Select Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday January 4, 2024

4:30 PM

Stark Town Office




Call to Order

Select Board Chair, Glenn Wiggin, called the meeting to order at 4:30 pm.


Persons Present for All or Part of the Entire Meeting

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

Ray Perkins, Bob Gale


Budget Meetings

Select Board reviewed and discussed the following 2024 draft budgets:

  • 4130—IT—Reduce to $8000
  • 4130—Copier—Patty Peel shared options; SB had several clarifying questions; Patty will reach out to WB Mason for information.
  • 4152—Maps—Mover from annual to quarterly payments; 2024 will cost $5250
  • 4155—Taxes Dependent on Payroll
  • 4191—Planning—Covers Law Books (RSAs & Planning Board Expenses); Law books in 2024 are $1136.00; increase to $1136.00
  • 4215—Ambulance—Waiting for information from Northumberland.
  • 4312—Highway
    • Road Resurfacing—SB had clarifying questions for Blaktop; Lisa Demers will reach out to Blaktop asking for 30 days to accept quote. SB would like clarification of timeline; will they honor quote through summer/fall of 2024.
    • Moving—Reduce mowing to $8000.
  • 4915—Capital Reserve
    • Backhoe $500
    • Bridge increase to $11,000 (Take $10,000 out of UFB)
    • Cemeteries $1000
    • Compactor $1000
    • Fire Department Building $100
    • Revaluation $7500
    • Town Truck $20,000
    • Fire Gear & Fire Department Equipment—SB will discuss with Fire Chief Nesbitt
    • Warrant article to resolve Unknown 2662.47 and put into bridge Capital Reserve
  • Salaries
    • SB will wait to discuss any possible raises once they see how the final budget compares to 2023 budget.
    • Discussion regarding hours needed to operate Transfer Station and the need for two operators on duty. SB reviewed the Work Safety Policy
      • Lisa Demers made a motion to eliminate the Work Safety Policy as it stands and for future revision, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion Passed 2-1; Glenn Wiggin-No, Lisa Demers-Yes, Jim Walsh-Yes.
    • Jim Walsh suggested a reduction in the salary line under 4324, Solid Waste; Glenn Wiggin suggested a meeting with the Transfer Station Operator to make sure the reduction would allow enough time for work to be completed. This reduction would not affect hours of operation but would always eliminate two operators on duty some of the hours of operation. SB will discuss with Transfer Station Operator.





  • Glenn Wiggin made a motion to adjourn, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion passed unanimously.
  • Meeting adjourned at 7:07 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




* 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