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Hussey returns to Alton Board of Selectmen

Resident requests board take back its vote

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
May 21, 2014
ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, May 19, and Dave Hussey was welcomed back on the board.

During public input, Jeffrey Clay stated that he believed the way that Hussey was brought back on board was against several state RSAs.

He asked the board to take back its vote on bringing Hussey back on as selectmen. He also said that if nothing was done, he would make a formal complaint to Belknap County. He stated that that board meeting and making the decision to bring back Hussey to replace the empty seat on the board, as it was done in non-public meetings, was "illegal."

Several members of the public came forward during public input and thanked Hussey for the work he has done in the past and welcomed him back on the board.

The town offices will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. American Legion Post 72 will be holding a parade starting in Monument Square at 9:30 a.m.

During the week of June 23, Stockbridge Corner Road will be closed for one week. This closure is in relation with the state project on Route 28.

The board met as the board of health and approved one septic waiver for distance from septic tank to surface water. The allowed distance is 75 feet, and the board approved having a distance of 52 feet.

The board reviewed another request for waivers at the Kroon Campground, but because of the complexity of the project, the board tabled the issue until they could do a site walk on the property.

The board will be doing an inspection of the facilities at the West Alton Fire Station on Wednesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m.

The board approved allowing the Parks and Recreation Department to accept items as part of the town wide yard sale on Saturday, June 7, as a fundraiser for Old Home Weekend.

The board approved signing a new three-year agreement with TDS for phone services. The board also approved a one-year contract for shingle disposal. The material is returned to the transfer station and used in different town projects as a base for shoulders.

The board approved bids for plow package and bed liner for the town highway truck.

The board approved spending $800 to line the areas around monument square, noting that it will have to be done again when the final coating of blacktop is put down next spring.

Town Administrator Russ Bailey said that the drainage work at the senior center will be finished up soon, and work on sidewalks will start up again after Labor Day and that the contractor working on the new roof, dormers and trim will start on June 23.

The board accepted an easement for Robert's Cove Beach. Bailey said a street light inventory will be conducted in the coming weeks. Bailey also said a presentation about the new town Web site would be coming up in June. He will also be bringing forward options for new audio equipment, which was approved in a town warrant article. This equipment will be portable so it can be used wherever meetings in the town hall are held, including the meeting room on the first floor.

The board will issue a request for proposal for an auctioneer to sell off town property and will go out sometime in the coming months.

The board met with Alton Police Chief Ryan Heath and approved a social media policy for the police department. This will allow the APD to create a Facebook page for the department and will also allow officers in the department to use Facebook, noting that they are always representing the department while on Facebook.

The board accepted a $1,000 donation from the Delong Family Fund for the B&M Railroad Park and approved sending out request for highway bids for gravel, sand and catch basin cleaning services.

The board re-appointed Hussey as the board's representative on the Conservation Commission, the Lakes Region Planning Commission and as alternate on the Alton Planning Board.

The board approved several items recommended by the town assessor including current-use applications, elderly tax exemption, several timber warrants and several abatements.

The board approved the event applications for Rock Mountain Weekend on July 26 and 27, and Alton Rotary Club's application for a penny sale on Aug. 8 and the antique boat show on Aug. 9. The board also approved an application by college student to do door to door sales of textbooks in town.

The board approved the minutes of April 21, 24 and 28 and May 8.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, June 2, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.

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

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