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Bethlehem Board of Selectmen
Bethlehem Selectmen Office
March 3, 2014
Present: Chairman Blanchard, Selectman Culver, Selectman Laleme, Selectman Fiorentino, and Selectman Glavac.
At 6:02 Chairman Blanchard opened the meeting.
The Board discussed a request from PSNH to do tree trimming on town owned lots. Selectman Culver moved to approve the tree trimming. Selectman Glavac seconded. Carried 5-0.
Chairman Blanchard explained a letter from Chris Fournier of HEB in response to concerns from Brett Jackson about the Bridge report from Prospect Street Bridge. Brett Jackson had told the Board that plates had fallen off the bridge. Chris Fournier explained in the letter that there are not any structural issues and they will either make the repair in warmer weather or instruct Brett Jackson on how to make
the repair. Selectman Laleme said it shouldn’t be Brett doing the repair it should be them. Chairman
Blanchard questioned if there was a warranty on the work performed on the bridge. Winterset will be contacted and warranty verified.
The Board discussed the visitor center website and whether we keep the same person who has been doing it or not. Selectman Laleme said the previous motion said to keep the website person and to just change the billing through Time Warner. They discussed that the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce will need to be taken off the site and sending a letter to members explaining the changes. Selectman Laleme moved to keep person (Sheila from Datatech) doing the website to run the Visitor Center site and draft a letter to members saying on June 1st the Town will be taking over the website and to contact the Town with changes. Chairman Blanchard seconded. Chairman Blanchard said Victor Hoffman still has Chamber money and would like to pay Sheila with that money. The Board discussed who owns the domain name and if it is the Chamber asking Victor to write a letter giving the Town the domain. It was decided that Victor should pay the website person until the domain is changed to the Town. They also said Victor will probably have to be the one to call Time Warner to have the bill switched to the Town.
James World came before the Board to discuss some steel pieces he purchased from Fred Kendall on property that the Town now owns. Mr. World explained he received a grant for a hydroelectric project in Ashland NH. He said he contacted Mr. Kendall in the spring of 2013 about purchasing the items and made a verbal agreement with Mr. Kendall that he would purchase them when he received the grant money. In December he received the grant money and was unable to get a hold of Mr. Kendall until Feb., when, he then paid Mr. Kendall $1800.00 for all the items they agreed on. Mr. World said he purchased a used crane to get the items and he didn’t find out Mr. Kendall no longer owned the property until he went down there and a neighbor told him. Mr. World talked about how he would cover a hole that would be made by taking one of the items. There was discussion about other holes on the lot that Mr. World could possibly fill in for safety concerns. Selectman Laleme said she is very empathetic with his situation but doesn’t know if the Board can make the decision to let him take the items. She explained someone was paid for Town property that shouldn’t have been and said that the Board should get legal advice on this. Selectman Laleme moved to refer to attorney and to make it time sensitive. Chairman Blanchard seconded. Selectman Fiorentino said we already know what we have done on other hazardous properties and said Mr. World would make this lot safer. Selectman Culver said he would like to see it happen if it is legal. Mr. World said this situation parallel’s the job he did in Nebraska where he was able to mitigate a site for a Town and took items he wanted from the site in return. Chris McGrath asked if that lot is up for sale and Selectman Culver said yes but they would remove it from the sale if it is not resolved by then.
The Board reviewed the minutes from 02/24/14. Chairman Blanchard moved to approve the minutes as written. Selectman Fiorentino seconded. Carried 5-0.
The Board discussed the pole license from PSNH. This is for a brace for a pole on Congress Street. Chairman Blanchard moved to sign and accept the pole license. Selectman Glavac seconded. Carried 5-0.
Chairman Blanchard asked if there was any public input. There was none.
At 7:09 Chairman Blanchard moved to go into non-public session per 91-A:3 II (a), (c), and (e). Selectman Culver seconded. Chairman Blanchard did roll call with all members agreeing to go into non-public session.
At 8:20 Chairman Blanchard moved to come out of non-public session. Selectman Fiorentino seconded. Carried 5-0.
Chairman Blanchard moved to amend the minutes from 01/31/14 to add RSA 91A:3e to the motion. Selectman Culver seconded. Carried 3-0. Selectmen Laleme and Fiorentino abstained.
At 8:25 Chairman Blanchard moved to adjourn. Selectman Laleme seconded. Carried 5-0.