Board of Selectmen Minutes

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

Mail was reviewed

Checks and manifests were reviewed and signed.

A Current Use Application was approved for Carolyn Foss

At 6:15 pm Senator Erin Hennessey entered the meeting.  Senator Hennessey came to the meeting to answer questions from the Board regarding State funding for expansion of broadband service in Columbia.  She has introduced a bill, which she believes will pass, that is a 75/25 match.  The Board explained that we have reached out to several different internet providers but haven’t really had many responses.  NHEC will be attending a meeting with the Board on May 11th.  Senator Hennessey said that she would reach out to a couple of people that she thought might be able to help us.  She also said that once the bill passes she will notify us.  Senator Hennessey left the meeting at 6:50 pm.

On a motion made by Selectman Stohl and seconded by Selectman Cloutier, the Board approved the minutes of the March 23, 2022 meeting.

The Board accepted a Tax Collector’s Deed for the Pearson property and abated all outstanding taxes.  Marcia will see that the deed gets recorded and that we have insurance on it.  The Board will meet at some point in time to view the interior of the house and to decide how to proceed from here.

Marcia gave the Board an updated listing of unpaid taxes.  Once the abatement for the Pearson property is processed, there will be under $40,000 outstanding

Marcia reviewed for the Board upcoming appointments for future meetings:

April 27th – Nancy Gray (GNWCA) – regarding holding the Motorcycle Blessing.  Marcia will look at what requirements we asked for in the past.

April 27th – Zack Maynard – regarding  ATV access

May 11th – Robert Lee – tax refund request

May 11th – NH Electric Cooperative – broadband

May 27th – TCCAP – mobile office unit

Marcia informed the Board that Kendra Bell from Cohos Advisors was in the office yesterday and filled out the report that is due on April 30th for the ARPA funds.

The Board reviewed an e-mail from Steve Agius who is the Manager for the Silvio Conte Refuge.  Mr. Agius had written regarding the condition of Bungy Road near the refuge.  He informed the Board that there are federal funds available to upgrade roads that lead to federal lands.  Marcia will write back to him and see what part of the road he was talking about. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia Parkhurst, Secretary

Board of Selectmen