May 2010 Select Board Minutes

Select Board Minutes May 3, 2010

Present: Dan Kinson, Bob Allen, Mark Lanier and Jacqui Faye

Ø  Check manifest signed in the amount of $97,511.88.

Ø  Minutes signed for Aril 19th and 26th.

Ø  Eco link reviewed and filed.

Ø  DES has released proposed changes to the stream crossing rules.

Ø  LGC communications reviewed.

Ø  Historical Society has reserved Jones Hall on May 21st beginning at 7pm.

Ø  Manatron pricing reviewed.

Ø  Selectmen voted to accept a donation in the amount of $204.95 for the village cemetery.

Ø  Chief Avery is in contact with a rep from Whelen to look into lighting for the new cruiser.

Ø  Selectmen accepted the recommendations from the assessing company re: abatements.

Ø  Mark Spinale sent the specs on their equipment today, to be sent to US Cellular for their response.

Ø  Joe came to discuss the transfer station and the need to have two people from July to September to assist with the additional people who use the transfer station during this time period.  There was also a TV that was thrown away as Saturday was extremely busy.  Making sure attendants don’t pick cans was discussed.  Jimmy will be coming back and working 10pm-2pm.

Ø  New release from exec council district 2 reviewed

Ø  Jacqui approved mileage to attend the RCC.

Ø  County budget reviewed.

Ø  PO signed for the Highway Dept in the amount of $2,280 for the purchase of calcium chloride.

Ø  Timber tax warrants signed.

Ø  Transfer of $80,000 signed.

Ø  Richard Jose’s letter was reviewed and sent to Lou as it dealt with the tax collector and a communication problem.

Ø  Meeting adjourned 9:20pm.

Select Board Minutes May 10, 2010

Present:  Dan Kinson, Bob Allen, Mark Lanier and Jacqui Faye

Ø  Check manifest signed in the amount of $10,544.21.

Ø  Minutes from May 5, 2010 signed.

Ø  Quotes reviewed for new fire department base station.

Ø  DRA utility valuations reviewed.

Ø  Payment to Mary Blank approved.

Ø  Legislative bulletins reviewed and filed.

Ø  Environmental news reviewed and filed.

Ø  Pos signed in the amount of $672 and $850 to purchase new gear for the fire department, 50% of the price to be refunded by a grant.

Ø  Marlow Historical Society reserved Jones Hall on May 12, 2010 as one stop for a historical tour of Marlow.

Ø  Bank reconciliations signed.

Ø  Jacqui approved mileage.

Ø  Letter was received from Green Mountain Forestry re: timber tax assessment on operation # 09 289 09.  The letter outlined that there was a reduced value of stumpage as the timber was being sold as pulpwood on a 3 to 1 ration versus the higher priced saw logs.  There was also a large landing that was constructed to access the timber and safely facilitate tractor trailers to ship the high percentage of pulpwood long distances and that the lot was long and narrow with skidding distances of up to 1 mile with two major uphill skids and several wetlands that needed to be avoided.  The previous features increased the logging expenses which diminished the stumpage values.  The selectmen considered the factors brought to light and reviewed the previous matrix that had been completed.  There was a new proposed matrix that indicated a 33% assessment within range.  Previously the board had set the rate at 66% based on the information available.  The board lowered the quality of timber rating from 1 to 0.  Based on the information of a 3 to 1 ratio.  The board still considers the access to the timber to be in the average range.  The boundary indicates a distance of ½ mile which may result in a mile round trip but given the Town’s R-20 zoning skids of these distances are very common.  This was the longest skid they had to make.  The board does not accept the proposed new equation deducting the landing construction and forestry fees from the stumpage and then applying a 10% tax.  The selectmen lowered the assessment within range from 66% to 50% and will send a new bill.  A new timber tax warrant was signed.

Ø  Selectmen reviewed a deed that was written by the NHDOT for the land transfer/sale.  The deed appeared to be in order.

Ø  Tom Foote came in there is some service that needs to be done on the fire truck.  Tom has been looking for local options to service the truck as it is no longer under warranty.  The new assistance to fire fighters grant is open.  Tom attended the seminar.  He learned that what they are looking for air packs.  Currently the Town has low pressure system which is different than what other towns are using and they are 8 years old.  He is planning to apply for new air packs as the cost of buying new air packs could be in the vicinity of 45K for 10 new packs. The grant is a 95% funded grant.

Ø  Timber Tax Assessment Worksheet completed for 09 289 19.

Ø  Meeting adjourned 9:35pm.

Select Board Minutes May 17, 2010

Present:  Dan Kinson, Bob Allen, Mark Lanier and Jacqui Faye

Ø  Check manifest signed in the amount of $5,163.78.

Ø  Minutes from May 1, 2010 signed.

Ø  Market comments from  NRRA reviewed.

Ø  Selectmen are still working to find what information needs to be in a road study to review the speed limit on Church St as requested by Donna Chase.

Ø  Harry Powers came to request a member of the board to walk the boundary line between Marlow and Stoddard, the selectmen agreed and gave him the numbers for the board member to set up a date and time of his choosing.  He also had questions regarding the boundary line between R-2 and R-10, after reviewing the zoning book and tax maps the line was found north of route 123.

Ø  Chief Avery brought in pricing that he had found to outfit the new cruiser with emergency lights.  The price from Whelen was over $3,000.  Ken will work to secure two additional bids.

Ø  Communication reviewed from the coalition.

Ø  Selectmen are working with US Cellular to determine the parameters of the Town’s space on the cell tower.  US Cellular believes that the agreement prohibits the town from renting the space to a commercial entity.  Selectmen will review the file and speak with the Town’s attorney to investigate options.

Ø  Selectmen’s meeting moved from June 21 to June 22 at 7pm.

Ø  Police incident report reviewed and filed.

Ø  Timber tax warrant signed.

Ø  Jacqui to contact Bayring for more information.

Ø  Legislative bulleting reviewed and filed.

Ø  Timber tax assessment sheet completed for operation #s 09 289 11-14.

Ø  News release from district two reviewed and filed.

Ø  Meeting adjourned 9:35pm.

Select Board Minutes May 24, 2010 

Present:  Dan Kinson, Bob Allen, Mark Lanier and Jacqui Faye

Ø  Check manifest signed in the amount of $7,784.91.

Ø  Beth Plotts was sworn in as a member of the conservation commission.  She was also given information on lot line adjustments and the process for completing one.

Ø  Ms. Pratt came with questions on a card she had received from the DRA, she was given an alternate number to try and contact the DRA.

Ø  Jim Strickland is working on a 250th celebration for the Town of Marlow .  There are no formal plans as of yet but a number of plans.  Jim wanted to know if the Town would view it as a Town recreation activity; the selectmen felt that it was appropriate.  They would also like a proclamation from the Governor re: 200th anniversary to be ready for Town Meeting so it can be read at the meeting even though the incorporation date may not be until October.  Jim also wanted to know if any parameters had been set on flags for the cemetery.  Selectmen had not heard anything on that.  He will work with the trustees.

Ø  Mr. Wright came in, he got a letter from state that revoked his driveway permit as of June 3, 2010 and would like to get a letter from the Town authorizing another driveway permit.  Selectmen stated that they did not own the land yet and could not accommodate his request at this time.  Selectmen also did not believe that he would need another driveway permit simply for access to his woodlot.

Ø  James came from the census bureau, he wanted information on a name and house number.  He was given assistance on a larger number than he had originally requested and was asked to come back during regular business hours to complete the rest of the requests the office opens at 10am.

Ø  Town attorney has revised the proposed deeds for the purchase of the land from the State, revisions to be sent to DOT.

Ø  Legislative bulletin reviewed.

Ø  Abatements signed for Carol Stewart and Francis McGoewn.

Ø  Timber Tax Assessment completed for 09 289 18.

Ø    PO signed in the amount of $5,627.77 to purchase and installation a new base radio station.

Ø  Selectmen signed a contract with Mason and Rich to audit the MS-61, MS-5, MS-9 and Town Clerk.

Ø  Selectmen approved authorizations for payment submitted by Mary Blank.

Ø  Meeting adjourned 9pm.

05/31/2010  NO MEETING