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Talking trash

Selectmen discuss transfer station and more

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
May 22, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, May 21, and approved a change to the opening of a new construction and demolition area at the Alton Transfer Station.

Scott Simonds, the director of the transfer station, reported that some safety material was coming in later than expected.

The new construction and demolition section was scheduled to open on June 1, but the selectmen approved delaying the opening until June 8 so that all necessary safety equipment could be installed.

The board announced that a Memorial Day Parade would be held on Monday, May 28, at 10 a.m. in Monument Square.

The board reconvened as the board of health to address a request for waivers for a septic system at 7 Baker Road.

John Dever, the building inspector explained, the plan was to install a new septic tank and connect it to the existing dry well.

Chair Dave Hussey and vice-chair Loring Carr suggested doing a site walk on the property. The board agreed to do a site walk and then vote on the issue after the site walk is conducted.

Member Marc DeCoff reported that Greg Fuller was recently appointed as a member of the budget committee.

Russ Bailey, the town administrator, reported a letter received detailing the trimming of the hours for Alton Bay post office. The plan is to cut the hours of operation from eight hours a day to four hours a day.

The board approved offering fill material that is located at the Alton Transfer Station at a cost of $2 per yard loaded.

Member Peter Bolster question if the material could be used in town but was told that the material is full of silt.

Bailey reported that he will be working with Alton Central School on going out to bid for oil and propane.

The board approved purchasing several Automated External Defibrillators (AED) that will be placed in the highway department, the transfer station and in pair of police cruisers.

The cost is between $3,200 and $3,400 and will be taken out of the general government fund.

Bailey reported that he received a request to consider the roadway on Echo Point. He encouraged the selectmen to take a drive out and look at the issue.

Bailey reported that the town has spent $358,000 on paving up through last Friday.

He reported that work is ongoing on Spring Street and possible painting will occur on Reed Road and Youngstown Road is next on the list.

He brought forward a request to pave a 600-foot section on Rogers Street.

A lawsuit dating back to 1991 requires that a letter be sent to an abutter and the board approved sending a letter and getting a letter from Ken Roberts, the highway agent, on the cost of paving the section.

Paving the road would reduce the maintenance cost, as currently the town needs to send up a grader for the 600-foot section of the unpaved road.

The board reviewed bids for the eastside restroom. Bailey recommended that the board eliminate the back wall from the project and the board approved his suggestion.

Bailey urged the board to accept the bid and then issue a change order, but Hussey questioned if this was legal.

Hussey asked Bailey to have attorney Jim Sessler review the bid. If the town is required to re-bid the project, it will be re-bid if not, it will brought back to the selectmen to review.

The board approved a bid from Wolfeboro Power Equipment for a zero turn mower, with the cost totaling $9,697.10.

The board approved several housekeeping changes to the Solid Waste Ordinance. Many of the changes were simply updating processes at the transfer station.

Carr question the regulation regarding oil. He suggested that the language should include "no more than five gallons at a time."

Any larger amounts are required to be deposited directly at the highway department.

The board approved a land use change tax recommended by the town assessor.

The board discussed the issue of raffle permits at length.

Bailey pointed to legislation that was passed in July 2011 that allowed for a town to issue a one-year permit for raffles at the request of a charitable donation.

Bolster suggested that doing this would allow an organization to come only once and would allow the town to keep track of organizations holding raffles.

Member Cydney Johnson said that there have been scams through raffles in the past.

Carr suggested that the board isn't required to change the town policy, and the board agreed.

A request for a year-long permit can be made by an organization.

The board approved a raffle permit by the Alton Business Association at J.P. China on May 31 to raise money for the food pantry.

Carr brought forward an issue with the budget for the animal control officer at the Alton Police Department.

Carr pointed out that there is $48,000 in the budget for the animal control officer. He made a motion to leave $6,000 to pay for the animal control officer and transfer the remaining balance out of the account.

The board approved the recommendation made by Carr unanimously.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, June 4, 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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