PRESENT: Rick Alpers, Phil Dion, Jeff Shackett, Joe Denning, Don Milbrand; Executive Assistant Kelly Lacasse
At 6:00 PM Selectman Alpers called the meeting to order.
Milbrand nominated Alpers as Chairman to the Board, 2nd by Shackett. Alpers accepted the position and the motion passed upon vote of the full Board, 5-0 in favor.
Alpers moved to nominate Shackett as Vice Chairman to the Board, 2nd by Milbrand. Upon acceptance by Shackett, the Board approved the motion in a vote of 5-0 in favor.
Selectmen agreed upon the following Liaison positions to Committees:
Selectmen discussed the current schedule agreeing to continue meeting on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM. With the recent changes in the form of local government in Bristol, the Selectmen decided to meet weekly for the months of April and May so all business is being completed. It was also agreed that if there was no business, a meeting may be cancelled for that week as directed by the Chair. Weekly updates with the Executive Assistant will determine each meeting’s purpose and necessity.
Recent changes abolishing the Town Manager form of government in Bristol have left the Selectmen to return the position to a Town Administrator under RSA 37. With these changes, the Selectmen will handle all personnel issues (hiring, firing, wages) after April 13th when the change in local government takes effect. Commissions will not go back into effect. The Board discussed having a system in place for current Departments so business can still run effectively on a daily basis. There will be few changes among Town Departments however the Board will now be more involved in day to day operations until a new Town Administrator is hired.
Questions from the public were taken regarding the Town Manager versus the Town Administrator form of government. Chairman Alpers clarified under RSA 37 what this means exactly for the Town.
Town Manager Paul Weston submitted his resignation to the Board effective May 14th. Upon motion of Selectman Shackett, 2nd by Denning, the Board voted to accept Weston’s resignation in a vote of 5-0.
The Board discussed hiring a replacement for the position of Town Administrator and agreed to begin advertising immediately. Chairman Alpers has begun drafting an advertisement and will bring it to the Board on April 1st to finish. Upon further discussion of the Board, Selectmen agreed to begin the process of recruiting by having resumes submitted to the Executive Assistant. In order to save costs, the Board will attempt to handle the recruitment process and avoid expensive advertising and recruitment services unless absolutely needed.
Selectman Denning updated the Board on purchasing of flags for Veterans graves. At the March 13th Town Meeting, Boake Morrison donated $700 to purchase the flags. Selectman Denning has spoken with the Legion recently and the purchases are being done by them.
The Board interviewed Lorraine Bohmiller who has interest in serving on the Zoning Board as a full-time member. Ms. Bohmiller discussed her background and interests in volunteering on the Board. Upon motion of Selectman Shackett, 2nd by Denning and in a vote of 5-0 in favor, the Board appointed Ms. Bohmiller as a full-time member of the Zoning Board.
Selectman Denning motioned to appoint Alan DeStefano to the Zoning Board as a full-time member, 2nd by Dion. In a vote of 5-0, motion was approved.
A purchase order submitted by the Police Department for a new vehicle was reviewed. PO #4032 in the amount of $25,195.00 for the purchase of a Ford Expedition. The Town will receive a credit of $2,000 for the trade of the Tahoe. Selectman Denning motioned to approve the purchase order for $25,195, 2nd by Milbrand. Upon discussion of the Board, the entire purchase will still come in under the approved $33,000 limit. A second purchase order #4034 in the amount of $6,347.55 for lights, electronics installation, radio equipment and other items not included in the purchase of the vehicle was reviewed. Selectman Milbrand motioned to approve the purchase orders, 2nd by Denning. Upon vote of the Board, motion passed 5-0 in favor.
Chairman Alpers inquired on an update on the Sewer to the Lake Committee. The next
A signature item for the Water and Sewer Project Account was submitted. Approval for
9. Non-Public Session
At 8:27 PM, Selectman Denning motioned for the Board to come out of non-public session, 2nd by Milbrand. With all in favor the Board agreed to end non-public session.
10. Community Events – Summer Concert Series Contract
At 8:37 PM, a motion to adjourn was made and upon roll call vote of the Board, 5-0 voted in favor.