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by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider

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THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT continued to prepare the area around Monument Square for placement of granite curbing on Monday afternoon. The curbing is scheduled to be installed next week and then concrete will poured, which will provide new sidewalk areas between the Town Hall and TD Bank along Main Street. Tim Croes. (click for larger version)
September 26, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen reviewed the status of several projects in town during its meeting on Monday, Sept. 24.

Member Cydney Johnson talked about her visit to the recent Local Government Center legislative review meeting and about the review of Alton Central School using its notification system to notify parents about voting this past March.

Members of the board questioned the school using the notification system, which only was sent out to parents registered with the school. Johnson said legislation regarding this issue didn't move forward, but that the LGC will continue to monitor the issue.

Member Loring Carr wanted to clarify a comment he made regarding the prosecution of someone involving the vandalism of the radar trailer.

Carr said he was against the town prosecutor making a deal with a suspect if one is found. The Alton Police Department is still looking for information on the damage to the radar trailer, which is estimated at just over $500. Anyone with any information about the vandalism can call the APD at 875-0757 or email police@alton.nh.gov.

Russ Bailey, the town administrator, talked to the board about officially establishing a policy for violation of the E911 policy, which requires every house to be clearly marked with numbers so that emergency services can find the houses easily.

The biggest issue in town is with island houses.

During public input, Raymond Howard suggested that the town purchase the decals and install them, but Carr rejected that suggestion.

Chairman Dave Hussey said that the board would take a look at the matter and how to insure that every house is numbered.

Bailey reported that notices on the new E911 policy would be placed in the tax bills. He reported that a separate notice would be sent to island residents.

There was some discussion about what size the letters should be, and Hussey suggested talking to the fire department about the logistics of the policy.

The board approved a new K-9 dog for the police department and improvements to Robert's Cove Beach.

Johnson questioned whether anyone in town searches for grants regarding different town projects.

Bailey talked about a letter that was forwarded to the town through Executive Councilor Raymond Burton regarding damage to the road at Gillan Marina.

Bailey reported that the milfoil clean-up is continuing, and the board approved a total amount to be spent on the project of $16,500 for 20 days of pulling.

Bailey reported that the state will pay about half the cost of the project.

The board approved to put up a list of items that are located in the basement at the Town Hall up for sale.

During public input, Barbara Howard asked the board if they have started to review Cost of Living (COLA) raises for town employees and pointed out that there is an increased amount being contributed towards retirement and that this should be factored in to the discussion.

Bob Longabaugh questioned whether the town should be recording the work sessions that they hold. Longabaugh volunteered to video tape the work session if no one from the town is available. The work sessions are held on the main floor of the Town Hall, which is equipped to record meetings.

Bailey reported that the town has spent a total of $1,172,797 on road reconstruction this year. He reported that the project at Rand Hill Road is wrapping up and that the town will be moving over to Rogers Streeet soon.

Bailey also reported that the sidewalk improvement project is going along as scheduled and should be finished within the next two weeks.

The next step will be the installation of the granite curbing and the pouring of the concrete.

Carr talked to the board about improvements to the Town Hall, and Bailey said that bids for HVAC and windows should be coming in soon.

Hussey announced that Halloween will be held on Monday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in town, as recommended by the Alton Police Department.

The board approved a raffle at Alton Central School that will be held through until the end of October by the Alton PTSA and approved a car wash that will be held by the sophomore class at the Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The board approved the bid for improvements to the construction and demolition area at the Alton Transfer Station. The project should take about a month and is scheduled to start on Oct. 22.

The board discussed burying propane tanks behind the Town Hall and Bailey talked about the problem of one company required the town to own their tanks in order to fill them.

Raymond Howard reported that often companies will simply sell the tank from one company to the other to resolve this dilemma.

Hussey talked about establishing a policy regarding town fill. He stated that "extra fill" should be located at a centralized area or at the Alton Transfer Station and that no preferential treatment should be given to anyone in town.

The board approved a timber warrant recommended by the assessing office.

The board met with Monica Caine to review a driveway waiver request. After a lengthy discussion, the board agreed to visit the proposed driveway, which is located off of Woodlands Road, and inspect the site.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, Oct. 8, 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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