Selectmen's Update: October 5, 2020

Good evening all,

The Selectmen kicked off the 4 o’clock work session discussing recent efforts to review HR processes and procedures. The Board was pleased to hear thoughtful feedback from the interview phase of the HR review and will further consider ways in which to update policies and processes taking into account consistent themes apparent throughout the one-on-one employee discussions.

Road Agent Jon Peaslee provided an update on the Central Fire Station (CFS) paving project that is currently underway. The Highway Department has been working diligently to prepare the CFS parking lot in anticipation of tomorrow’s scheduled paving by Bryant Paving. Mr. Peaslee updated the Board regarding its Scenic Road Tree Cut Application for Gran Smith Road; a site visit at Gran Smith Road will be held on October 13th at 2:30 pm, while the hearing itself will take place via Zoom on November 5th. Lastly, Mr. Peaslee explained recent developments regarding weight limitations for Town vehicles, noting that town vehicles are no longer exempt from weight restrictions unless there are storm conditions.

Following up from conversations last week, the Board decided to liquidate all remaining abandoned boats at the Transfer Station on Saturday, October 18th from 10 am to noon. Boats will be available on a first-come first-served basis for $20/boat (cash only) – a super deal for your 2021 summer adventures!

Ole Anderson shared guidance from the NH Municipal Association and towns across the state regarding Halloween planning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. After considerable discussion, the Board unanimously agreed that the Town will not be facilitating or sponsoring Halloween trick-or-treating. Ole Anderson has provided further details on holiday activities the Town will be engaged in, which will also be available on our website under “News & Announcements”.

The Board regretfully accepted a resignation letter from the Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector effective October 1st. We thank Lois Brady for her service to the Town and will be postponing the reopening of Town Hall until after the November 3rd election to accommodate the resulting increased demands on our Town Clerk/Tax Collector. In the interim, Selectmen’s Assistant Kelly Cox has been cross-training in Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector duties over the past months, and will be supporting Alison Gage during this especially busy time of year.

In maintaining compliance with statutory obligations, the Town has begun conversations regarding Perambulation (walking the Town’s boundaries). The Town has entered into a cost-share agreement with the Town of Moultonborough for Perambulation of our shared boundaries.

As a reminder, Town offices will be closed Monday, October 12th and there will be no Selectmen’s Meeting. The Board will reconvene during the first meeting of the Budget Advisory Committee that is scheduled for 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 13th.

Stay well,

Board of Selectmen

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