Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Aug 24, 2016

Approved Minutes Public Hearing and BOS Meeting Aug 24, 2016


TOWN OF LITTLETON
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
PUBLIC HEARING
UNANTICIPATED FUNDS
RSA 31:95-b, Section III, and RSA 91A: 2
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2016, 9:00 AM
FOLLOWED BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING
TOWN OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM

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

Others Present: Darin Wipperman (The Courier)

Bratz opened the public hearing at 9:00 AM.

The purpose of the hearing is prescribed by RSA 31:95-b, Section III, and RSA 91A: 2 to discuss the acceptance and expenditure of unanticipated money from the State, Federal or other governmental unit or private sources by the Selectmen.

The source of income is from grant funds from the Northern Border Regional Commission in the amount of $110,000.00 (One Hundred Ten Thousand Dollar). The grant funds will help construct Phase III of Littleton’s Riverwalk, utilizing the recreation rail trail to connect the Riverwalk Phase II from the Curran suspension bridge to the new Bridge Street pedestrian/bike bridge which is anticipated to be completed this summer. Hennessey made the motion to approve the acceptance of the grant funds. Sweet seconded the motion. Bratz asked if there were any questions. Darin Wipperman asked what the cost would be to complete Phase III of the Riverwalk. Dorsett said he would provide that information to Wipperman later. Wipperman further asked if the grant would allow the Town to draw down funds from the Bond that was approved at Town Meeting. Dorsett confirmed that would be the case. There being no further questions the board voted 3-0 to accept the bond funds. Hennessey asked if the railroad tracks had been removed yet and if not when would this occur. Dorsett said he would check into the estimated dates for their removal. Bratz adjourned the public hearing and moved into a Board of Selectmen’s meeting at 9:13 AM.

Approve the PILOT Agreement:
Children’s House, Inc.
7 Bronson Street, Map 84/Lot 117
Hennessey made the motion to approve the PILOT Agreement with The Children’s House, Inc.
The taxpayer shall pay to the Town each taxable year during the term of this agreement (April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2020) one installment of $2,400 due and payable in full on the date that coincides with the Town’s final tax bill. The PILOT for the 2015 and 2016 tax years shall be considered paid in full based on the taxes paid for the 2015 tax year. Sweet seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.

Approve Abatement Recommendation:
Center for New Beginnings
229 Cottage Street, Map 93/Lot 10
2015 & 2016 Tax Years
The Center for New Beginnings had their charitable exemption status removed for the 2015 and 2016 tax years. Upon further review by the Town’s Attorney it was suggested they be considered exempt for the 2016 tax year as they meet all the requirements. It is recommended an abatement in the amount of $3,453 be granted for the 2016 tax year.
Hennessey made the motion to approve the abatement for the Center for New Beginnings in the amount of $3,453 be granted for the 2016 tax year. Sweet seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.

Since the Center for New Beginnings were determined to be exempt for 2016, it is recommended they be refunded their taxes paid for the 2015 tax year. This would result in an abatement amount of $7,004.89 plus applicable interest for the 2015 tax year. They have made it clear they will be appealing the 2015 tax year unless we also consider exempt and refund the taxes paid. This would most likely result in a loss for the Town if it goes before the BTLA.
Sweet made the motion to approve the abatement for the Center for New Beginnings in the amount of $7,004.89 plus applicable interest be granted for the 2015 tax year. 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 9:13 AM.