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Friday, June 27, 2014

Moultonboro Board of Selectmen Highlights June 26th, 2014


  • The Blue Ribbon Commission Site Study Proposal was reviewed and  revised. In order to balance conflicting concerns about not exceeding what was approved at Town Meeting with due diligence and assuring that the site will have the potential to expand in the future,  it was agreed that the proposal would encompass the BRC estimated footprint as well as leaving room for  potential future expansion. All project meetings will include at least one BoS member ( Chris Shipp and myself will be the BoS reps) with the purpose that the BoS will be in the loop throughout the process. In addition, all major project decisions  will come before the full BoS in open public session for approval. There was agreement to provide a probable cost of construction  only as relates to the BRC footprint. The cost may vary considerably due to site conditions and is a reasonable deliverable for the BoS to make informed decisions. At some point, a joint meeting(s) may be held with the School Board as they are partners potentially as the site chosen in whole or part may be on school grounds. 
  • State Landing was also discussed. Segmenting the work and deciding about dredging are the big decision points. No conclusion was reached, but the general consensus was that improving States Landing was in the best interest of the entire town and not just the local residents. Dredging will cost more than $500K and the question yet to be answered is how long will it last. 
  • Road Agent Scott Kinmond, Police Chief Wetherbee and Carter Terenzini met to discuss the employee evaluation process this week. There is a need to better standardize the reviews among all town employees. There are currently 4-5 different evaluation tools. More discussion will be needed on this topic. 
  • A draft of the cemetery ordinance will be reviewed at the next BoS business meeting on July 3rd.

9 comments:

Trial Balloon..BANG $$ said...

StatesLandingBeach was discussed.....better take some quick action here - a month ago, it was a million dollar deal, now it is priced at $ 1.5.....do I hear $ 2 ?
Town Admin outlined his plan to turn the beach into a new city playground. Will be all things to all people...Moultonboro Mission Creep. A lot of Ho - Hum from BOS...time they exhibited some guidance for our city manager...not fair to let him spend $ 50,000 to plush out his dream, then tell him it is not our dream...

Anonymous said...

I'm more concerned about the 3.5+ million dollar propsesed gym. How much more does the town intend to tax waterfront property owners? Of course it will mean higher property taxes for the rest of us too. Maintenance and additional staff to run the facility will be an additional burden for those on a fixed income.

Anonymous said...

If you want to stop the insane spending, you have to SHOW UP AND VOTE at TOWN MEETING in MARCH!!!
Don't whine about SB2....we don't have it at the present time. Do not shrug it off, saying "My one vote doesn't count"! It does, and it did with the sidewalks. If you don't vote, do not complain at the results. There are plenty in town who make it their business to be here to vote...and take vacation time before or after.

Anonymous said...

Dredging of State's Landing Beach would remove undesirable material/ matter. It may be a good idea to determine the source of the material and to see whether or not this could be better controlled thereby helping to reduce cleanup costs in the future.

Not Goo..LEAVES ! said...

Dredging States Landing Beach.....you dredge a channel, which has silted up with sand, or you dredge a harbor to allow bigger Japanese freighters....here, all we want to do is clean the lake bottom of dead leaves.. The T A can budget $ 550,000 for " dredging spurious organic matter"
But in fact, it is dead leaves that come from the trees surrounding the lake...LEAVES. rake it up and pile it on shore, it becomes compost, which homeowners gladly haul home for the flower garden. The town has an asset that it never bothered to maintain...any clean lakefront beach is raked every year or two...but up town, nobody knew, or nobody cared..
One frugal B O S member ( frugal ? B O S ? ) asked how long the cleanup would last...the T A answered 15 years..but he was not sure and would check. Clew less....without maintence it will degrade in a year or two.
These are leaf chips...can not degrade to compost as there is no oxygen down there. They sink, but just barely, migrate around like a fluid, and have built up for many decades. When this area was clearcut, we did not have the problem. In shallow areas, sloping towards the depth, there is clean sand/gravel, then depth of leaf chips increases to 6 to 24 inches in depth, depending on location and topo. Sometime soon, before the $$ flies, the BOS should ask for a professional opinion ion this, from an outsider...not a Resident Engineer, but one who plain-speaks and knows history..

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

Blue Ribbon commission ...

"The Commission believes that an additional gymnasium with adequate dividers, diverse equipment, and a full day schedule of programming will support most of the Recreation Departments needs for the coming years. This includes expected growth of adult programs, maintenance of existing programs and expansion of youth offerings."

Consideration was given to the location of this facility. While past proposals have focused on the development of the Lion’s Club property, the Commission does not believe that is the best approach. Locating this recreation facility on school district land or immediately adjacent to school facilities would allow better sharing of facilities for additional programming, more convenient and safer access for students and potentially a facility that adds to the town center."

Excerpt:
"...will support most of the Recreation Departments needs for the coming years."

What does that mean;self-preservation? Define and give projection ... like any commercial budget process!

Define the needs of the recreation department ... as in justify the existence ... at Town level, not parochial town gentry and administration.

Article 13 of the 2014 town meeting:

" To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Seventeen Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($17,500) to carry out the site study in follow-up of the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Community Services and Facilities, that the TOWN should "... pursue development of a facility that includes an indoor gymnasium, Recreation Department office, program and storage space that would be on existing school land or property adjacent to school facilities."

Spend the $17K and then quash the movement!

http://www.moultonborough.org/Pages/MoultonboroughNH_BComm/blueribbon/Blue%20ribbon%20index

Anonymous said...

I am wondering how often the beach at Long Island is dredged?

Many years ago, the Town sponsored swimming lessons for M'boro children at State's Landing beach. Then one year, all was changed and swimming lessons were moved to Long Island beach. (As a child, I thought that this might have been due to the water snakes that we occasionally saw there...)

Possibly, the State's Landing beach area is prone to collecting leaves/organic material and will continually require dredging. Was this beach area ever a sandy beach? I recall a rather mucky bottom and presence of water lilies. If this area is a former wetland area that was filled at some point in time, then nature may just be continually trying to revert this area back to its former wetland characteristics of a swampy bog.

Town will need to decide if the on-going maintenance costs associated with this beach are viable or desirable.

Anonymous said...

States Landing beach was beautiful in the 50's & early 60's. Nice sandy bottom. I remember being out in our boat on Moutlonborough Bay, the water was crystal clear.

According to the town's dredging report there's a nice sandy bottom under the muck. I'm glad to see the town is taking an interest in cleaning it up. It's a beautiful piece of property and a real asset to the town. Great place to sit on a warm eveing and enjoy watching the sunset behind Red Hill.

Anonymous said...

States Landing beach was beautiful in the 50's & early 60's. Nice sandy bottom. I remember being out in our boat on Moutlonborough Bay, the water was crystal clear.

According to the town's dredging report there's a nice sandy bottom under the muck. I'm glad to see the town is taking an interest in cleaning it up. It's a beautiful piece of property and a real asset to the town. Great place to sit on a warm eveing and enjoy watching the sunset behind Red Hill.