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Alton selectmen take care of business

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
September 04, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen held a workshop on Thursday, Aug. 30, and discussed and approved several motions.

The board had a lengthy discussion about issues that will be discussed at the upcoming Local Government Legislative Conference that will be held on Sept. 21.

Member Cydney Johnson will be representing the board at the conference.

Some of the new pieces of legislation that the board will be supporting include: charging a party for providing right to know information, discussing correspondence from a lawyer being discussing during a board meeting with the lawyer present, requiring background information, keeping the percentage of insurance that is paid by the town same even if the rate goes up.

Some of the issues that the board is not supporting include: a tax on emergency generators, the state adopting a state budget cap, increasing the needed percentage to pass a bond issue for an SB-2 town from 60 percent to a two-thirds vote and repealing the pollution control exemption.

Town Administrator Russ Bailey announced during the workshop that National Senior Center Week is coming up and a special presentation will be held at the Pearson Road Senior and Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The day will feature Tai Chi and Yoga classes and anyone interested in attending needs to RSVP to the senior center.

Bailey gave the board an update on the milfoil removal in town. He reported that hand pulling of milfoil will begin shortly and talked about putting markers in some spots so that boats don't churn up areas where milfoil is known to exist.

Bailey and board talked about the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and the new Voter ID Law.

Bailey referred to the primary as sort of "practice run" for the new Voter ID law. There was some discussion if the new law applies to town deliberative sessions as well, and Bailey said he would look into that issue.

By Sept. 13, anyone voting will be required to show either a license, a passport, a voter identification card or a military identification in order to vote.

Vice-chair Loring Carr asked if more staff would be needed with the new law and Bailey wasn't sure.

The board approved filing for extension for the MS-1, which sets the tax rate for next year.

The board discussed an easement on Robert's Cove Road and agreed that they need to visit the site before approving an easement.

Bailey talked to the board about the sidewalk project, which will be replacing a portion of the sidewalk between the Alton Town Hall and towards School Street.

Bailey reported that a tentative schedule has been set up to rip out all the old sidewalk in about two weeks.

The same company will be laying down the granite curbing and pouring the cement.

The board briefly discussed a request to bury electrical lines on Beaver Dam Road, but the board agreed that the party should come before the board to present their case before the board rules on the issue.

The board rejected a request by St. Katharine Drexel Church to use town road cones for a 5K race that it is hosting Sept. 22. The board felt it would set precedent and were against loaning out any type of town equipment.

The board laid out a tentative schedule for the 2013 budget. The board will be meeting on Sept. 26 and 27, Oct. 2, 4, 8 and 9.

The board discussed approving a paramedic agreement with towns in the Concord area. The agreement would allow the company to charge $549 if a paramedic is needed on the scene in an area towards a Concord hospital.

The board discussed the topic for a great length of time and ultimately approved the agreement and authorized Bailey to sign it. Member Peter Bolster requested to see the mutual aid agreement that is already in place in this area.

The board approved a request for a car wash by Jacob Troy, which is being sponsored by the Alton Centennial Rotary Club. Troy is taking a mission trip to Haiti in late November.

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

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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