2021 Sandown Board of Selectmen Meetings


 Sandown Selectmen and Budget Committee Hold Joint Public Hearing
By Penny Williams    1-15-21

The Sandown Budget Committee held a Public Hearing on the budget and Warrant Wednesday evening, January 13, and the Budget Committee and Selectmen have voted on Warrant Article recommendations.

The committee meticulously reviewed every department proposed budget line by line and voted on each after discussion during the lengthy public hearing.

Most of the budgets reviewed drew little discussion or concern and changes but there were a few that did. Among those were the following.

* The Budget Committee budget was reduced by changing the Recording Secretary amount back to $1,500.

* General Building had the oil line reduced by $2,000.

* Highway Budget got hammered. Payroll in operating budget was reduced by $32,760 since the open position wouldn't be filled; overtime was reduced by $3,002.  Selectman Darren Hudgins spent a great deal of time trying to get the plowing line reduced and after several motions failed it was reduced by $4,000. Hudgins worked to reduce the paving line, which effort ultimately failed. The salt line was reduced by $5,000.

* The Health and Human Services was increased by $359 with the Meals on Wheels line being increased to $1,500.

* Recreation saw the Recreation Director's position furloughed until April and then made part time, reducing the directors salary to $38,739.  The full recreation operating budget wasn't finalized.

The final number for the Operating Budget is $4,549,159.00, a 5.32 percent increase.

The Budget Committee and Selectmen voted on recommendations for the Warrant Articles. All the Articles were recommended by full board and committee votes except  for Article17 that asks the voters to raise and appropriate the sum of $4,500 for fireworks with a date and time to be determined. The Selectmen approved recommending this 5 -0 but the Budget Committee voted 4-3-0. The concern here is that the money to cover this event can be raised outside the budget.

Town Openings include the following:

* 1- Selectmen seat for a three year term

* 2 - three year term seats for the Planning Board and one, two year term set.

* 1 - Town Clerk/Tax Collector  three year term seat

* 2 - three year term seats for Fire Engineers

* 1 - Cemetery Trustee two year seat

* 1 - three year term seat for Library Trustee and one two year term seat.

* Budget Committee has 3 - three year term seats and 1 - one year term seat

*  1 - three year term seat for Treasurer

* 1 - three year term seat for Trustee of the Trust Funds.

The Sandown Town Deliberative will be held on Saturday, January 30, at the Sandown North Elementary School at 23 Stagecoach Drive at 9 a.m. The Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 9, at the Sandown Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 


Sandown Selectmen Vote on Per Diem Firefighters
By Penny Williams   1-13-21

The Sandown Board of Selectmen met Monday night, January 11, and dealt with the request from the Fire Department to have a warrant article for two per diem firefighters among other Warrant Article items.

Deputy Chief Michael Devine, soon to be the Fire Chief, presented a proposed Warrant Article, Article 15, that asks the tax payers to raise and appropriate $38,459 for the purpose of staffing two per diem firefighters.

The per diem firefighters would be there to cover the fire station when Devine can't be there and their coverage would be primarily during the daytime. This proposed amount  would cover up to 40 hours of coverage but would have no benefits.

The board discussed this with Devine. It was noted that the number of volunteers is dwindling and there is a need for young volunteers but when the chief might be taking a class or being away on vacation there needs to be someone covering the station. Most week days he will be there. The board voted to approve the amount of the article as proposed.

The board also looked at Warrant Special Article 16 that asks the tax payers to raise and appropriate money from the unassigned fund balance to be added to the Plowing Expendable Trust Fund. The amount suggested and approved after a discussion is $50,000.

Town Manager Lynn Blaisdell told the board two petition articles had come in to amend Zoning. The issue is these needed to be presented several weeks ago so they missed the deadline for submission. In addition, the signatures after being verified only amounted to 23 when 25 are required.

 The board after a discussion voted unanimously not to put the petition articles on the ballot because of being filed in an untimely fashion and without the proper number of certified signatures.

The board voted to accept donations amounting to $120 for the Sandown Senior Transportation.

 


Sandown Board of Selectmen Reviewed 2021 Warrant Articles
By Penny Williams  1-6-21

The Sandown Board of Selectmen met on Monday evening, January 4, and reviewed and made adjustments to the proposed Warrant Articles, recommending them unanimously.

Sandown Office Assistant Paula Gulla went over the Warrant Articles with the board. Two of the articles are still in question ( Articles 15 and 16) and will be addressed at the board's next meeting.

* Warrant Article 3. Shall the Town vote to approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Town of Sandown Board of Selectmen and the Union representing the Police and Animal Control Officers, the Teamster Local 633 Union, which calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing level:

Contract Year        Estimated Increase

4/1/21-3/31/22                    $ 54,372
4/1/22-3/31/23                    $ 15,252
4/1/23-3/31/24                    $ 15,524

and to further raise and appropriate the sum of Forty Six Thousand Three Hundred Eighty Two Dollars ($46,382) for the current fiscal year beginning January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2021, such sum representing the additional costs attributable to the increase in salaries and benefits required by the new agreement over those that would be paid at current staffing levels. 
Estimated tax impact of this warrant article is $.07 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Warrant Article 4. Shall the Town of Sandown, if Article 3 is defeated, authorize the governing body to call one special meeting, at its option, to address Article 3 cost items only.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Warrant Article 5. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate and authorize the Selectmen to accept a Highway Block Grant an amount expected to be received in the sum of One Hundred Sixty Two Thousand Five Hundred Seventy Six Dollars ($162,576) for the road improvement programs to be recommended by the Sandown Highway Department and approved by the Sandown Board of Selectmen, said sum to be supplied by the State of New Hampshire.
Estimated tax impact of this warrant article is $0
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Special Warrant Article 6. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Three Hundred Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($375,000) to be added to the previously established Road Improvement Capital Reserve Fund. 
Estimated tax impact of this article is $.56 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Special Warrant Article 7. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) for site work and construction of a new salt shed at the Highway Garage. This will be a non-lapsing warrant article and will not lapse until the project is completed or by December 31, 2026, whichever is sooner. This article is designated as special by the Board of Selectmen.
Estimated tax impact of this article is $.22 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Special Warrant Article 8.  Shall the Town vote to establish a Capital Reserve Fund under the provisions of RSA 35:1 to be known as the Salt Shed Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of site work and construction of a new salt shed at the Highway Garage and to raise and appropriate the sum of Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000), and to further appoint the Board of Selectmen as agents to expend from the fund. Should article 7 pass, this article becomes null and void.
Estimated tax impact of this article is less than $.11 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Special Warrant Article 9. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) to be added to the Bridge Capital Reserve Fund previously established.  
Estimated tax impact of this article is $.22 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Special Warrant Article 10. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Thirteen Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars ($13,700) to be added to the Revaluation Capital Reserve Fund previously established.
Estimated tax impact of this article is $.02 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Special Warrant Article 11.  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty Six Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty Dollars ($46,820) for treatment to control exotic aquatic species including invasive variable milfoil and fanwort in Phillips Pond.  Costs will be offset by a $15,000 donation from the Phillips Pond Association and costs may be offset by grant funds.  This article is designated as a special warrant article by the Board of Selectmen.
Estimated tax impact of this article is $.07 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Special Warrant Article 12.   Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) to be added to the Stormwater Management Capital Reserve Fund previously established. 
Estimated tax impact of this article is less than $.01 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Special Warrant Article 13. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) to be added to the Fire Equipment and Apparatus Capital Reserve Fund previously established.
Estimated tax impact of this article is $.07 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Special Warrant Article 14. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($7,500) to be added to the Government Building Capital Reserve Fund previously established.
Estimated tax impact of this article is $.01 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Warrant Article 15. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of ?? for the purpose of staffing 2 per diem firefighters (no benefits).  This article still needs more information.

* Special Warrant Article 16.   Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of ?? to be added to the Plowing Expendable Trust Fund previously established. 
This article may be removed but in any case needs additional information.

* Warrant Article 17.  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Four Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($4,500) for fireworks with a date and time to be determined by the Board of Selectmen. 
Estimated tax impact of this article is $.01 per thousand.
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen: 5-0-0)
(Recommended/Not Recommended by the Budget Committee:  0-0-0)

* Sandown Planning Board Zoning Amendments for 2021 Ballot

* Z-1   Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Z-1 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town of Sandown Zoning Ordinance as follows:
To amend the text of Article VII to insert Part B – “Stormwater Management Ordinance Construction and Post-Construction Requirements” into the Sandown Zoning Ordinance.

The intent of the Amendment is to expand the Zoning Ordinance as required in order for the Town of Sandown to satisfy the municipality’s obligation to comply with applicable requirements of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  The full text of Amendment Z-1 as proposed by the Sandown Planning Board is available for public inspection at the Sandown Town Hall during regular business hours.

 

The board heard from  Nick Cristofori, Comprehensive Environmental, Inc, about what has been accomplished in 2020 regarding the MS4 requirements, what is left to be done, and what he recommends for getting accomplished in 2021.

The Town authorized $20,000 in 2020 and he said it had allowed him to accomplish most of what needed to be done. The Town  Stormwater Management Ordinance will be finalized by the Planning Board for a vote at the Town Meeting and the Planning Board will develop the regulations that support that Ordinance and have them in place by the June due date.

He indicated that there may be some extra money in the budget for the 2021 MS4 work and he will use it to do the required town water system mapping which has to get done but not necessarily in 2021.

He indicated he is hopeful that the Lake and Pond Phosphorous Control Plans for Angle Pond, Shoal Pond and Phillips Pond won't require the expensive maintenance and deterrent device plans and construction as these can be extremely expensive. He hopes that the stormwater discharge locations are sufficiently distant from these water resources  that maintenance and control measures will not be necessary.

He noted the town does well with the public education piece and that this year will focus on fertilizer, pet leavings pick-up, and leaves. The town does well doing direct education mailing to residents by putting the informational material into the motor vehicle registration letters. He said the town doesn't have any required water inspections which will be a savings and the outflows that have been inspected have had no issues. The board suggested he be at the Town Meeting to address any questions regarding the Warrant Article for the MS4 work.

The board approved Roger Ernst's request to become a full time member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and he will have a three year term. He said he would go to Town Hall the next day to be sworn in.

The board discussed the Town Report and made a tentative decision to have a picture of the refurbished Town Hall on the cover and pictures of department employees on the back.

Town Administrator, Lynne Blaisdell asked if the decision was solid to hold the Deliberative Session at the North School. The board said it was solid and she could start advertizing it as such. She also asked the board to approve her working to extend the Septage Agreement Sandown has with Allenstown and for her to sign the agreement on the board's behalf. The board approved that request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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