Barnstead selectmen talk budget requests


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
December 17, 2012
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead Board of Selectmen continued its discussion of 2013 budget prior to its meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, and during the regular meeting, the board approved a request to use town roads by a local snowmobile club, discussed the fire department budget and other issues in town.

Scott Roberts came before the board with an authorization form for the snowmobile club to be given permission to use five town roads. A speed limit on the roads for snowmobiles will be set at 10 miles per hour, and the board approved the authorization.

Shawn Mulcahy came before the board with a request to purchase a propane ice auger, which is much more efficient than the older gas models, and the board approved the request, not to exceed $550.

Fire Chief Mark Tetreault spoke to the board about the fire department budget and was particularly concerned about a reduction in seven line items. He talked about equipment that needed to be purchased, sealing the roof on the fire station and expressed concerns about the building maintenance budget.

The plans were passed out for the center fire station for the board to review. Tetreault was told to progress with getting a proposal to put the system in.

Chairman David Kerr spoke about the proposal for underpinning the town hall, with an estimated cost of $5,390. The project won't be completed until the cost of the septic system for the fire department is known.

The board discussed the radio inventories for the fire and highway department. Motorola's older models are becoming obsolete and will not be supported by the company.

The board approved paying $6,000 for milfoil removal invoices from Locke Lake.

The board approved purchasing 2013 gravel that will be stored at the Angelini pit, which is manned five days a week and is convenient for the highway department to access. The rate is the same as this year.

Tetreault spoke to the board about the purchase of Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) bags. The bags are orange with a skid plate that has an air bottle to assist rescue personnel and cost about $2,500 each.

Member Priscilla Tiede said she has been looking into holiday hours for the permanent part-time employees. She reported that the way the other towns deal with it is if there were 10 holidays then a part-time employee would receive five eight-hour paid days.

The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead Board of Selectmen is on Monday, Dec. 31, at 12 p.m. at the Barnstead Town Hall.

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

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