TOWN OF STARK, NH

Select Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday December 20, 2023

5 PM

Stark Town Office

 

 

Call to Order

Select Board Chair, Glenn Wiggin, called the meeting to order at 5 pm.

Persons Present for All or Part of the Entire Meeting

Select Board Members: Glenn Wiggin, Lisa Demers, Jim Walsh; Office Manager, Patty Peel

Dave Woodward, Rodney Monahan, Jim Hickey, Stephanie Weiner, Bob Gale, Randy Beaton, John Ryan

Read and approve minutes from previous meetings— December 11 & 13, 2023

Select Board Chair, Glenn Wiggin, made a motion to waive the reading of minutes, 2nd Lisa Demers. 

Motion passed unanimously.

Sign Checks & Manifest 51 Totaling $4640.84

SB signed checks and Manifest 51.

Sign Check & Manifest 51A Totaling $10,000.00

SB signed checks and Manifest 51A.

Sign Purchase Agreement/Invoice with Jefferson Fire & Rescue

SB signed Purchase Agreement/Invoice with Jefferson Fire & Rescue for fire engine purchase.

Sign LUCT/Map & Lot 405-52

SB signed LUCT warrant for M/L 405-52.

Sign Abatements Map & Lot 412-34.5 & 202-26

SB signed abatements for M/L 412-34.5 & 202-26.

Other Business

  • Lisa Demers made a motion to stop payment on check 2591 to CASA, 2nd by Glenn Wiggin. Motion Approved
  • Jim Walsh made a motion to write the check prior to the end of the year for the $14,000 payment to PSNH for the 2019, 2020, 2021 abatement, 2nd by Lisa Demers. Motion Passed.

 

Dave Woodward, Avitar/5:10 pm

  • Dave Woodward from Avitar spoke to the Select Board about the revaluation that will occur in Stark in 2024. Three main points were discussed:
    • Assessed values of houses expected to double as our median sales ratio is at 53.2%, meaning the assessed value of homes is about 53.2% of the sale price. If revenue and expenses stay near the same as the current year, the increase in assessed values should cause the tax rate to go down.
    • When assessed values increase, the impact of the elderly exemption will be a lot less. The elderly exemption amount gets adjusted by the vote of the Town meeting; SB should consider a warrant article for March if they want to adjust the elderly exemption.
    • Keeping the taxpayers informed helps eliminate concerns when PRELIMINARY VALUES come out; taxpayers should be prepared for the increase.

Stephanie Weiner, Outreach Coordinator for Congresswoman Kuster/6 pm

  • Select Board met with Stephanie Weiner, North Country Outreach Coordinator for Congresswoman Kuster. Stephanie works with municipalities to look for resources that will help fund projects municipalities might be struggling to fund. Stephanie asked the SB to share any issues and/or challenges the Town was having. The SB discussed needing funding to repair the Leighton Meadow Bridge, funding to update the transfer station, and funding to open a community center/library in Stark as the three main projects needing consideration. Stephanie will search federal funding sources and get back to the SB.

Department Reports

  • Fire Engine Contract/Purchase Agreement
    • Jim Walsh made a motion that money for the fire engine purchase be taken out of the 2023 fire department budget, 2nd by Lisa Demers. Motion Passed

Old Business

  • SB will meet on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 4:30 to work on the 2024 budget.

New Business

  • SB would like a report of revenue at the first meeting of each month.

Other Business

  • Lisa Demers shared that she is looking for a 2nd estimate on paving on Northside Road from Black Top. Bruce Knox can meet at Leighton Meadow Bridge, Lisa Demers will set for January 16th, 2024, time not yet determined. The Transfer Station permit and waiver will be updated in January with the DES.
  • Bob Gale provided an update on AVEC; the Town has tabled the discussion regarding joining AVEC.

Nonpublic

  • Motion to enter nonpublic session made by Glenn Wiggin, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion Passed
  • Specific Statutory Reason cited as foundation for the nonpublic session:
    • RSA 91-A:3, II (a) The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the discipling of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a public meetings, and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.
  • Entered nonpublic session at 6:51 pm.
  • Glenn Wiggin made a motion to return to public session, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion Passed
  • SB returned to public session at 7:48 pm

Other Business

  • SB discussed prepaying for winter salt for the highways.
    • Glenn Wiggin made a motion to prepay for two dump truck loads of salt, up to a cap of $12,000.00, for purchase of highway salt, 2nd by Lisa Demers. Motion Passed.
  • SB discussed purchase of a town mower for mowing Percy landfill, around pond at transfer station and other mowing as needed.
    • Glenn Wiggin made a motion to utilize $4,000.00 from the Highway budget to purchase a DR Field and Brush Mower, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion Passed

Adjournment

  • Glenn Wiggin made a motion to adjourn the meeting, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion Passed
    • Meeting adjourned at 7:56 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Patricia S. Peel, Office Manager

 

 

__________________________________                           __________________________________  

        Glenn Wiggin, Select Board Chair                                             Date Approved   

 

__________________________________                           __________________________________  

        Lisa Demers, Select Board Member                                         Jim Walsh, Select Board Member

 

*Select Board Meeting January 3, 2024 6 pm Stark Town Hall

*Select Board Meeting January 4, 2024 4:30 pm Stark Town Hall

*Planning Board Meeting January 10, 2024 6 pm Stark Town Hall

 

    TOWN OF STARK, NH

Select Board Meeting Minutes Nonpublic

Wednesday December 20, 2023

5 PM

Stark Town Office

 

Members Present: Glenn Wiggin, Lisa Demers, Jim Walsh

Motion to enter nonpublic session made by Glenn Wiggin, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion passed unanimously.

Specific Statutory Reason cited as foundation for the nonpublic session:

RSA 91-A:3, II (a) The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the

       disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the

       employee affected (1) has a right to a public meeting, and (2) requests that the meeting be open,

       in which case the request shall be granted.

 

Entered nonpublic session at 6:51 pm.

Other people present for all or part of the nonpublic session: Patty Peel, Randy Beaton, John Ryan.

Description of matters discussed and final decisions made:

  • Randy Beaton was present at the start of the nonpublic to discuss employment opportunities with the Town. SB discussed qualifications and possible work that might be available in Town. All questions were answered. No decisions were made.
  • Randy Beaton left the meeting at 7:06 pm and John Ryan joined the meeting to discuss employment opportunities with the Town. SB discussed qualifications and possible work that might be available in Town. All questions were answered. No decisions were made.
  • At 7:17 pm John Ryan left the meeting.

 

  • Select Board discussed a one-time, year-end bonus for Charles Nesbitt, Fire Chief. The following motion was made by Jim Walsh, 2nd by Lisa Demers:
    • To pay fire chief, Charles Nesbitt a one-time bonus of $1000.00 to be applied to the 2023 payroll line item in the fire department budget. This is in recognition of the excellent job he has done this year in managing the Fire Department and the department’s budget including payroll and ending the year substantially under budget, allowing for the purchase of a replacement for Engine 1 and equipment without affecting the capital reserve account. In addition, he has cooperated with the Select Board finding cuts for the 2024 budget.
    • Motion Passed Unanimously.

 

  • Note: Under RSA 91-A:3, III. Minutes of proceedings in nonpublic sessions shall be kept and the record of all actions shall be promptly made available for public inspection, except as provided in this section. Minutes and decisions reached in nonpublic session shall be publicly disclosed within 72 hours of the meeting, unless, by recorded vote of 2/3 of the members present, it is determined that divulgence of the information likely would affect adversely the reputation of any person other than a member of this board, or render the proposed action of the board ineffective, or pertain to terrorism. In the event of such circumstances, information may be withheld until, in the opinion of a majority of members, the aforesaid circumstances no longer apply.
  • Motion to leave nonpublic session and return to public session by Glenn Wiggin, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion Passed.
  • Public Session reconvened at 7:48 pm.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Patricia S. Peel, Office Manager

 

 

__________________________________                           __________________________________  

        Glenn Wiggin, Select Board Chair                                             Date Approved   

 

__________________________________                           __________________________________  

        Lisa Demers, Select Board Member                                         Jim Walsh, Select Board Member