Town of Antrim, NH
Selectmen's Meeting Minutes 04/01/2013
Town of Antrim – Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
April 1, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mr. Webber in the Antrim Town Hall.

Members Present:        Mr. Webber, Mr. Genest & Mr. Robertson
Staff present:          Galen Stearns (Town Administrator)

  • Approval of minutes –
  • Mr. Robertson motioned to approve the minutes of March 18, 2013, Mr. Webber 2nd.  Passed 3/0
  • Mr. Genest motioned to approve the 1st non-public minutes of March 18, 2013, Mr. Robertson 2nd.   Passed 3/0
  • Mr. Robertson motioned to approve the 2nd non-public minutes (Sealed) of March 18, 2013, Mr. Genest 2nd.  Passed 3/0
  • BOS agenda items:
  • Report on Steels Pond – Mr. Stearns reported that the Tax Collector is in the process of executing the deed.
  • Letter to AWE – Mr. Stearns presented the board with a draft response to AWE’s letter offering $40,000 for the town to use for the Gregg Lake area as compensation for perceived visual impacts from the proposed wind turbines.  There was discussion from the public on the merits of the letter.  The board requested that Mr. Stearns check with Town Council on hearing / acceptance criteria for this type of donation.
  • Police Station Note – Mr. Stearns presented the documentation from Lake Sunapee Bank to borrow the funds approved at Town Meeting for the construction of the Police Station.  Mr. Genest motioned to approve the loan of $1,370,000 at 2.25% from Lake Sunapee Bank, Mr. Robertson 2nd, passed 3/0
  • April 10th Court date – Mr. Stearns reminded the board that the hearing for the Allen lawsuit was April 10th at the Hillsborough Superior Court in Manchester.
  • May 6th Court date – Mr. Stearns reminded the board of the hearing on the equalization issue with Antrim Wind Energy was May 6th at the Hillsborough Superior Court in Manchester.
Mr. Webber read a letter from Thomas & Janice Boyle of 173 Gregg Lake Rd. into the record:

To the members of the Board of Selectmen:
We have recently been informed that Gordon Webber, the new Chairman of the SelectBoard, has publicly and repeatedly expressed his support for the pending wind project in the Gregg Lake area.  Although we are strongly against this project, we understand that it is controversial.  However, we would like the board, whose purpose is to support what is in the best interest of the people of Antrim, to be objective in weighing the pros and cons of this project before making a decision that affects the people of Antrim, especially those who live in the Gregg Lake area.

If the information we have received is correct, as taxpaying property owners, we are requesting that Mr. Webber recuse himself from voting on any initiatives involving the wind project since he has publicly and repeatedly expressed his support of the project.

Sincerely,
Thomas W. Boyle
Janice B. Boyle

  • Karen Weiswange asked about the status of the demolition of 21 Concord Street, Mr. Stearns stated that a contractor has been hired by the current property owner and the clean-up was underway.
  • Mr. Stearns presented a request from Wayne & Maureen Dekoning to abate $9.18 interest charges accrued over a weekend due to a bookkeeping issue.  Mr. Genest motioned to grant the abatement, Mr. Robertson 2nd, passed 3/0
  • Mr. Genest motioned to go into Non-public session per RSA 91-A:3 II (a & c) Public Employee and Reputations, Mr. Robertson 2nd, roll call Mr. Webber – yes, Mr. Robertson – yes, Mr. Genest - yes
The board returned from Non-public at 7:51 PM
  • Mr. Robertson motioned to seal the non-public meeting minutes, Mr. Genest 2nd, passed 3/0
  • There being no further business, Mr. Genest motioned to adjourn, Mr. Robertson 2nd, passed 3/0 meeting adjourned at 7:52 PM