Board of Selectmen Minutes

Meeting began at 6:00 pm.  Present were Selectmen Cloutier, Stohl and Campbell.

On a motion made by Selectman Campbell and seconded by Selectman Cloutier, the Board approved the minutes of the March 13, 2019 meeting.

Mail was reviewed.

On a motion made by Selectman Cloutier and seconded by Selectman Stohl, the Board voted to enter non-public session per RSA 91-A:3, paragraph (c) at 6:18 pm.  On a motion made by Selectman Stohl and seconded by Selectman Campbell, the Board voted to return to public session at 6:31 pm.

Checks and manifests were reviewed and signed.

Marcia informed the Board that she had spoken to SDI Signs from Jefferson regarding the Town installing signs at both the north and south ends of Town.  Ms. MacKillop will be sending us a couple of sketches for our review along with a quote.

The MS232 (Report of Appropriations Voted) was signed by the Board.

The Town website has been recently updated by Roxanne Herres and looks really nice.  She has added the 2018 Town Report (2014 – 2018 are on the site).  Also, added Debbie as new Tax Collector and all three Selectmen’s names.  At the present time, there are Minutes of Selectmen’s meetings dating back to 2012.  It was decided that keeping only two years back would be sufficient.  All other minutes are on file at the Town Office. 

A letter was sent to Mike Ouellet after the last meeting asking him to come in and discuss the proposed ATV trail on Sims Stream Road.  No answer from him has been received.  Selectman Campbell stated that he

had received a message from Metallak ATV Club President Craig Washburn and that he had called and left two messages but hadn’t gotten a response.  Selectman Campbell stated that he thinks we should write to Ted Burns (of the No. Stratford) Club and ask him to come in to discuss So. Jordan Hill Road.  The other Board members agreed.  Marcia will send Mr. Burns a letter.

Selectman Cloutier stated that he had put up some of the “road ban/temperature signs” even though the State hasn’t put theirs up yet.  Marcia will put a notice in next week’s newspaper. 

The Board reviewed a list of properties to be deeded to the Town by Tax Collector Debra DeBlois on April lst for unpaid 2016 taxes.  Marcia gave the Board an updated on what was outstanding for each taxpayer and if they had gotten in contact with the Town.  On a motion made by Selectman Stohl and seconded by Selectman Campbell, the Board voted to not accept a Tax Deed on a mobile home now or formerly owned by Billy Lesperance due to the fact that an estate has never been filed for this individual and it would cause an undue hardship for the Town. 

An Engagement Letter for the 2018 compilation was signed by Chairman Cloutier for Crane & Bell.  It was noted that they conducted the compilation last week.

A letter to the Coos Animal Sanctuary was signed.

The Equalization Ratio numbers were reviewed.  It was noted that the ratio is 91% but that we are in the fourth year of our five year cyclical review.  Marcia will share these numbers with Assessor Steve Allen.

Letters were reviewed from Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella (attorneys for the Town in the Fairpoint case) regarding the need for the Town to update our pole/conduit license policy.  Selectman Stohl said he would come to the office tomorrow to review the information and let Marcia know what steps need to be taken.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia Parkhurst, Secretary

Board of Selectmen