March 19, 2014ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, March 17, and the board welcomed its newest member, Lou LaCourse.
Member Bob Daniels was absent from the meeting and there was some discussion about him withdrawing as a representative from the Lakes Region Planning Commission and whether that had been made official.
Loring Carr was nominated and accepted the position of chairman, and Marc DeCoff was selected as the vice-chair.
The board went through the different positions on the different committees, and they agreed to remove different committees. The committees that were eliminated included: NH Coalition, fire department, school liaison and fundraising committee. Carr felt if any of organization had an issue, they could make an appointment with the selectmen.
There was some discussion about the Economic Development Committee and who should serve on it. It will be discussed at a future meeting.
During public input, Ruth Messier suggested that the town should have an official town historian and she also suggested that a sign should be erected to celebrate the bandstands in Alton Bay.
Town Administrator Russ Bailey and the board went through the warrant articles and talked about how they would address each article that was passed and spending money on the different projects in town.
There was some debate among the board when talking about the town grader. Carr suggested looking at leasing or renting a grader instead of owning one.
There was also some discussion about the West Alton Fire Station. Bailey said that the current lease is set to expire and the town will be working on signing a new agreement.
The board met with Police Chief Ryan Heath and approved the acquisition of four new vehicles for the Alton Police Department.
The four new vehicles will be coming from Autoserve in Tilton and all four will be 2014 Dodge Chargers with all-wheel drive, at a cost of $24,754 per vehicle. This is the cost of the vehicle before outfitting them with police equipment.
Two of the older vehicles will be transferred to the assessor's office and to the parks and recreation department, and one of the vehicles won't be fixed as it needs new head gaskets. Heath isn't sure what the town will do with the remaining vehicle. The new vehicles will look like a traditional black and white police vehicle and not like the current mostly black cruisers.
The board approved several items recommended by the town assessor.
The board approved the minutes from the last meeting on March 10.
The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.
Tim Croes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126