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Varied night for Alton selectmen


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
November 06, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, Nov. 5, and discussed the highway reconstruction status, the town hall project status, highway requests, the topic of winter road maintenance, the 2012 tax rate and Hurricane Sandy.

The board agreed to use $115,000 plus from the fund balance that will help reduce the tax rate by approximately eight cents per thousand. Russ Bailey, the town administrator, reported that he could have to go to the Department of Revenue Administration to get the official tax rate.

Bailey reported that the tax rate would be set soon and bills would be sent out next week, meaning that they would be due in the middle of December.

Member Marc DeCoff brought forward a request from the budget committee to include the budget of the animal control officer within the police department, but the board rejected this suggestion.

Member Peter Bolster reported that an additional $30,000 will be needed to help finish the renovation to the Pearson Road Community and Senior Center.

The board approved surveying Robert's Cove Beach, at a cost of $1,400. Chairman Dave Hussey questioned accepting land to the town that hasn't been surveyed in the future.

Bailey and the board discussed not having a formal Capital Improvement Plan and plans to meet with the department heads in the coming weeks.

A meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at the town hall will bring together members of the milfoil committee, members of the water department and representatives from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

The board approved using a lift to repair the railroad signal, which is located on top of the Alton Bay Community Center.

Bailey reported that the town highway department has spent more than $1.2 million dollars on road reconstruction projects this year. Bailey reported that approximately a $200,000 would be left in the highway budget by the end of the year. This is because the Trask Side Road project, which was slated to work on the first half of the road, is not happening this year.

Bailey reported that a request came in from a resident to review the speed limit on Rogers Street.

Bailey also informed the board about the status of the town hall project. He reported that quotes are coming in on the various parts of the project.

The board rejected a request to pave a mailbox area by a resident, and the board tabled the issue of paving an area on Sunset Shores Road.

The board granted a waiver to continue work at the B&M Railroad Park. The next step in the park is install railroad ties so that the caboose can be moved.

The board discussed the issue of winter maintenance on Rogers Street, and they ultimately agreed to send a letter to residents requesting that they make improvements to the grading of the road so that the town can properly maintain the road during the winter months.

Bailey reported that the town spent $2,700 during Hurricane Sandy.

The board made a decision on what would be on the cover of this year's annual town report.

The board accepted a donation from the Alton Historical Society in the amount of $900, and the board agreed to pay the additional monies needed, between $600 and $700 to install a historical marker at the Alton Bay bandstand.

The board agreed to appoint Bob Longabaugh as the representative on the Lakes Region Public Television Board.

A question was raised about having a live feed in the town, and Bailey reported that this is possible, but the town would have to pay for some of the equipment used to televise content live to LRPTV.

The board approved a request for a waiver for a septic on Pipers Point Lane. The normal requirement for the tank distance from a wetland is 50 feet, and the waiver is asking for the distance allowed to be 35 feet. John Dever, the code enforcement officer, said he didn't have any problems with the request.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, Nov. 19, 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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