2019 Town Meeting Results

Board of Selectmen

Kevin A. Lynch – 1023
F. Robert Leary SR – 699
John R. Brunelle – 638
Keri B. Douglas – 444
Andrew Santom – 180

Budget Committee

Andrew Cutter – 1192
William G. Hayes – 1132

Budget Committee (1 Year)

Jennifer Bourque – 1260

Cemetery Trustee

Warren W. Adams – 1353

Trustee of Trust Funds

Mike Falzone – 1288

Library Trustee

Elizabeth Vaughan – 1274
Cecile Bonvouloir – 1184

Warrant Articles

#2 Operating Budget – Pass 1064 / 600
#3 Police Contract – Pass 1193 / 513
#4 Health Agencies – Pass 885 / 789
# 5 Town Earned Time Accurual Expendable Trust Fund – Pass 1244 / 429
# 6 Technology & Communication Expendable Trust Fund – Pass 1284 / 385
# 7 Land Purchase – Pass 1337 / 345
# 8 Town Flag – Pass 1391 / 290
#9 Keno – Pass 1202 / 476
#10 By Petition [DPW Improvements] – Pass 1252 / 409
#11 By Petition [ Code Enforcement] – Pass 1003 / 645
#12 By Petition [Road Agent to Elected] – Failed 664 / 996
#13 By Petition [Fire Chief to Elected] – Failed 583 / 1116
# 14 By Petition [Support Town Administrator] – Pass 1219 / 451

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


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

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

Release: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Reach Agreement on Consent Decree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: March 20, 2018

CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

des.nh.gov

twitter.com/NHDES

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Reach Agreement on Consent Decree

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), represented by the Office of the Attorney General, and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) announced today they have reached an agreement to permanently provide safe drinking water to 302 properties in portions of the towns of Bedford, Litchfield, and Merrimack, New Hampshire in addition to the over 450 properties already being addressed.

“We are extremely pleased that NHDES and Saint-Gobain were able to reach agreement on connecting all of the disputed properties to an alternate water source,” said Robert R. Scott, NHDES Commissioner. “I understand the frustration felt by the residents of Bedford, Litchfield and Merrimack with the amount of time it has taken to come to this point, but we believe that it was vital to negotiate a comprehensive agreement. The positive outcome of these negotiations will serve the residents of this area well over the long-term.”

NHDES and SGPPL have been working cooperatively and without a formal agreement for more than two years in response to the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in groundwater in the area. During this time, more than 1,500 samples have been collected from groundwater, surface water, and water supply wells in the impacted towns. In addition, SGPPL voluntarily provided bottled water to residents living in the towns, provided point-of-use treatment systems for more than 50 properties, and connected more than 450 properties to municipal water lines.

“Since first learning about the presence of PFOA in Merrimack, Saint-Gobain and NHDES have focused on finding solutions as quickly as possible. This collaboration has enabled us to accomplish a lot of work in a relatively short amount of time given the size and complexity of this issue,” said Tom Kinisky, CEO of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “We’ve been a part of this community for many years and our top priority was always to take a leadership position in our response. With this Consent Decree now signed, we remain committed to working with community partners to finalize the work left to be done.”

In addition to the work that SGPPL and NHDES have already completed, the Consent Decree will provide for:

  • Municipal water line connections to 121 properties in Bedford and point-of-entry treatment (POET) systems for four additional properties in Bedford where it is not feasible to extend municipal water lines.
  • Municipal water line connections to 41 additional properties in Merrimack.
  • Municipal water line extensions to 27 additional properties in Litchfield.
  • Curb stops installed to 109 currently underdeveloped properties in Bedford, Litchfield, Manchester, and Merrimack so that municipal water may be provided to such properties in the future if those properties are developed.
  • Site investigation activities including, but not limited to, groundwater, drinking water, surface water, soil and air testing.
  • Source remediation if necessary.

Every effort will be made to connect properties with an existing waterline extension design before the end of 2018, weather, contracting availability and other similar factors permitting. Water line extensions to properties where design plans need to be completed will be done as soon as possible, but no later than November of 2019.

Pursuant to the Consent Decree, the State did not waive any private right of action by any individuals or parties.

A meeting will be held for all affected communities (Bedford, Litchfield and Merrimack) at Campbell High School at 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, NH 03052, on Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 pm to discuss the specifics of the agreement and the steps that will follow.

For Live video coverage of the meeting click on the following link: http://trms.bedfordtv.com/CablecastPublicSite/watch/3?channel=1

or follow the instructions below.

Streaming Live Access Through the BCTV Webpage:

Go to the BCTV webpage: www.bedfordtv.com

On the home page under the Channel 16 icon click on “Watch Live”

For those cannot attend the meeting office hours with NHDES personnel to discuss the settlement will be held at the following times and locations:

Thursday 22 March:

8:00 am – 10:00 am Bedford Town Office Building, 24 Amherst Road

10:30 am – 2:30 pm Merrimack Town Hall, 6 Baboosic Lake Road

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Bedford Town Office Building

These times are not for fixed presentations. Affected citizens are welcome to attend whatever times they can make and their questions will be answered in order. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.

For additional information on this agreement, please contact:

For New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services:

Jim Martin

603-271-3710

James.martin@des.nh.gov

www.des.nh.gov

For Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics:

Dina Silver Pokedoff

610-893-5518

dina.pokedoff@saint-gobain.com

www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com

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2018 Town Warrant Article Results

Article #2 – Zoning Amendment 1 – 1175 / 503 PASSED
Article #3 – Zoning Amendment 2 – 1098 / 625 PASSED
Article #4 – Fire Station Bond – 1078 / 632 PASSED
Article #5 – 2018 Operating Budget – 1068 / 600 PASSED
Article #6 – Full Time Police Officer – 1074 / 628 PASSED
Article #7 – Road Improvement Projects – 900 / 772 PASSED
Article #8 – Plow Truck Lease Purchase – 1288 / 401 PASSED
Article #9 – 3rd Year of Library Non Union Wage Plan – 1270 / 419 PASSED
Article #10 – Town Earned Time Accrual Expendable Trust Fund – 1282 / 432 PASSED
Article #11 – Building Systems Trust Fund – 1300 / 404 PASSED
Article #12 – Heritage Commission – 964 / 738 PASSED
Article #13 – Disposal of Fire Station Building – 668 / 1057 FAILED
Article #14 – Beautificaiton Expendable Trust Fund – 1044 / 701 PASSED

Results are unaudited, based on announcements at the polls