Board of Selectmen Minutes

Meeting began a 5:58 pm.  Present were Selectmen Cloutier and Campbell.  Selectman Stohl was absent.  Members of the public included:  Norma Jean DeLong, Patrick and Molly Carr, Gary Whitehill, Craig Washburn and Ted Burns.

Mail was reviewed.

Checks and manifests were reviewed and signed.

Ted Burns and Craig Washburn came to the meeting at the request of the Selectmen.  Selectman Campbell explained that the Board was concerned about where the ATV trails are crossing the Town’s roads and the damage that is being done.  Discussion continued about what could be done to fix this problem.  Materials discussed included asphalt, concrete, etc.  Both Mr. Burns and Mr. Washburn stated they would look into it and try to do something before another riding season.  Mr. Burns and Mr. Washburn left the meeting.

The Board opened bids received for the former Pearson property as advertised in the newspaper.  Bids were open as follows:

Samuel Jeffers                      $7,000.00

Tala Silver                             $14,800.00

Norma Jean DeLong             $12,500.00

Tyler Barrows                       $15,500.00

Landon Placey                      $31,100.00

Michael Collins                      $21,000.00

Patrick & Molly Carr              $29,817.00

On a motion made by Selectman Cloutier and seconded by Selectman Campbell, the Board voted to award the bid to Landon Placey.  The Board instructed Marcia to continue Jon Frizzell with a couple of questions and to return the deposit checks to the people who didn’t get the bid.   Norma Jean DeLong, Patrick and Molly Carr left the meeting.  (Norma Jean DeLong took her deposit along with her son, Tyler Barrows” with her.)

On a motion made by Selectman Campbell and seconded by Selectman Cloutier, the Board approved the minutes of the August 24, 2022 meeting.

The Board reviewed end of the month reconciliations for the Citizens Bank, Transfer Station and Northway bank accounts.

The Board signed a letter appointing Selectman Cloutier as Columbia’s representative to the Nash Stream Citizen Advisory Committee.

The MS535 and MS60 were reviewed.  Marcia will take care of submitting these to DRA.

A Driveway Permit Application was received from Albion Herres for North Jordan Hill Road.  Selectman Cloutier said he would view the proposed site.

Marcia informed the Board that she had received a phone call from the engineer in charge of the Lyman Falls project.  He stated that the project should be completed this week and wanted to make sure that the Town was happy with the road.  Selectman Campbell said the road was in very good condition.  Marcia said she had spoken with Barbara Schomburg who claimed the road was the best it had ever been.

Selectman Campbell informed the Board that he had recently spoken with Gerard Gray regarding Mr. Gray’s concerns about the Columbia Covered Bridge.  The Board discussed ways to fix the problem.  Selectman Campbell is going to go and take some measurements for further discussion.

At 6:53 pm Chairman Cloutier declared the public hearing on unanticipated funds from the State of New Hampshire open.  There were no members of the public  The Board discussed using the unanticipated funds for additional paving on Marshall Hill, Meridan Hill and perhaps replacing a couple of culverts on Meridan Hill.  On a motion made by Selectman Cloutier and seconded by Selectman Campbell, the Board voted to accept the funds and spend it on the projects discussed.  Chairman Cloutier declared the meeting ended at 7:10 pm.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia Parkhurst, Secretary

Board of Selectmen