Selectmen's Update: April 20, 2021
Good afternoon all,
During last week’s meeting, the Board of Selectmen acknowledged the recent passing of Willard “Bud” Martin, former Selectman, who faithfully and devotedly served the Town of Sandwich for 29 years. The Board offered their deep condolences to the Martin family.
This week, the Board welcomed the newest Selectman Caroline Nesbitt after last week’s busy Town Election Day; we thank Ray Cameron for his interest in serving the Town as a Selectman and for his continued role serving on the Planning Board.
We appreciate the efforts of the many elections officials and the public’s assistance in making the day successful and smooth in operations! We look forward to seeing you all at Town Meeting on Saturday, May 1st at 10 A.M. at the Sandwich Fairgrounds.
The Board kicked off the work session with a non-public committee discussion.
Six members of the public joined the regular meeting which started with two Discretionary Preservation Easement hearings. The Board approved Discretionary Preservation Easements for 156 Middle Road and 46 Palmer Hill Road.
The Board authorized signing of the Accounts Payable and Payroll manifests, two timber Intent to Cut forms and a letter to property owners regarding a recently filed Site Plan approval appeal.
The Board noted next week’s meeting will address property tax credit and exemption applications as well as applications received on behalf of organizations seeking tax exemption; the Board will also be scheduling site visits for Current Use applications in the coming weeks.
The Board acknowledged correspondence including questions regarding changes to the mask mandate, agricultural restrictions on properties, and a natural resource planning workshop. There will be no change in current mask policies for Town buildings. Town buildings remain closed to the public, though discussions are planned in the coming weeks to address phased reopening plans.
The Board approved a property tax abatement of $92,392 with Fairpoint Communications for abatement appeals dating back to 2011; the State recently passed clarifying legislation regarding utility assessments which we hope will eliminate future utility abatements.
Planning Board Chairman Mike Babcock provided several updates regarding Planning Board procedures and recent discussions amongst Board members; in discussing filing methods for Planning Board and other committee documents, the Board noted their desire to transition the Town to a cloud-based system in the near-future.
The Board realigned their assignments for Committee and Department liaisons. A Selectman serves on all Town Boards and Committees and acts as a liaison for each Town department.
The Selectmen discussed the Town’s vehicle policy as it relates to liability insurance.
The Board also acknowledged receipt of the Moultonborough-Sandwich Perambulation Findings; due to the scale of the Findings report and the complexity of the historical context associated with the report, the Board will revisit the topic after Town Meeting.
Lastly, as mentioned last week, the Board acknowledged receipt of a contract proposal for the GIS system proposed for implementation over the next three years. The Board is currently reviewing the proposal to prepare for implementation immediately after Town Meeting if approved.
Board of Selectmen