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Selectmen's Minutes 2010/09/20
7:00 PM Town Office Meeting Room
Monday, September 20, 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  

Norm Bernaiche-Chief Assessor
Norm Bernaiche gave an update on the town wide statistical update that the Assessors conduct every 5 years according to the law. The new value letters will be in the mail to homeowners no later than October 2nd. Informal hearings will be scheduled for October 14, 15 and 16 in the Town Office Meeting Room.   

Selectmen Action
•Motion to accept the nomination of Tony DiPaola to the Alternate Waste Committee by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Roach. All in Favor
•Motion to accept the nomination of Jon Reed to the Recreation Committee by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Roach. All in Favor
•Motion to accept the nomination of Amy Holobowicz as an alternate to the Recreation Committee by Selectman Smith, seconded by Selectman Brown. All in Favor
•Motion to accept the nomination of Barbara Cooper to the Beautification Committee by Selectman Smith, seconded by Selectman White. All in Favor
•Motion to allow Chairman Gallup to sign the use of facilities application for Sunapee PTO Chowderfest at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday, September 25 & 26th by Selectman White, seconded by Selectman Smith. All in Favor.

Board Comments
Selectman White voiced his concerns regarding the decisions the current Planning Board has been making in recent months that he feels the Board need to address. Selectman White asked Chairman Gallup his feelings regarding the Planning Board meeting he attended on September 16, 2010. Chairman Gallup said he was not up on the current Planning and Zoning regulations and did not want to make a judgment after only attending one meeting.  Selectman Smith, who represents the Board of Selectmen on the Planning Board, feels Peggy Chalmers is an excellent Chairman and the members of the Planning Board follow the planning and zoning regulations with the help of Michael Marquise, Planning Administrator and Roger Landry, Zoning Administrator. Selectman Smith sees no problem with the process. Chairman Gallup reminded Selectman White that the members of the Planning Board are elected by the public and the Board of Selectmen has no jurisdiction over the Planning Board.

Chairman Gallup stated that if the Board of Selectmen received a complaint from the general public regarding the Planning Board administrating the Planning and Zoning regulations equally, he’s not sure how the Board of Selectmen would handle the complaint. Selectman White asked the other Board members to attend a Planning Board meeting to get their thoughts.    

Town Manager Report
•Donna Nashawaty reminded the Board that they wanted to set-up a meeting with the Riverway Board, who has their monthly meeting this Thursday morning at 8:00am. After some discussion, the general consensus of the Board was for Donna Nashawaty to invite the Riverway Executive Committee to either the October 4th or October 25th meeting at 5:30pm for a non-public meeting to discuss the lease options. Peter Urbach, a resident questioned the Board holding a closed meeting to have a general discussion, which in his opinion does not warrant a closed meeting. Donna Nashawaty did email the Town Attorney regarding this issue, which under certain circumstances under the statue, the Board can go into a non-public session. Donna Nashawaty will forward the email to the members of the Board.    
•Donna Nashawaty passed out and reviewed the results of the salary comparison study that the Board asked her to do back in August. Donna Nashawaty used 2010 salary data that was provided by the Local Government Center. The information was based on NH towns with the same population and similar positions. In Donna Nashawaty’s opinion, the current pay table appears to be in line with the other towns of similar size.  
•Donna Nashawaty attended the NHMA policy session last Friday, September 17th, on the article asking them to take no position on collecting the statewide property tax, it needed a 2/3 vote to become policy, it won by 1 vote. So there is a standing policy that if any legislation comes forward regarding the collecting of the statewide property tax that NHMA will not lobby against it.   

Meeting adjourned at 8:22pm

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