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07/10/2023 SB Minutes

2155 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH 03574

Bethlehem Board of Selectmen

Meeting Minutes

July 10th, 2023

In person –Chairman Morris, Selectman Strand, Selectman Hibberd, and Selectman Bruno.

Public Input- Chris Jensen asked for an update regarding the proposed pedestrian walkway on 302 at Presidential Mountain Resort.

Minutes 6/26-Postponed until the next meeting.

Cottage on Main (Sean Gawlick letter of support for NH Liquor commissioner) Selectman Hibberd made a motion to send a letter of support for Sean Gawlick to sell wine at Cottage on Main.  Selectman Bruno seconded and all were in favor.

Alder Brook Road- Chairman Morris explained that DOT is seeking clarification regarding the classification of Alder Brook Road.  The town of Bethlehem considered Alder Brook to be a private road and DOT has is classified as VI.  Chairman Morris continued that Littleton was able to confirm classification from the 1958 Town meeting however we have not located a warrant regarding Alder Brook Road.  Mary Polanski introduced her attorney, Sheridan T. Brown, explained her interest in Alder Brook Road, and her opposition to gravel pit that abuts her property.  Attorney Brown gave a brief history of Alder Brook explaining it once was considered a public road.  Chairman Morris explained because Bethlehem did not have supporting documentation to the classification of the road it would require a warrant for the 2024 town meeting.  Chairman Morris continued Brett Jackson, the Road Agent, would sign off on requests for on behalf of.  Ms. Polanski thanked the board for their efforts and stated she just wanted to make sure everything was done correctly.

Town property sign policy Selectman Strand read a prepared statement saying she never thought the sign would be an issue to put in front of the town building but as a result it started important dialog for the town.  Selectman Strand entire statement is attached to the minutes.  Selectman Hibberd stated she is disappointed and does not understand how the sign became so political.  Selectman Hibberd continued the message is about inclusion and welcoming everyone into our community.  Chairman Morris stated that the town had consulted the attorney and it was recommended to have a town property sign policy to reduce the risk of future legal issues.  Chairman Morris continued that the town has a sign ordinance, and it should be followed.  Selectman Bruno thanked Selectman Strand for the work she had done to bring the discussion forward and that he wanted to keep the focus on signs on municipal property.  Betsey Philips, Longfellow Dr, read a prepared statement about how the signs came in existence.  Ms. Philips entire statement is attached to the minutes.  Chris Jensen suggested using the town “Just Be” logo with welcome and Allegra Wright felt that did not accurately represent the meaning behind the sign.  Selectman Strand thanked everyone who came to the meeting and for the respectful conversation that was insighted.

Liaison/Committee Update Selectman Bruno updated the board on the progress of the highway department new garage doors and the Fire Departments successful cleanout of the containers in preparation for the new parking area.  Selectman Strand updated the board that the Transfer Station was denied the USDA grant, but they are going to continue to seek funding.

Chairman Morris made a motion to abate 409-032-031.  Selectman Hibberd seconded and all were in favor.

Non-public Session per RSA 91A-3 II (personnel, reputation, and legal) Chairman Morris made a motion to go into non-public per RSA-91A-3 for reasons of legal, personnel, and reputation.  Select person Strand seconded and roll call followed.

Chairman Morris made a motion to accept the repurchase agreement.  Selectman Hibberd seconded and all were in favor.  Selectman Strand abstained.

Chairman Morris made a motion to increase the Police department pay per Chief DeMoranville’s recommendation effective immediately.  Selectman Hibberd seconded and all were in favor. 

Chairman Morris made a motion to adjourn at 9:00.  Selectman Strand seconded and all were in favor.