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Friday, June 6, 2014

Moultonboro Selectmen Meeting June 5th 2014 Highlights

Seemed like the meeting that would never end.

  • The two RSA 79-D Discretionary Preservation Easements were approved after a brief public hearing.
  • A "gravel tax" was imposed per statute on a local business.  Per RSA 72-B:1: " An excavation tax shall be assessed upon the excavation of earth against an owner as defined in RSA 72-B:2, VIII. Such tax shall be assessed at the rate of $.02 per cubic yard of earth excavated. "
  • The charitable exemption for Camp Quinibarge owner Carbonfund.org was tabled pending some additional information about the camp. 
  • Surplus items were approved for sale and instead of hanging on to dozens of pieces of useless computer equipment no one bid on until next year, it was agreed to dispose of it. 
  • I was appointed by the BoS as a delegate to the Lakes Region Planning Commission. The opening was due to the resignation of Herb Farnham. 
  • The BoS now have formal  rules of procedure. The public will probably not notice any change in the meetings. The BoS have not really ever had a formal document codifying how they will work together so this is a good thing.
  • A contract was awarded for a total compensation study for town employees. 
  • The code of conduct ordinance and process ( approved at 2014 Town Meeting) for town employees and officers was approved. It is effective July 1st 2014. 
  • Funding was approved after a bit of discussion for the Village Vision Committee to expend up to $5,000 for a survey to taxpayers and residents. 



16 comments:

City Slicker Math said...

Wow, A dirt tax...if the guy excavates 25,000 cu yd of material, we get $ 500 bucks....will NOT cover the administration costs. We have plenty of regs in place to rattle the chain of a dirt man...look at steep slopes regs.
Perhaps this cash strapped town can use that to mow the roadsides, or perhaps fix the fire protection pond that protects Moultonboro Village.

No Common Sense ? said...

Please stop bitching about the fire pond. It would only cost five grand to repair and perhaps relocate the dry Hydraunt. Why do that when we could have another cistern built, for $ 75,000. If I was the towns insurance company, I would raise the rates, due to a deteriorated fire protection system. This will get some attention --- after the fire.

Why No Notice? said...

The gravel Tax...is there a reason this item did not appear on the BOS agenda? Can we just go ahead and prosecute one business without other business owners being given notification that the BOS Is meddling in their business? What good is the agenda if it does not cover all proposed topics? We were blindsided...

Carbon Cap and Trade?? said...

The owner of Camp Quinibarge, the carbonfund.org is looking for a charatable exemption, however their charity is a political football. Here is their mission statement:

Mission
Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce & offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through: Climate change education Carbon offsets and reductions Public outreach We encourage everyone to continually strive to reduce their carbon footprint through sensible energy reductions combined with cost-effective carbon offsets to eliminate their overall carbon footprint. Carbonfund.org supports third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.

Their funding, approx $ 2,000,000 for the last year listed comes from contributions. This agenda stretches the definition of a charity, and our BOS would be very wise to refrain from endorsing this request.

Long Time Service said...

Lakes Region Planning Commission. Mr Herb Farnham has served us well as one of our two reps to the LRPC. Thank you Herb for the many years you have put in.
Pleased that selectman Punturieri has found time to represent us on the LRPC, as the group is now about 75% funded by federal grants! and must be watched very carefully. Many thanks to both gentlemen.

Just A Citizen said...

"Funding was approved after a bit of discussion for the Village Vision Committee to expend up to $5,000 for a survey to taxpayers and residents."

ABSURD !

Why not just ask Allison at the window/counter at the Town Hall to ask all residents to fill out the survey?
This would cost nothing.

Just A Citizen said...

TURN THE MONEY FAUCET OFF !

"A contract was awarded for a total compensation study for town employees."

We need a private paid contractor to do this?

I could do this in one or two hours on any computer at the library.

Maybe all the taxpayer money faucets at the town hall need new gaskets !

Pay By Popular Demand ? said...

A Total Compensation Study. That is plain-speak for " I need a raise". Takes time and money to find who makes more then our school and Town Hall crew. Total compensation...must include health insurance cost..that's where the money goes......
Our BOS authorized this, spent the money...and will spend a lot of time and grief fighting the results.
Need someone to get on their hind legs...tell em " you took the job...this is what it pays...we are not Salem or Nashua ". The BOS has loaded a gun that will be pointed at them..

Getting t Off my Chest said...

I must say that the Tea Party Emu who wants to criticize the Carbon Fund should spend some time reading the web site and thinking about future generations instead of putting his head in the sand.

I for one can think of plenty of other non-profits getting tax exemptions in Town who have stolen money like a certain church pastor over at Center Harbor (but the exemption was granted by Moultonboro) who hid his shenanigans behind the pulpit and membership.

The Carbon Fund is a legitimate non-profit with a mission, a lot better than many others

Terence C. Jatko said...

To Getting t Off my Chest (sic): The Carbon Fund is essentially wasting its time, and contributors' money. Even if the onerous, and unnecessary, carbon reductions proposed by the Obama administration are put in place, the effects will be disastrous for the American economy and have negligible effect on the environment.
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/06/epa-proposes-next-step-of-regulatory-cap-and-trade

No one I know is in favor of pollution, but unreasonable and costly non-solutions based on false premises and feel-good political movements are a disservice to all

Terence C. Jatko said...

To Getting t Off my Chest (sic): The Carbon Fund is essentially wasting its time, and contributors' money. Even if the onerous, and unnecessary, carbon reductions proposed by the Obama administration are put in place, the effects will be disastrous for the American economy and have negligible effect on the environment.
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/06/epa-proposes-next-step-of-regulatory-cap-and-trade

No one I know is in favor of pollution, but unreasonable and costly non-solutions based on false premises and feel-good political movements are a disservice to all

Anonymous said...

Carbon fund. . .
Not a charitable organization, it is political. Yes, climate changes, we see that every day here, notice the boulders everywhere? They were left here after the last of several ice ages, there will be more. Perhaps you'd like to see all our mountains crowned with windmills, gotta save Gia or whatever it's called. Oh, do it for the children, that's the usual excuse

Mike Brooker, an old crank

Ed Hargrove said...

Leave Camp Quinebarge alone.
And leave your politics home.
If that is your mantra then bring in the owners of
Camp Tecumseh
Camp Winaukee
Camp Robindel

And ask them about their politics and ask the owners what party affiliation they belong to.

Spend What, Where ? said...

Terrance...I have not seen the property tax card, but the BOS has been asked to donate perhaps $ 20,000 of our tax receipts to this organization. Would be a dangerous precedent.. What do you think about making this donation?

A Lot Of Dirt.. said...

The Gravel Tax
This fee was to be assessed or extra gravel or dirt removal from the Cru-Con construction site. The decision was put on hold till the next BOS meeting, pending more info. R S A 72-B : 1 ( d ) exempts property owners from this tax. For up to the first 1,000 cu yds, for purposes of building construction. Someone will have to read the regs..

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

RSA 72-B Excavation tax for those that would like to peruse it, and haven't already looked it up.

No big deal to copy here, after I've read it!

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/NHTOC/NHTOC-V-72-B.htm