Minutes of July 19, 2010

Present: Cheryl Labadie, Chairman; Mark Paquette and Administrative Assistant Jody McDermott.

The meeting was opened at 7:30 PM.


Elsie LaVanture of Corey Mine Road was in attendance to question the status of her abatement request. The assessment company, Avatar, advised the Selectmen to reject the request based on the fact that the area taken out of current use was not reclaimed by April 1. The reason the project was not completed until December of 2009 was that the LaVantures had been advised by Town authority that so long as the area was reclaimed by the end of the year, they would receive the abatement. The LaVantures performed the excavation as described and agreed upon with Town officials and as a result the Selectmen do not feel that they should incur any type of penalization. The Selectmen decided to disregard the recommendation from Avatar, given the circumstance, and award an abatement to the LaVantures, the amount to be determined after review of paperwork. Mrs. LaVanture asks that, upon approval, a copy of the minutes be sent to her for her records.

Vendor and Payroll Manifest: The Board reviewed the payroll and vendor manifest and Chairman Labadie moved to accept the manifest as presented, seconded by Selectman Paquette and the motion passed unanimously.

Mail: The Selectmen reviewed the mail:

New Hampshire Energy Efficiency&Conservation Block Grant Agreement: The NH Municipal Energy Assistance Program application must be signed by a Selectmen, Chair Labadie signed the documentation.

Administrative Assistant McDermott informed the Board that James Gibney would be here on July 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM to discuss issues concerning records and the maintenance of same.

The Selectmen asked Mrs. McDermott to see that Avatar reviewed the Keith Martin abatement application when they are here for training on July 27, 2010.

Al Henry, Fire Chief, was in attendance to discuss the roof repairs to the Fire Station. A bid was submitted by Al Fauteux, a roofing company from Keene.

Mr. Fauteux’s bid details the installation of two new valleys, one in the front and one in the back of the roof; removal of the existing valleys and shingles; the installation of 30 lb. felt roof paper and two new aluminum valleys; a vent on the gable end; and, ice and water shield at both sides of the valleys. The labor and material costs will be $4,585.00.

Motion was made by Chairman Labadie to accept the Fauteux’s bid of $4,585.00 as described, seconded by Selectman Paquette, and the motion passed unanimously.

Al Henry will take care of the coordination and set up to get the roof project started.

Al also discussed the Hughesnet internet situation with the Board indicating that at this time the Fire Department would like to stay with Hughesnet and avoid the one time penalty from opting out prior to the end of the term of the contract. They may also want to install the Fairpoint internet as a backup because they have programs that work better with the Fairpoint internet service.

Administrative Assistant McDermott asked the Board if they would consider charging those individuals for reports and printouts when they are requested. Many Towns charge a flat rate fee of $25.00 for such information. Selectman Labadie moved that we begin charging a fee of $25.00 for printouts and reports, seconded by Selectman Paquette, and the motion passed unanimously.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn the public meeting at 8:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jody McDermott

Administrative Assistant