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. January 11, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  2. A/P Manifest – 02/19/19 – $520,143.850.00 & 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


Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda – Feb 11, 2019

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

5:00pm Paperwork Review
5:45pm Non-Meeting and Non-Public Session

1. RSA 91-A:3 II(b) – The hiring of any public employee

6:00pm Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance

Review and Approval of Consent Items

  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 – $0.0
  6. P/R Manifest – 02/07/19 – $50,594.59 & 02/14/19 – $0.0

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

Business

  1. Thomas Scotti – Full-Time Probationary Police Officer Appointment
  2. Public Hearing – Operation of Keno Games
  3. Fire Department Grant Approval
  4. Fire Impact Fees Encumbrance
  5. Purchase Order Approval – Door Control Access Town Office / Police Station

Reports & Other Business

  1. Administrator Report
  2. Selectmen Reports
  3. Items Removed from Consent
  4. Other Business
  5. Next Regular Meeting February 25, 2019
  6. Keno Games Public Hearing February 25, 2019
  7. Town and School District Elections – March 12, 2019 7am to 7pm @ CHS

PHA – Operation of KENO Games

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The Litchfield Board of Selectmen will conduct public hearings on February 11 and February 25, 2019 at 6 pm at Litchfield Town Office, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH to accept public input regarding the March ballot question to allow KENO games to be operated within the town. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.litchfieldnh.gov or by contacting the Selectmen’s office at 603.424.4046 ext 1250.

Additional Informational Resources:

KENO Presentation

NHMA Q & A

SB 191 KENO Highlights

Eversource – Scam Artists Targeting Customers

New YearSame Old Scams

Eversource and NH PUC offer ways to avoid becoming a victim in 2019   

MANCHESTER, N.H. (January 28, 2019) – The New Year is in full swing and so are scams targeting utility customers across the country and right here in New Hampshire. Already this year, customers in many towns around the state have been approached by scammers, either on the phone or at their door. To warn customers, Eversource and the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) are teaming up to ensure that people know the tell-tale signs of scams, so they can avoid becoming a victim.

“The scammers, often sounding legitimate and quite convincing, threaten to shut off electric service immediately unless instant payment is made,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner. “These scammers can be relentless but they’re only successful if they catch our customers off-guard and scare them into making a payment. We remind customers, if something doesn’t sound right or feel right, trust your gut, and don’t pay.” 

“One similarity in many utility scams is a sense of urgency, with scammers often convincing consumers that payment must be made immediately,” says Amanda Noonan, Director of Consumer Services and External Affairs for the NHPUC. “The more we educate consumers on the basic red flags of a scam, the less likely they are to become victims.”

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim: 

·     Eversource representatives never demand instant payment over the phone, require the use of pre-paid debit cards or request customers meet at a payment center to make the payment.

·     Never provide personal financial or account information to any unsolicited person on the phone, at the door or online, even if they seem legitimate.

·     Beware, some sophisticated scammers can manipulate their caller ID to say the caller is with Eversource.

·     Customers who are scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive a written notice that includes information on how to maintain their service.

·     Customers can verify they are speaking with an Eversource representative by asking for some basic information about their account like the name on the account, the account address, and the exact past due balance. 

Customers can verify they are speaking with an Eversource representative by asking for some basic information about their account like the name on the account, the account address, and the exact past due balance. Eversource urges anyone who has doubts about the legitimacy of a call, visit or an offer, to contact the company directly at 1-800-662-7764. Eversource.comprovides more information on how to protect personal information and avoid being a victim of utility scams.

Check out this story to learn how one business avoided falling victim to a scammer.

Citizen Petition Warrant Articles

During the Jan 14, 2019 meeting on the Board of Selectmen; Joseph Cabral presented discussed his petition warrant articles. These articles will be on the upcoming Town Warrant as written below. As part of the process, the Board of Selectmen took a vote to recommend or not recommend; the results are included.

You can also review the original petition, signature pages and other submitted paperwork by clicking the article number

ARTICLE 10 – BY PETITION

This petition article seeks to implement one of the recommendations from the 2018 Municipal Resources Inc. (MRI) report. The study recommended more man-hours for the Litchfield Highway Department. Currently the department does not have the proper staffing to provide appropriate safety standards on the job.

Recommended by Board of Selectmen (5-0-0)

ARTICLE 11 – BY PETITION

To see if the Town will vote to reverse the Code Enforcement Officer, Health Inspector and Zoning Administrator (Three positions in one) back to its prior successful operation as a single, appointed position, reporting to the Board of Selectmen, and being independent of the fire department.  If adopted this change will take effect within 30 days and continue in effect until changed by a majority vote at an annual or special meeting.

Not Recommended by Board of Selectmen (5-0-0)

ARTICLE 12 – BY PETITION

To see if the Town will vote to discontinue the appointed office of Highway Agent and to authorize the Town to elect the Highway Agent.  The current Highway Agent shall continue to hold the office until the 2020 Annual Town Meeting election, at which time, the Town will elect a Highway Agent.  If adopted, the authority of the Town to elect the Highway Agent shall continue in effect until changed by a majority vote at an annual or special meeting.

Not Recommended by Board of Selectmen (5-0-0)

ARTICLE 13 – BY PETITION

To see if the Town will vote to reverse the appointed office of part-time Fire Chief to an elected position. The current Fire Chief shall continue to hold the office until the 2020 Annual Town Meeting election, at which time, the Town will elect a part-time Fire Chief. If adopted, the authority of the Town to elect the Fire Chief shall continue in effect until changed by a majority vote at an annual or special meeting.

Not Recommended by Board of Selectmen (5-0-0)

ARTICLE 14 – BY PETITION

To see if the Town will vote to discontinue/dissolve the Town Administrator position. If passed, this will take effect 30 days from the 2019 town election.

Not Recommended by Board of Selectmen (5-0-0)

Review of Litchfield Inspection Services

Litchfield Inspection Services Review conducted by MRI

The Town of Litchfield, New Hampshire, retained the services of Municipal Resources, Inc. (MRI) to conduct an evaluation, prepare a written assessment and report relative to the Town’s current inspections and permitting processes, and to subsequently make recommendations that effect staffing, job duties, and assigned workload that is consistent with Industry-wide Best Practices. Also, this report considered the Town’s most recent decision to integrate the duties of the Code Enforcement Officer and the Fire Prevention Officer, again from the perspective of Industry-wide Best Practices, to determine, what the impact of this decision has had on inspection/permitting services to date.

Litchfield Board of Selectmen Meeting – Jan 14 @6pm

Agenda for tonight’s meeting, come join the process and share your feedback.

You can also watch on Comcast channel 22 or online at https://YouTube.com/LitchfieldTV.

MEETING AGENDA

TOWN OF LITCHFIELD BOARD OF SELECTMEN January 14, 2019 – Litchfield Town Hall, Meeting Room

5:00pm Paperwork Review

6:00pm Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance

Review and Approval of Consent Items

1. December 17, 2018 Meeting Minutes

2. Tax Collector’s Reconciliation – Jan

3. Town Clerk’s Reconciliation – Nov 2018

4. Tax Credits & Exemptions – (12)

5. Page Road Purchase Order – $75,000

6. ACH School Payment Authorization

7. A/P Manifest – 00/00/19 – $0.0 & 00/0/19 – $0.0

8. P/R Manifest – 00/00/19 – $0.0 & 0/0/19 – $0.0

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

Business

1. MRI Inspectional Services Report – Medard Kopczynski

2. Town Flag Update – Matt Lepore

3. Command Vehicle

4. 2019 Mileage Rate

5. 2019 Warrant

6. 2019 Defalt Budget Form

7. Recreation Donation Acceptions – $50.00

Reports & Other Business

1. Administrator Report

2. Selectmen Reports

3. Items Removed from Consent

4. Other Business

5. Next Regular Meeting January 28, 2019

6. Deliberative Session – February 2, 2019 @ CHS Auditorium