Board talks truck repairs and more

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
January 21, 2014
ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, Jan. 20, and discussed repairs to town equipment, bids for the highway department and a septic waiver request.

The board was scheduled to meet with the Belknap County Commissioners, but the meeting was canceled due to scheduling conflict in the commissioners' office.

Russ Bailey, the town administrator, recommended that the board approve a quote from Alton Motor Sports to install a new plow for one-ton truck at a cost of $4,950, and board approved the motion unanimously.

Bailey talked to the board about the six-wheel truck that had damage to the hood occur in the summer. Bailey reported that the insurance adjuster issued a check for $2,016 and estimated total damage of $3,016. There is a $1,000 deductible on the truck. Chairman Loring Carr asked that the issue be tabled until the board could take a look at the truck.

Bailey said that work on the senior center kitchen was moving along and it should be completed in two to three weeks.

During public input, Raymond Howard questioned the acceptance of a recent police grant and he believed the grant funded the purchase of license plate readers, which he said are illegal in the state. Bailey said he would discuss the matter with the police chief and get clarification on the issue.

State Rep. Jane Cormier said the issue of legalizing license plate readers was recently voted down in the state legislature.

A request was made to include a link to the Alton Historical Society's Web site,, on the list of Web sites on the official town Web site. The board approved the request made by Marty Cornelissen, the Chairman of the AHS.

The board reviewed plans for a new fire extinguisher maintenance agreement. The town has a total of 102 extinguishers in the different town buildings. A suggestion was made to have the same vendor approve all the extinguishers. Member Marc DeCoff suggested that the extinguishers could be brought to the same building for the inspection, which would provide cost savings. The board agreed to table the issue to look further into it. During public input, it was suggested that bringing all the fire extinguishers to the same building could result in a safety issue of not having extinguishers in place in every building during inspection.

The board approved a new public health/solid waste ordinance that included charging $20 per yard for construction and demolition material and $35 a yard for shingles.

The board agreed to send a letter to Mt. Major Snowmobile Club detailing the use of a town right of way so that the club could apply for a grant. The board insisted that if the grant is approved that the club use a private contractor to build a snowmobile track and that they couldn't hire the town highway department to work on the project.

The board approved items recommended by the town assessor that included abatements, veteran's credits, intent to cut permits, timber warrants and administrative abatements.

The board reviewed the Transfer Station Inspection Report submitted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. The report brought up several concerns including: updating the operation manual, creating a closure plan and signing a new modified Type 3 permit. The board approved updating the operation manual, creating a closure plan authorizing Bailey to signing a new Type 3 permit.

The board approved the new annual Landfill Monitoring Agreement at a cost of $8,000. Bailey indicated that new monitoring wells are scheduled to be installed this year.

The board approved a hawkers and vendors license by Boy Scout Troop 53 to sell chicken soup and grilled cheese sandwiches in Alton Bay during the Winter Carnival on Feb. 16.

Bailey informed the board that money would be coming from the Local Government Group for overpayment for health insurance. The amounts are $10,131.19 from 2011 and $28,020.98 from 2012.

The board discussed the highway bids for next year and agreed to give companies the option to bid for one-year bids or for three-year bids.

The board approved the minutes of the Dec. 11 meeting and workshop minutes from Dec. 30 and Jan. 14.

The board approved several waivers for a septic system located at Map 63 Lot 17. The system has already been installed and after one contractor left the project, a new contractor did the work and was unaware that it needed town approval. The waivers included distances from tank to surface water, well to tank, leach bed to well and tank to catch basin. Additionally, the board will require a new innovative system to be installed if the current system fails. John Dever, the building inspector, explained the plans, and Tom Varney, answered any questions provided by the board. The plans will be forwarded to the state for final approval.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.

Tim Croes can be reached at or 569-3126

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