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Selectmen's Minutes 2010/08/23
7:00 PM Town Office Meeting Room
Monday, August 23, 2010

Present: Fred Gallup Chairman, William Roach Vice Chairman, Emma Smith, Charlotte Brown, Stephen White, Donna Nashawaty, Town Manager

Also Present: See sign-up sheet.

Chairman Gallup opened the meeting at 7:00PM  

Public Hearing – Proposed Lights & Pole Shut-Off
Tony Bergeron went over the comments received regarding the proposed lights that are being considered for shut-off. There are 35 streetlights; he received comments on 8 of the proposed lights, which he summarized the list for the Board. Some residents expressed concerned about 29 Hamel Road, 10 Maple Court and Lake Avenue lights. One resident on Lake Avenue was worried that with houses closing for the winter months and 4 lights being consider for shut-off that Lake Avenue would be very dark. Concerns of vandalism that occurs with lights on, will it encourage more without lights.
Chairman Gallup thought the best solution would be to get together with the residents who live in close proximity of the proposed lights and determine the safety and security issues of keeping the light. Chief Cahill wanted to remind the Board and residents that some of the lights might be removed and relocated to another location to give a steady stream of light looking down the road. The new fixtures will provide a lot more light than the current fixtures. Chairman Gallup, Tony Bergeron, Chief Cahill and Vic Reno will get together and see what compromises can be made in keeping some of these lights, a total of 10 lights were indicated as questionable after public comments.

 Chief David Cahill-Employee Insurance
Chief Cahill spoke on behalf of the Employee Health Insurance Committee that was formed to look into the health insurance options for employees. The committee met with the Local Government Center, who currently carries the Town’s health insurance to review the various insurance plans, including the health savings account (HSA) and the health reimbursement account plans (HRA). Chief Cahill stated that the committee selected 5 towns similar in population to Sunapee and 4 local private companies and compared their present employee health insurance and benefits package to Sunapee. The HRA option, which is being researched by the Local Government Center, seems to be the best option for the Town and the employees. The Local Government Center will send possible offerings of an HRA later this month. The consensus of the Board was that they were satisfied with our benefits for this year and look forward to possibilities with an HRA benefit.

Michael Marquise-Master Plan
Michael Marquise presented the Board with the 2010 Master Plan Booklet. The master plan is conceptual and any changes will be voted on by the town at future town meetings.

Selectmen Action
Emergency Operation Plan Documents
•Motion to accept Statement of Promulgation by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Smith. All in Favor.
•Motion to sign the annual concurrence by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Smith. All in Favor.
•Motion to approve the foreword by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Smith. All in Favor.
•Motion to sign the adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Smith. All in Favor.

•Motion to accept the reappointment of Kevin Rickard to Old Town Hall by Selectman Smith, seconded by Selectman Brown. All in Favor.
•Donna Nashawaty will set-up a joint SAU & BOS Budget Meeting for September 7th at 7:00PM. The Budget Advisory Committee will be invited to listen, but not participate in the discussion.
•Donna Nashawaty asked the Board for the guidelines that they wanted her to pass on to the Department Heads for the 2011 budget; hold the line, realistic budget and look at the cola the same as in the past.
•Donna Nashawaty told the Board she will be at the Manager’s ICMA Conference on October 18th, which is a scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting. The meeting will be rescheduled for October 25th.

Chairman Report
Chairman Gallup read an article regarding a 2 year old little girl who was playing at a town playground, tripped and fell and her hand landed in a pile of dog feces, wiped her eye and now has optical lymphoma and might lose her eye. Chairman Gallup point is that it is the responsibly of the dog owner to appropriately take care of their animals.

Town Manager Report
•Donna Nashawaty reviewed the Town Properties ordinance that she edited based on the comments from the Board at the last meeting. Chairman Gallup would like the Board to visit Georges Mills Beach so they have an understanding of the area in question in the ordinance. The Board would like Donna Nashawaty to schedule another discussion on the ordinance at the September 7th meeting.

•Selectman Roach stated that when he passes the playground that there are always cars in the lot. He feels that the playground is the best thing for the children and the Town of Sunapee. Donna Nashawaty updated the Board on the handicap improvements done at the playground.
•Donna Nashawaty went over the electricity options and pricing that she received from Tom McDonald at Atlantic Energy Group. She would like approval to sign a 4 month contract (September 1st – January 1st) with the company. The Board had no objections.    

Donna Nashawaty wanted to make a recommendation to the Board, to use Bob Collins under the direction of Tony Bergeron to repair the tail race wall at the Hydro plant. She would also like to hire Jeffrey Collins, who has necessary experience to assist in the proposed repair, who is Bob Collins son. The Board had no objections.    

Meeting adjourned at 9:51PM

Submitted by,
Barbara Vaughn
Administrative Assistant                                


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Frederick Gallup, Chairman                      Charlotte Brown

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William Roach, Vice-Chairman                    Stephen White

Emma M. Smith