October 15, 2013BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead Board of Selectmen reviewed the budget of the building inspector and parks and recreation department, and a complaint against the building inspector during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Fab Cusson, the building inspector, came forward and reviewed his operating budget for 2014. He explained a small increase for courses, an increase for printing and advertising and getting an updated version of the International Business Code, at a cost of $400. Vice-Chair Dave Kerr asked him if a laptop computer would help him in his job and Cusson said it wouldn't be needed.
Kristie Capsalis and Glen Drolet came before the board to discuss the operating budget for the parks and recreation department. Funding for programs, which include soccer, basketball and archery, are being level funded at $4,000.
A request was made for printing and supplies for $500 and a request was made for $7,500 for the capital reserve fund. The fund currently has $33,500 and is set up for a new building, a covered ice skating rink.
Member Gordon Preston asked about the location of new soccer fields and was told that the department first needs to find a location. The field at Route 126 is an option for new soccer fields. The budget for outdoor concerts will be the same as last year, $6,000.
Chair Priscilla Tiede announced that a total of 67 permits, totaling $6,310.68, were applied for in September. These permits included two new homes and six renovations.
The board reviewed a pair of auditing proposals. Vachon Clukay & Company PC submitted a three-year proposal for $9,200 per year, Frank R. Biron submitted a three-year proposal for $14,000 a year. The board will further review the bids in the near future.
Tiede announced that final candidates for the position as a police officer are being considered and the police chief will be bringing forward final recommendations.
Karen Montgomery, the board secretary, said she is still waiting to get bids for proposals on the town hall flooring.
Member Jim Barnard talked about security cameras for the highway department. He recommended using Cen-Com for six cameras at a cost of $11,956. Members felt that four cameras would be sufficient and they asked Barnard to get a quote for cameras at the police department.
The board reviewed a complaint from Jamie Holland against Cusson regarding building permits.
Holland purchased a property at 22 Newport Drive and after making improvements he sold the property. Holland objected to a letter sent by Cusson to the selectmen and the town assessor in which Cusson said Holland never contacted him regarding proper building permits.
Cusson noticed that a completion inspection was never performed in July of this year. Holland claimed that he was asked to send pictures regarding some of the permits.
Cusson said he never received pictures until July of this year. Holland provided phone records regarding their conversations.
Holland said he didn't object to 12 issues identified in the letter by Cusson but he objected to the language that claimed he never contacted Cusson in an attempt to get proper permits.
Tiede questioned Holland about only calling twice regarding inspections. Holland asked Cusson to issue a new letter that stated he made sufficient attempts regarding building inspections, but Cusson said he wouldn't do that. Cusson said he could remove the word "never" from the language in the letter.
The board encouraged Cusson to make changes if he felt they were warranted and they trusted him to make the corrections and issue a new letter.
The board discussed the mower and excavator that are currently being rented. After a lengthy discussion, the board agreed to extend the rental agreement until March of next year. With the new agreement, part of the money from the rent can go towards the purchase of the equipment. Kerr suggested that the board needed to review requests from all departments before decided on which equipment to buy.
Montgomery informed the board that the animal control ordinance comes directly from the state and no local ordinance would be needed. The town is looking for a new animal control officer and will be advertising for the position in the near future. She reported that $413.40 has come in from the highway department for scrap metal and more should be coming in the near future.
The Barnstead Board of Selectmen meets every Tuesday at the Barnstead Town Hall at 5 p.m.
Tim Croes can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126