Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Feb 9, 2015

Approved Minutes Feb 9, 2015

5:30 PM

Present: Town Manager Fred Moody, Chairman Milton T. Bratz, Selectman G. Michael Gilman, V. Chairman Marghie Seymour. Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings, Finance Director Karen Noyes

Others Present: Nathan Gair (North Country Health Consortium), Eddy Moore, Dann, Rudy Gelsi, Channel 2, Darin Wipperman (The Courier), Robert Blechl (The Caledonian), Chief Paul Smith (Littleton PD), Francine Morgan (North Country Health Consortium)

Bratz called the meeting to order at 5:45 PM.

Nathan Gair – North Country Health Consortium – February 15, 2015 Deadline to sign up for Health Care Coverage
Nathan Gair and Francine Morgan introduced themselves as health representatives for the North Country Health Consortium. They wanted to advise people about health insurance options. They are grant funded to help share information. If you don’t have health coverage through a job they suggest you look for coverage through the marketplace. The deadline to sign up for health care is February 15th, this Sunday. If you had a plan through the marketplace you can still change it by February 15th. Littleton Regional will not be accepting some particular health plans. If you pick or change your health coverage by February 15th, your new health coverage will start March 1st. If your income is below a certain level you may be eligible for the New Hampshire Health Program at no cost. If you qualify you can sign up anytime of the year. Dann asked if they were funded through taxpayer dollars. Francine Morgan said they are grant funded by state and federal grants. Dann said they also mentioned that for some people the insurance at no cost. If that is the case that means the taxpayer is paying form someone else’s free insurance coverage. Francine Morgan told Dann that she appreciated his questions but she was not qualified to provide him with answers. Eddy Moore asked about the Anthem plans that would not be accepted by Littleton Regional. Nathan Gair said anyone who has an older Anthem plan will be at accepted at Littleton Regional except for the plans that were bought through the exchange last year. Gilman asked where the Anthem plans are accepted by other hospitals. Gair stated that most other hospitals are accepting the plans.

Citizen’s Concerns:
Eddy Moore said he had a comment. There is a rumor that business owners on Main Street are cleaning up the snow and are going to send a bill to the Town. Moody said that Main Street will be cleaned tomorrow night. Bratz said he got up early one morning and noticed some bucket loaders on Main Street Thursday or Friday. Moody said that a few businesses hired some private contractor’s to clear in front of their businesses only.

Dann said he had concerns about the Town Deliberative Session. We had a problem last year with timing and we had the same problem this year but even worse. He also didn’t like the lack of fairness and transparency. When the selectmen are in favor of something like the garage or the River District people were allowed additional time to talk. When he tried to talk he was shut down and that was not fair. Either you should plan to start earlier or to plan to have two sessions. Bratz said they had talked about having a Saturday session. Apparently they tried that some years ago and hardly anyone showed up. Bratz asked Dann what was his timing issue. Dann said that last year it ran over the two hours but this year it was five and a half hours. Bratz responded by saying there were forty eight warrant articles which can result in a long meeting. The reason they went to an SB2 model was because some of the meetings were running into after midnight. Eddy Moore said there were also running into three or four nights. Bratz said they can’t stop the session unless the people vote on it. Seymour told Dann that he stood up and wanted to talk on every single article to get your message across that people shouldn’t pay taxes for things they don’t use. People already know your views. Seymour said that he alone added about an hour and a half to the meeting. Dann said that was a gross over exaggeration. Dann said they didn’t even go over all of the articles because they used a trick of the floor. Bratz said it is procedure. In the forty years he has lived here he has seen motions that cover a larger group of articles than they had at the deliberative session the other night. Gilman said that is up to the voting body and the moderator. Dann said they should plan it better. Bratz said they can’t because it is dictated by statute as to how they run the meetings. Bratz said that he was not sure Margie was right about the time that Dann added to the meeting, it might have been two hours.

Dann also wanted to talk to the lawsuit about someone giving the finger to somebody. He wanted to present a thought. The person who is suing could be granted a life time permit for parking and a personal apology. Maybe he would settle for that instead of the $17,000. Seymour said it was too late. Bratz said the insurance company is the one to pay the fine, not the taxpayer directly. Bratz then moved onto the business part of the meeting and stated they would not take any questions until the end of the meeting.

Town Manager’s Report:
Safe Routes to Schools Grant Update
Moody said he met with the DOT on the Final Design and they were pleased. The only change on the walkway to the entrance to Lakeway, they wanted a rest area for wheelchairs. They also indicated that if that were to increase the cost they might have some flexibility to accommodate the cost. Bratz asked if the bump outs were still part of the design. Moody said yes. The takeaway from the meeting was that even though Congress hasn’t fully funded the program and the state is confident that they will have the funding to begin construction in 2016.

CDFA Grant Administration
Moody said the Town received a CDBG grant with NCIC for a Career Technical Center CNC Training equipment course. Even this has not been accepted yet and probably won’t be until later this month, in order to get the grant administration into line he put together the request for proposals to administer the grant. It is a $169,000 grant and the administration budget is $19,000. The deadlines for proposals is February 18th.

2013 Audit Report
Moody said they have all received the final 2013 audit. He would like the board to review the document and then approve the report at the meeting on February 17th. Noyes said there are no surprises in the audit. The auditors have gone back into the minutes. There are some warrant articles in the 1990’s that they are looking into. They might come back at some time with questions. The only warrant article this year was the correction to the conservation commission.

2015 Committee, Commission and Board Vacancies
Moody said it was time to think about the vacancies on the various boards and committees and commissions in Town. He then read the list and advised the deadline to submit self-nominations as March 27th. The appointments would be made the first meeting in April.

Old Business:
Review/Vote & Sign the 2015 Amended Warrant
The board unanimously accepted and signed the 2015 warrant articles.

Announce Feb. 17, 2015, 5:00 PM Public Hearing pursuant to RSA 41:8-c – Re: Five Member Board of Selectmen. Moody announced the public hearing time and place as listed above.

New Business: None

Other Business:
Board of Assessors: Signatures for Elderly Exemptions & Veteran’s Tax Credits
The board signed the elderly and veteran’s tax credit as provided by the assessors.

Bratz announced the board will go into nonpublic session(s) per the following RSA:
Gilman made the motion to go into the nonpublic session per RSA 91-A:3, II(d) Consideration of the acquisition, sale or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community. Seymour seconded the motion. The board entered the nonpublic session at 6:05 PM. The board came out of the nonpublic session at 6:35 PM. Gilman stated the minutes were sealed. Bratz asked for a motion to adjourn. Gilman made the motion to adjourn. Seymour seconded the motion. The motion to adjourn passed 3-0.