TOWN OF BRISTOL

TOWN MEETING

2004

 

Bristol, NH                                                                                                                 Grafton, SS

 

Supervisors: Raymah Simpson and Danica Spain

Ballot Clerks:  Marcia Payne, Jan Laferriere, Cheryl Martin, Phyllis Schofield

Police:  Roger Pedersen

Moderator:  Edward "Ned" Gordon

Town Clerk:  Patricia F. Woolsey

 

March 9, 2004

 

The ballot box was checked and found to be empty.  Polls declared open at 8:00am.

 

ARTICLE 1.   To choose all necessary Town Officers for the year ensuing.  The results are as follows.  Total votes cast 495.  Selectmen for 3 years-Rick Alpers 280; Michael Bannan 111; Richard Walenda 78.  Fire Commissioner for 3 years-Stephen Hanser 155; Robert W Patten 293. Budget Committee for 3 years-John Bianchi 328; Dorcas J Gordon 362; Robert D Gray 287; Donald E Kimball 268; George P Tsiopras 139. Budget Committee for 2 years-Michael W Bannan 182; Richard A Light 146; John Williamson 246; Thomas D Winn 157. Police Commissioner for 3 years-David J Albert 141; William Phinney 254; John Williamson 67. Library Trustee for 3 years-Marilyn Blakeley 357; Barbara Greenwood 389; Penny Persico 313. Trustee of Trust Funds for 3 years-David Carr 4; David Evans 3; Ned Gordon 3. Moderator for 2 years-Edward "Ned" Gordon 460. Supervisor of the Checklist for 6 years-Raymah W Simpson 428.  Results for the Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance are: Amendment 1-Yes 306, No 153. Amendment 2-Yes 296, No 166. Amendment 3-Yes 372, No 102. Amendment 4-Yes 299, No 174. Amendment 5-Yes 281, No 180. Amendment 6-Yes 347, No 113.

 

Polls closed at 7:00pm

 

And further action on the following articles at the Town Hall on Summer Street in said Bristol at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 10, 2004.

           

March 10, 2004

 

Moderator Ned Gordon declared the meeting open at 7:06pm.  The Fire Department presented the colors and Adam Huckins led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  A prayer was offered by Reverend Wayne Toutaint of the Bristol Baptist Church.  The introduction of the Public Officials was conducted with William Phinney introducing the Board of Selectmen.  Mr. Phinney congratulated Rick Alpers on his winning the Selectmen's race and wished him the best.  He also wanted to thank Susan Duncan for picking this years cover for the Town Report and he thanked the Board for the last 3 years he had with them.  Mr. Phinney thanked Selectman Bob Curdie for pitching in at the Town Offices, as sometimes it wasn't possible for him to do it.  Bob Veloski, Town Administrator, was introduced and welcomed aboard.  Archie Auger introduced the Budget Committee and Jan Laferriere, who does an outstanding job for not only the Budget Committee, but others in the Town as well.

 

At this point, Bob Curdie asked Archie Auger, Mike Bannan, Susan Duncan, J.P. Morrison and Ned Gordon to come forward to be present as a Proclamation to William Phinney was read.  All these people had served as Selectmen during Bill's terms as Selectmen.  Bill thanked the former members of the Board of Selectmen and stated he was humbled with this honor.

 

The Moderator explained the ground rules and that when it comes to a ballot vote, he will vote with everyone else.  All those present who were not registered voters in Bristol were asked not to vote.  The results of Article 1 Election of Officers were read.

 

ARTICLE 2. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of four hundred fifty thousand dollars ($450,000)(gross budget) to purchase a new ladder truck for the Fire Department, and to authorize the issuance of not more than the amount of three hundred forty-five thousand dollars ($345,000) of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon; furthermore authorize the sum of one hundred five thousand dollars ($105,000) to be withdrawn from the fire capital reserve fund created for this purpose for the down payment.   This article was requested by the Fire Commission.  The amount of this article is not included in the operating budget under Article 10.  (2/3 vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen) (Not Recommended by the Budget Committee)  Moved by John Bianchi and seconded by Bob Patten.

 

Chris Dolloff, of the Fire Department, presented a power point presentation.  He stated the Fire Department was not just trying to buy a ladder truck, they want to make the most of the taxpayers money.  What they are looking to do, is to take the current pieces of equipment from the rescue truck and put it on the new ladder truck.  They will then take the box off of the box truck and make it a flat bed for the Forestry to use.  Chris also stated that with a ladder truck, the insurance companies take this into consideration in setting insurance rates. The Selectmen suggested bonding and the Fire Commissioners agreed.  The tax impact would be .20 per thousand.

 

A question was raised as to why the Budget Committee did not approve of this and Archie Auger responded that at one time, the Budget Committee was for this, but after thinking it over, they felt this wasn't the year for this.  The Committee felt that the Fire Department had a 19.1% increase over last year's budget and they felt this was substantial.  They felt they could try to get by for 1 more year. A question was asked of the budget committee if they would be willing to put $20,000.00 back in the budget under capital reserve if this article failed?  The Moderator stated that this would have to be an amendment to the operating budget and must be put in writing. A discussion ensued as to whether the truck could be repaired and it was stated that it could, but it could be extremely costly. Another question regarding the repair of the truck was how much longer the truck will last if the repairs are done, and Chris Dolloff responded that at the most 5 to 10 more years. The Board of Selectmen was asked why they approved it and William Phinney stated that the vote was not unanimous, so he could only talk for himself.  He felt they needed to bring it to the people to decide what they wanted.  Bob Curdie, Selectman, stated that he was the Fire Department's representative and he felt this engine needed replacing.  The last Selectperson, Susan Duncan, stated that she was the one not for this, as she felt they had not approached the Board about fixing any of these problems over the years and she was not convinced that this is the right truck to purchase.  Several people spoke in favor of this article stating they were familiar with the fleet and felt it needed replacing. Some in the audience felt that if the ladder truck is replaced, they should not combine it with another vehicle.  After a lengthy discussion, a ballot vote was taken.


 

 

The polls opened at 8:30pm and closed at 9:36pm.

 

BALLOT VOTE RESULTS:  YES 84       NO 75  Article 2 defeated, as it does not meet the 2/3rds vote requirement.

 

ARTICLE 3.  To see if the Town will vote (under RSA 72:27-a) to increase the veteran’s credit for a totally disabled veteran (RSA 72:35, I-a) or surviving spouse (RSA 72:29-a, II), tax exemption from one thousand four hundred dollars ($1,400) to one thousand seven hundred dollars ($1,700) and increase the veteran’s tax exemption (RSA 72:28, II) from one hundred dollars ($100) to three hundred dollars ($300).  (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen)   Moved by Bob Curdie and seconded by Ron Preble.

 

Bob Curdie explained what the Town currently gave the veterans and stated that the Selectmen had received a petition requesting this article.  There was no further discussion.

 

A voice vote was taken and Article 3 passed.

 

ARTICLE 4.   To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of twenty-two thousand dollars ($22,000) for the purpose of paying a portion of the annual principal and interest payment on the sewer system bond authorized under Article 3 of the 1989 Annual Town Meeting.  This amount is in addition to amount appropriated for this same purpose from the Sewer Fund, as set forth in the operating budget. The amount of this article is not included in the operating budget under Article 10.  This article was requested by the Public Works Commission. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen) (Recommended by the Budget Committee).  Moved by Burt Williams. Seconded by Bill Phinney

 

Burt Williams stated that this was the same motion that was voted on last year.  The Sewer Commissioners need help to pay the bond taken out in 1990.  It will be paid off in 2009.  Mr. Williams then proceeded to tell the history of the Sewer Commission and how they need the Town's help.  Last year the Town voted this in and it was the first year they operated in the black.  The sewer users in Bristol currently pay the highest rates and if this does not pass, this would add to their burden.  It was questioned as to when the Sewer would be self supporting and Mr. Williams responded that if things keep going as they are, next year.  There was no further discussion.

 

A voice vote was taken and Article 4 passed.

 

ARTICLE 5.   To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of thirty-five thousand two hundred and fifty dollars ($35,250) to build a new shed at the Highway Department to store equipment, the amount to come from general taxation.  This article was recommended by the Long Range Planning Committee.  The amount of this article is not included in the operating budget under Article 10.  (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen) (Recommended by the Budget Committee).  Moved by Susan Duncan and seconded by Bill Phinney.

 

Susan Duncan spoke on the motion stating that the Space Needs Committee was formed to look at the needs of the Town and the report on page 71 in the Town Report listed them.  This group toured all the Town and School buildings to determine what was needed as a whole.  One of the items listed was a storage facility for the highway and the Selectmen decided to start with this.  Mark Bucklin described what the highway department is looking for.  It is a 40x24 garage/shed to keep various things under cover and protected.  Mr. Bucklin was not sure as to the exact location yet, but his preference would be right behind the shed. There was no further discussion.

 

A voice vote was taken and Article 5 passed.

 

ARTICLE 6.   To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) for the purpose of hiring consultants to study and make recommendations on the future of the Central Street Bridge the amount to come from general taxation.  This will be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and will not lapse until December 31, 2005.  The amount of this article is not included in the operating budget under Article 10.  (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen) (Recommended by the Budget Committee)  [This amount represents 1/2 of the total cost of the study, the other half to be paid by the Town of New Hampton.  Eighty percent of the Town's costs are expected to be reimbursed by the State.]   Moved by Bill Phinney. Seconded by Bob Curdie.

 

Bill Phinney spoke on the article stating that both Towns have agreed to pay 50/50 and make a single span bridge.  It was quesitoned about the 80% of the cost and what the cost is.  Mr. Phinney stated that it is 80% of the $20,000.00 and 80% of the total cost.  A question was raised as to what the money went to a few years ago. It was for seeing what is going on and to get the state involved.  This is for the final design.

 

A voice vote was taken and Article 6 passed.

 

ARTICLE 7.   To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for the purchase of a combination street sweeper/vacuum truck for the Highway Department, the amount to come from general taxation.  The amount of this article is not included in the operating budget under Article 10.  (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen) (Recommended by the Budget Committee).  Moved by Bob Curdie. Seconded by Bill Phinney.

 

Mark Bucklin spoke on the Article.  This is to purchase a vacuum sweeper truck with a catch basin attachment.  Currently they spend the whole month of April cleaning up the roads and this would decrease this time.  Also, they could generate revenue from the State if they rented it around the area at $65.00 per hour.  A discussion ensued on the cleaning of the catch basins and if we could reclaim the sand on the roads, which the answer was no.

 

A voice vote was taken and Article 7 passed.

 

ARTICLE 8    To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of twenty-two thousand dollars ($22,000) for the purpose of engaging an Engineering firm to develop and submit a plan to the Department of Environmental Services (DES) to prevent further violations at the sewer plant.  This is a mandated requirement from DES.  The amount of this article is not included in the operating budget under Article 10. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen) (Recommended by the Budget Committee).  Moved by Bill Phinney. Seconded by Burt Williams.

 

This is an Adminstrative Order from D.E.S.  There were problems at the treatment plant and we need an emergency plan. The Town has to do this.  Also, the CDBG grant needs the survey completed so they will give us some money.  If anyone has this survey, please fill it out and return it to the Water/Sewer Department.

 

A voice vote was taken and Article 8 passed.

 

ARTICLE 9.   To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of sixty-three thousand ($63,000) for the purchase of the property located on map/lot # 114/180 (45 Pleasant Street, Bristol, New Hampshire currently the location of the Premium Glass shop), for future use by the town, the amount to come from general taxation, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to take all necessary and appropriate action to carry forth the purpose of this vote.   The amount of this article is not included in the operating budget under Article 10.  (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen) (Recommended by the Budget Committee).  Moved by Susan Duncan. Seconded by Bill Phinney.

 

Susan Duncan spoke on this Article, stating that this is part of the Space Needs Committee study.  The Selectboard initially offered $63,000 for the property and it was rejected. The assessed value is $56,870.  They wanted to get a 1st refusal on the property, but the owner was not willing to sign it.  Apparently, the owner does not want to talk for anything less then $145,000.  At this time, the Selectboard feels they can not ask for a vote on this because the owner is not willing to negotiate.  They would like to pass over this Article.  Several people spoke in favor of buying the property.

 

Susan Duncan made a motion, seconded by Bill Phinney to remove the motion to move Article 9.

 

A voice vote was taken and all were in favor.  Article 9 was passed over.

 

ARTICLE 10. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the budget committee recommended sum of   ($ 3,579,977) for general municipal operations; the selectmen recommend the sum of ($ 3,559,757).  This article does not include appropriations voted on in other warrant articles.  Moved by Archie Auger. Seconded by Mike Soule.

 

Archie Auger spoke on the motion and gave the process the budget committee uses throughout the year. He then gave a summary of the budget. A question was raised as to the amount of surplus that was carried over and Archie stated he did not have the exact figure, but it is within the 5 to 10% range, as recommended by DRA.  One resident stated that we need to add back in some money to the Fire Department for the Capital Reserve to plan for the future.  The Moderator told them that any increase to the budget would need to be made in a motion and in writing.

 

Bruce VanDerven made a motion to amend the 2004 proposed budget (Article 10), line item 01-4583-890 "Patriotic Purposes", from $700.00 to $5,700, the additional sum of $5,000.00 to fund a portion of the total cost of independence day fireworks.  This amount to be matched or exceeded by private donations, and the support of the business community. To return this annual traditional patriotic display to prominence for the people of Bristol.  Moved by Bruce VanDerven. Seconded by Walter Waring.

 

Bruce VanDerven stated that in the Town of Bristol's master plan it states that the Government is in charge of this and the purpose of Government is to promote welfare and enhance vitality.  Special events, held in Bristol, give people a reason to return to the district.  A question was raised as to where they were going to be held and Mr. VanDerven stated that right now, he does not have details, but if they raise the money and can't find a place to set them off, the money would revert to the budget as unused.

 

A voice vote to the amendment was taken and the amendment to Article 10 passed.

 

Donna Nashawaty made a motion to amend Article 10 by the following: Line item 01-4902-765 Fire Capital Reserve from 0 to $25,000; line item 01-4902-766 Ambulance Capital Reserve from 0 to $20,000; line item 01-4902-764 Highway Capital Reserve from 0 to 20,000. Moved by Donna Nashawaty. Seconded by John Bianchi.

 

There was no discussion.

 

A voice vote to the amendment was taken and the amendment to Article 10 passed.

 

One citizen asked if a Committee could be established to look at the fire department, and maybe others, to see where the future is going and find a well thought out plan.  Susan Duncan stated that she would like a committee to look at the needs of the department.

 

As there was no further discussion or amendments, the new amount for Article 10, as amended, is $3,649,977 (an increase of $70,000).

 

A voice vote was taken on Article 10 as amended and it passed.

 

ARTICLE 11. To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept the donation from Freudenberg (TEC) of the so called “upper dam” on the Newfound River and the land on which it stands, if it becomes available and the dam is repaired or replaced.  Map and lot # 216.014, approximately .77 acres.  The land, dam and future maintenance would become the responsibility of the Town of Bristol. Moved by Susan Duncan. Seconded by Bob Curdie.

 

Susan Duncan stated that the Board of Selectmen has had many calls, some from fisherman and others concerned with the scenic view.  This is a Class B hazard dam and there is a liability if the dam fails.  Currently, Freudenberg is under an Administrative Order to fix the problem.  What the Selectboard wants to know is if the people want them to pursue this.  If so, the above article allows the Selectmen to look into this further and before they go further with any decision, they would hold a public hearing to bring it to the people.  One possibility would be to make it a Class A, which lowers the liability, but allows for the pond to remain.  Many questions were raised, such as the liability the Town will incur if they become the owner of the property; if the dam could generate electricity; the amount of taxes Freudenberg pays.

 

Mike Bannan made a motion to amend Article 11 to include map/lot #216-015. Seconded by Carroll Brown. 

 

The Moderator questioned whether Mr. Bannan was restricting this to only working with both lots and Mr. Bannan stated that this meant either piece could be investigated without the other.  Mr. Bannan then went on to explain that this is a scenic area and he believes the State of New Hampshire has a small lot, which if the Town acquired, would allow the Town to own all the land up to Village Pizza.

 

A voice vote was taken on the amendment to Article 11 and the amendment passed.

 

It was questioned as to the liability to the Town, which Susan Duncan stated that they were having the Town's Attorney look into this.  There was some concern with the Selectmen going ahead and taking over the property without coming back for the public hearing, but Susan Duncan stated that it is the intent of the Selectboard to not act without the hearing.  After further discussion a vote was taken.

 

A voice vote was taken on Article 11 as amended and the article failed.

As it was close, the body asked for a show of hands and those in favor won. 

 

Article 11, as amended, passed.

 

ARTICLE 12. To see if the town will vote to amend the following ordinance pertaining to the Regulations at the Bristol Town Beaches.  The current ordinance reads as follows:

 

Current

Town of Bristol

Beach Ordinance

 

Ordinance Applies to All Town Beaches and Other Beach Areas Subject to Town Rules.

 

1.  Parking by permit only, effective July 1 to Labor Day.

2.  No lifeguard on duty … swim at your own risk.

3.   a.   No washing, bathing with soap.

      b.   No pets of any kind.

      c.  No motor homes, trailers, or trucks over 3/4 ton.

      d.  No fires or cooking.

      e.   No furniture overnight on beach.

      f.    No alcoholic beverages, liquor or drugs.

      g.   No nudity at any age.

      h.   All rubbish to be put in containers provided.

      i.    No boats of any kind, including rowboats, canoes, sailboats, paddleboats, rafts, and other devices designed for locomotion within the swim line.

      j.    No boats of any kind (described above) may be secured to any object on shore.  Also no boats of any kind (described above) may be left or stored on shore. (See RSA 270:D1[I] definition of “boat”).

      k.   No boats (as described above) shall be launched from town Beach property.

      l.    No vehicle or OHRV of any type allowed on beaches (see RSA 215-A:VII).

      m. No posts, walkways, fences or other appurtenances that would impede public access.

4.  Town Beaches open at 7:00 am and close at 11:00 pm.

 

Any person found guilty of violating any provision of this ordinance shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a maximum fine of $1,000.00 as per RSA 651:2,IV (a).

 

 

The proposed revised ordinance reads as follows:

 

Proposed

Town of Bristol

Beach Ordinance

 

This ordinance Applies to All Town Beaches and Other Beach Areas Subject to Town Rules.

 

1.      Parking by permit only, effective June 1 to Labor Day.

2.      No lifeguard on duty … swim at your own risk.

3.      No washing, bathing with soap.

4.      No dogs or other pets of any kind on the beach, effective May 1 to Columbus Day.

5.      No feeding ducks or other wildlife.

6.      No fires or cooking.

8.      No furniture or other personal property overnight on beach.

9.      No alcoholic beverages, liquor or drugs.

10.    No nudity at any age.

11.    No littering; all rubbish to be removed from beach.

12.    No boats of any kind, including rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddleboats, sailboards, rafts, or other devices designed for locomotion or support within the swim line, on the beach, or secured to any object on shore behind the swim line. (This does not restrict soft, inflatable toys.)

13.    No parking from 11 pm until 7 am.

14.    No vehicle or OHRV of any type allowed on beaches (see RSA 215-A:VII).

15.          Parking in designated spaces only.

16.          Town beaches open at 7:00 am and close at 11:00 pm.

 

 

Any person found guilty of violating any provision of this ordinance shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a maximum fine of $1,000.00 as per RSA 651:2,IV (a).

 

Moved by Bruce Wheeler and seconded by Chris Dollof.

 

Bruce stated that the motion had some clerical errors included in it.  #7 should be No Motor homes, trailers, or trucks over 3/4 ton.  Mostly, the changes were made to simplify language; move from July 1st to June 1st; strengthen #4 & 5 due to the increased number of ducks.  A question was raised as to who enforces the ordinances and who gets the fines.  The Beach Attendants try to give warnings, but then the Police give the fines.

 

A voice vote was taken on Article 12 and the article passed.

 

 

ARTICLE 13. To see if the town will vote to amend the following ordinance pertaining to the Town of Bristol - Parking Ordinance.  The current ordinance reads as follows:

 

Town of Bristol

Parking Ordinance

 

The Selectmen of the Town of Bristol hereby adopt the following ordinance, which shall be the responsibility of the Bristol Police Department to enforce.

 

In addition to any other remedy established by law, the Selectmen shall be authorized to enforce the provisions of this ordinance by any proceeding commenced in the Grafton County Superior Court or the Plymouth District Court, and shall be entitled to recover from any violator all costs, including attorney's fees in connection with such enforcement to the extent allowed by said court.

 

The following fee schedule shall be implemented for parking and traffic violations:

 

1. No parking zone  ……………………………………………………   $10.00

2. Overnight parking Nov- April, midnight - 6:00am   ………..………       $15.00

3. Hindering snow removal………………………………….….………    $15.00

4. Parked on sidewalk ……………………………………….….……… $15.00

5. Handicap parking .……………………………………….…………... $25.00

6. Parking on cross walk   ……………………………….….…..……...   $15.00

7. Parked in front of hydrant, fire lane, or within 15 fee…….…………       $25.00

8. Parked within an intersection or within 15 feet   .…….…..…..……..      $10.00

9. Obstructing traffic at construction site   ………………..….....……..      $10.00

10.Right side of vehicle to curb  …………………….……..…………..    $10.00

11.Roadway side of vehicle .…………………………….….…….……   $10.00

 

All parking tickets will be assessed an additional $10.00 fee after ten working days if payment is not made. Failure to pay fine may result in additional charges. December 16, 1999

 

The proposed ordinance to read as follows:

 

Town of Bristol

Parking Ordinance

 

The Selectmen of the Town of Bristol hereby adopt the following ordinance, which shall be the responsibility of the Bristol Police Department to enforce.

 

In addition to any other remedy established by law, the Selectmen shall be authorized to enforce the provisions of this ordinance by any proceeding commenced in the Grafton County Superior Court or the Plymouth District Court, and shall be entitled to recover from any violator all costs, including attorney's fees in connection with such enforcement to the extent allowed by said court.

 

The following fee schedule shall be implemented for parking and traffic violations:

 

1. No parking zone  …………………………………………….………  $20.00

2. Overnight parking Nov- April, midnight - 6:00am  …………..……..      $25.00

3. Hindering snow removal ………………………………….….……..     $50.00

4. Parked on sidewalk .……………………………………….….……..  $25.00

5. Handicap parking ..……………………………………….………     $100.00

6. Parking on cross walk ………………………………….….…..…….   $25.00

7. Parked in front of hydrant, fire lane, or within 15 feet …….…..……       $25.00

8. Parked within an intersection or within 15 feet ….…….…..…..……      $25.00

9. Obstructing traffic at construction site …………………..….....……      $25.00

10.Left side of vehicle to curb ……………………….……..…………     $25.00

11.Roadway side of vehicle .…………………………….….…….……   $25.00

12. Parking without a permit at a town beach ……………..……….          $25.00

13. Parking in the no parking zone at Cummings Beach …..….…...             $25.00

 

All parking tickets will be assessed an additional $25.00 fee after ten working days if payment is not made. Failure to pay fine may result in additional charges. Vehicles are subject to being towed after the 2nd consecutive violation. April 2004.

 

Moved by Bob Curdie and seconded by Susan Duncan.

 

Bob Curdie stated that this is to increase the parking fee, as we have problem with people parking, paying the fee, and parking there again.  It is a reoccurring problem.  One resident felt that the parking needs to be enforced and it isn't.  Mr. Curdie stated that if this is a problem, they need to contact the Police Commissioners.  Chief Wingate stated that on page 57 it shows the amount of money taken in for parking violations.

 

A voice vote was taken on Article 13 and the article passed.

 

ARTICLE 14. To transact any other business which may legally come before this meeting.

Burt Williams updated the people on the project to the Lake and that it is alive and still ongoing.  If anyone has any questions, they are welcome to go to the Public Works Commissioners meeting.

Mike Bannan made a motion to instruct the Selectmen to write a letter to our state representatives that the Town of Bristol is against any change to the formulation of state funding for an adequate education.  The letter should be sent to the following state officials that represent the Town of Bristol.  Governor, Governor's Councilor, State Senator, 3 State Representatives. Seconded by Mark Chevalier.

Mike Bannan stated that with the new funding the State is proposing, we will be losing money and our taxes will go up by about $3.00 per thousand.  This is to ask the Selectmen to please write them.  The Moderator stated that currently the legislation is working on increasing the amount we would get, so you might want to be careful in what you write them, as we may get more. One resident felt that the Selectmen got the message and they could write a letter on their own they way they feel it should be written.

A voice vote was taken on the motion and the motion failed.

Bill Phinney stated he had received a letter requesting a better voting place, both for the election of officers and the town meeting, due to the parking issue.  Jay Meegan felt it should absolutely be moved, as it is tough for the elderly.  Steve Favorite felt they should make the move to give a safe haven for our voters.

As there was no further business, Burt Williams made a motion to adjourn. Seconded by Skip Bowie.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Patricia F. Woolsey, Town Clerk.

All new officers have been duly sworn in.