TOWN OF STETSON
Date: April 24, 2013
I. OPEN MEETING
The meeting was opened by Don Carroll leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
A. ROLL CALL
Donald Carroll, Brenda Clark, George Hockstadter, Charles Leighton, and Danny Withee.
B. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
1. Approve Meeting Minutes of April 10, 2013.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve the April 10, 2013 minutes.
B. QUIT CLAIM DEEDS
1. Payroll Warrant – Approve warrant # 24
Upon motion by Charles Leighton, seconded by Danny Withee, it was unanimously voted to approve Payroll Warrant #24.
2. Expenditures – Approve warrant #33
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Charles Leighton, it was unanimously voted to approve Warrant #33.
Jessica Verrill report on School Update
Jessica was presented and informed the Board of the present status of the Finance Committee. The major increases are due to (1) The Affordable Care Act and (2) Retirement cost being transferred to the Municipal side as oppose to the State and (3) Construction Cost. The Affordable Care Act requires Health coverage to ALL employees for 90 to 95 % coverage and a dollar amount of $188,000. Construction Cost of $136,000 needs to be covered until the referendum passes. At this time the school is faced with a 5.17% increase ($70,698)
The Finance Committee meets on May 1st, and the Board meets on May 9thto approve the budget.
E. BOARD OF ASSESSORS
Diane reported to the Board that Assessing Agent Danielle Smith would like to change the Assessing Hours. She presently works Wednesdays 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. She would like to work every other Wednesday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Consensus of the Board was to allow this change with notification to the Public in the Upcoming Newsletter and to be posted in areas of town.
II. OLD BUSINESS
1. Building Committee Update
Nick Arena was the only one present. Before Mr. Arena reported to the Board, Don Carroll (along with the support of the other Selectmen) explained to Mr. Arena that the Building Committee was appointed to investigate possibilities and opportunities of a new office building/location. The Selectmen feel the Committee is over expanded the parameters of what they were appointed to do. George Hockstadter and Charles Leighton stated that the Committee should stay relevant to the cause. The Board also expressed that this is a very busy time of year: budget, elections, town meeting, etc, and would appreciate the request for information through the office be kept to a minimum during this time.
Nick Arena the informed the Board that the facilitator (Vicki Russenbelt) was at the meeting and expressed that her job here was to be an information source, to keep the Committee on task, and to look into any available grants. Mr. Arena also stated that at the present time, to refurbish the old office would not be cost effective. The Committee also requested if the Board would like to see more Lab testing on the mold. The board felt that was not necessary at this time.
ADDED: Consensus of the Board was to sign the Lawn Care Contracts that were awarded to Justin Thibodeau.
III. NEW BUSINESS
1. Town Report Cover and/or Dedication
Don Carroll suggested that the Board consider dedicating the Town Report to Bev Tracy for here 20+ years of service to the EMS Department of the Town. All Board members thought this would be an excellent idea and to note a dedication inside to Robert Frappier and all the years as a Board of Appeals Member and all the time he donated to the Town for repairs and building any items needed.
2. Carry Forward Accounts
Diane questioned if the Board would like a General Journal created to transfer the Carry Over accounts to the Expense side of the accounts to show what is actually available at any time. Consensus of the Board was to consider that transfer.
IV. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. ANIMAL CONTROL Nothing.
B. APPEALS BOARD Nothing.
C. CEMETERY The Penobscot work crew will be cleaning up the cemeteries the week of May 6th.
D. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER Nothing.
E. E911 Nothing.
F. EDUCATION See report from Jessica Verrill
G. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE Nothing.
H. EMT/RESCUE Nothing.
I. FIRE DEPARTMENT Nothing.
J. MEETINGHOUSE Nothing.
K PARKS & RECREATION Board would consider Contingency fund to purchase some new helmets.
L. PLANNING BOARD Nothing.
M. PLUMBING INSPECTOR Nothing.
N. RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE COLLECTION Nothing.
O. ROAD COMMISSIONER Mr. Barriault was not present and but requested that Diane and Danny report that the pot holes on Wolfboro and Cross Road have been filled, and the grading will start next week. Don asked Danny to mention to Mr. Barriault the hole at the entrance of the Library/Fire Complex.
P. STATE LEGISLATIVE CORRESP Nothing.
Q. TREASURER Diane presented the Board with a request from the Librarian to purchase a Laptop and printer, the request is being made because the purchase will be over the $500 limit. Consensus of the Board was to approve this purchase as long as the money is in the budget.
R. WELFARE DIRECTOR Nothing.
S. MEMORIAL COMMITTEE Nothing.
Cathy is going to a Tax Collectors class on May 7th.
VI. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Delores Butler: stated she supported the Boards decision to honor Bev Tracy on the Town Report.
VII. SELECTMEN COMMENTS
There was some discussion of the possibility to have the Town’s owned Lake property appraised and sold.
VIII. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m.