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Selectmen recognize local heroes

Board also gets update on roadwork, milfoil and more

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider

MARC DECOFF presents Amelia Sweezey and Thomas Decowski letters of recognition for their efforts of saving a 14-year-old child at the West Alton Town Beach on Sunday, May 27. Tim Croes. (click for larger version)
August 22, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, Aug. 20, and began its meeting by presenting letters of recognition to a pair of members of the Alton Fire Department.

Chair Dave Hussey read a letter from Fire Chief Scott Williams that told the story of Amelia Sweezey and Thomas Decowski saving a 14-year-old child who had slipped under the surface of the water at the West Alton Town Beach on Sunday, May 27.

In his letter, Williams wrote: "We have since found out this child is having problems maintaining a constant sugar level. If these two young individuals were not paying attention to their surroundings, this incident could have had a terrible outcome."

A representative from Senator Kelly Ayotte's office attended the meeting and provided information for the selectmen to contact him if any issues come up in the future that they think the senator should be aware of.

A Household Hazardous Waste and Medicine Collection Day will be held at the Alton Transfer Station from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The primary election will be held at Prospect Mountain High School on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ballots for the primary election have been posted at the Alton Town Hall.

Russ Bailey, the town administrator, reported that a letter had recently come in requesting roadwork on Stockbridge Corner Road.

Bailey said that multiple requests for different roads in town have come in during the recent months. He said that all the letters would be presented to the board before they make a decision on what road projects would be planned for next year.

Hussey talked about the issue of clear-cutting in Alton Bay and said that the "issue hasn't gone un-noticed." He said that there isn't much the town can do and it's up to the New Hampshire legislature to make a change.

Bailey presented a memo from the fire chief requesting that the department be authorized to install a cap and back hatch on the command vehicle, which would allow for the use of telecommunications equipment in the vehicle.

The board approved the request and authorized the department to spend $3,000 for the cap.

The board approved the public and non-public minutes from meetings on July 30 and Aug. 9.

Bailey reported that work on Rand Hill Road is nearing completion and that the project should be completed by Labor Day.

Hussey asked if a breakdown of the extra work on the waterlines has been gathered yet and Bailey said he would look into that issue.

Bailey reported that the milfoil chemical treatment has been completed except for the river and that the physical pulling will occur in September (see an update from the milfoil committee on page A9).

The board approved changing the fine for not having a proper 911 signage from a fee of $10 a day to a flat fee of $100.

A friendly reminder will first be sent to any resident who doesn't have proper 911 signage, then the police will serve a letter and then the party has 30 days to pay $100 fine or can appeal to selectmen about the summons.

The board approved an amended hawkers and vendors permit. With the new set-up, upon receipt of an application all fees are paid, then the fees are processed upon approval by the selectmen. A 30-day notice would be required to cancel a permit and receive a refund. The process was approved by town attorney Jim Sessler.

The board approved the installation of Phase I of roofing for the new construction and demolition section at the Alton Transfer Station by Dutton and Garfield Inc. at a cost of $111,450.

The board discussed at length the July 31 Consumer Price Index, which was 1.1 percent. The policy of the board has been to offer a raise to employees if the CPI is above three percent.

Member Marc DeCoff recommended to each town department that they set up a budget with the same increase from last year's number, 1.1 percent, and the board agreed with his suggestion.

The board unanimously rejected a waiver request for a U-turn driveway off of Woodlands Road, which the highway department recommended against.

The board approved a timber warrant and a conservation easement recommended by the town assessor.

During public input, Steve Parker talked about how well Alton Bay looks and comments from people in town saying how great it looks and what great shape the town docks are in.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is either on Tuesday, Sept. 4, or Monday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.

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