September 24, 2013ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, Sept. 23, and opened up its meeting with a discussion regarding Old Home Day.
The selectmen invited members of the public including Kelly Troendle, the director of the Alton Parks and Recreation Department.
Each year Old Home Day is organized by the parks and recreation department and the Alton Business Association.
Chris Racine, the chair of the ABA, and Roger Sample also spoke about the annual event. The event has always been held on the second Saturday in August, and after the discussion the board confirmed that the date will remain the same for next year.
Sample felt the event should be kept on the same day and Troendle mentioned that some people arrange their vacations around the event.
Member Bob Daniels mentioned that Gilmanton held its events and fireworks on the same day.
Racine talked about the parade that the ABA sponsors and the cost to include participants. Sample questioned the board about raising money for the event through a warrant article and Russ Bailey, the town administrator, said this could be done.
There was a discussion about how to keep people in Alton Bay after the parade and Troendle mentioned that bingo was held along with a concert prior to fireworks. Racine talked about including other events throughout town that could expand the event and allowing non-profits to set up booths in Alton Bay as part of the event. Member Dave Hussey asked about changing the date and Racine and Sample felt it should be kept the same.
Duane Hammond, the president of the Alton Centennial Rotary Club, offered the services of the club and would like to work with the parks and recreation department and ABA on the event next year.
Racine and Sample talked about the challenges of putting on the events and said that manpower is the biggest challenge.
Barbara Howard suggested that town officials could be put in a dunk tank or holding a horseshoe tournament among town departments. Raymond Howard suggested that races or events could be held in Alton Bay to keep people entertained throughout the day.
George Feeney suggested that the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center's harvest festival could be merged with the town event.
Daniels reported that there is still a vacancy on the budget committee and that the committee is looking to fill vacancy before Sept. 30 (see page A2).
Bailey talked to the board about a request from the firemen's association to turn in scrap metal that would be used to pay for air cots, the board approved the request.
The board also approved a request that a donation originally made to the railroad park in town be redirected for a pair of crosswalk signs in town.
The board approved sending the report from the town engineer on the landfill, which includes the results of monitoring wells, to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Bailey said there are plans to drill additional monitoring wells in the next couple of weeks. Bailey said that buildings on the Dahl property will be removed soon and Hussey suggested that the granite foundations could be sold.
Bailey talked about the Clough Morrill Fund and that the senior center project will be supported by this fund. The paving at the East Side restroom will also be paid from this fund.
Bailey talked about the freight building that is located in the railroad park. He suggested that a plan of action be developed for making improvements to the building. The board agreed to have the option of tying in the town freight building to the police department septic design.
Bailey reported that the board received a letter of thanks from Echo Shores in West Alton thanking them for keeping the West Alton Fire Station open. Bailey mentioned that the lease for the building expires next year and will be up for renewal.
The board approved adding lighting to the construction and demolition section at the Alton Transfer Station. The lighting would be installed at a cost of $3,650 and will include LED lighting.
Raymond Howard suggested that the board have the state review signage that was recently installed on Coffin Brook Road. Howard said that the multiple signs have created a safety hazard at night due the reflection from the signs.
Bailey reported that the highway department is working on Bowman Road and should be finished by the end of September and will moving forward to Depot Street next. The projects on Monument Square and Old Wolfeboro Road will be pushed back to next spring. Bailey said bids would be coming in for sidewalks and curbing late in the fall and work would be done in the spring. Hussey and member Marc DeCoff asked for a list of roads in town and what maintenance has been done.
The board discussed forming a coalition to study workforce housing and the cost of challenging the state legislation. Daniels said he would be willing to serve on the coalition and was urged by Hussey and Chairman Loring Carr to find out the cost of challenging the legislation.
Carr briefly discussed Agenda 21 and then made a motion, which received a second and was approved by the board, to send a letter to President Barack Obama suggesting that legislation should be revoked.
Daniels brought up a concern regarding the Lakes Region Planning Commission's brochure that mentioned that Alton was conducting a Smart Growth assessment.
The board felt this was a planning board issue and a motion made by Daniels to remove the statement from the document didn't receive a second.
During public input, Barbara Howard talked about workforce housing and it being a federal mandate. She questioned the board, and Carr said it was a state legislation issue that the state should consider overturning.
Hussey suggested that people should write letters to state representatives in support of fighting the issue.
The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.
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