01/30/2017- SB Minutes
Bethlehem Board of Selectmen
Bethlehem Selectmen Office
January 30, 2017
Present: Chairman Glavac, Selectman Blanchard, Selectman Laleme, and Selectman Ubaldo.
Chairman Glavac opened the meeting at 6:00pm.
Chief Ho-Sing-Loy came before the Board to ask for the Boards approval for the E-ticket system grant that he applied for. He said it has been approved for $3,600.00. Chairman Glavac moved to accept the grant for $3,600.00. Selectman Ubaldo seconded. Carried 4-0.
Mary Lou Krambeer came before the Board to discuss the Deliberative and how the room will be set up and a backup plan if the turnout exceeds the room capacity. She also discussed with the Board who will speak on each warrant article. Ms. Krambeer said the zoning articles cannot be amended at Deliberative. Ms. Krambeer and the Board decided on March 2nd to have a candidate’s night from 6pm to 8pm. The following is who will speak on each warrant article:
#’s 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 – Chairman Glavac
#9 – Treasurer, Frank Claffey
#10 – Fire Chief Anderson
#11 – Chairman Glavac or Recreation Director, Richard Ledoux
#12 – Selectman Laleme
#13 – Selectman Blanchard
#14 – Selectman Blanchard or Police Chief Ho-Sing-Loy
#15 – Selectman Blanchard
#’s 16, 17, 18 – Chief Anderson
#19 – Selectman Laleme
#20 – Chairman Glavac
#21 – Selectman Laleme
#22 – Mr. Claffey
#24 – Mr. Claffey
The Board discussed a membership application for the Health Officer. Chairman Glavac moved to approve the membership for $35.00 and to send the Health Officer to training. Selectman Blanchard seconded. Carried 4-0.
The Board discussed when to have a public hearing for warrant article #8 and decided on February 27th and will also have the hearing to accept the ambulance grant the same night.
The Board reviewed a letter to sign to agree to continue our assessing contract with KRT for 2017. Chairman Glavac moved to continue with KRT Appraisal firm for 2017. Selectman Blanchard seconded. Carried 4-0.
Chairman Glavac said there are questions and misinformation out there about the HCA with NCES and said the Board needs to make an effort to inform the public. He said the legal fees are paid for by NCES and asked if this could be covered by NCES as well. Selectman Laleme said they are obligated to get the information out and said there are some misunderstandings about the value of the contract. She said people think we could have gotten much more. She said NCES agreed to pay for the notices but is not sure if we should have them pay for this. Selectman Ubaldo said the Board should provide the info and NCES provide the funding. He said they need to put out more information and that it needs to be clearer. Chairman Glavac said the newspapers did an interview with him and Selectman Blanchard and said there is a huge social media push and the industrial park has been the focus. He said he thinks the link to the sustainability park needs to be back on the website so it is available for people to get information. Selectman Laleme said she didn’t want the link on the website before but now thinks accurate information needs to get out there.
Chairman Glavac said the first mailer was written by the Board, printed in the office and mailed from the printing company. He also said he is pursuing for this to pass because he believes it is in the best interest of the town.
Selectman Blanchard said it needs to be explained why the Board is rushing and about the huge financial cliff that will happen if this doesn’t pass. Selectman Laleme said they need to determine what impact not having 54 million over 20 years will have if it doesn’t pass.
The Board reviewed the minutes from 01/23/17. Chairman Glavac moved to approve the minutes. Selectman Blanchard seconded. Carried 4-0.
Selectman Laleme said the Board needs to determine and announce what they will do with the people that sent letters of interest on filling the empty Selectman seat. Chairman Glavac said the sign up window is open and doesn’t think the Board should pick someone and that they should let it go to election. Selectman Laleme said she agrees and moved to not appoint someone for this short time and respond to all three with their decision. Chairman Glavac seconded. Selectman Blanchard said he agrees. Carried 4-0.
Josh Casey said he mentioned to Brett Jackson the concern he has with “jake” brakes being used on Trudeau Road. He said he would like to have signs put up restricting the use of them. Selectman Laleme said that came up a lot during the Master Plan meetings but there isn’t an ordinance to address that. Chairman Glavac said they can check on the process and check with Mr. Jackson.
At 7:15 Chairman Glavac moved to go into non-public per RSA 91-A for matters of reputation. Selectman Blanchard seconded. Chairman Glavac did roll call with all members agreeing to go into non-public session.
At 8:50 Selectman Laleme moved to come out of non-public session. Selectman Blanchard seconded. Chairman Glavac did roll call with all members agreeing to come out of non-public session.
At 8:50 Selectman Blanchard moved to adjourn. Selectman Ubaldo seconded. Carried 4-0.