2021 Sandown Board of Selectmen Meetings


Wal-Mart Donates Thousands of Masks to Sandown Fire Department
By Penny Williams    4-13-21

The Sandown Board of Selectmen met Monday night, April 12, and learned that the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Raymond had donated thousands of masks.

Selectman Jonathan Goldman said that Wal-Mart had notified Sandown Fire Chief Mike Devine that he should come and pick up a donation of masks. He went and they provided 42,000 masks. Devine provided masks to many adjoining town fire departments as well as other Sandown departments.

Wal-Mart asked only that the board formally accept the masks that were donated which the board did with sincere thanks. The donation of the masks makes it possible having to  re-use masks.

The board heard from Selectman Tom Tombarello, who is also the Chair of the Rockingham County Commissioners, about the state of the country after the difficult COVID-19 pandemic battering year.

Tombarello was most proud of the fact that because the Country Nursing Home closed its doors early on last March it lost no one to COVID-19 at the Nursing Home and only a very few nursing home clients got sick and only a few staff, him included. He said the Nursing Home has re-opened and clients can now emerge from their rooms where they have been quarantined and he said it is exciting to see wheel chairs in the halls again. He said the Nursing Home has started taking admissions again.

Among other changes he noted that County Attorney Pat Conway will become  a Judge and a new county attorney will be appointed. He also said there is money for county rent assistance and he will work with the Sandown Welfare Office on this as it will help the welfare budget.

He said the county is lucky to have an excellent financial officer, actually the nephew of Selectman Robert Nickerson and while things are tight they are doing better than some other counties because of his excellent financial operation. The goal going forward remains getting some nurses for the Nursing Home which will help reduce the number of nurses they have to 'rent' from other sources.

The board approved the appointment and reappointment of the Joint Loss Management Committee. The members of this committee are: Cole Dresser, Andy Artimovich. Michael Devine, Adam Shlager, John Runcie, and Paula Gulla. All appointments are for 2 years expiring March, 2023

The board also approved Penny Koetz for the Old Home Day Committee for
2 years expiring March, 2023. There was a brief discussion of the Fire Works and the Old Home Day event which was slated for 9/11 but the date has been changed to the weekend of September 24 through 26. The Fire Works are slated for September 25, and Town Manager Lynne Blaisdell said she would contact American Thunder about the date change.

The board discussed the installation of a camera at the Recreation Building. The purpose is to be able to record the Recreation meetings and other activities there. The cost of this will not come from town taxpayers but from the CBA fund.

The board accepted a donation of $75 for the Senior Affairs Transportation Program. It was noted that there have been 24 trips this last month and 974 miles driven.

Tombarello noted that the new employee in the Town Clerk/Tax Collectors Office is working out and things are going well.

The Sandown Highway Department in conjunction with Busby Construction, Inc. will begin road construction on Odell Road. The project involves full reconstruction and paving of approximately 5,200 feet of Odell Road from Main Street to Pine Ridge Circle.

 

The road will be closed to all through traffic periodically throughout the project.  
The work is expected to take approximately 6-8 weeks, weather permitting.  During this process, there will be construction equipment in the area, so please take note of signage as road conditions and traffic patterns may change periodically during this time.  Updates will be posted on the town’s website www.sandown.us so check frequently for new information.

Finally Blaisdell announced that the Heritage Committee will be holding Yard Sale Mania on Saturday, April 24 at Town Hall from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  and  Earth Day will be a Town Wide Clean Up held on  April 16, 17, & 18.  In association with Earth Day, residents can volunteer to participate in the roadside clean up.  Please use gloves and wear a mask. She also asked that people list the streets where they plan to clean-up so the Highway Department will know where to go to collect the bags.

 

 


Sandown Selectmen Concerned about Old Home Day Date
By Penny Williams  3-30-21

The date chosen by the new Old Home Day Committee was questioned by the Board of Selectmen at their Monday night, March 29, meeting.

The date came up because the board was trying to decide when the fireworks would be held that voters approved. In the past the fireworks have always been the Saturday night of Old Home Days preceded usually by some sort of musical event.

Selectman Tom Tombarello raised the concern that this coming September 11 will be the twenty year anniversary of 9/11. The board's sense was that Old Home Day is a celebratory event while 9/11 is a memorial and thus holding the Old Home Day event and fireworks on that day might not be appropriate.

Selectman Jon Goldman said he would canvas the fire and emergency personnel for their opinions and possibly some sort of memorial event could be planned over at the field before the fireworks if it held on that date. Tombarello said he would let Home Day Committee Chair Pat Kimball know he felt the choice of September 11 was not a good choice.

After a discussion it was decided to put off making any decision on the date for the fireworks until the next board meeting, giving selectmen an opportunity to talk with the Old Home Day Committee and others regarding holding the event and the fireworks on the 9/11 twentieth anniversary.

Members of the Old Home Day Committee were appointed by the board. The committee members include: Patricia Kimball, Krystin Filing, Frank Motard, Melyssa Tapley, Joseph Taylor, Kristin Handy, Tara Eggleston-Johnston, and, William Fanning.

Fire Chief Mike Devine came before the board requesting authorization to expend $2, 249.50 from the Fire Department Fire Equipment and Apparatus Capital Reserve Fun for the replacement of the pump on the department's  Forestry Vehicle.

Goldman noted the department is currently using a loaner pump from the NH Forestry Department. Devine said water had frozen and burst the Sandown truck's pump during an unexpected flash freeze. He took it apart and brought it to the NH Forestry Department where he was told it was too badly damaged to be repaired  economically and a replacement pump would be needed.

Devine said he should have a new pump to install within a couple of weeks and he can do the installation in a matter of hours if the board will authorize this expenditure. The board voted to authorize the expenditure.

Public Works Director Artie Genualdo came before the board seeking the selectmen's approval of a change to the approved 2021Odell Road Improvement project.

The change involves adding another 1,000 feet to the work planned for the Odell Road project. Genualdo indicated the department had the money to do the extra footage along Odell and he had confirmed that Busby Construction could start on the project with the additional distance on April 12, and Brox was holding their pricing at least for the moment.

Genualdo told the board the project would end at Pine Ridge intersection not Autumn as previously planned. He went over the culvert pipes he would have to either replace or adjust and said he had gone over things with the Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Norstrom Associates.

There was a discussion about the wear and tear on the newly done Odell Road when the Hoyt Development off of Ferguson begins. The board approved the change order so Genualdo could proceed and decided to discuss with Keach what if anything can be done to protect the town against road damage from the proposed development construction.

The board discussed at length whether to contract with the diving company for the work at Phillips Pond. Aqualogic has changed its policy and now wants pre-payment.

The issue raised by Town Manager Lynne Blaisdell is that if the herbicide treatment proves sufficient and the diving isn't needed would the state back off the grant it had provided.

Office Assistant Paula Gulla, who does the work with the Phillips Pond project, recommended not entering into the contract this year and the board noting she is the expert in this area voted to take her recommendation.

There was a lengthy discussion regarding future plans with a possible solution being if diving is needed perhaps the Phillips Pond Association could handle that contract rather than making a direct contribution to the town for work on the pond.

It was reported that the NH Public Utilities Commission has delayed for 18 months the request from the Hampstead Area Water Company for a rate increase.

The rate increase request will be investigated by the PUC since it sought increases in rates of more than 50 per cent and for hydrant payments the increase was more than 600 percent. It was noted that the HAWC rate increase is driven by the company's need for cash to cover the cost of providing water to a huge project in Atkinson.

The board announced the hire of Transfer Station on-call custodian Anthony Stickney.

The board discussed whether to require employees going on vacation out of state to get a COVID-19 test within 3 days of returning or simply be asked to monitor their health. After a brief discussion the board decided not to require testing.

 


Sandown Selectmen Reorganize and Appoint Other Board and Committee Members
By Penny Williams   3-16-21

The Sandown Selectmen on Monday night, March 15, reorganized following the recent elections.

The one board member up for re-election Darren Hudgins, was re-elected. The board reorganized with Eric Olsen being appointed Chairman and Jonathan Goldman was appointed Vice Chairman. The board members then went over their liaison choices.

Erica Olsen spoke to the board on behalf of the Lion's Club telling them about a fundraiser to be held for food for several food pantries as well as collecting sox and underwear for boys for homeless teens. They will collecting these items on Saturday, March 20, in Brentwood at the Austin 17 Club.

In addition, she said the Sandown Lion's Club would be holding a Breakfast To Go with the Easter Bunny on March 27, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Town Hall Parking Lot.

Town Manager Lynne Blaisdell said that will be a busy morning as the Fire Department will be holding the Annual Rabies Clinic that day at the Fire Station from 10 a.m. to noon.  

Blaisdell also announced that the Old Home Day Committee needs members and anyone interested should contact Patricia Kimball at pkimb56@gmail.com or call the Selectmen's Office.

The board approved the following appointments:
Michelle Short Ballot Clerk 8/22;
Meghan Fanning Inspector of the Election until 8/22;
Perla Gilman Inspector of the Election until 8/22;
John Donahue Recreation Commission until 3/24;
Heidi Dyer Recreation Commission until 3/24;
Paul Godin Alternate to Senior Transportation Committee until 3/24;
and Robert Nickerson Alternate to Senior Transportation Committee until 3/23.

The board discussed the fire extinguisher issue. Three bids were received and Fire Chief Michael Devine had chose one company to go with since the current company the town uses is no longer going to continue in business.

The Fire Extinguisher company bid chosen will run  $3000 plus. This will cover a full inspection of each and every unit in each town building.  If a unit is defective that will  be an additional cost to replace it.  The amount each department will be charged is the cost for their building for doing this.  Maintenance next year will be a minimal amount as a full inspection of each unit will not be necessary. 

The board signed the documents for Boy Scout Troop 268 member Spencer Bohnwagner for his Eagle Scout project. He is  proposing his project for the Public Library. He wants to create an outdoor classroom area for handicapped users. It would be a patio area at the back of the building near the top of the outside staircase. The Library has approved the project. He plans to use bricks for the connecting pathway and to sell them for $60 each and people can have them personalized. The board approved the project and Olsen signed his paperwork.

The board signed the Phillips Pond contract and agreement. They signed the agreement paying the Solitude Lake company the pre-registration fee of $1690 for the permit to do the herbicide work  and approved accepting the grant from the NHDES for the reimbursement program.

The board approved providing the Historical Society with a Town Hall key. The new in-town committee is so large they don't fit at the Depot Building. The board approved the key and expressed pleasure at the enthusiasm of the newly formed committee.

The board discussed allowing the request for the use of the Town Hall for the Louis T. Festo Scholarship Fund performance. Possible dates for this are in September and October.

The board decided that as long the organization followed all the town and state
COVID-19 guidelines they were ok with them using the facility.

 


Sandown Election and Warrant Article Results March 2021
By Penny Williams   3-10-21

Sandown Selectmen and Budget Committee members worked hard to craft a Warrant that voters would approve and not plunge the town back into the Default dilemma it suffered through a couple of years ago. Their efforts were rewarded when the voters approved all the articles on the warrants including the Town Operating Budget.

Re-elected for a three year terms are Selectman was Darren Hudgins; Town Clerk/Tax Collector, Dawn Nicolaisen; and Treasurer  Erica Olsen.

Steve Brown was elected for a  one year term to the Budget Committee and Amanda Knight was re-elected for a three year term on the Budget Committee with Leslie Kruithop elected for a three year Budget Committee term.
 
Amanda Knight was also elected for a two year term on the Planning Board while Ernie Brown and Ed Mencis were re- elected for  three year terms.

Fire Engineers Michael Devine and Chris Poole  were re-elected for three year terms

Thomas Latham was reelected for a two year term as Cemetery Trustee.

Dana Wells  was re-elected for a three year term as Trustee of the Trust Funds

Melissa Tiney was elected for a three year term as a Library Trustee and Julie Droun
was elected for a two year Library Trustee term.

Sandown candidates elected to the Timberlane School District are as follows:

* School Board member - Steve Finnegan  for a three  year term

* Budget Committee - Mark Sherwood for a three year term and Marissa Brown
for a one year term'

The Town of Sandown is currently accepting applications for the position of
Town Clerk/Tax Collector Office Assistant. We are seeking an individual with strong interpersonal skills who can work in a fast-paced team environment. This position requires working closely with Town residents and Town officials. The applicant must be customer service oriented and attention to detail is a must.
The position requires the use of computers and various software programs. A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook are required. The position is part time at estimated 25.5  hours per week and requires flexibility to cover other shifts as needed for vacation & sick coverage.

The Sandown Old Home Day Committee has openings and is seeking new members for the committee.  If you are interested in planning the Old Home Day Fall Festival, a wonderful community event, please contact Pat Kimball at pkimb56@gmail.com

 


Sandown Selectmen Draft Updated Hazardous Mitigation Plan
By Penny Williams   3-2-21

The Sandown Board of Selectmen heard from Rockingham County Planning Commission, Consultant Planner for Hazard Mitigation Plans and Exeter-Squamscott River Local Advisory Committee, Theresa Walker, regarding the Town's updated Hazardous Mitigation Plan Monday night, March 1.

Walker noted this has to be done every five years and this is at least the third time she has done Sandown's plan. She went over the plan noting the few upgrades and additions that had been added.

There will be a 30-day question and comment period for residents and board members to raise any questions or make any comments or suggest any changes. After that Walker will edit the report and get it to the Homeland Security Office in Concord for their review and after she edits any changes they make the report will be finalized and sent on to FEMA for approval.

At that point she told the board, 'You will be good for another five years."

The board approved the request from the Cable Commission to increase the pay grade level to level two for Derek Thomas. His pay will increase to $70 per 3-hour or less meeting.

The board also approved the Litter-Free New Hampshire Program that handles roadside clean up.

Town Manager Lynne Blaisdell said the town is out of the blue bags used for roadside pick-up. These bags are supplied free to the town if it applies through the New Hampshire the Beautiful program. The Town works with the Girl Scouts and the Conservation Commission to conduct the roadside clean-up.

Blaisdell said that the Highway Department has agreed to go and pick-up the 10 cases of bags and bring them to Sandown Town Office. The bags will be given out to participants and the Highway Department will pick-up the filled bags left roadside on the day of the event. Blaisdell said she thinks the plan this year is to hold the event April 17, the weekend before Earth Day. The board approved participation in the New Hampshire the Beautiful Program and the Roadside Pick-up program.

The board discussed and ultimately approved a credit card in the name of Pamela Gaudreau, chair of the Heritage Commission with a limit of $750. The commission needs the credit card to get its plan to have Richard Holmes book, The View from Meeting Hill reprinted and have the books available for sale to those residents interested in getting a copy.

The board decided to not hold a meeting the night before elections, March 8 so the next Selectmen's meeting will be Monday night, March 15.

 


 Sandown Selectmen Decide to Not Make Prepayment on Phillips Pond Permit
By Penny Williams  2-24-21

The Sandown Board of Selectmen at their Monday night meeting, February 22, went over the update regarding the permit for treatment of Phillips Pond.

At the board's February 8, meeting, Town Manager Lynne Blaisdell had informed the board that the NH Department of Environmental Services needed to have a prepayment for providing a permit for a herbicide treatment for the exotic weeds in Phillips Pond. The town therefore needed to make a $1,690 payment immediately. Blaisdell affirmed at the time that there was money in the budget to cover the payment.

The need for prepayment created an issue since the townspeople will not have voted on the Phillips Pond Warrant Article yet and so the article could fail and the Town would be stuck with the payment because it would not then be eligible for the grant that would reimburse the town for the prepayment.

Selectman Bob Nickerson noted the board and Blaisdell needed to find out if the article fails does the 'No mean No' come into play here. Blaisdell checked the next morning with the NHDES and was referred to the Town Attorney. The Town Attorney recommended that no payment be made on this until after the townspeople have voted.

The board Monday night reviewed this information and after a discussion made the decision not to make the prepayment but to wait for the results of the election but to continue to apply for the grant. The board authorized Blaisdell to make the payment as soon as she can if the article passes on March 9. If she can make the payment by March 15 the hope is that the permit can be obtained in time for an early treatment of the Pond.

Moderator Kevin Major came before the board and explained what is going on in Windham regarding the discovery from the last election session from a recount that 300 votes had been added. The discovered votes didn't change the election results but there is an investigation taking place to try and figure out how this happened - whether it was a machine error or a human error.

Major thought Sandown should know that while it uses the same machine type Windham uses he has absolutely no concerns about the machine and how it works. He said the machine is checked thoroughly before each election session and Sandown's machine has always worked perfectly. He said he wanted to make sure that Sandown residents know they have no reason to be concerned about the upcoming elections in Sandown.

The board went over and accepted the 2021 Transfer Station closure schedule, noting that the only changes from the usual holiday closings are that when a holiday, such as Easter,  falls on a Sunday, the Transfer Station will remain open two hours longer on the preceding Saturday.

The board discussed the change of address for 68 Montana Drive and approved the new owner getting and filling out the form to be sent to 991 changing the number to 78. The change is the result of homes being built since the original numbers was assigned.

The board announced that there will be a rabies clinic held at the Sandown Fire Station on Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It was noted that masks will be required as well as social distancing.

In Other Business:

* The Town of Sandown is currently accepting applications for the position of Town Clerk/Tax Collector Office Assistant.
We are seeking an individual with strong interpersonal skills who can work in a fast-paced team environment. This position requires working closely with Town residents and Town officials. The applicant must be customer service oriented and attention to detail is a must.  The position requires the use of computers and various software programs. A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook are required.

The position is part time at 25.5 hours per week and requires flexibility to cover other shifts as needed for vacation & sick coverage.   If interested, please forward your resume by to:

Town Clerk’s Office
P.O. Box 583
Sandown, NH 03873
ATTN: Dawn Nicolaisen
You can also apply by e-mail to DNicolaisen@sandown.us  
No phone calls please.
The Town of Sandown is an equal opportunity employer

 


Sandown Selectmen Decide to Holdoff On Phillips Pond Treatment Prepayment
By Penny Williams   2-9-21

The Sandown Board of Selectmen had a difficult decision to make  regarding the treatment of Phillips Pond at their Monday night, February 8, meeting.

Town Manager Lynne Blaisdell explained that the NH Department of Environmental Services needs to have a prepayment for providing a herbicide treatment for the exotic weeds in Phillips Pond. Because of the tight dates for the permit, the Town needs to make a $1,690 payment now. The issue is the townspeople will not have voted on the Phillips Pond Warrant Article yet so they could vote it down and the Town would be stuck with the payment having been paid but not becoming eligible for the grant.

The board discussed this and Blaisdell said there is money in the budget to make the payment. If the town doesn't make the payment until after the Town Meeting, they might miss the required number of days before the herbicide action can take place.

Selectman Bob Nickerson noted the board and Blaisdell need to check to ensure that if the article is not approved does the No means No come into play and work on the Pond be denied.

As a result, Blaisdell checked the next morning with the NHDES on this and was referred to the Town Attorney. The Town Attorney recommended that no payment be made on this until after the townspeople have voted.

So the hope is that the article will pass and that there will be sufficient time between the payment for the permit, which can take place the day after voting if the article passes, and when the herbicide treatment has to take place. The cost for the treatment, including the permit cost, are in the contract with the Solitude Lake Management company.

Selectman Jon Goldman, Emergency Management Captain with the Sandown Fire Department told the board the state has decided to utilize first responders to assist the National Guard in providing vaccinations and being observers at the vaccination sites. He said he had received a call and he had participated over the weekend in Exeter.

Goldman said the board needs to authorize a Detail Fee for those in the department who would go and do this. The board voted to approve his suggested Detail Fee of $43 an hour. He said the state will reimburse the Fire Department for the cost of tits members participation.

The board approved the $43 Detail Fee as the hourly wage for those who participate. Asked how many he thought would be taking part he indicated he thought there would 8 or 9 to start with but he thought more might sign on down the road.

The board also approved signing the contract with the NH Department of Human Services regarding the response of Hampstead first responders to assist the National Guard in providing vaccinations.

Shae-Lynn Phaneuf came before the board seeking their support for her efforts to raise money for her to attend Nationals as NH Miss Amazing Jr. The cost of the trip would be $3323 and she has raised $281 already. She wanted to see if she could use the Town Hall Outside Notice Board to announce her efforts at funding raising for her trip to nationals and to put up specific events that are planned so residents would participate and support her efforts.

The board congratulated her on her many efforts as NH Miss Amazing and said she could use the outside board. They suggested she contact Moderator Kevin Major to see if she could fundraise during elections since so many residents would be stopping by the Town Hall to vote.

The board also said they would work with her to use the parking lot for a take-out Italian Supper fundraising event. The board said while they can't sell the t-shirts she will have for sale as a fundraiser they would help with getting the information out as to where the t-shirts could be bought.

Blaisdell told the board that the Department of Revenue Administration had notified the town their equalized evaluation was only 80.4 percent, which is fairly low. However, Blaisdell pointed out this is the result of the pandemic situation and the current price of real estate. There will be a revaluation done in 2023.

 


Sandown 2021 Deliberative Runs Smoothly
By Penny Williams   1-31-21

Sandown held its Deliberative Saturday morning, January 30, at the Sandown North Elementary School starting at 9 a.m. and the meeting was wrapped up just about an hour and a half later.

Moderator Kevin Major presided and the few people who spoke up were on target and precise so the whole event moved smoothly.

The results of the Deliberative, article by article, follows:

*Article 2 - operating budget of $4,549,159 with a default of $4,413,414 had a single amendment put forward which added the tax impact of the default budget to the article and the article, as amended, was forwarded to the ballot.

Article 3 - collective bargaining agreement between the  Police Union and the Town forwarded as presented

Article 4 - special meeting if article 3 is defeated forwarded to ballot as presented and articles 2, 3, and 4, were restricted from reconsideration

Article 5 - Accepting Highway Block Grant  forwarded to the ballot as presented

Article 6 - $375,000 to the Road Improvement Capital Reserve Fund forwarded to the ballot as presented

Article 7 - Salt Shed construction $150,000 - there were some comments on this referring to last year's defeat but it was forwarded to the ballot as presented

Article 8 - Salt Shed Capital Reserve - put $75,000 into a capital reserve fund for the salt shed - if 7 passes this article would be null and void - forwarded to the ballot as presented and articles 5 through 8 were restricted from reconsideration

Article 9 - $150,000 for Bridge Capital Reserve Fund forwarded to the ballot as presented

Article 10 - $13,700 added to Revaluation Capital Reserve Fund forwarded to the ballot as presented

Article 11 - $46,820 for treating Phillips Pond which amount will be offset by $15,000 from Phillips Pond Association and money from a grant.. Town Administrative Clerk Paula Gulla presented an amendment specifying that the amount would also be offset by a grant amount of  $18,728. There were some questions and requests for clarification but the amendment was approved and the amended article forwarded to the ballot.

Article 12 - $10,000 for the Stormwater Management Capital Reserve Fund forwarded to the ballot as presented

Article 13 - $50,000 for the Fire Equipment and apparatus Capital Reserve Fund was forwarded to the ballot as presented - Selectman Jon Goldman noted that long time Fire Chief Bill Tapley was retiring the next day and Deputy Chief Michael Devine would become the Fire Chief.

Article 14 - $7,500 for the Government Building Capital Reserve Fund was forwarded to the ballot as presented

Article 15 - $38,459 for per diem firefighters to staff the fire department faced only clarification questions and was moved to the ballot as presented

Article 16 - $50,000 from the unassigned fund balance to be added to the Plowing Expendable Trust Fund was moved to the ballot as presented and articles 8 through 16  were restricted from reconsideration

Article 17 - $4,500 for fireworks was moved to the ballot as presented though Suzanne Reynolds suggested this cost could be covered by fundraising by those wanting fireworks - Reynolds was thanked for her years of service on the Budget Committee.

The single Zoning article, a Stormwater Ordinance, was referenced as meeting the EPA required Stormwater Management  requirements,

Major reminded people to vote and to attend the Timberlane Deliberative on Thursday, February 4. 

 


Sandown Board of Selectmen Assign Articles to Members
By Penny Williams   1-26-21

In a short meeting, Monday January 25, plagued by technical difficulties that prevented the Cable carrying the meeting live, the board assigned the Articles to the members for the discussion and explanation at the Deliberative Session.

* Chair Darren Hudgins will handle Article 2, the Operating budget, Article 11 Treatment of Phillips Pond,  and Article 17, the Fireworks Article.

* Board member Tom Tombarello will handle Article 3, and Article 4, both related to the Police Collective Bargaining agreement, and Article 9. the Bridge Capital Reserve Fund Article.

* Selectman Eric Olsen will deal with Article 5, Road Improvement, Article 6, Road Improvement Capital Reserve Fund, Article 12, Stormwater Management Capital Reserve Fund, Article 14 Government Building Capital Reserve Fund, and Article 16, Plowing Expendable Trust Fund.

* Selectman Jon Goldman will handle Article 10, Revaluation Capital Reserve Fund, Article 13, Fire Equipment and Apparatus Capital Reserve Fund, and, Article 15, Staffing Fire Department with per diem firefighters.
 
* Selectman Robert Nickerson will deal with Articles 7 and 8, both having to do with the proposed Salt Shed.

There were minor language changes from the Department of Revenue Administration made to Article 5, 11,  and 16,  which the board approved. The board also re-voted on Article 2 recommendation in order to capture Nickerson's vote. The vote was unanimous 5-0 to recommend.

There was a discussion about the new options for Deliberative and Election sessions from the State. However, Moderator Kevin Major felt the town was all set with the necessary preparations and planning to hold the Sandown Deliberative at the Sandown North Elementary School on Saturday, January 30 at 9 a.m. with elections to be held at the Town Hall on March 9.


 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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