SELECTMEN’S MEETING MINUTES FOR APRIL 30, 2012
The Board of Selectmen met for their weekly meeting at 6:30 p. m. at the Campton Town Office. Present were Selectmen, Charles Wheeler, Charles Cheney, Craig Keeney, Marsh Morgan and Sharon Davis. The Board signed the manifest and reviewed the bills. They
signed 1 Building Permit, 1 letter to Adam White, and 2 Driveway Permits.
At 6:45 p.m. Chair Keeney called the meeting to order and called on Jane Kellogg of the Conservation Commission. Chair Keeney explained that the Board has concerns about the Conservation Commission (CC) expending funds to the Rey Center since it is not a Town organization. Jane explained that the Rey Center approached the CC concerning sponsoring an educational program centered around families and nature consisting of 8 programs that would be held at the Blair Woodlands and would be free to Campton residents. Jane explained how impressed the Rey Center was with the Blair Woodlands and felt it was a perfect area for the outreach educational programs. Jane explained that the programs might target on the wetlands, trees and animal habitant. Jane stated that the CC voted in favor of contributing $500.00 to these sessions and the contribution would also cover printing costs for some brochures. She also explained that the CC has sponsored other outreach nature programs in the past. After further discussion, the majority consensus of the Board was that they were not supportive of the $500.00 expenditure. The Board felt that CC funds are to be used for property purchase and/or easements, and they would like Jane to inform the CC members about their concerns before expending the funds.
Jane also expressed enthusiasm about the CC planning some work sessions with the NH State Action Plan involving the Bog Pond and Perch Pond areas which will involve reaching out to property owners making them more aware of what is available in the two areas.
Chair Keeney then called on Ann Marie regarding the Fire Commissioner candidates. Ann Marie explained that Will Lambert wrote an e-mail explaining that because of family commitments he would not be able to be a candidate for the position, but was going to personally thank Kelly Bolger for the recommendation. Ann Marie also stated that Paul Blondin was still on vacation and he expressed to Ann Marie to go forward with the Board’s appointment process without him. Selectman Sharon Davis then made a Motion to appoint B.G. King as Fire Commissioner. The Motion was seconded by Selectman Morgan, and the appointment was unanimously approved. The appointment was then signed by the Board this evening.
Chair Keeney then called on Matt Moore regarding the Blair Bridge Project. The Board brought Matt up-to-date on the easement being considered with a property owner (known as Hudson Odd Fellows Association) and it was confirmed that Sean James would be meeting with Jim Quinn (one of the owners in the Association) to discuss.
Matt Moore updated the Board as to where they are at present on the project and explained that the Construction Phase Services document has been received by Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. and the document has been reviewed by him. Matt discussed with the Board some additions to be added to the document and he will discuss them with Sean James. Chair Keeney stated that he would like to review the document more thoroughly and would call Matt Moore on Monday to discuss further. Matt also indicated that he could not be available on a full time basis as the Clerk of the Works for the Project as he cannot be at the site every day.
There was also discussion about entrance signs pertaining to the height restriction at the Blair Bridge that the State of NH has recently installed. The Board agreed that the Highway Department replace the State of NH signs with the signs that the Town originally installed to eliminate any liability issues.
At 7:35 p.m. Chair Keeney then declared the meeting temporarily adjourned to consult with Town Counsel. At 7:45 p.m. the Selectmen’s Meeting reconvened.
Chair Keeney moved for a Motion to go into Non Public Session under RSA 91-A: 3 ll(c) regarding a personnel matter. The Motion was seconded by Selectman Morgan and with a roll call vote: Selectman Morgan – aye, Selectman Davis – aye, Selectman Wheeler – aye, Selectman Cheney – aye, and Selectman Keeney – aye, the Board went into Non Public Session. At 8:12 p.m. the Board came out of Non Public Session.
A Motion was then made by Selectman Wheeler to seal the Minutes of the Non Public session under RSA 91-A: 3 ll(c). The Motion was seconded by Selectman Morgan and with a roll call vote: Selectman Morgan – aye, Selectman Davis – aye, Selectman Wheeler – aye, Selectman Cheney – aye, and Selectman Keeney – aye, the Non Public Minutes were sealed.
Chair Keeney continued the meeting by calling for a Motion to approve the Minutes and 2 set of Non Public Minutes of the previous meeting. Selectman Davis made a Motion to approve the Minutes and two sets of Non Public Minutes as presented. The Motion was seconded by Selectman Wheeler and the Minutes and 2 sets of Non Public Minutes were unanimously approved as presented.
Chair Keeney then called on Ann Marie to review correspondence. Ann Marie indicated that the Notice for bids for removal of the salt shed has been placed in the Penny Saver and the deadline date is 5/2/12. The Board agreed that Butch Bain should be the contact person regarding this project.
A letter was received from Hannah Joyce, Town Clerk/Tax Collector with the copy of Robert Burhoe, Sr.’s request for the recount from the March, 2012 election.
Ann Marie also informed the Board that there has been an annual inspection of the Corner Cupboard Food Pantry and the inspector indicated that the pantry was one of the best they have inspected for setup and cleanliness. The inspector was also impressed with the Christmas Tree Festival and she thought it was a good idea for promoting the pantry.
Ann Marie also informed the Board that Thomas Wagner from White Mountain National Forest will be at the Selectmen’s Meeting on May 7, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. The Thornton Police Chief, Aimee Moller and the Thornton Selectmen have also been invited.
Ann Marie stated that we received notice from Laura Spector-Morgan, Town Attorney that she has filed the Town of Campton’s Objection to Motion to Intervene regarding Beebe River Village District. The Board further discussed concerns that may arise if the District is dissolved. Ann Marie informed the Board she did speak with a new property owner in Beebe River Village District who also expressed concern and she supplied him with copies of documents pertaining to the dissolution.
Ann Marie also read an e-mail from David Abjornson regarding the Campton Dam/Pond. His request was to pave the section of road (100’ to 500’) as it is in poor condition, and he feels the area is a focal point for tourists to take pictures Also, he suggested that there be white painted “STOP” lines on NH Route 49 (at the intersection of Route 49 and NH Route 175). After discussion, the Board agreed to have the 100’ to 500’ section swept; however, they confirmed there were no funds available for paving that section of road at this time as the Highway Department budget has been strained with unexpected dirt road expenses. The Board also indicated that the white painted “STOP” lines would be a State issue, not a Town issue.
Ann Marie also mentioned that Paul Hatch, from the NH Department of Safety requested a revision to the Selectmen’s Minutes dated February 13, 2012. After discussion, the Board agreed to the revision and the revision will be made.
Ann Marie indicated that a memorandum and a Resolution was received from David Barnes and Renelle Huillier of Devine, Millimet & Branch, Professional Association regarding adopting the Post-Issuance Tax Compliance Policies and Procedures, (for Bonds), and naming a “Coordinator” under said polices and procedures. Ann Marie indicated that she inquired if Selectman Sharon Davis would be interested in becoming Coordinator. Selectman Davis accepted; however she is going to discuss some small changes as they relate to the Coordinator and she will present the Resolution to the Board next Monday for voting to approve the Resolution.
Chair Keeney declared the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. since there was no Other Business or Selectmen’s Input.
Eleanor M. Dewey,
Office Assistant to Ann Marie Foote, Town Administrator