TOWN OF STARK, NH

Select Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday January 3, 2024

6 PM

Stark Town Office

 

Call to Order

Select Board Chair, Glenn Wiggin, called the meeting to order at 6 pm.

Persons Present for All or Part of the Entire Meeting

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

Jim Hickey, Ray Perkins, Bill Joyce, Everett Frizzell, Gary Lonergan, Stephan Gilman, Cheryl Gale, Bob Gale

Read and approve minutes from previous meetings— December 20 & 27, 2023

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

Motion passed unanimously.

Sign REVISED Manifest 52; Voided check removed.

SB signed revised Manifest 52.

Sign Checks & Manifest 52A Totaling $552.59 (Final Manifest of 2023).

SB signed checks and Manifest 52A.

Sign Checks & Manifest 1 Totaling $1013.39

SB signed checks and Manifest 1.

Sign Heritage Check & Manifest 1 Totaling $361.78

SB signed checks and Manifest 1 for Heritage Center.

Sign 2023 Municipal Assessment Data Certificate

SB signed 2023 Municipal Assessment Data Certificate.

Sign Abatements Map & Lot 203-27

SB signed abatement for M/L 203-27.

Sign November Treasurer’s Report Stark1

SB signed treasurer’s report for Stark1 account.

Sign November Treasurer’s Report Heritage

SB signed treasurer’s report for Heritage Center Account.

 

Bill Joyce—Request to be on agenda re: employee bonus payments.

  • Bill Joyce voiced questions and concerns regarding employee bonuses, specifically a recent bonus to the Fire Chief. All questions and concerns from the public were addressed by the Select Board.

 

Glenn Wiggin made a motion to recess the public meeting at 6:15 and go into the Public Hearing, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion passed.

 

Public Hearing 6:15 pm

  • Accept Unanticipated One Time Highway and One Time Bridge Payments
    • Glenn Wiggin explained the purpose of the Public Hearing—to inform the public of unanticipated revenue: a one-time bridge payment of $34,528.18 and a one-time highway block grant of $11,760.29. Intentions of the SB were discussed with no decisions of use made; Leighton Meadow Bridge is a priority for the Select Board.
  • Glenn Wiggin made a motion to return to the business meeting at 6:25 pm, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion Passed.

 

Lisa Demers made a motion to accept the unanticipated revenue: a one-time bridge payment of $34,528.18 and a one-time highway block grant of $11,760.29, 2nd by Glenn Wiggin. Motion Passed.

 

Continuation of employee bonus discussion:

  • All public comments/questions were heard and addressed by the Select Board.

 

Department Reports

  • Fire Department
    • Fire Department Pay: Chief Nesbitt has requested that the SVFD go to monthly payment. This requires special approval from the NH Department of Labor; the Dept. of Labor requires weekly or bi-weekly payments.
    • Lisa Demers made a motion to move to biweekly salary payment for the SVFD, 2nd by Glenn Wiggin. Motion passed, affective immediately.
    • Jim Walsh made a motion to submit a Request for Payment of Wages Other Than Weekly or Biweekly to the State of NH Department of Labor, 2nd by Lisa Demers. Motion Passed.
    • Patty Peel asked the Select Board to consider having a policy on disposing or selling of Town Property due to recent questions/comments from members of the SVFD regarding such.
      • Discussion specific to the SVFD disposing/selling of desks; public comments/questions were heard by the Select Board.
      • Jim Walsh made a motion to table the conversation until the SB can gather more information, 2nd by Lisa Demers. Motion Passed.
    • Chief Nesbitt had requested a discussion regarding a change of name for the Stark Volunteer Fire Department be on the agenda but was unable to attend the meeting.
      • Jim Walsh made a motion to table the discussion regarding a name change until the Chief can be present, 2nd by Lisa Demers. Motion passed 2-1: Glenn Wiggin-No, Lisa Demers-Yes, Jim Walsh-Yes.

Old Business

  • Lisa Demers reminded the Select Board that Bruce Knox will meet with them on January 16, 2024 at 10 am at Leighton Meadow Bridge.

New Business

  • Young Farmers Use of Upstairs
    • Patty Peel received a request for a meeting space from Kayla Leighton of Young Farmers, which is an extension of the NH Farm Bureau. The SB discussed options for possible meeting spaces, downstairs of Town Hall being an option. Patty will get more specific information and bring it back to the Select Board.
  • Lisa Demers mentioned a dump sign and trash at the beginning of Emerson Road, Groveton side. Patty Peel will call the Groveton Town Office to let them know.

Other Business

  • AVEC—Bob Gale
    • Bob Gale gave an update on AVEC. Dates have been set for public informational meetings; Bob will get the dates to the Select Board.
  • Bill Joyce asked about the road agent plowing a driveway on Cole Spring Road; he was assured by the road agent that is not happening.

Glenn Wiggin made a motion to go into non-public, 2nd by Lisa Demers. Motion Passed Unanimously.

  • Specific Statutory Reason cited for 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.
  • Select Board entered nonpublic session at 7:11 pm.
  • Public Session reconvened at 10:54 am. No decisions were made in nonpublic session.

Adjournment

  • Motion to adjourn by Jim Walsh, 2nd by Glenn Wiggin. Motion Passed.
  • Meeting adjourned at 10:54 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Patricia S. Peel, Office Manager

 

 

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        Glenn Wiggin, Select Board Chair                                             Date Approved   

 

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

* Select Board Budge Workshop January 16, 2024 10 am Leighton Meadow Bridge

*Select Board Meeting January 17, 2024 6 pm Stark Town Hall

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

 

 

 

 

    TOWN OF STARK, NH

Select Board Meeting Nonpublic Minutes

Wednesday January 3, 2024

6 PM

Stark Town Office

 

Members Present:              Glenn Wiggin, Lisa Demers, Jim Walsh             

Motion to enter Nonpublic Session made by Glenn Wiggin, 2nd by Lisa Demers. 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 7:11 pm.

Other persons present during nonpublic session: Patricia Peel, Office Manager; Ron Boivin, Road Agent

 

Description of matters discussed and final decisions made: Select Board discussed creating a “call list” of individuals who could be available if/when needed by the highway department with the road agent. These people would only be used if/when the road agent found it necessary to have additional help. Select Board listened to and addressed all questions/concerns of road agent.

Road Agent, Ron Boivin, left the meeting at 7:34.

Select Board discussed employee compensation, no decisions were made.

Motion to leave nonpublic session and return to public session by Jim Walsh, 2nd by Glen Wiggin. Motion passed unanimously.

Public session reconvened at 7:43 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Patricia S. Peel, Office Manager

 

 

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        Glenn Wiggin, Select Board Chair                                             Date Approved   

 

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