PRESENT: Chairman Paul Fraser, Jeff Shackett, Joe Denning, Rick Alpers; Town Manager Paul Weston, Executive Assistant Kelly Lacasse.
Selectman Milbrand was absent.
At 6:01 PM Chairman Paul Fraser called the meeting to order.
Contract with Upper Valley Humane Society and Kenney’s Kennel
Selectmen’s Meeting Schedule
Finalization of Warrant Articles
Chairman Fraser commented on a breakdown worksheet of tax dollars and how they are utilized among all Departments within the Town. The sample provided came from New Hampton. Bristol will work on providing the same for taxpayers here at Town Meeting.
Article 9: Library Project : $1,740,897. Chairman Fraser read article 9 aloud. Selectman Alpers stated that although this is a worthy project, he has reservations on recommending it due to the Town’s current status. He further added that this project deserved a fair shot at Town Meeting and motioned for the Board to support the project, seconded by Selectman Denning. Upon roll call vote of the Board: Selectmen Alpers, Fraser, and Denning voted in favor; Selectmen Shackett and Milbrand voted against the Library Project. Majority carried: motion to recommend the article passes.
Article 10: Sewer to the Lake Project: $28 million. Chairman Fraser read article 10 aloud. Selectman Shackett moved the article as recommended by the Board of Selectmen, 2nd by Selectman Alpers. Should this article pass Town Meeting in March, the Town would continue to seek additional grant funding through other sources. A Special Town Meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 1st on this project. Upon roll call vote of the Board, all five selectmen voted unanimously to support and recommend the Sewer to the Lake Project.
Article 11: Bristol Square Enhancement Project Chairman Fraser read Article 11 aloud. Selectman Denning moved the article, 2nd by Selectman Alpers. An edit to the second paragraph “take out the curve” will be made. Upon roll call vote of the Board, all five Selectmen voted unanimously to recommend this project.
Article 12: $5,104,020 Municipal Operations Budget Chairman Fraser read article 11 aloud. Selectman Denning moved to recommend the article, 2nd by Selectman Shackett. Upon roll call vote of the Board: Chairman Fraser, Selectmen Denning, Shackett and Milbrand voted to recommend the budget as presented; Selectman Alpers voted against recommending the budget proposed in Article 12. Majority carries this recommendation to support Article 12.
Articles 13 & 14 Selectmen did not vote to provide recommendations on these articles as they did not involve money.
The Board of Selectmen will sign the warrant articles tonight.