Meeting began at 6:14 pm.  Present were Selectmen Cloutier and Stohl.  Selectman Campbell was absent.  Members of the public present:  Road Agent David Cloutier, Tax Collector Garry Parkhurst, Bradley Woodard and Molly Campbell.

The Board proceeded to open bids received for the former Miles property on US Route 3.  Bids were opened and read as follows:

Clark Jeffers, Jr.                    $  6,110.00

Paul Barrows                        $  7,575.00

Bradley Woodard                  $  8,686.00

Molly Campbell                     $10,081.00

Stanley Hammond                $10,200.00

Stacey Campbell                  $11,008.00

On a motion made by Selectman Stohl and seconded by Selectman Cloutier, the Board voted to award the property to the highest bidder, Stacey Campbell.  Marcia will prepare the necessary paperwork for the next meeting.

Molly Campbell and Bradley Woodard left the meeting at 6:18 pm.

Mail was reviewed.

Checks and manifests were reviewed and signed.

Road Agent David Cloutier presented the Board will a quote for replacement of guard rails on three Town roads (2 places on Bungy Road and one place on Gray Road).  The contractor can’t complete the work before December 31st.  On a motion made by Selectman Stohl and

seconded by Selectman Cloutier, the Board voted to encumber the amount of $17,865.00 (per quote from CWS Fence & Guardrail) out of the 2017 budget to be spent in 2018.  (per RSA 32:7, paragraph I)

The Board discussed other projects to be completed this year:

  1. Grading
  2. Gravel on Meridan Hill Road between Simpson’s and Boisvert

Mr. Cloutier left the meeting.

Marcia informed the Board that she had received an e-mail and survey from Heidi Lawton (NH Emergency Management) inquiring whether we had suffered any storm damage during the recent wind storm.  The Board instructed Marcia to reply to the survey stating that we did not.

It was noted that there will be a follow-up Recycling Budget Meeting on Friday at 10:00 at the Nursing Home.

An e-mail was received and reviewed from Colebrook Town Manager Becky Merrow requesting that Columbia pay a vet bill that the Town of Colebrook had received.  The Board instructed Marcia to e-mail Becky and ask for more information before they would approve payment of the bill.

On a motion made by Selectman Stohl and seconded by Selectman Cloutier, the Board approved the minutes of the October 25th meeting.

Marcia told the Board that she had received a request from the 45th Parallel for census and housing numbers.  It was discussed whether all the Towns use the numbers that are available on the State of NH – Department of Energy and Planning website.  Marcia was instructed to respond with our numbers but to add a note on the bottom of the page asking if all Towns are using the same numbers.  A copy of this will also be sent to Brett Brooks (Columbia’s representative to the 45th Parallel Board of Directors).

Tax Collector Garry Parkhurst gave each Board member a list of taxes still outstanding for 2015 and explained that these properties would be eligible for tax deeding in April, 2018.

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia Parkhurst, Secretary

Board of Selectmen

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