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Selectmen's Meeting Minutes 09/14/09
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Town of Antrim – Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
September 14, 2009


The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Stephen Schacht in the Little Town Hall at the Antrim Town Hall.

Members Present:        Steven Schacht, Gordon Webber, and Michael Genest

Staff Present:  Neal Cass (Town Administrator)

Media Present:  Josh Bond-Monadnock Ledger Transcript.

1.  Acceptance of the minutes of previous Board of Selectmen meeting.
VOTE:    Selectman Webber moved that the minutes of the August 31, 2009
            Board of Selectmen meeting be accepted as printed.  Selectman Genest
                seconded the motion.  There being no further discussion, Chairman
                Schacht called for the vote.  All members voted in favor and the
                Chairman declared the motion carried.

VOTE:    Selectman Genest moved that the minutes of the August 31, 2009 Board of Selectmen Non-public Session be accepted as printed.  Selectman Webber seconded the motion.  There being no further discussion, Chairman Schacht called for the vote.  All members voted in favor and the Chairman declared the motion carried.

VOTE:    Selectman Webber moved that the minutes of the September 1, 2009
            Board of Selectmen meeting be accepted as printed.  Selectman Genest
                seconded the motion.  There being no further discussion, Chairman
                Schacht called for the vote.  All members voted in favor and the
                Chairman declared the motion carried.

VOTE:    Selectman Genest moved that the minutes of the September 8, 2009
            Board of Selectmen meeting be accepted as printed.  Selectman Webber
                seconded the motion.  There being no further discussion, Chairman
                Schacht called for the vote.  All members voted in favor and the
                Chairman declared the motion carried

VOTE:    Selectman Genest moved that the minutes of the September 8, 2009 Board of Selectmen Non-public Session be accepted as printed.  Selectman Webber seconded the motion.  There being no further discussion, Chairman Schacht called for the vote.  All members voted in favor and the Chairman declared the motion carried

2.  Meeting with Police Chief Scott Lester
        Chief Lester met with the Board to update them on his budget.  He shared his concern over the overtime and part-time lines in the budget.
·       Home & Harvest and Halloween will require additional officers to work.
·       There has been a large savings in fuel due to the lower price and because we now buy through the state.
·       The water pump on the SUV is going to have to be replaced.
·       The Citizens Police Academy did not take place this year amounting to a $1,500 savings.
·       It does not appear that the savings will entirely offset the additional expenditures.
·       The overtime line includes time for court and holidays.  The new schedule has helped to keep overtime to a minimum.

Selectmen Genest requested that expenses be kept as close as possible to the budgeted amount.  The Board thanked the Chief for keeping them up to date and stated that they appreciated the job that he is doing and want him to keep doing things the way they are being done.

3.  Member Updates
·       The White Birch Point and the Gregg Lake Association have been testing the water at Gregg Lake.  The Parks & Recreation Commission is considering doing a test as well.
·       The Shea Field agreement is being finalized.
·       The Board is concerned that the Water & Sewer river crossing is not taking place this year because is may hold up the Highland Avenue project putting the SRTS grant money in jeopardy.  The Water & Sewer Commissioners will be scheduled to meet with the Selectmen.

4.  Meeting with Road Agent Chip Craig
        The Road Agent reported on the following items:
·       Things are going well.  He is updating the files in the office.
·       A calendar of the work planned to be done was reviewed.
·       The Road Agent will be taking a class in Concord in order to be able to inspect vehicles.  Steve Blood is certified and this will provide a backup.
·       The white 750 dump truck is in Keene having its headlights fixed.
·       A quote is being obtained to repave Holt Hill and parts of Gregg Lake Road.  This will be part of the 2010 budget.
·       An abandoned culvert on White Birch Point Road has been removed and a couple of swale ditches have been added.  Rip rap will be added to where needed.
·       The snow and ice policy needs to be updated to reflect the new Road Agent.
·       There is not an easy solution to the standing water on the Bezio property.

Leatrice and Bill Bezio joined the meeting and presented the following:
·       There is still concern over the standing water where the culvert exit is located.
·       A jar of green slime was presented.  This was taken from the stream.
·       There is a concern that the sewer covers are noisy.  The Road Agent will address this concern.

Anne Edwards commented on her concerns on North Main Street
·       She feels she was not informed of the project.  She owns 328 feet of frontage on the street.
·       Rocks were left near her stonewall where it borders the Bezio property.
·       Water is running onto her property at her driveway and into her field.
·       The pavement on her abandoned driveway was removed and not replaced.
·       Feels that the drainpipe from her basement into the Town drainage system was crushed.
·       Feels the vibration from the project has damages her wall

Selectmen will review all the concerns and determine the best course of action.

5.  Selectmen will meet tomorrow at 4:30 at the Boucher residence to review the intersection of Goodell Road and Smith Road.

Selectmen Genest left the meeting to go to work.
        
6.  Non-public Session – RSA 91-A: 3 II (d) Acquisition of property
           VOTE:  Selectman Webber moved that the Board of Selectmen enter into Non-Public session under the provision of RSA 91-A: 3 II (d).  Chairman Schacht seconded the motion.  Chairman Schacht called for the vote.  Selectman Webber and Schacht voted in favor and the Chairman declared the motion carried (2-0).

          The Board entered Non-Public Session at 6:43 p.m. returning to open session at 6:56 p.m.

           VOTE:  Selectman Webber moved that the minutes of the just concluded Non-Public Session be sealed.  Chairman Schacht seconded the motion.  There being no further discussion, Chairman Schacht called for the vote.  All members present voted in favor and the Chairman declared the motion carried.

7.  Craig’s List Posting
Selectmen reviewed a posting that was put on Craig’s List concerning the proposed cell tower.  The Board shared concern that certain members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment were named and their phone numbers were listed.  The Board did not see where they have any authority to act on this other than to note their concern that volunteers are personally being singled out.

There being no further business, the Board decided by consensus to adjourn at 7:03 p.m.   


Recorder:  Neal A. Cass
Date:  September 17, 2009


 
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