Selectmen and TA Update – March 25, 2019

The Board of Selectmen conducted a public meeting on Monday, March 25, 2019. A summary of discussions and actions taken is below.

Review and Approval of Consent Items

  1. March 11th Minutes
  2. A/P Manifest – 3/19/19 – $95,387 & 03/26/19 – $643,887.10
  3. P/R Manifest – 3/21/19 – $62,869.54 & 3/28/19 – $56,929.88
  4. Timber Tax Levy – $81.87
  5. Timber Tax Abatement – $87.87
  6. Tax Abatement Denial (Map 13, Lot 113)
  7. Land Use Change Tax – $25,500
  8. Gravel Tax Levy – $3,203.54
  9. Intent to Excavate – Map 21, Lot 18
  10. MS-232 Report of Appropriations – $7,010,862.00

Business

  1. Skid Steer Grant – $5,000
    1. New Hampshire the Beautiful awarded the Town of Litchfield $5,000 towards the purchase of a skid steer. After trade-in and grant reduction the $35,389 skid steer cost $18,389.00. 100% of funding appropriated from the Recycling Revolving Fund.
  1. Fee Schedule Changes
    1. Due to increased disposal cost of certain items at the Transfer / Recycling Facility and some general Town Clerk updates; The Town Administrator recommended amending the Town Fee Schedule. A Public Hearing will be held Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6pm for citizen input.  
  1. Transfer Facility User Guide
    1. David Mellen, Facility Director prepared a user friendly information guide for residents. The guide will be posted to the town website.
  1. The Following Individuals were Appointed to Serve on Boards and Committees
    1. Zoning Board of Adjustment – Richard Riley Jr. (term exp 3-31-22)
    2. Zoning Board of Adjustment – Albert Guilbeault (term exp 3-31-22)
    3. Recreation Commission – Michael Boshi (term exp 3-31-22)
    4. Recreation Commission – Andrew Collins (term exp 3-31-22)
    5. Conservation Commission – Roger St. Laurent, Jr. (term exp 3-31-22)
    6. Planning Board – Dr. Kimberly Queenan (term exp 3-31-22)
    7. Planning Board – Kate Stevens (term exp 3-31-22)
    8. Interim Zoning Administrator – Troy Brown, Town Administrator
  1. PFAS Community Health Fair  – April 3rd at Merrimack High School 5 to 8pm
    1. NH Department of Health and Human Services is hosting Southern NH PFAS Community Health Fair Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm at Merrimack High School Cafetorium. The purpose is for the general public to meet with health officials and community partners to discuss concerns about the potential health effects of PFAS.
  1. Stonyfield 5k – April 20, 2019 @ 10:00am
    1. Stonyfield 5k / Millennium Running will be hosting a 5k road race on Sunday, April 20th at 10am. Race will start and end at the West Road Soccer Fields in Londonderry. Runners will travel down Hillcrest Road, Rookery and Tanager. Residents will be notified by the event organizers and Litchfield and Londonderry Police Officers will assist with traffic details.

Notes and Upcoming Meetings

  1. PFAS Community Health Fair – April 3rd at Merrimack High School 5 to 8pm
  2. Next Regular Meeting – April 8th

Budget Committee | 3/28/19 Meeting Summary

The BC met last night @ 7PM and the following actions were taken and points discussed:

  • Welcome to members. Mrs. Douglas was nominated as chair in a 6-1-2 vote. Mr. Cutter was nominated as vice chair in a 7-0-2 vote
  • During Public Input, an inquiry was made on the failed teacher contract and better understanding why previous no vote BC members made that decision and what would help sway their votes to yes 

Town Update as presented by Selectman Leary and Selectman Lemire

  • Unanticipated water and fuel costs at new FD for the first part of this year
  • Temporary heating in place at Talent Hall. New heating system being planned for summer installation
  • New Police Officer was hired
  • The BOS has not had discussion regarding the future state of the current FD 

School Update as presented by Representative Meyers

  • ALICE Training has been completed
  • Homeland Security review and plans underway for new entrance at LMS 

Election Results were reviewed by the BC

  • The budget calendar was presented by the Chair. The Committee to finalize the anticipated review/voting dates at next meeting
  • The BC bylaws were reviewed by the committee. Annual acceptance of the bylaws is scheduled for the next meeting
  • The BC discussed social media posts and process. Mr. Cutter was selected to post BC updates through the LitchfieldNH FB page and then share it with the What’s Up FB page. Commentary is welcome on all posts, however, specific questions to the BC will be addressed at our next scheduled meeting. Anyone is also welcome to send inquires to the BC at BudComm@litchfieldnh.gov. (As the process to post on the LitchfieldNH page needs to be ironed out, this post will be directly made to the Whats Up page)
  • Mr. Cutter presented an overview of town related budget vs actual expenses from 2004 through present. The committee will review and Mr. Cutter will share a school overview at the next scheduled meeting
  • The next BC meeting will be on April 18, 2019

As shared by Andrew Cutter via Facebook on 3/29/2019.

Public Hearing Notice – Town Fees

TOWN OF LITCHFIELD
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
ESTABLISHMENT AND AMENDMENT OF TOWN FEES

The Litchfield Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Office Conference Room for the purpose of updating the town fee schedule effective May 1, 2019 as follows:

Additional information may be obtained www.litchfieldnh.gov or by contacting the Selectmen’s Office at 603.424.4046 ext. 1250.

Litchfield Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda – March 25, 2019

5:00pm Paperwork Review
6:00pm Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance

Recognition of Service

1. John Brunelle

Theresa L. Briand, Town Clerk – Oath of Office

  1. Selectman Leary
  2. Selectman Lynch

Election of Officers

  1. Chairman
  2. Vice-Chairman
  3. Budget Committee Representative
  4. Planning Board Representative
  5. Recreation Representative
  6. Conservation Representative
  7. Heritage Representative

Review and Approval of Consent Items

  1. March 11, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  2. A/P Manifest – 3/19/19 – $95,387 & 03/26/19 – $0.00
  3. P/R Manifest – 3/21/19 – $62,869.54 & 3/28/19 – $0.00
  4. Timber Tax Levy – $81.87
  5. Timber Tax Abatement – $87.87
  6. Tax Abatement Denial (Map 13, Lot 113)
  7. Land Use Change Tax – $25,500
  8. Gravel Tax Levy – $3,203.54
  9. Intent to Excavate – Map 21, Lot 18
  10. MS-232 Report of Appropriations – $7,010,862.00

Requests for Additional Items / Other Business Public Input (will occur no earlier than 6:15 pm)

Business

  1. Skid Steer Grant Acceptance – $5,000
  2. Review Fee Schedule Changes
  3. Review Transfer Facility User Guide
  4. Appointments
    1. Zoning Board of Adjustment – Richard Riley Jr. (term exp 3-31-22)
    2. Zoning Board of Adjustment – Albert Guilbeault (term exp 3-31-22)
    3. Recreation Commission – Michael Boshi (term expires 9-31-22)
    4. Recreation Commission – Andrew Collins (term expires 9-31-22)
    5. Conservation Commission – Roger St. Laurent, Jr. (term exp 3-31-22)
    6. Planning Board – Dr. Kimberly Queenan (term expires 9-31-22)
    7. Interim Zoning Administrator – Troy Brown, Town Administrator
  5. PFAS Community Health Fair – April 3rd at Merrimack High School 5 to 8pm
  6. Stonyfield 5K – April 20, 2019 @10am

Reports & Other Business

  1. Administrator Report
  2. Selectmen Reports
  3. Items Removed from Consent
  4. Other Business
  5. PFAS Community Health Fair – April 3rd at Merrimack High School 5 to 8pm
  6. Next Regular Meeting – April 9th

Fire Station Name Issue

The town received notification from a resident that we were using “Litchfield Fire Rescue”; that is a registered business name with the Secretary of State. This notification was delivered to the Town Administrator, Police Department, and the new construction general contractor. Additionally, he indicated that the town should be prepared to remove the name from the new fire station; and is also on the existing fire station.

The “Litchfield Fire Rescue” has been used by department since 1994 and is currently on the existing fire station located on Charles Bancroft Highway; so the town has engaged Secretary of State via our legal counsel to rectify the issue.

Pat Jewett Volunteer Appreciation Day – March 11, 2019

Litchfield Town Hall – March 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Program

Opening remarks

Troy Brown, Town Administrator

Pledge of Allegiance

John Brunelle, Selectman

What is the “Pat Jewett Volunteer Appreciation Award”

Brent Lemire, Chairman, Board of Selectmen

Who is Jayson Brennan?

Laura Gandia
Nominator(s) – Pete Psaledas, Steven Gannon

Presentation of the 5th Annual Pat Jewett Volunteer Appreciation Award to Jayson Brennan

Pat Jewett & Laura Gandia

Revealing of Pat Jewett’s Plaque & Picture

Recognition of Volunteers & Closing Remarks

Troy Brown, Town Administrator

Light refreshments immediately following the ceremony

Litchfield Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda – Feb 25, 2019

The meeting is held at the Town Hall main conference room at 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield.

5:00 PM
Paper Work Review

6:00 PM
Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance

Review and Approval of Consent Items

  1. Febuary 11, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  2. A/P Manifest – 02/19/19 – $520,143.85 & 02/26/19 – $58,534.84
  3. P/R Manifest – 02/21/19 – $53,873.71 & 02/28/19 – $0.00
  4. (2) Veterans’ Tax Credit – $300 and $1,000
  5. Purchase Order – Plow Truck Repairs ($10,511.40)
  6. January Reconciliations – Tax Collector, Town Clerk and Treasurer

Requests for Additional Items / Other Business
Public Input (to occur following the KENO Public Hearing)

Business

  1. Public Hearing – Operation of Keno Games
  2. Assignment of Selectmen Poll Hours

Reports & Other Business

  1. Selectmen Reports
  2. Items Removed from Consent
  3. Other Business
  4. Next Regular Meeting March 11, 2019 @ 6pm
  5. Pat Jewett Volunteer Appreciation Award – March 11, 2019 @ 7pm
  6. Town and School District Elections – March 12, 2019 from 7am to 7pm @ CHS


Selectmen and TA Update – Feb 11, 2019

The Board of Selectmen conducted a public meeting on Monday, February 11, 2019. Below is a summary of the business conducted and upcoming events/activities.

Consent Review:

  1. January 28, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  2. February 2, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  3. Boy Scout Troop 11 Donation Acceptance – $106.75
  4. Pole Licenses – Calawa Circle (128/1 & 128/2)
  5. A/P Manifest – 02/05/19 – $1,831,019.02 & 02/12/19 – $120,281.13
  6. P/R Manifest – 02/07/19 – $50,594.59 & 02/14/19 – $52,182.31

Business:

  1. Thomas Scotti – Full-Time Probationary Police Officer Appointment
    1. Chief O’Brion recommended Thomas Scotti as a full-time probationary police officer. The Board of Selectmen approved the appointment and refreshments were served with department personnel, family and friends.
  2. Public Hearing – Operation of Keno Games
    1. A public hearing was conducted as requested at the deliberative session. No public comment was received. The next public hearing in accordance with New Hampshire State law will be conducted at the next Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019, at 6 pm. Public Hearing Presentation
  3. Fire Department Grant Approval
    1. The Board of Selectmen authorized the Fire Department to submit a request for a surplus military vehicle to be used equipped as a forestry truck. The departments 43 year old forestry tuck will be returned to the State of New Hampshire.
  4. Fire Impact Fees Encumbrance
    1. Selectman Brunelle / Schaeffer moved to encumber $17,655.84 from the Fire Impact Fees for the expenses of the construction of the new fire station building.  This includes, but is not limited to general construction, furniture, infrastructure, and technology. Vote: ( 4-0-0 ) The motion carried.
  5. Purchase Order Approval – Door Control Access Town Office / Police Station
    1. Selectman Schaeffer / Selectman Bourque moved to approve the purchase of the $25,495.50 to install a Door Access Control System within the Police Station and Town Office.  Also, wave Section 3(c) of the Purchasing Policy.  Vote: ( 3-0-1 ) The motion carried.  Selectman John Brunelle abstained.

Notes and Upcoming Meetings:

  1. Next Regular Meeting February 25, 2019
  2. Keno Games Public Hearing February 25, 2019 at 6pm
  3. Pat Jewett Volunteer Appreciation Award – March 11, 2019 at 7pm
  4. Town and School District Elections – March 12, 2019 7am to 7pm @ CHS