Friday, December 4, 2009
Selectmen shorts, November 24
• Holiday tree lighting. Voters going to the state Special Primary Election for U.S. Senator on December 8 in the early evening can schedule their visit to view the tree-lighting event on the Town Common at 6 p.m. At their meeting on November 24, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) authorized Larry Bearfield of Ferns to conduct the event.
• Ferns liquor license renewed. Ferns submitted renewal paperwork as required by the Alchoholic Beverages Control Commission for 2010 as well as the fee of $1,000. The BOS unanimously approved the renewal.
• Ferns variance approved. Building Commissioner John Luther reported that the state’s Architectural Access Board had approved a variance from its rules and regulations. The upper level at Ferns will now be accessible with the allowance of a modified external ramp. Luther voiced concern that a town resident had sent a complaint letter anonymously to the state, and emphasized that people should feel comfortable to come to him about issues.
• Meeting rescheduled. The next meeting of the Selectmen will be rescheduled from Tuesday, December 8, so it will not conflict with the statewide senatorial primary election being held that evening. The Selectmen will meet instead on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Discussion of the town’s tax reclassification was put on the agenda for 8 p.m.
• Fire station well pump fails. Replacement and repair of the well pump at the fire station cost $11,000, an unanticipated expense. Selectman Doug Stevenson requested notification to the Finance Department should the fire station budget not be able to absorb the cost and require a transfer later in the year.
• Highland Building boiler fails. Unable to anticipate the type of boiler required in the future, the Selectmen agreed with the Highland Stabilization Committees recommendation to utilize electric heaters to keep the building at the minimal temperature of 50 degrees. Luther considers the solution the “least dangerous” and the best solution while keeping the building warm enough to keep the fire-alarm system working through the winter months.
• Two special officers chosen. Police Chief John Sullivan presented the names and resumés of final candidates after review of 28 applicants. The BOS unanimously approved hiring of Jeffrey S. Malesi and Michael T. Bordenca.
• Town audit. Audit Committee members Simon Platt and Deb Belanger reported that the town’s audit process was completed with a standard audit report from Sullivan, Rogers & Company, LLC dated October 1, 2009. Satisfied with the firm’s previous work, the Selectmen voted to extend the town’s contract for another three years at a rate of $30,000 a year, an annual increase of $2,000.
• Resignation. As Kathy Mull resigns as COA director on December 7 to begin a similar position in Bedford, the BOS authorized her return to Carlisle on a part-time basis to assist in the transition. ∆
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