Town of Antrim–Board of Selectmen
October 13, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Chairman Webber in the Little Town Hall.
Members Present: Gordon Webber (Chair), Michael Genest, John Robertson
Staff present: Donna Hanson (Town Administrator)
- Mr. Robertson moved to approve the Board of Selectmen (BOS) minutes of September 28, 2015; Mr. Genest seconded. Passed 3/0
- The review continued from last week of the 2 proposals to replace the Fire Station 1 Heating System. Questions relating to 24/7 service and duct work cleaning were sent to Harding Heating and Air Conditioning and Mercier Engineering who were the only two to submit proposals. The proposals were close in price but duct cleaning was included in the proposal that was submitted by Harding Heating and Air Conditioning. Mr. Genest moved to accept the proposal from Harding Heating and Air Conditiong. Mr. Robertson seconded. Passed 3/0
- A letter was sent to the Board of Selectmen from Mr. Benjamin Pratt, Eric Tenney, Paul Vasques, and Lyman Gilmore in support of Steels Pond Hydro’s request to enter into a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement with the Town of Antrim. Mr. Genest stated that a PILOT for 2015 was not an option at this time. Mr. Webber agreed that 2015 was off the table and that if Ms. Barg of Steels Pond Hydro doesn’t agree with the assessment that an abatement could be filed. However, Mr. Webber would like to see the board enter into a short term PILOT for 3 years beginning in 2016. Mr. Robertson and Mr. Genest don’t believe it is in the best interest of the Town to do that. They would like to stay with Mr. Sansoucy’s advice which is to not enter into a PILOT until the Hydro
Plant is running at full capacity and has several years of revenue to look at.
- Mr. Webber read an article that he wrote for a potential op-ed to express support of the Antrim Wind Project and to encourage Antrim residents to join in support of this project. Mr. Genest and Mr. Robetson would like to get more clarification on the data that was used for the article before giving their approval.
- Other Business:
- Mr. Genest moved to not have Mr. Dennis McKenney do an estimate at this time of the Tri-Town Pit. Mr. Robertson seconded. Passed 3/0
- Ms. Hanson will get in touch with Bennington Town Administrator to set up a meeting with all three towns of the Tri Town Pit to discuss the use by all towns according to the contract.
- Mr. Genest reiterated that when the board speaks to the press they are representing the board and should refrain from saying anything personal that only reflects the thoughts of the individual selectman. Mr. Genecst was referring to the comments that Mr. Webber made to the reporter of the Villager with respect to an article about the stop sign on West Street.
- Mr. Webber attended the Park & Recreations Committee meeting and brought up the fact that he felt the lights shining on West Street were blinding and asked if there were adjustments that could be made so that they only shine directly on the field as the town was told they would. The Committee also was told by Mr. Webber that they need to get at least three quotes for the Memorial Park Culvert drainage according to the purchasing policy.
- Mr. Genest asked for an update from the road agent on the summer projects. The selectmen would also like to see a bi-weekly schedule of projects for the highway department in the future. Ms. Hanson will speak to the Road Agent about this.
- Mr. Genest motioned to go into non-public session under RSA 91-A:3 II (b) hiring. Mr. Robertson seconded. Passed 3/0
- Mr. Webber motioned to come out of non-public session under RSA 91-A:3 (b) hiring. Mr. Genest seconded. Passed 3/0
- Mr. Genest motioned to seal the minutes of the non-public session. Mr. Robertson seconded. Passed 3/0
- After no further business Mr. Webber moved to adjourn. Seconded by Mr. Robertson. Passed 3/0
Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM
Respectfully submitted, Donna Hanson, Town Administrator