TOWN OF STARK, NH

Select Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday February 7, 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

Lynn Beede, Ray Perkins, James Hickey, Crystal Pelletier, Bill Joyce, Debbie Joyce, Stephan Gilman, Cheryl Nolan, Elaine Monahan, Nancy Spaulding, Rodney Monahan, Cheryl Gale, Bob Gale, Tyrone Mickelboro, Charles Nesbitt

Budget Hearing

Motion to go into budget hearing by Glenn Wiggin, 2nd by Jim Walsh  Motion Passed Unanimously

Glenn Wiggin read through 2024 warrant. All comments were heard and questions answered regarding the proposed budget.

Motion to return to business meeting by Glenn Wiggin, 2nd by Lisa Demers. Select Board returned to business meeting at 7:17 pm.

 

Read and approve minutes from previous meetings— January 30, 2024.

Select Board Chair, Glenn Wiggin, made a motion to waive the reading of minutes, second by Jim Walsh .

Motion passed unanimously.

Sign Checks & Manifest 6 Totaling $89676.89

Select Board signed checks & manifest 6 totaling $89676.89.

Sign Heritage Center Manifest 3 Totaling $31.16

Select Board signed check and manifest 3 totaling $31.16.

Sign Treasurer’s December Report Heritage Center

Select Board signed Treasurer’s December report for Heritage Center.

Sign Appointment to Trustee of Trust Funds

Select Board signed appointment of Ray Perkins to Trustee of Trust Funds

Sign Abatement M/L 204-14 & 204-19 for total of $16.54

Select Board approved and signed abatement for M/L 204-14 and 204-19 totaling $16.54.

 

Department Reports

  • Fire Department
    • Glenn Wiggin corresponded with NHMA regarding equipment owned by a nonprofit fire association and equipment owned by a municipality. Anything owned by the association should be kept away from the Town fire station as it becomes a liability to the Town. When the association receives donations, they should donate to the Town if the equipment is going to be used by the Stark Volunteer Fire Department and housed at the fire station. The Select Board can accept or reject donations. An inventory of Town owned equipment should be kept. Chief Nesbitt will talk with the association about making a blanket transfer of all equipment at fire station to the Town; he will come back to the Select Board after talking with the association.
    • Chief Nesbitt would like to sell the old engine, no longer needed, through sealed bids. Patty Peel will put together a proposal for the next meeting.
    • Primex is requesting our Annual Wage Reporting/Exposure Updates be completed by March 1, 2024. Patty Peel will have a list of exposures (equipment/vehicles) for the next meeting. Chief Nesbitt requests the removal of the 1952 Pumper Trailer from the list; the Town would no longer insure this piece of equipment. The SB will discuss at the next meeting.

 

Old Business

  • Bob Gale—AVEC/Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire (CPCNH).
    • Bob Gale gave an update on AVEC; the group was never incorporated and has dismantled. Those involved are working directly with CPCNH to provide savings to citizens in cost of purchasing energy. Bob will continue to attend meetings and would like to see Stark put together a committee to study the possibility of Stark joining the coalition.

New Business

  • Motion to accept budget as presented or as revised at budget hearing.
    • Motion by Glenn Wiggin to change Article 13, raising the amount for library services from Northumberland Public Library to $400. 2nd by Lisa Demers Motion Passed Unanimously
    • Motion by Glenn Wiggin to accept Town Warrant as revised, Jim Walsh 2nd; Motion Passed Unanimously
  • Sign Warrant
    • Select Board signed the 2024 Warrant.
  • Revenue on MS-636
    • Select Board reviewed the MS-636 and set Estimated Revenues for the year.
  • Route 3 Tire Account Application
    • SB Signed Application
  • Eversource Bills—Library
    • Patty Peel asked about having the electricity shut off at the library; due to the security alarm in the library we need to keep electricity on.
    • Chief Nesbitt asked about turning off electricity to the Pump House. The Chief would like to disassemble the pump and put in a dry hydrant. Patty Peel will have the electricity turned off.
  • Resignation
    • Carlo Calle submitted a letter of resignation from his positions on the Planning Board and the Trustee of Trust Funds, effective immediately.

 

Other Business

  • Bill Joyce made a request that social media not be used inappropriately in reference to the Town. Specifically, he submitted a post that was made to the Stark Fire Dept Association that he felt was inappropriate. Glenn Wiggin asked that the Association be more careful and sensitive to what they are posting.
  • Bill Joyce brought up the 5-year revaluation that is taking place in 2024. The impact on taxes was discussed. It is expected that valuations will increase; however, bringing the valuations to fair market value should, in turn, reduce the tax rate.

Non-Public

Motion to go into nonpublic by Glenn Wiggin, 2nd by Lisa Demers Motion Passed Unanimously

Select Board went into non-public at 8:29 pm pursuant to 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.

 

Motion to leave nonpublic session and return to public session by Jim Walsh, 2nd by Glenn Wiggin. Motion Passed Unanimously.

Public session reconvened at 9:31 pm.

 

Motion to seal minutes of nonpublic session made by Jim Walsh, 2nd by Glenn Wiggin because it is determined that divulgence of the information would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person other than a member of the Select Board. Motion Passed Unanimously.

Adjournment

Motion to adjourn by Glenn Wiggin, 2nd by Jim Walsh. Motion passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 9:32 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 Meeting      Wednesday, February 21, 2024 6 pm Stark Town Hall

*Planning Board Meeting  Tuesday, February 14, 2024 at 6 pm Stark Town Hall