Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Jan 22, 2015

Work Session Minutes Jan 22, 2015


TOWN OF LITTLETON
BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING
THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015
12:00 PM
TOWN OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM

Present: Town Manager Fred Moody, Chairman Milton T. Bratz, Selectman G. Michael Gilman, Vice Chairman Marghie Seymour attending by phone conference from New Mexico on personal business, Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings

Others Present: Brody Karen Noyes (Finance Director), Chief Paul Smith (Littleton PD), Darin Wipperman (The Courier), Dann, Rudy Gelsi, Robert Blechl (The Caledonian)

Bratz opened the meeting at 12:15 PM.

The Board met to review the warrant article list and assign articles for each board member to speak to at the deliberative session. The budget committee voted on the warrant articles that had a tax impact. They did not vote on the social service warrant articles because they did not want to pre-judge the agencies. Seymour asked why the budget committee did not vote on the increase of the board of selectmen warrant article. Moody said it was because it had no tax impact. Seymour said it did because it was to reduce the pay a selectmen receives.

Bratz began with Article 2. The Town Garage Bond. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Mike Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 3. River District Bond. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Marghie Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 4. Synthetic Cannabinoids Ordinance. The board voted 2-1 to support this warrant article. Seymour did not vote. Milton Bratz was assigned this warrant article.

Article 5. Proposed and Default Operating Budget. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Bratz and Moody were assigned this warrant article.

Article 6. Sale of Town Property. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Bratz was assigned this warrant article.

Article 7. Dells Dam Transfer of 2012 Warrant Articles. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 8. Authorizing Trust Funds to pay for management services. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Bratz was assigned this warrant article.

Article 9. Replace Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Equipment. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 10. Establish Conservation Commission Capital Reserve Fund. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 11. Department Capital Reserve Fund. The board voted -1 to support this warrant article. Bratz voted no. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 12. Purchase of Police Cruiser. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 13. Purchase Police Cruiser Safety Equipment. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 14 Increase patrol Officer Staffing. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Bratz was assigned this warrant article.

Article 15. Highway Truck Replacement. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 16. Highway Garage Capital Reserve Fund for Salt Storage Shed. The board voted 2-1 to support this warrant article. Seymour voted no. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 17. Used Excavator and Trailer Purchase. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 18. Retaining Walls & Sidewalk – Church Street & Other. The board voted 2-1 to support this warrant article. Bratz voted no. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 19. Transfer Station Container Replacement & Repair. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 20. Transfer Station Improvement. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Moody had a point of order. The budget committee voted on Article 21, 22, 23 in a block vote. Bratz asked for a motion to vote for all three articles. Gilman made the motion. The motion was seconded by Seymour. The board voted unanimously to support the three warrant articles. Bratz was assigned to the three warrant articles.

Article 24. Energy Conservation Committee Lighting & Energy Improvements at Town Owned Buildings. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 25. Cottage & Pleasant Street Sidewalk Improvements (NH Transportation Alternatives Grant.
The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Bratz was assigned this warrant article.

Article 26. Remich Park Building Replacement Fund. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 27. River District Land Acquisition. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 28. Unexpended Conservation Commission Funds. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 29. Unexpended Supplement Local Assistance (Welfare). The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Bratz then moved onto the petitioned warrant articles.

Article 30. Library Restroom and Sewer Repairs. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 31. Full Time Librarian Position. The board voted not to support this warrant article 2-1. Gilman and Bratz voted not. Seymour voted yes.

Article 32. Library Building Improvement Fund. The board voted 2-1 to support this warrant article. Bratz voted no. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 33. Littleton Community Center Capital Reserve Improvement Fund. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Bratz was assigned this warrant article.

Article 34. Glenwood Cemetery Association. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 35. Increase the Number of Selectmen. The board voted unanimously 3-0 to not support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article. Seymour said she was in favor of increasing the board to five members but she is not in favor of reducing the pay to $100.00 per year.

Article 36. New Walking Bridge on Bridge Street. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 37 and Article 38. Dells Dam fishing ordinance. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Bratz then moved onto the social service articles. Bratz said they could take a position to not support the articles or support them. Gilman said he would support them. Seymour said she would also support them.

Article 39. Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Bratz was assigned this warrant article.

Article 40. Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 41. Boys & Girls Club of the North Country. The board voted 2-1to support this warrant article. Bratz voted no. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 42. Support Center at the Burch House. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Bratz was assigned this warrant article.

Article 43. North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Article 44. North Country Transit. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 45. Northern Human Service. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Bratz was assigned this warrant article.

Article 46. Tri-County Community Action Program. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 47. Caleb Caregivers, Inc. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Seymour was assigned this warrant article.

Article 48. Center for New Beginnings. The board voted unanimously to support this warrant article. Gilman was assigned this warrant article.

Bratz said they were now finished with the warrant. Dann said that Seymour talked about the increase of the selectmen and the cut for the salary. Robert Blechl asked Seymour if she abstained on the Cannabinoids or saying no. Seymour said she was voting no. Bratz asked for a motion to adjourn. Gilman made the motion to adjourn. Seymour seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0. The meeting adjourned at 1:05 PM.