Litchfield Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda – July 8, 2019

MEETING AGENDA
TOWN OF LITCHFIELD BOARD OF SELECTMEN

July 8, 2019 – Litchfield Town Hall, Meeting Room

5:30pm Paperwork Review
6:30pm Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance

Review and Approval of Consent Items

  1. June 24, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  2. A/P Manifest – 07/02/19 – $347,799.90 & // – $
  3. P/R Manifest – 06/27/19 – $12,366.81, 07/03/19 – $52,897.65 & // – $

Requests for Additional Items / Other Business Public Input (will occur no earlier than 6:45 pm)

Business

  1. Jayson Brennen – Hillcrest / 3A Corner Update
  2. Heritage Commission By-Laws – Review
  3. Highway Laborer Position – Part-time to Full-time
  4. Cash Receipts Policy – Review
  5. Fraud Policy – Review
  6. Background Check Policy – Review
  7. Review BOS Goals and Action Items

Reports & Other Business

  1. Administrator Report
  2. Selectmen Reports
  3. Items Removed from Consent
  4. Other Business
  5. Next Regular Meeting July 22, 2019

Non-Public Session

  1. RSA 91-A:3,II(I) – Consideration of legal advice provided by legal counsel, either in writing or orally, to one or more members of the public body, even where legal counsel is not present.
  2. RSA-91-A:3 II (a) – The compensation of any employee

Upcoming Holiday Hours

The Litchfield Board of Selectmen and staff would like to wishyou and your family a very safe and happy Independence Day!

Town Office Hours:
Thursday, July 4th – Closed
Friday, July 5th – Closed 

Recycling & Solid Waste Hours:
Thursday, July 4th – Closed
Friday, July 5th – 4pm to 8pm
Saturday, July 6th – 8am to 4pm
Sunday, July 7th – 9am to noon (construction/demolition and brush only)

Police, Fire and Highway Hours:
Always ready and able to serve!

Building, Health & Code Enforcement Inspector

Town of Litchfield
Building, Health and Code Inspector

The Town of Litchfield is seeking an individual to serve in a full-time capacity as a Building, Health, and Code Enforcement Inspector.  This position is responsible for the review of building construction plans, issuing permits, inspecting work for compliance with all applicable codes and standards.  Investigate complaints of Building, Fire, Health Codes and Town zoning ordinance violations. The position requires a strong background in building, health and fire codes with experience in plan reviews, electrical and mechanical system installations.  The individual must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, have at least 5 years in the building trades or inspection field and familiar with municipal zoning concepts. ICC Certifications required to be obtained within a specified timeframe.   The position is subject to a thorough background investigation and reference checks.

The Town offers competitive benefits and salary based upon qualifications. This is a non-exempt hourly weekday position with occasional evening and weekend hours as necessary.

To Apply:
Resume and cover letter with three professional references will be accepted via email (pdf format) to chief@litchfieldfd.com until Friday, July 19, 2019, at 4 p.m. 

The Town of Litchfield is an EOE.
Questions may be directed to chief@litchfieldfd.com.

Closing Date: July 19, 2019

Upcoming Eversource Patrols of Transmission Lines

PURPOSE OF FLIGHT: Eversource transmission system operators have requested that certain transmission lines across the state of New Hampshire be patrolled following the weekend’s storm activity.

DATES & FLIGHT TIMES:   Wednesday, 7/3/19 and Friday, 7/5/19, from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., weather permitting 

CITIES AND TOWNS IN FLIGHT PATH:

  • Franklin, Sanbornton, Hill, New Hampton
  • Greenland, Strafford, Newfield, Newmarket, Durham
  • Durham, Epping, Lee, Raymond
  • Amherst, Merrimack, Litchfield, Londonderry, Derry
  • Pittsfield, Nottingham, Northwood, Brentwood
  • Whitefield, Jefferson, Lancaster, Northumberland, Berlin, Gorham
  • Nashua, Hudson

DESCRIPTION OF AIRCRAFT: Black Bell 407, Tail Number N802JR

CONTACT INFO:   NH Projects Information Line: 1-888-926-5334   

Budget Committee | 6/27/19 Meeting Summary

The BC met last night @ 7PM. All members were in attendance and the following actions were taken and points discussed:

Litchfield Budget Committee Meeting – June 27, 2019

1) New Hampshire Municipal Associating Budget Law Training. NHMA provided an overview of budget law for the Committee and reviewed various RSA’s that dictate the laws & process the Budget Committee must follow. The role of the BC includes:

  • Review current year expenditures
  • Review proposals, request information
  • Prepare budget
  • Schedule & hold budget hearings
  • Forward final proposed budget to governing body
  • Does not control spending
  • 10% rule in towns with official budget committee
  • Budget can not surpass YoY increase >10%
  • In 2017 Litchfield passed a local tax cap on the town side where the budget can not exceed an increase >$175k.

2) Acceptance of 5/23/19 Meeting Minutes
3) LEA Teachers Contract Update

  • The Superintendent provided the BC with an update on teachers contract.
  • On 6/27, the School Board held an Emergency meeting and voted to approve a renegotiated collective bargaining agreement with the LEA.
  • Terms of the new agreement include:
  • A total 3 year cost of ~$854k. This is a reduction from the failed March 2019 warrant article which was ~$1.1MM.
  • Year 1 would reflect a 1% Cost of Living (COLA) increase, Year 2 = 1.5% COLA increase, Year 3 = 1.75% COLA increase
  • Primary renegotiated points to support the decrease in cost are:
  • Health insurance is more in line with industry standard and shifts from ‘Cadillac Plan’ to a deductible/co-insurance based plan
  • No make up in step increases to account for past years where there was no contract
  • Longevity payments have decreased

Next steps are for the Superior Court to review the petition for a Special Election as well as for the Budget Committee to formally vote to recommend/not recommend the contract. The Budget Committee will have a special meeting planned for the evening of Monday August 5th to vote on the LEA ContractThe Superintendents goal is to have the special election at the end of September. Working back from that timeline, there will be a deliberative session planned for early September and the BC vote should be recorded by August 9th.

4) School Update

  • A review of year end encumbrances were performed. Total encumbrances = $197,593
  • Estimated fund balance (as of 6/19/19) = $331,845.77

5) Town Update

  • Two lawn mowers were purchased to replace failing equipment

6) School Capital Planning Committee Update

  • The BC discussed member participation on the School Capital Planning Committee. While the Committee is very much in favor of the Capital Planning charter and putting together a district wide strategic plan, the BC voted 2-7-0 to not participate in this committee. Reasoning for the failed vote was primarily related to maintaining independence as a Committee as well as how effective one member would be speaking on behalf of the BC, when the BC has not met to discuss.

Note: Any public comments or questions can be addressed to the Budget Committee during the next public meeting, a special meeting to vote on the LEA Teachers contract, planned for August 5th. Budget Committee responses to questions are not permitted via social media.

As shared by Andrew Cutter via Facebook on 6/28/2019.