02/24/2014 – Minutes
Bethlehem Board of Selectmen
Bethlehem Selectmen Office
February 24, 2014
Present: Chairman Blanchard, Selectman Culver, Selectman Laleme, Selectman Fiorentino, and Selectman Glavac.
At 6:00 Chairman Blanchard opened the meeting.
Attorney Michael Ransmeier and Donald and Nancy Jackson came to discuss the Jackson’s property on Edelweiss Drive. Attorney Ransmeier explained that in 2012 The Jackson’s purchased the lot with a pre-existing pad for a manufactured home and further explained that former building inspector, Stan Borkowski, gave the ok for a manufactured home for that lot. The current building inspector, Dave
Wiley, said it is clearly against our ordinance. Attorney Ransmeier also said there is a manufactured home on the adjacent lot. Attorney Ransmeier said the ordinance changed in 2011 for manufactured homes but Dave Wiley said that is the latest updated ordinance but that is not when the rule for manufactured homes was changed. Dave Wiley said per the ordinance manufactured homes are only allowed in parks or subdivisions. Attorney Ransmeier gave the Board estoppel case examples. There was discussion about there not being a permit issued yet for the lot. The Board determined they need to discuss this with the Town At
torney. Selectman Laleme moved to refer to legal counsel and invite Jackson’s and Attorney Ransmeier back when legal counsel has advice. Selectman Glavac seconded. Carried 5-0.
The Board discussed a letter to the Bethlehem Village District saying they will not be sending them a bill
for salt because they have never billed them before. Selectman Laleme moved to not charge the Village District for salt due to the collaborative efforts of the Village and the Town. Chairman Blanchard seconded. Carried 5-0.
The Board discussed the exemption for the property on Old Franconia Road with the water spring. Selectman Laleme moved to continue with the exemption for public’s benefit for water. Chairman Blanchard seconded. Selectman Culver said he agrees with the vote to give the exemption for this year but said the voters should vote on it next year in a warrant article. The Board all agreed that it should be a warrant article next year. Carried 5-0.
The Board reviewed the minutes from 01/31/14. Selectman Culver moved to approve the minutes as written. Chairman Blanchard seconded. Carried 3-0 (Selectmen Laleme and Fiorentino abstained).
The Board reviewed the minutes from 02/10/14. Chairman Blanchard moved to approve the minutes as written. Selectman Laleme seconded. Carried 3-0 (Selectmen Fiorentino and Glavac abstained).
The Board discussed the pole license form from PSNH that needs to be signed. They want more clarification on this before they sign.
The Board discussed the Department of Transportation project to rehabilitate the road surface.
The Board reviewed the lease for the police department copier and signed the lease.
The Board reviewed and discussed tax refunds submitted by Mary Jackson. Selectman Laleme moved to approve all the refunds on the 2 page document and then sign all documents as they get produced by Mary Jackson. Chairman Blanchard seconded. The Board discussed why they were getting refunds if the reval just happened. They questioned if the tax bills that went out were wrong. The Board asked if Mary could come up to clarify.
Selectman Laleme gave some updates on the Recreation Dept.
The clothing swap raised $270.00 with the leftover clothes being donated to Honduras Hope
Rhienna did a summer Rec questionnaire asking for parents input.
Rhienna is planning an Old Home Day for August.
The Board needs to discuss background checks for coaches and determine who can/cannot coach based on the background check.
Someone approached Rhienna about teaching skating lessons at the ice rink. Selectman Laleme said the Board needs to address the issue of Town projects. She said people need to come before the Board when doing projects on town property.
Mary Jackson came before the Board to clarify the refunds. She explained that due to valuation changes
some people paid more than their entire year’s tax bill with just the first issue bill. She explained in
these cases they needed to be refunded. Carried 5-0.
Selectman Glavac gave an update on the UNH Broadband project. He said hehad a meeting with them and learned it will be a 6 part process. He said the 3 communities chosen were Bethlehem, Greenfield, and Moultonborough. Selectman Glavac said a steering committee needs to be organized with someone from business community, school, etc. Selectman Glavac said he wants to lead this committee and be the person from the Town and explained there is not a commitment needed from the Town until the development stage. Chairman Blanchard move to make Selectman Glavac the lead person for the committee. Selectman Laleme seconded. Carried 5-0.
Chairman Blanchard asked if there was any public input. There was none.
At 6:47 Chairman Blanchard moved to go into non-public session per 91-A:3, II (c) for matters of reputation. Selectman Culver seconded. Chairman Blanchard did roll call with all members agreeing to
go into non-public session.
At 7:35 Selectman Laleme moved to leave non-public session. Selectman Fiorentino seconded. Carried
At 7:38 Chairman Blanchard moved to adjourn the meeting. Selectman Laleme seconded. Carried 5-0.