Present; Selectmen-Allen Crabtree, Edie Harnden, Ann Farley, and Dana Batchelder. Engineer; Jon Whitten. Guests present; Ben Bowditch, Jim Libby, Tim Smith, Shirley Brown, Kevin Murphy, Cathy Greene, Michael Foye, Jane Foye, Cathy Munroe, Al and Edie Ames, Thomas Cutting, Alan Munroe , Phil Strike, Phil and Claudia Lowe, Jason Schoolcraft, Lauris Champagne, Jeff Cutting, June Allen, Dave Starbuck, Thomas Ruppert, Kathi Jenson, Alice Holt, and David Heath
Ann Farley opened the Public Hearing at 6pm.Allen presented the updated Power Point Presentation and many questions and comments were addressed. Below is a synopsis of the hearing:
- Why build now if not enough Fire/Rescue staff to presently respond. .Tim Smith explained current recruiting efforts and training for both Fire and Rescue were always ongoing. He mentioned the increase in the budget for 2012-2013 for extended coverage.
- How is this building going to increase response time? Allen explained the central location has quicker accessibility to Rte.114 which would increase response along with the increase in coverage hours. Also discussed the future plan to utilize the student program at SMCC for extra coverage made possible by the addition of the bunk rooms at the proposed building.
- Concern over cost and impact on taxes in this economy. Allen pointed out the low Bond rating at 2.25% and the feasibility of using money from the UFB to make payments, if fiscally possible. Ann noted should the referendum pass, a fund raising effort will be made to help defray costs
- Concern regarding the buffer zone from property on Northwest River Rd. Jon Whitten stated he would work with the abutters to determine the best plan for planting the ten white pines allocated to create the buffer zone.
Why is this building proposed when we haven't maintained the existing buildings? Explained we are working on maintenance as the budget allows, recognize the need, and there is an ongoing plan to address the problems.
- You are not being upfront with the taxpayers regarding the full cost of the building. Explained the figures have been transparent. Bond $830.00, interest $218,110 and the money voted on at last years' Town Meeting $$268 674 for a total of $1.3plus million
Several other comments and questions were heard and the Public Hearing was closed at 7:20 pm
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ann Farley at 7:30pm
I. Roll Call
The above Selectmen were present.
II. Adjustments to the Agenda
III. Written Communication
- Approval of the April 24, 2012 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Motion made by Dana to approve the 4/24/12 minutes. Seconded by Edie. Motion carried 4-0.
- Approval of the April 27, 2012 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Motion made by Dana to approve the 4/27/12 minutes. Seconded by Edie. Motion carried 4-0
- Approval of the May 1, 2012 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Motion made by Edie to approve the 5/1/12 minutes. Seconded by Allen. Motion carried 4-0
There was none.
- Appoint Planning Board Member-James Jansz
Motion made by Allen to appoint Jim Jansz to the Planning Board. Seconded by Dana. Motion carried 4-0.
VII. Reports from Town Officials
Allen reported that the bid packages for the Clerk of the Works position were not available as of 5/18/12, therefore the time frame advanced by one week. Will be on the June 5th agenda.
Edie reported that Camp O At Ka will hold a benefit Harvest Supper for the fuel assistance program on Aug.29th. Comedian George Ham will perform at the Town Hall July 6th to also benefit the program.
Received an estimate from Bill Nason for a roof replacement under the weatherization program.
Dana mentioned the need for loam in certain cemeteries to fill sunken graves as well as the need to fix many broken stones. He noted that the lights in the Town Hall are not cost efficient, the gym floor needs to be refinished, and epoxy paint could be used on the lower level floors.
Allen made the motion to adjourn. Seconded by Ann. Motion carried 4-0
Ann Farley, Chair of the Board of Selectmen