01/31/2022 SB Minutes
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
2155 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Bethlehem Board of Selectmen
January 31, 2022
In person – Chairman Caplain, Selectman Boisseau, Selectman Hibberd, Selectman Jensen, Selectman Morris.
Chairman Caplain opened the meeting at 5:00pm and made a motion to go into non-public session per RSA 91A-3 II (personnel). Selectman Jensen seconded – roll call – all – motion passed.
Board interviewed candidates for building inspector and code enforcement position.
Chairman Caplain made a motion to return to public session at 6:05 pm. Selectman Hibberd seconded – roll call – all – motion passed
Barry Zitser –Transfer station committee passed resolution on first item of agenda – Northeast Resource Recovery Association – exec director wanted town to be aware of new recycling campaign – sent info to liaison – needs pledge from town – free service to town
Conservation Committee – bills and letters for board support –
Cheryl Jensen – busy project – rep Tim Egan submitted 4 environmental bills in house – HB 1571 – increase fines for littering with revenues to F & G department – 20% rise – state highways and parks – HB 1652 – establishes bottle and can redemption law in NH – surrounding states have redemption – beneficial to town when transfer station opens, reduces tipping fees – HB 1406 – authorize municipalities to collect food waste and compost – not required, but authorizes to – allows transfer stations to enter into agreements with farms and other entities – NHMA testified on behalf of bill – HB 1122 – authorize municipalities to collect and sell construction and demolition debris – reduce tipping fees and trash send to landfills
Chairman Caplain – appreciates work done on letters and bill information.
Selectman Morris – made a motion to submit letters in support of HB 1571, 1652, 1406, 1122, and 1471-1119, to their respective legislative committees – Selectman Boisseau second – roll call – all – motion passed
Property purchase agreement
Selectman Morris – motion to have the town release all tax liens through 2021 on Map 403-28-004 in exchange for a $12,000 payment – Selectman Boisseau seconded – roll call – all – motion passed
Chairman Caplain motion to approve minutes from 1/24/2022 – Selectman Hibberd seconded – roll call – all – motion passed
Selectman Hibberd – Deliberative – moderator recommendations – Profile school – following up with Profile to check availability of mask less area if needed. Offers up the most distance between individuals if needed.
At 6:22pm Chairman Caplain made a motion to go into non-public session per RSA 91A-3 II (legal, personnel) – Selectman Morris seconded – roll call – all – motion passed.
Board discussed committee members absent and missing quorum.
Board discussed legal issue.
Board discussed candidates for the building officer/code enforcement position.
Selectman Morris – made motion to offer position to PD and DR on a 6-month trial basis if both agree on job sharing – Selectman Jensen seconded – roll call – Selectmen Boisseau, Caplain, Jensen, and Morris in favor – Selectmen Hibberd opposed – motion passed 4-1.
Selectman Boisseau made a motion to adjourn at 7:12pm – Selectman Jensen seconded – roll call – all – motion passed.