Meeting began at 5:55 pm. Present were Selectmen Cloutier, Stohl and Campbell.

Town Clerk, Marcia Parkhurst, administered the Oath of Office to Selectman Stohl.

On a motion made by Selectman Stohl and seconded by Selectman Campbell, the Board voted to nominate Selectman Cloutier as Chairman.

Michael Collins (Columbia’s representative to the 45th Parallel EMS Board) entered the meeting at 6:00 pm. Mr. Collins came to the meeting at the request of the Board to discuss several issues regarding the ambulance. The main question for Mr. Collins was about how the ambulance service plans to bill the “Unincorporated Towns & Gores” in Vermont. The Columbia Board feels strongly that the ambulance should treat these entities in the same manner that the dispatch center currently handles the “unincorporated towns” in New Hampshire. Mr. Collins agreed and said that he would check into it. Mr. Collins left the meeting at 6:30.

Mail was reviewed.

Checks and manifests were reviewed.

The equalization ratio from DRA for this year was reviewed. It is currently at 58.8% but the Board noted that next year we will be completing our latest revaluation cycle.

An e-mail was received from Northern Human Services (Shallow River) regarding the Board’s request to increase their “payment in lieu of taxes”