APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Kimberly Stacey-Horn made a motion to approve the Agenda. David Winchell Jr., seconded the motion. All
in favor, motion carried 3-0.
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Kimberly
Stacey-Horn made a motion to approve the Minutes of December
and December 14, 2022. David Winchell Jr., seconded the motion. All
in favor, motion carried 3-0.
TOWN ADMINISTRATOR WEEKLY UPDATES:
Town Administrator spoke with the Town of Milton regarding the MiltonBridge project. The meeting would be to determine the
responsibility of payment for the repair of the bridge. A report stated that the State of New Hampshire would be responsible
for 80% of the payment and the Towns would assume the other 20%. There may be some stimulus money available to
help fund the repair. The process may take
3 to 4 years and the time frame would align with the need for the repair. An agenda for the meeting would include a
study available for NH from 2019 and from Maine in 2020. According to history the Town has funded work
on the bridge. Mr. Joe Letourneau worked
on the last interstate bridge repair project. The question is, is NH responsible for the dams on waterways and Maine responsible for
bridges? The focal point of the meeting should be is there money out there from
both states and what is the Federal responsibility and could the towns tap into
you letters received from Maine PBS, the VNA, Caring Unlimited, Kids Grow Free,
the American Red Cross.
DEPARTMENT HEAD / COMMITTEE
Ham, Transfer Station Superintendent issued an apology and explanation of why
the Transfer Station was closed on Friday,
December 23, 2022. There was a power
outage due to treacherous weather. The
Town Administrator added that she and the Road Commissioners made the decisions
to close the facilities for the safety of the citizens of the town. No apology
7. LIAISON UPDATES
Tom - Warrant & Finance
Committee: Tom reported that he and The Town Administrator made an informational presentation to the
committee regarding a salary surveys request made by the committee. Tom also reported that he met with Wayne Ham,
Fire Chief regarding budget and operational issues, proposed changes in the
department and budget development.
Kim - Recreational Committee, School, APAT, Cemetery Committee: no
David - Roads & Road Committee,
Code Enforcement and Land Use, Mary Grant Committee, Conservation / Forest Committee: no update
Assessment R.F.P.: The budget for this assessment was $10,000. A bid from TRC came in at $19, 250.
bid from Bureau VERITAS was received for $10,000. An assessment of the bid is
needed, and a presentation should be made by the bidder.
R.F.P. The deadline is December 21, 2022. Numerous bids were received. Tom requested a spreadsheet summary for ease of
comparison. Dan Krampetz stated he would
prepare a summary of each proposal and create a visual portfolio of work done
so that a comparison could be made.
Timelines - School & Town: The school will start its budget prep on January
12, 2023. The election would be held on May
for 12 hours so that would increase the parents ability to participate. The Warrant would need to be signed by the
Select Board, there would be a public hearing scheduled, absentee ballots would
be provided, and a written referendum would be held. The schedule for 2023 would be similar to
2022, with the State election, the second Tuesday in June, predicating that the
Town Meeting /election would fall on Father’s Day weekend. The question remains if the time lines could
be aligned with the school or not, to move the Town Meeting away from Father’s
Day weekend. The Select Board would like
to meet with the School Board to have a conversation regarding a change from a
referendum to the Town Meeting style of meeting or have a joint meeting. Tom McGurty would like to converse to find out
why this doesn’t work for them to get their budget passed. David Winchell Jr.,
stated that perhaps just a one week change in time would work to get the
meeting away from Father’s Day weekend. Tom replied that perhaps having the meeting earlier, as in May, would
provide the opportunity to combine the Town and School votes together and have
a town meeting that may draw out more people to attend. In order to make the best decision, the
Select Board needs to listen to the School Board to hear their needs and understand what
they are and maybe find a common ground. The School Board will be invited to the next Select Board meeting. The
Town Administrator stated that a change of the budget season for the Town to
the same budget season as the school may be needed.
Long commented that the Select Board could get the budget stared earlier
because the warrant and Finance committee needs a 6 week time frame for their
PUBLIC COMMENT: None
Winchell Jr., wanted to acknowledge the Road Commissioners on a job well done
during the recent storm.
A. West Shore Drive Culvert
Engineer R.F.P. 01/18/2023: The RFP should request
including hourly rates and references, which the Town Administrator assured
that they did.
December 28, 2022 Select Board
MEMBERS PRESENT: Tom McGurty,
David Winchell, Jr., Kimberly Stacey-Horn.