In addition to a rather testy discussion started by yours truly about a right to know issue involving improper use of emails to conduct BoS business and changing meeting times , there were a few items of interest discussed:
- Interim TA Carol Granfield was introduced.
- At the citizen input section, Eric Taussig discussed some issues with meeting postings and the notices on the Town calendar as well as expressing concerns that whomever is hired as the new Town Administrator would not write the contract them self or receive the same contract as was used for the previous TA and especially that it not require anything more than a majority vote to not renew. He was advised that a new contract will be written and would require only a majority vote provision. He was also advised that we would work with counsel to review the contract.
- Three "Adopt a Facility " local landscaping companies were approved to provide free mowing and trimming services for certain town properties. They will only be compensated for other landscaping services. McCarthy Lawn Property Management, LLC adopted the Public Safety Building, Miracle Farm Landscape Contractors adopted the Town Hall and Library and Donnybrook Home Services adopted the Recreation Center, Lions Club and the Historical Society. They were thanked by the BoS for their community service and partnership with the Town.
- Adopt a Spot volunteers were also announced. Miracle Farms volunteered for the Rt.25 Center Harbor Town Line and the Public Safety Bldg. Karen and James Nigzus Family for Playground Drive. The Moultonboro Women' s Club for the median in the Town Hall parking lot. Donnybrook Home Services, LLC for the Recreation Bldg, the Lions Club flagpole area and the Sutherland Park center garden. Moultonboro Toastmasters for the Public Safety Bldg. Bob Patenaude for the Town entry sign at the Bean Road Town line.
- The process for hiring a new TA was discussed. The importance of public input was stressed and a process utilizing the interim TA as a primary focus of her role was approved. Developing a list of desired qualities in a new TA will be developed with input from the public.
- The spring town newsletter was approved and will be sent out with the mid-year tax bill. I did make the comment that it was very informative, but perhaps it can be "prettied up" a bit in the future.
- Josh Bartlett discussed his progress with the TWC contract renewal process. Some decisions will need to be made such as franchise fee which can range from 0 to 5%. I mentioned I am in favor of 0% as I see it as a tax on those of us that pay for cable services. A comment as made that it is the same as paying for the schools and not having kids in the system. I don't see it that way . I can cancel my cable subscription, but I can't cancel my school tax bill.