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

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