October 09, 2013ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, Oct. 7, and discussed the issue of installing a meter at Ginny Douglas Park.
Russ Bailey, the town administrator, reported that the electric company recently discovered that electricity at the park hasn't been properly metered.
The cost for electricity for the park is approximately $240 a year, but it will cost $1,000 to install a meter. The park is the location of the town Christmas tree that the Alton Business Association lights every year.
Member Marc DeCoff felt that the town should pay for the electricity, but doesn't feel the town should pay for the meter. Vice-chair Cydney Johnson thinks the town should look at a solar option.
The board agreed to pay for electricity for the park and asked Bailey to look into options for installing the meter.
Member Bob Daniels reported to the board on a recent meeting of Lakes Region Planning Commission. He talked about a presentation that was given on data regarding public policy. The LRPC approved a comprehensive economic plan, but Daniels didn't approve it because he didn't have a chance to read it.
Bailey reported that the credit card system is up and running in the town clerk and tax collector's office.
Bailey talked about putting out to bid the project of repairing the town hall roof. The project will be completed in the spring and board approving putting the project out to bid, which will include the removal of the chimney.
Bailey reported that a public hearing would be coming up regarding the Metrocast franchise agreement.
The board approved a request to borrow the model of the Alton Bay Railroad Station for use at an upcoming railroad show.
The board also approved a request for town employees to dress up for Halloween and to purchase candy at a cost of no more than $100 to be used at the town hall and the police and fire department. The trick or treats hours in town are from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
During public input, Ruth Messier discussed the Zoning Amendment Committee. Messier attended a meeting on Sept. 26 and noticed that there was no agenda.
She voiced her disgust about the committee and notice they also didn't open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Daniels agreed that the committee should have an agenda.
A question was also raised about the town planner. The position of the town planner was approved during town meeting a while ago. Members of the board said the issue could be brought forward in a petition warrant article, but Bailey wasn't sure if that issue could be reversed and said it was a gray area.
Bailey talked to the board about the 2014 warrant articles. He talked about a list of town properties that could be put up for sale, with an assessment of $414,000. This list didn't include a small piece of waterfront property that has been a volatile issue in the past.
Bailey also talked about a failed culvert on a private road, where the town is one several property owners. The board agreed to get estimates on fixing the culvert and go forward from there.
Bailey reported that construction is wrapping up on Bowman Road and a small section needs to be paved. The highway department will next move to Depot Street. They will also be removing debris from the Dahl property from the building that is being demolished next to the town landfill.
Bailey said that options for running a water line down for the Depot Street project are still being looked at.
The board approved a three-year contract for brush cutting at the town transfer station at a cost of $3,500.
Bailey talked about the upcoming project at Stockbridge Corner Road. The project will start in the spring and will finish up in the fall. During the project, the town is requesting that any closures of the road happen when school isn't in session. Signage will be included about the closing.
Bailey reported that the town received $26,202 from FEMA for winter storm reimbursement from a storm from February of this year.
The board reviewed a police grant called the Safe Commute Grant. The grant helps pay for overtime for the police department for patrols on Route 11 and Route 28. The board tabled the issued until an upcoming work session.
During the second input, Messier requested that the police should patrol around the traffic circle. Johnson said she has seen police in the area several times.
The board approved a septic waiver request from Forest Brook Realty Trust to install a tank 68 feet from the lake, where the normal requirement is 75 feet.
The minutes of Sept. 23 were approved along with the budget workshop session minutes of Sept. 26 and Oct. 1.
The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.
Tim Croes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126