The board approved the request unanimously.
There were eight tax deed properties that the BoS waived the deed per NH RSA 80:76 IIa.
( in part"..the governing body of the municipality may refuse to accept a tax deed on behalf of the municipality,....whenever in its judgment acceptance and ownership of the real estate would subject the municipality to undesirable obligations or liability risks,..")
Community marketing was discussed, and the two firms in the past that expressed interest will be invited to the May BoS work session. Josh Bartlett and Joel Mudgett were concerned about cost, and it was determined that the firms presentations would be informational only and a determination would later be made if a Request for Proposal (RFP) would be forthcoming. Russ Wakefield was of the opinion that the effort was a waste of time and money.
The Lions Club property appraisal was approved, and the RFP will be sent out to include at the suggestion of Russ Wakefield a complete highest and best use for the property.
Orientation package for new Town committee and board members was approved. It will include specific aspects of the particular committee, right to know information and other pertinent statutes.
There was a discussion on a BoS LRPC liaison from the organizational meeting. Josh Bartlett at that meeting was appointed in my place to the LRPC as a BoS representative. I exchanged some emails this past week with Josh and Walter Johnson explaining that the BoS never had a liaison to the LRPC. I was appointed at my request to the LRPC as a commissioner by the BoS after the passing of then commissioner Herb Farnham. My term expired last fall, and I chose not to seek reappointment. The BoS then appointed Planning Board chair Scott Bartlett and re-appointed Barbara Perry as our two commissioners.
Post storm tree clean up continues, and once determination from FEMA is made and the insurance carrier finalizes their report, disposition of the lumber for sale will be made.
The Town continues to seek applications for assessor, planner and a MPD officer.
There was a discussion of the July 4th parade and what is "appropriate" for participants. Joel Mudgett thought there should be a policy in view of social or political issues. Chris Shipp thought the focus should be on safety issues. The decision was to look into what other towns have in terms of policies.
( My opinion is that trying to make a policy as to what is appropriate, in good or bad taste or to try to prevent people expressing their opinions on issues is a very slippery slope, and will in all likelihood lead to more problems, not less. Would the BoS seek to deny the Moultonboro Democrats from marching with a banner? Or local legislators marching with a campaign sign?)
Playground Drive DES permits are done and the DPW will be doing most of the work to repair the softball field.
Rodeway Inn- MPD is monitoring the property. Workers are permitted on property so long as portable toilets are used. There are a number of unregistered vehicles that were left behind.
The Dollar General will open around May 13th.
Public Safety parking lot repaving/rebuild Phase 2 will begin May 8th, weather permitting.