfare Trust Fund
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500 (Five Hundred Dollars) to be placed in the Local Assistance Expendable Trust Fund with said funds to come from the Undesignated Unreserved Fund Balance. These funds represent some of the unexpended portion of the 2015 annual appropriation. 
No Tax Impact. 
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0. Recommended by Budget Committee 7-1.
 
Article 25 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 26: Energy Audits for the Opera House & Fire Station 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of not more than $2,500 (Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars) for the purpose of conducting energy audits on the Littleton Opera House and Littleton Fire Station to identify ways to reduce energy usage.   
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.003 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0. Not Recommended by Budget Committee 5-2.
 
William Gendreau spoke in favor of this article.
 
Article 26 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 27: Energy Conservation Committee Lighting & Energy Improvements 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,500 (Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Dollars) to replace or install cost effective, energy efficient lighting and sensors in several Town owned buildings.  Specific lighting improvements will be prioritized and selected based on safety, operational effectiveness, and cost savings.  Matching funds will be sought from NH Public Utilities Commission or others.  To further authorize the Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend grants and other funds available for this purpose.  This appropriation will be non-lapsing until 12/31/2021 or the project is completed, whichever comes first.  
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.017 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 5-2.  
 
Peter Cooper asked the Board of Selectmen to raise the amount from $12,500 to $14,000.  
 
William Gendreau made to motion to amend it to $14,000.  
 
There was much discussion on the article.
 
Article 27 reads as amended:
 
Article 27: Energy Conservation Committee Lighting & Energy Improvements 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,500 (Fourteen Thousand Dollars) to replace or install cost effective, energy efficient lighting and sensors in several Town owned buildings.  Specific lighting improvements will be prioritized and selected based on safety, operational effectiveness, and cost savings.  Matching funds will be sought from NH Public Utilities Commission or others.  To further authorize the Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend grants and other funds available for this purpose.  This appropriation will be non-lapsing until 12/31/2021 or the project is completed, whichever comes first.  
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.017 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 5-2.  
 
Article 27 will be placed on the ballot as amended. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,500 (Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Dollars) to replace or install cost effective, energy efficient lighting and sensors in several Town owned buildings.  Specific lighting improvements will be prioritized and selected based on safety, operational effectiveness, and cost savings.  Matching funds will be sought from NH Public Utilities Commission or others.  To further authorize the Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend grants and other funds available for this purpose.  This appropriation will be non-lapsing until 12/31/2021 or the project is completed, whichever comes first.  
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.017 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 5-2.    
 
 
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,500 (Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Dollars) to replace or install cost effective, energy efficient lighting and sensors in several Town owned buildings.  Specific lighting improvements will be prioritized and selected based on safety, operational effectiveness, and cost savings.  Matching funds will be sought from NH Public Utilities Commission or others.  To further authorize the Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend grants and other funds available for this purpose.  This appropriation will be non-lapsing until 12/31/2021 or the project is completed, whichever comes first.  
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.017 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 5-2.    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 28: Opera House Building Maintenance
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000 (Five Thousand Dollars) for necessary building maintenance items at the Littleton Opera House.  
Estimated Tax Impact:  $0.007 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen: 3-0. Recommended by Budget Committee 6-1.  
 
Article28 will be placed on the ballot as written.
  
 
 
 
 
 
Article 29: Parks & Recreation Paving Projects 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $53,650 (Fifty Three Thousand Six Hundred Fifty Dollars) for the purpose of paving the following areas:  Pave 1,200 ft. trail at a cost of $16,920 (Sixteen Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty Dollars), and Remich Park Driveway at a cost of $18,720 (Eighteen Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Dollars), and Common Concession Area and Parking area at a cost of $11,770 (Eleven Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Dollars) and the Parking Area at the Tennis Courts at a cost of $6,240 (Six Thousand Two Hundred Forty Dollars).  
Estimated Tax Impact $0.071 per Thousand. 
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 7-0.
 
        Michael Spaulding said this would be the first year of paving since 2001 and he showed slides of the areas needing 
        paving.
 
Article 29  will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
Article 30: Restore Part Time Librarian Position to Full Time
 
 
To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of $12,646 (Twelve Thousand Six Hundred Forty Six Dollars) to restore a permanent part-time librarian position to a full time position, said funds which include salary and benefits to come from taxation.  
Estimated Tax Impact $0.017 per Thousand. 
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 7-0.
 
Jan Edick said the Library has been short staffed for 5 years and he gave the hours the Library is open.
 
Article 30 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 31: Petitioned Warrant Article Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $30,000 (Thirty Thousand Dollars) to the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce.  
Estimated Tax Impact $0.040 per Thousand.  
Recommended by Selectmen 2-1.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 6-1.
 
Carrie Gendreau spoke on Article 31 and the work the Chamber of Commerce does.
 
Article 31 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 32: Petitioned Warrant Article Glenwood Cemetery Association
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand Dollars) to continue repairs of the cemetery wall on West Main Street. 
Estimated Tax Impact $0.020 per Thousand. 
Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Recommended by Budget Committee 6-1.
 
Tom Alt explained Article 32 as a member of the Glenwood Cemetery Association.   
 
Article 32 will be placed on the ballot as written. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 33: Petitioned Warrant Article Littleton Community Center 
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $35,000 (Thirty Five Thousand Dollars) to support a donation to the Littleton Community Center Capital Reserve Improvement Fund towards the removal of vinyl siding and lead paint, installing insulation, and repainting the exterior of the main building.  
Estimated Tax Impact $0.046 Per Thousand. 
Recommended by Selectmen 2-1.  Recommended by Budget Committee 4-2.
 
Mary Menzies spoke on behalf of the Littleton Community Center.
 
Dann said as the Community Center is not owned by the Town, perhaps more money should be used to keep it going.  No amendment was offered.
 
Article 33 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 34: Petitioned Warrant Article Library Building Improvements
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand Dollars) to be placed in the “Library Building Improvement Fund,” which was created at the 2014 Town Meeting, said funds to come from taxation.  
Estimated Tax Impact $0.020 per Thousand.
Not Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 5-1.
 
William Freeland, trustee of the Library said the Library was given to the Town in 1905.
 
Arwen Mitton, employee of the Library, spoke to the hours of the library and the use of it.
 
Mary Edick urged people to vote for the article.
 
Article 34 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 35: Petitioned Warrant Article Alternative Energy Property Tax Exemption
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of NH RSA 72:61 through RSA 72:72 inclusively, which provide for an optional property tax exemption from the assessed value, for property tax purposes, for persons owning real property, which is equipped with solar energy systems, wind-powered energy systems or wood heating energy systems intended for use at the immediate site. Such property tax exemption shall be in the amount equal to 100% of the total assessed value of qualifying equipment under these statutes, up to a maximum of $20,000.00 for each solar energy system, wind-powered energy system or wood heating energy system.
No Tax Impact.  Not Recommended by Selectmen 2-1.
 
Article 35 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
Article 36: Petitioned Warrant Article Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
 
 
Shall the voters to raise and appropriate the sum of Thirty-Four Thousand Dollars ($34,000) to Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc., through the Littleton Area Senior Center and the ServiceLink Resource Center for services for Littleton residents in 2016.  These services include congregate meals, home delivered meals, transportation, outreach support, ServiceLink support, and more.  In FY2015, the Littleton Area Senior Center provided services for 783 Littleton residents, and ServiceLink provided services for 394 residents.  The cost of providing these services was $409,655.68. 
Estimated Tax Impact $0.045 per Thousand.  
Not Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 4-3. 
 
Article 36 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 37: Petitioned Warrant Article Boys & Girls Club
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 (Ten Thousand Dollars) to support the Boys & Girls Club of the North Country in order to provide a healthy, safe, and productive after school and vacation camp environment for children from Littleton and other area towns. 
Estimated Tax Impact $0.013 per Thousand. 
Not Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 4-3.
 
Article 37 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
Article 38: Petitioned Warrant Article Support Center at Burch House
 
 
To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,080 (Three Thousand Eighty Dollars) for the Support Center at Burch House. These funds will support essential domestic and sexual violence prevention services and emergency shelter for victims and survivors in the community. 
Estimated Tax Impact $0.004 per Thousand. 
Not Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.   Not Recommended by Budget Committee 4-3. 
 
Article 38 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 39: Petitioned Warrant Article North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $21,500 (Twenty One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars) for the purpose of North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency Inc., to provide home health and home care services to the underinsured and uninsured Littleton residents. 
Estimated Tax Impact $0.028 per Thousand. 
Not Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 4-3.
 
Article 39 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 40: Petitioned Warrant Article Northern Human Services
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $9,696.12 (Nine Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Six Dollars and Twelve Cents) as the Town's contribution to the White Mountain Mental Health and Common Ground, programs of Northern Human Services, serving the mental health and developmental service needs of Littleton residents.  
Tax Impact $0.013.  Not Recommended by Selectmen 3-0. Not Recommended by Budget Committee 4-3.
 
Article 40 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 41: Petitioned Warrant Article Tri-County Community Action Program
 
 
To see if the Town of Littleton will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $11,000 (Eleven Thousand Dollars) for Tri-County Community Action Grafton County for the purpose of continuing services of the Fuel Assistance Program for the residents of Littleton.  Estimated Tax Impact $0.015 per Thousand.  
Not Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 4-3.
 
Article 41 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 42: Petitioned Warrant Article Center of New Beginnings
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) to support the Center of New Beginnings in Littleton, which provides counseling and mental health services to individuals throughout the North Country. In 2015, The Center for New Beginnings provided services for 129 individuals who reside in the Town of Littleton. 
Estimated Tax Impact $0.001 per Thousand.  
Not Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 4-3.
 
Article 42 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Article 43: Petitioned Warrant Article Above the Notch Humane Society
 
 
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000 (Five Thousand Dollars) to support the Above the Notch Humane Society with the care and feeding of stray and unwanted animals in our area.  
Tax Impact $0.007.  
Not Recommended by Selectmen 3-0.  Not Recommended by Budget Committee 4-3.
 
Article 43 will be placed on the ballot as written.
 
 
The Deliberative Session meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.  February 4, 2016.
 
 
A TRUE COPY ATTEST:
 
 
 
 
JUDITH F. WHITE
LITTLETON TOWN CLERK