Meeting began at 6:03 pm. Present were Selectmen Cloutier, Stohl and Campbell. Members of the public were: Road Agent David Cloutier, Noah Pollock (Vermont River Conservancy), Daniel Lesperance and William Schomburg.
Mail was reviewed.
Checks and manifests were reviewed and signed.
Intent to Cut forms were approved for Randall Gray, Mark Ledgard and New England Forestry Foundation.
Road Agent David Cloutier came to the meeting to discuss purchasing culverts. On a motion made by Selectman Stohl and seconded by Selectman Campbell, the Board approved purchasing a 7’ culvert for approximately $8,000 and to use $4,000 to purchase 18” and 24” culverts. This money will come from the remaining amount left in the summer road budget for 2016. Mr. Cloutier left the meeting.
Daniel Lesperance came to the meeting to discuss plowing the Town Hall parking lot to be used for a bus turnaround. The Board expressed concern that they had not budgeted for that and that they felt it was a School Board issue not a Town issue. Mr. Lesperance stated that he would speak with the School Board and left the meeting.
On a motion made by Selectman Cloutier and seconded by Selectman Stohl the Board voted to enter non-public session at 6:26 pm per RSA 91-A:3 (c).
On a motion made by Selectman Campbell and seconded by Selectman Stohl, the Board voted return to public session at 6:45 pm.
At 6:49 pm, Noah Pollock and William Schomburg entered the meeting. Mr. Pollock gave each Board member a copy of a draft Warranty Deed
transferring a ½ acre parcel beside the Columbia Covered Bridge to the Town of Columbia. Mr. Pollock explained that the Vermont River Conservancy has made some changes to the property including stairs and grading. They hope to build a kiosk which will give the history of the covered bridge. The Board informed Mr. Pollock that they would like to have the Town’s attorney review the language in the deed and Mr. Pollock will send Marcia an electronic copy. Selectman Cloutier stated that he felt there should be some language in the deed that gave the Town the right to use the property when making repairs to the bridge.
Mr. Pollock and Mr. Schomburg left the meeting.
The Board discussed metal recycling at the Transfer Station. Selectman Stohl explained that he had spoken with Stewartstown Selectman Hazen Burns about Beecher Falls Redemption and All-Metals Recycling. A phone call was placed to Stewartstown Selectman Alan Coats to see what his opinion was. After talking with Mr. Coats, the Board agreed that someone would speak to Beecher Falls Redemption.
Current Use Applications were approved for Rob and Ann Marie Gooch and GPMP, LLC.
Selectman Cloutier told the other Board members that he had been approached by John Fothergill regarding the idea that the Community Pool may be asking for donations from the various towns at Town Meeting. Marcia told the Board that we had received several “new” requests for appropriations this year. The Board will review the various requests when they start working on next year’s budget.
Marcia informed the Board that the Columbia School Board wanted to know if their annual meeting would be held first this year. The Board expressed the opinion that they felt this was the way it would be in the future unless something changed. Marcia will get back to the School Board. The School District annual budget hearing has been set for February 1st.
Selectman Cloutier signed the necessary paperwork with Invoice Cloud in preparation of setting up our tax kiosk so people can pay their taxes on-line.
Marcia gave the Board members a breakdown of what has been spent for appropriations including tonight’s manifest for the fiscal year. The Board discussed what line items went over budget and why.
Selectman Campbell brought the other Board members up to date on items regarding the Planning Board.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Marcia Parkhurst, Secretary
Board of Selectmen