September 18, 2013BARNSTEAD — During its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Barnstead Board of Selectmen got an update on road projects in town from vice-chair Dave Kerr.
Kerr got an update from the acting road agent Jim Doucet. A culvert is being worked on on Peacham Road. Testing needs to be done and is required by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Kerr said he isn't sure if will be completed by the end of the year. Tree work has been done on White Oak Road and two culverts need to be worked on.
Kerr also spoke about getting a price for a dumpster to remove scrap metal. Chair Priscilla Tiede suggested calling around to get bids to remove the scrap metal and get a bid for a small dumpster to store incoming scrap metal that the town picks up.
The board discussed installing a culvert on White Oak Road and agreed that installing both sides of the culvert at the same time would be the best way to go. The project would result in the road being closed for three or four hours while the culvert is being installed.
During public input, Bruce Grey suggested doing the work on a Saturday to avoid having work on around school buses and people coming and going from work.
Member Jim Barnard reported to the board that proposals will be coming in for installing cameras at the town shed.
There was a discussion about the boundaries in town. Kerr heard that the town of Loudon uses a married couple that do it as hobby. The board agreed to try and contact the couple and see if they would be interested in finding the boundaries in Barnstead. Member Gordon Preston said finding the boundaries is no easy task.
There was discussion about moving the electrical box in the evidence room at the police station. The board agreed that they had authorized the moving of the electrical box in the past.
The board discussed the Hannah Nutter Bridge, which is on the New Hampshire's "red list" for 2018. There have been no changes in the funding for bridge projects, but projects that have designs in place would result in funding once it becomes available.
The board discussed a cistern issue on a private road. There was some discussion on who owns the cistern. The cistern is located in a subdivision that went belly up and the property is currently owned by Merrimack County Savings Bank.
Karen Montgomery, the selectmen's secretary, reported that there are issues with the animal control vehicle. She reported the driver's side seat is broken, the vehicle is in bad shape, the inspection has run out and the tires are in bad shape. The board agreed to get an estimate on fixing the vehicle and see if its worth fixing. Kerr assumed that a request to purchase a new vehicle will be included in the next year's police budget.
The board discussed a missing sign on Upper Suncook Lane. The sign is for a private road. The town policy is that the residents have to pay for the sign but the town can order it for them.
Member Francis Vardaro felt the board should consider a change with its auditor. Preston agreed the town should consider a change, but it wouldn't be until next year, and the board was provided with a list of auditors in the area.
The board provided Fire Chief Mark Tetreault information regarding a new contract. Tetreault will review the information and discuss the matter at a future meeting.
The board the discussed bids that had come for flooring in the town hall offices. Bids came with some carpeting and some tile. There was discussion about the commercial tile and high cost of maintenance.
Fab Cusson, the building inspector, talked about options for flooring and urged the board to stay away from carpeting and go with vinyl commercial tile (VCT). He said the VCT is the best product as far as the price. The board agreed to get bids for 1/8-inch tile for all areas from the three companies that had submitted bids to the town.
Cusson also talked to the board about solar panels and establishing a fee for solar panel projects. Cusson said his main concerns regarding solar panels are with how they were mounted. He reported that one of the projects he visited had some questionable mounting. The panels must meet wind loads and snow loads and suggested a fee of $25. A fee will be determined and in the future a public hearing will be held on the issue.
The Barnstead Board of Selectmen meet every Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Barnstead Town Hall.
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