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Alton selectmen discuss replacement for Daniels

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
April 09, 2014
ALTON — When the Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, April 7, the hot topic of conversation was how to go about adding a fifth member to the board.

Following the resignation of Bob Daniels from the board, the town is accepting applications for the open one-year position until April 11.

Many questions were asked during public input, and several people spoke in support of Phil Whittmann filling the seat, as he came in third during the election a couple of weeks ago.

Chairman Loring Carr said that interviews will be conducted after April 11, and then the four-person board would make a decision on which candidate to chose.

The board discussed a request from Belknap County to pay an invoice for $3,101.86 for mutual aid for fire dispatch services from the county. The town was sent an invoice after the County Commissioners level funded the budget item and pushed the cost increase to each town belonging the association.

Carr and member Marc DeCoff both questioned paying the invoice, but the board ultimately approved making the payment.

The board also approved going with a standard bid using state specifications for a new two-door truck for the town highway department.

Russ Bailey, the town administrator, reviewed with the selectmen an updated operations plan and closure plan for the transfer station in town. Both are required by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

The board approved adding a 36-foot by 40-foot addition to the Pearson Road Senior and Community Center, which will include a basement. This is the latest phase in the renovation of the building that has been going on for many years now.

The board reviewed the upcoming road construction schedule, which will include Monument Square, Old Wolfeboro Road and a second phase of work on Trask Side Road.

The board approved the appointment of several citizens to the various sub committees in town. These committees include the milfoil committee, the fundraising committee, the Levey Park committee and the newly created old home weekend committee.

The board approved the low bid for the work on the town hall including replacing the roof, dormers and trim. The low bid came in at $94,100. Carr suggested that the bidder should be asked if they could look at installing steel shingles and see how that would affect the cost.

The board approved several items recommended by the town assessor and discussed upcoming legislation regarding travel trailers. Bailey said the legislation has passed in the Senate and is going to be voted by the House in the coming weeks.

The trailers are often left in the same spot and never moved, as is the normal in trailer parks throughout the state. The legislation could allow the towns to tax the trailers as property in town. The selectmen voted to not send a tax bill for the trailers to residents, but to keep an eye on the legislation on how it would effect taxing trailers in the future.

The board approved the minutes from meetings on March 17, 18 and March 31.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, April 21.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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