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Selectmen's Minutes 2010/09/07
7:00 PM Town Office Meeting Room
Tuesday, September 7, 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  

Board of Selectmen & SAU Joint Budget Meeting
Chairman Gallup welcomed Sean Carroll, School Board Chairman and Brendon Minnihan, Superintendent SAU for coming to the meeting. Chairman Gallup gave an overview of the projects coming up in 2011 and the guidelines that the Board set for the Town Department Heads. Selectman White suggested that because the other members of the School Board could not make it to this meeting that both Boards meet again at the next School Board Meeting on October 6th.

Scott Blewitt-Recreation Director
•Scott Blewitt gave an updated on the renovations for the Dewey Beach handicap restroom. He is working on the town building and shoreline protection permits and he has an approved bathroom design. The bathroom should be completed and ready to use by next spring.  
•Scott Blewitt received a donation of $500 from NH Charitable Foundation in the name of the Gisela Polleys Charitable Fund for improvements to Dewey Ball Field. Motion to accept the donation of $500 from NH Charitable Foundation to support improvements to the Dewey Ball Field by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Roach. All in Favor.

Public Comments
Katherine Johnson came to the Board to voice her concern on the proposed Town Properties ordinance. She hoped the Board would reconsider banning dogs from Sunapee Harbor. She feels that most responsible dog owners pick up after their dogs and hates to see everyone punished because of a few careless people. The Board asked her to stay for the discussion that would be taking place regarding the ordinance later in the evening.

Selectmen Action
•Donna Nashawaty went over the recommendations and floor policies and how the Board wants her to vote on them at the Legislative Policy Conference held on Friday, September 17th. Motion to allow the Town Manager to attend the Policy Conference and vote on the floor policies as instructed by the Board of Selectmen by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Roach. All in Favor.
•Motion to sign the Sunapee Fire Department Annual Turkey Raffle Permit to be held on November 13th by Selectman Brown, seconded by Selectman Smith. All in Favor.
•Motion that on February 23, 2009 the Board of Selectmen had a public hearing and after meeting all the requirements will allow the petition from Nancy Kell of 749 North Road to reclassify the road from a Class VI road to a Class V road by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Roach. All in Favor.

•Selectman White attended the County Finance Committee meeting, which Representative Suzanne Gottling chairs.
•Selectman White, a member of a subcommittee of the Coalition Committee stated that the committee members are going to Plymouth State College on Thursday to ask the college to hold a debate between the candidates for Governor. Selectman White asked the Board to support this project and come to the debate.

Town Manager Report
•Donna Nashawaty went over the changes that the Board asked her to make at the last meeting to the Town Properties Ordinance. Chairman Gallup stated that the one thing that needed to be addressed in the ordinance was a bona fide leash law. Selectman Brown wanted and gave a more detailed definition of the Georges Mills Beach area. The Board discusses the fines that could be imposed, but Donna Nashawaty will find out from the Town Attorney what the difference is between a violation, which can impose penalties up to $1,000 and a summons, fines start at $50.00 for the first offense, $100.00 for the second and $250 for each subsequent offense. Donna Nashawaty will add Nona’s Playground to the list where pets will not be allowed and omitting Sunapee Harbor. Chairman Gallup feels to enforce this ordinance signs will have to be erected and more disposal bag dispenser and bags bought and placed in the appropriate areas, which now makes this a money issue. Chairman Gallup thinks it’s important that people realize the cost to the Town and thinks it should be a warrant article. Selectman White feels that as elected officials, the Selectmen need to do the things for the health and welfare of the community and doesn’t think the Board needs to get approval from the people, but could tell people at a public session the cost of the “dog pooh” ordinance. Donna Nashawaty suggested that the Board write the ordinance and make it effective April 1st 2011 and include the money in the budget. Selectman Brown feels the Board should pass and adopted the ordinance and use the newspaper article for the hearing to announce the new leash law and changes to the ordinance. Selectman Brown would also like the Town to place an ad in the Intertown record and Kearsarge Shopper specifying the new rules. She feels the Town should not put up any signs or bag dispenser right now, but should make dog owners own up to their responsibility. Selectman Roach is concerned about how the Town will enforce this ordinance, but agrees that something has to be done regarding irresponsible dog owners leaving dog messes. Donna Nashawaty will draw up a new draft and schedule a public hearing on the ordinance for October 25th. Motion to hold a public hearing for the Town Properties ordinance, including the new dog ordinance on October 25th by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Roach. All in Favor.   
•Donna Nashawaty invited the Board to the Employee BBQ on Wednesday, September 15th at noon in Tilton Park. The Town Offices will be closing at noon.
•Donna Nashawaty has confirmed Peter Josephs, Lincoln Town Manager for October 4th to give a presentation for the Charter Commission.

Meeting adjourned at 9:48PM
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