September 03, 2013BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead Planning Board met with Road Agent Chris Carazzo on Tuesday, Aug. 27, to discuss paving projects in town.
Carazzo informed the board the paving projects on North Barnstead, Wes Locke, Beauty Hill and Watson Road have been completed. He updated the board on Vail Road, as the project has been extended up the hill and included the installation of four culverts.
Ditching has been completed on Varney Road and culverts were cut on White Oak Parade Hill, Shackford and Peacham Road. Culverts were also cleaned and shimmed.
The grader pump was recently repaired and the new body was installed on the one-ton truck. The new grader is scheduled to be delivered on Sept. 11.
Carazzo informed the board that the main support shaft for the roadside mower had broken. The board approved spending up to $2,000 to fix the mower. If more money is needed, Carazzo will inform the board.
Carazzo listed items he needed to purchase including: winter salt, winter sand, gravel, a garage door spring, culverts and hot top, and a generator.
The board approved purchasing winter sand, up to 2,000 tons of gravel, winter salt, the garage door spring, up to $4,000 worth of culverts and hot top.
The board discussed increasing the yearly budget for road improvements. Carazzo said Shackford Corner, White Oak, North Barnstead and Parade Road are the worst. The end of Depot Street is another area that he would like to pave.
Member Jim Barnard reminded them that the intersection of Rabbot Lane and South Barnstead Road still need to be done and the telephone polls need to be relocated. Carazzo reported that the trees still need to be removed on Georgetown Drive and that the Bartlett Tree Company was the lowest bidder on the project. Carazzo asked about the generator for the highway garage and Karen Montgomery, the selectmen's secretary, said she contacted Shawn Mulcahy and he is working on it.
Brian White presented the board with a check that was sent to him for fixing the highway department's York rake. The check was from the warranty company and the town had already paid White for fixing it.
The reviewed the police department's schedules, call report and arrest report for the month. Member Francis Vardaro updated the board on the Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom and Pittsfield (BCEP) Solid Waste Center. He reported that prices are down for tonnage. Kerr commented that bonuses are given to BCEP employees based on the revenues, which are down.
The board reviewed a permit application for a dock extension at Camp Fatima.
Barnard informed the board that the fireworks wouldn't have occurred on Aug. 24 had it not been for the efforts of Kerr. Kerr mowed the area for the fireworks. Barnard was informed the day of that the highway department mower was broken. Kerr mowed the area and broke a shear pin during the process. Barnard wanted to see Kerr compensated for his effort.
Kerr said it was his service to the town. However, the board agreed to pay Kerr $100, with Kerr abstaining.
The board discussed the upcoming meeting of the Suncook Valley Regional Town Association. One topic of discussion is combining the costs of the printing of the annual town reports and consolidating the school report with the town report.
Montgomery reported that Scott Eaton, the Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, is unable to meet on Tuesdays. The board will list their concerns and forward them to the commission.
Montgomery said Mary Clarke, the deputy town clerk, had compiled the statistics on dog licensing. Out of more than 1,000 people, 205 civil forfeitures were issued. Only eight people have not licensed their dogs. The board will inform the police department and they will issue summons.
The board reviewed the inventory of scrap metal at the highway department. The board feels the materials should be turned in and the monies should go into the scrap metal account.
Montgomery informed the board that two quotes had come in for the flooring at the town offices. The board is waiting for a third quote to come in before making a decision. Montgomery said Charity Electric had completed the lighting work at the police station. The invoice was $150 more because of the issues the electrician ran into. A forsythia bush located next to the handicap ramp will have to removed, as it is interfering with the motion light.
It was noted that the FairPoint Communications has agreed wit the assessor's formula for determining right-of-way value and they paid the balance of their 2011 tax bill.
During public input, Roland and Wendy LeBrecque addressed the board regarding pistol permits. Roland LeBrecque pointed out that he applied for a pistol permit before his current one expired and it was renewed for four years at a cost of $10. However, he pointed out that his wife's permit had expired by a few days and when she renewed hers, it was for five years. Roland LeBrecque asked the police department and wanted clarification. The RSA on pistol permits was reviewed and found to be based on the birthday date and when the application is submitted.
Jeannie Terry asked the board to consider allowing the historical society to use the empty room upstairs over the kitchen. Vice-chair Dave Kerr felt the area upstairs should be utilized as the Emergency Management Office. This prompted a brief discussion, but no decision was made and it will addressed at a later date.
A request was made by this historical society to order three easels through the town's account with WB Mason, and the historical society will reimburse the town. The town approved the request.
The board approved a request from Denise Adjutant, the Web site coordinator, to update the town's Web site.
Bruce Grey commented that the fireworks were great on Saturday night following the band concert and the Gathering on the Green activities.
The board approved lot mergers regarding properties in Locke Lake Colony. The properties are nonconforming lots that the town has acquired for non-payment of taxes.
The Barnstead Board of Selectmen meets every Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Barnstead Town Hall
Tim Croes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126