Final Revision B – Provided by the Rye Civic League


            Present (clockwise around table):  Town Administrator Michael Magnant, Selectmen Musselman, Jenness and Mills.  Town Finance Director Cyndi Gillespie.

            Also present and sitting in the audience:  Public Works Director Dennis McCarthy, Police Chief Kevin Walsh, Interim Fire Chief Tom Lambert, Assessor Scott Marsh, Fire Lieutenant Jake McGlashing, new Police Officer Brendan McKenney.

Persons present from the public included:  Steven Borne, Peter Crawford, Frances Erlebacher, Ed Hayes.


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1.      The abatement for the Sea Glass Lane properties was granted.  Refunds will be pro rated based on the portion of a year each owner owned each unit.. 

2.      No decision was made on the paving of Shoals View, which is estimated to cost $125,000.  The town will look into what it would take to confirm that this is indeed a Town road.  A warrant article may be submitted, or the traffic pattern changed to reduce dust on the road.

3.      The Selectmen rejected a plan for the Public Works facility as being much too expensive. 

4.      No decision was reached on retaining the existing ambulance as a spare once the new ambulance is received, pending further discussions with North Hampton on fire department consolidation.

5.      No alternate will be appointed to the Planning Board to replace Selectman Jenness, who will be recusing herself from considering a 21 lot subdivision on South Rd. involving her property.

6.      The Parsonage Committee will be informed that it should follow its existing charge, and not look into other possibilities for low income senior housing in the event that the Parsonage Apartments are used for something else.


Sealing of non-public minutes (2:29 elapsed)


            Selectman Jenness moved to seal the minutes of the non-public meeting just concluded.  All were in favor.


Announcements (2:55 elapsed)


            Town Administrator Michael Magnant announced that he had received an e-mail on Friday from the State of New Hampshire.  There will be another outreach meeting on the Jenness Beach bath house on August 31 at 6:00 p.m. at the Library.

            Selectman Mills stated that political signs are allowed.  However, he noticed one that is large and in the right of way.  It is not appropriate for that sign to be in the right-of-way.  People can have them on their lawns and have small signs in the right of way, but the big signs are too large. 

            Editor’s note:  Pursuant to N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. (“RSA”) 664:17, “[p]olitical advertising may be placed within state-owned rights-of-way as long as the advertising does not obstruct the safe flow of traffic and the advertising is placed with the consent of the owner of the land over which the right-of-way passes.”  A Town of Rye policy posted on the Town website at Signs-Town Property.pdf, reproduces the text of RSA 664:17 and suggests that that the Town has adopted the state policy with respect to signs in its right-of-way.  See also the minutes of the April 5, 2010 meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Zoning Ordinance 501.6 D which permits political signs that are in compliance with RSA 664:14 and 664:17a (sic).              There was discussion about whether the sign policy limits the size of the signs.  Police Chief Kevin Walsh stated that at roundabouts and certain other locations the officers and DPW remove signs and store them at a central location at Public Works. 


Public comment (6:14 elapsed)


            Steven Borne stated that the Rye Civic League could post a link to the sign policy.  Selectman Mills stated that he is going to support the person whose large sign is displayed. 


Visit from North Hampton Water Commissioner


            Richard Bettcher, one of the North Hampton Water Commissioners, asked for contact persons with the Rye Beach and Jenness Beach Districts as North Hampton is having problems with Aquarion.  Mr. Bettcher stated that there used to be Water Commissioners for those districts.  They used to deal with Frank Drake, he said.  Selectman Musselman stated that Mr. Drake is still a precinct commissioner.  There are all kinds of problems due to the major drought and water supplies, Mr. Bettcher said.  Editor’s note:  Aquarion is a private water company that generally serves customers that are in the Rye Beach and Jenness Beach Village Districts.  The Rye Water District, which is the third district in Rye, provides water service in most areas of Rye that are not served by Aquarion.  A few Rye residents are served by the Portsmouth Water Department. 

            Selectman Mills said that, over the years Aquarion, which used to be Hampton Water, was always the first to limit watering.  He tried to get the Rye Water District to acquire them.  The Rye Water District has never placed a ban, he asserted.  The Water District talked with Aquarion, but they were seeking too much money.  Mr. Bettcher stated that North Hampton had also attempted to acquire Aquarion. 


Additional public comments (9:41 elapsed)


            Steven Borne stated that the safe routes blue squares are being repainted.  He supports safe routes but does not believe that most people know what the squares mean.  He views the painting as a waste of time and money.  If anything is to be painted blue it should be the crosswalks down by the beach, he said.  Selectman Mills asserted that Planning Administrator Kim Reed had advanced this program.  Mr. Borne asserted that there should be publicity if they are going to continue to paint the squares. 

            Mr. Borne asked where the drains go.  Public Works Director Dennis McCarthy stated that there are 800 drains and they go all over the place.  They discharge to 150 locations.  Mr. Borne stated that people should be informed that anything that washes off of their lawns goes right into the wetlands.  Mr. McCarthy stated that each drain has a stencil informing people that the water goes into the waterway.  Selectman Musselman stated that there is a map showing the drains.  Mr. McCarthy stated that it is available online via the Town’s GIS system. 

            Mr. Borne referred to the Crown Colony on Ocean Blvd., and asked whether they paid the Town for allowing them to place a sign saying “Rye Police take notice,” relating to turnarounds.  Selectman Mills said that it is just a statement.  Chief Walsh stated that he had met with the property owner, as the property had just changed hands.  He agrees with the property owner.  The number of cars turning around is more than usual.  The owner asked whether he had a problem with the addition of “Rye Police take notice,” and he does not. 

            Mr. Borne asked about plans to provide additional publicity for the Jenness bath house meeting on August 31.  Mr. Magnant stated that he had just gotten the e-mail on Friday, that it would be put on the town website, and that he would ask the State what their plans are for publicity. 


Consent Agenda (15:41 elapsed)


            The Consent Agenda items consisting of a letter from the Seacoast Family Food Pantry thanking the town for the donation of 4462.5 pounds of supplies, and Event Permits for the Run for the Fallen on September 18 and the Granit State Wheelmen on September 25 were unanimously approved. 



Minutes (17:09 elapsed)


            The minutes of the August 8, 2016 meeting were unanimously approved without changes, Selectman Mills abstaining due to his absence.  The minutes of the non-public session of the same day were also unanimously approved without changes, Selectman Mills again abstaining.


Appointment of Brendan McKenney as Rye Police Officer (17:37 elapsed)


            Police Chief Kevin Walsh presented future Officer McKenney.  He stated that he had grown up in Marshfield, MA and had spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He is currently working with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department.  He and his family will be moving to the area from Vermont. 

            Selectman Mills stated that they had checked out his resume and interviewed the candidate.  It is unanimous that he be hired, he said.  There was applause. 

            Selectman Musselman stated that he had been asked the same question as is being asked of every new police officer, which is what he would say if an elderly man or woman in Rye offers to leave him their estate.  He passed the “acid test,” Selectman Musselman said. 


Abatements on Seaglass Ln. properties (21:01 elapsed)


            Town Administrator Michael Magnant stated that Assessor Scott Marsh was present and that, at the prior meeting, the other two Selectmen felt that Selectman Mills should be present for the discussion.

            Mr. Marsh came up to sit at the table.

            Selectman Mills thanked Mr. Marsh for the reduction in his assessment that he said he had not anticipated.  Mr. Marsh stated that he was not aware of the reduction.  Selectman Musselman laughed and asked Mr. Marsh to check Selectman Mills’ assessment in the morning.

            Mr. Marsh introduced himself as being with Municipal Resources, the contracted assessing agent.  These properties had been owned by Wallis Road Properties.  It is a detached condominium project.  The reason for the abatement is that the developer provided information that the assessments are inaccurate.  Some of the properties were viewed after April 1 and were incorrectly listed as being more complete than they had in fact been.  Individual reductions are being proposed.  A spreadsheet has been provided.  All of the properties have subsequently been transferred to individual property owners.  The applicant has only paid a portion of the tax on the properties.  Based on conversations with the Department of Revenue, the abatements should be pro rated based on the percentage of taxes paid by the developer.  In Mr. Marsh’s view, the remainder should go to the new owner, however that is up to the Board.  The new owners did not actually file abatement applications.  In one or two cases the new owner had come in, but had been told by the developer that he had filed so they did not need to, he said. 

            Selectman Musselman asked questions about lots 3 and 6.  In one case the new owner is receiving the majority of the abatement, in the other the reverse is true, he said.  Mr. Marsh explained that this is due to the difference in sale dates.  Also, the figures vary by property as they were at different stages of completion as of the assessment date.

            Mr. Magnant explained that the Board has, according to the DRA, the ability to provide abatements to the new owners as well as Wallis Road Properties.

            Selectman Musselman moved to abate $8636.06 to Wallis Rd. properties and the amounts indicated on the spreadsheet for the twenty-one new owners.  Selectman Jenness seconded, stating that it would not be fair otherwise.

            Ed Hayes, 4 Seaglass Ln., stated that he is one of the developers and does not have a problem with this, however out of fairness, $6500 was paid to the Rye resident that the developer hired to obtain this abatement.  The developer met recently with the homeowners association and presented a spreadsheet allocating the costs fairly to each owner who is getting money back.  Mr. Hayes appeared to object to the developer having to bear the entire $6500 cost.

            Selectman Musselman interrupted, saying that the developer had not applied on behalf of the owners.

            Mr. Hayes looked at Mr. Marsh and stated that the new owners did not have legal standing as of April 1, 2015.  Mr. Marsh stated that, in New Hampshire, it is not the owner of record as of that date who has legal standing.  Mr. Hayes stated that his legal counsel had told him that.  Mr. Marsh said that his counsel is incorrect.  An aggrieved party is anyone who paid property taxes, he said.  Mr. Hayes stated that the owners had agreed to the pro ration of the fees if a check for the entire amount is cut to Wallis Road Properties which in turn reimburses the owners. 

            Mr. Hayes stated that most owners will cash their checks and not pay their share of the fees.  If they had known about this the developer would have amended its application, he said. 

            Selectman Musselman stated that they are still ahead of the game. 

            All were in favor of granting the abatements.


Shoals View Drive paving (31:00 elapsed)


            Public Works Director Dennis McCarthy stated that he had provided a memo estimating the cost of bringing the road up to town standards. 

            Selectman Jenness asked whether he felt that it had ever been paved to town standards.  Mr. McCarthy agreed that it had not been because of the grade, ledge and location of the road itself.  He does not know if the town had paved it, he said. 

            Selectman Musselman stated that there are pictures of people standing in the middle of the paved road.  There is also a warrant article for the paving of Fairhill Estates, he said. 

            Mr. McCarthy stated that, at one time, these roads were not regularly plowed in the winter as the dwellings on the street were occupied by summer residents. 

            Selectman Jenness referred to the Town Book of 1937.  There was discussion about tarring and oiling. 

            Selectman Mills stated that it does not look like the road was in very good condition in 1981. 

            Selectman Musselman asked how it happened that the road had not been repaved.  It is hard to find a speck of asphalt on the road now, he said. 

            One of the residents referred to a video showing the dust.

            Selectman Jenness suggested making the road one way to reduce traffic. 

            Selectman Musselman stated that the residents are suggesting that the paving be paid for out of the town budget, not a warrant article.  The cost would be $125,000, he said. 

            There was discussion about another letter suggesting that Pulpit Rock Rd. be paved.  Mr. McCarthy also referred to Davis Rd., which is not even in the right of way. 

            Selectman Mills stated that it is a lot of money and that the ledge would need to be removed or a snow plow might hit it, cracking the frame.  He suggested that the residents try a warrant article.

            One of the residents expressed doubt that those living elsewhere in town would support it.  Selectman Mills disagreed, arguing that people would understand if it was discussed at the Deliberative Session. 

            There was discussion about the tarring of roads no longer being done for environmental reasons.

            One of the residents stated that they have three affidavits asserting that the road had been paved.  She expressed frustration that the minutes prior to 1989 are not available in the Town Clerk’s office and that there may be information to support their case in those minutes. 

            Selectman Musselman expressed doubt that the Board of Selectmen would have voted on paving particular roads.  They do not now, he said. 

            Mr. McCarthy stated that they are planning on paving Love, Fern and Clark this year. 

            Selectman Musselman asked whether it had even been verified that Shoals View is a town road.  Mr. McCarthy stated that it had not been.  That would be a lot of work, he said.

            Selectman Jenness asked whether it wouldn’t depend on whether the road had been accepted by Town Meeting.  Mr. McCarthy stated that the other way for a road to become a town road is for it to have been maintained for 20 consecutive years prior to 1967. 

            Selectman Musselman suggested that they plan on a warrant article to rebuild the road properly.  It is incumbent on us to support it, he said.

            One of the residents referred to $60,000 to $70,000 annually collected in taxes from owners of properties on the road.

            Selectman Musselman asked whether the road could be made one way going west. 

            One of the residents stated that she thought that she had proved that the road had been maintained for 20 consecutive years prior to 1967.  There were houses on all parcels back in the 30s, she asserted. 

            There was discussion about Cole Noyes being another unpaved road, however it was argued that it is rarely used. 

            There was discussion about reducing the scope so that the paving could be done for $30,000.  Selectman Musselman stated that they do not want to maintain the town roads that way.  One of the residents suggested making it more narrow.  Selectman Musselman said that, in that case, it would need to be one way.

            Town Finance Director Cyndi Gillespie said that, in the past several years several large infrastructure warrant articles have passed.

            Selectman Musselman appeared to agree, stating that the ones voted down had been really bad ideas on the part of the Selectmen.  He added that it would first be necessary to have the Town Attorney opine on whether Shoals View is indeed a town road.  It was agreed that he would be contacted to inquire as to what would be involved to do the necessary research.


Department of Public Works Site Report (82:21 elapsed)


            Public Works Director Dennis McCarthy stated that he had provided a draft copy of the report to the Selectmen.  They are looking at some preliminary costs for the Salt Shed site and are working with the CIP Committee. 

            Selectman Musselman said that he had reviewed the report that afternoon, freaked out, and then drove to the Transfer Station to speak with Mr. McCarthy.  It needs work on the phasing, cost estimates and some of the programming, he said.

            Selectman Jenness interjected that it would never fly.

            Selectman Musselman said “right,” and asked whether anyone had explained to the consultant that the Selectmen are cheap.  There are ways to restructure this so that they can move forward in a piecemeal fashion, he said.  He stated that he would provide comments to Mr. McCarthy in writing.

            Selectman Jenness asked what the rationale was for reversing the traffic.

            Mr. McCarthy stated that there is a problem with people queuing outside the gates, which violates the town’s permit.  The problem, however, is that the attendants would not meet the patrons until after they had gone through the various areas.  A second dumpster makes more sense as the problems arise when the gate is closed to change the dumpster. 

            There was further discussion about moving the police vehicle fueling area. 

            Selectman Musselman spoke about other towns, including Salem, NH which has traffic queued on the roads for a mile. 

            McCarthy mentioned traffic issues.  There have been collisions, but fortunately no injuries, he said.

            Mr. McCarthy mentioned the addition of a third gate for DPW traffic. 

            Selectman Musselman mentioned a proposal for a $7.5 million facility in Derry.  The engineering firm was fired.  Then, design build proposals were sent out and virtually the same facility was built for $3 million.  The problem here is the same.  The cost estimates are inflated. 

            Selectman Musselman referred to an $8 million building with offices.  It is a nice Public Works facility for a town in a different mode than Rye, he said. 

            Mr. McCarthy said that Rye may be different in thirty years.

            Selectman Musselman said that the town will not grow a lot.  We’ve been the way we are for several hundred years, he said.

            Mr. McCarthy stated that, if they want the numbers cut in half they will do that. 

            Selectman Musselman said that they need a differently programmed facility at a much more reasonable cost estimate.  What they have laid out won’t fly, he said. 

            Selectman Musselman said that this is the first draft, which is 18 months old and they are looking for input to finalize it. 

            There was discussion about why the report is marked final and not stamped, when it is only a draft.


Second Ambulance (84:35 elapsed) 


            Interim Fire Chief Tom Lambert stated that he had supplied the Board with a memo sheet for a reserve ambulance.  He explained that, when the proposal came through for the new ambulance, the values for trade-in of the old ambulance were not as significant as had been anticipated.  There was discussion about keeping it as a reserve or back up ambulance. 

            Selectman Musselman asked how much it costs each year to maintain an old, second ambulance.  Mr. Lambert said that, excluding major repairs, the maintenance and inspections are only about $2000 annually.  For fuel, lube and service normally done on any vehicle it is about $200 and the inspection is $150. 

            Selectman Musselman asked whether anything could go wrong that would require maintenance by a mechanic.  Mr. Lambert said that it would, like any other vehicle, depend on how it’s used and how well it’s maintained.  Right now, $3500 annually is budgeted for maintenance, he said.

            Selectman Musselman asked how quickly the second ambulance would go out if two guys in the Public Safety Building on a shift are already out on a call.  Chief Lambert said that it depends on where the people on recall are coming from.  There is a residence requirement that keeps them within 20 miles of the station, he said.

            Selectman Musselman asked whether they would be there faster than a Portsmouth ambulance.  Chief Lambert said that it would depend on where the Portsmouth ambulance is.  Selectman Musselman asked whether there was a problem with the response time with Portsmouth ambulances.  Chief Lambert said that there was not, but that there was probably 8 or 10 minutes delay to respond.

            Selectman Jenness asked about the Sanctuary Care expansion.  There is a plan for doctors offices, she said.  She asked about the impact of a possible expansion on ambulance needs.  Chief Lambert said that they had more calls from the Webster. 

            Selectman Musselman asked whether there was room to store two ambulances and a ladder truck larger than a quint.  Chief Lambert said that he believed there would be. 

            Selectman Mills said that, if they had to, the response team could be kicked out.  It was revealed that the response team vehicle had been moved to Portsmouth. 

            Selectman Musselman asked, with respect to the $30,000 in foregone revenue, how many of the calls would be answered by Rye more quickly than Portsmouth.  You wouldn’t want a slower response with Rye guys than Portsmouth guys, he asserted.  He asked whether the question wasn’t whether the additional revenues would be greater than $3500 a year.  Chief Lambert said that, at current rates, that would be six calls.  Selectman Musselman referred to 30-40 annual mutual aid calls. 

            Selectman Musselman asked what the argument was against keeping the ambulance.

            Peter Crawford stated that he questioned the numbers.  The whole basis for spending $275,000 on a new ambulance was that the maintenance costs would skyrocket with the ambulance being ten years old.  Now we’re hearing that it’s not that bad, he said.  Secondly, he questioned whether the ambulance is only worth $9000.  He referred to a 2000 ambulance with 119,000 miles on it in Springfield that is for sale on Craigslist for $25,000.  It is not even as large an ambulance as Rye’s, he said.  He stated that he does not know whether the ambulance company is low balling the trade, but before a decision is made there should be more than one estimate. 

            Selectman Jenness asked whether $9000 was for an ambulance with equipment.  Chief Lambert said that it was not, that the ambulance would be “stripped.”  He acknowledged that the plan is to take some of the equipment on the old ambulance and put it on the new one. 

            Selectman Musselman asked whether there would then be costs to reequip the second ambulance.  Chief Lambert said that most of the equipment to equip the second ambulance would come off the engine.  It has all of the basic stuff on it, so that if the ambulance is already out and they get a second call, and staff has been recalled to the station, they can treat patients. 

            Town Administrator Magnant asked whether it was automatic that there is a request for mutual aid when a second call comes in.  Chief Lambert stated that they call for another ambulance and also respond with the engine.  Mr. Magnant asked how things would change operationally if the second ambulance is approved.  Chief Lambert stated that they would respond with the second ambulance.  Selectman Musselman asked who would make the decision on whether the Rye ambulance or one from another town would respond.  Chief Lambert stated that the Rye Fire Department would.  Selectman Musselman asked whether the decision on whether Rye or another town could be there faster would be made by the same guy who is treating the patient. 

            Fire Lieutenant Jake McGlashing said that the figures 40, 30 and 50 are simultaneous calls.  The call could be half an hour later when the station is staffed, he argued. 

            Selectman Musselman acknowledged that some of the forty calls could be responded to by staff at the Rye Public Safety Building. 

            Selectman Mills asked how many paramedics there are.

            Chief Lambert stated that there are five full-time paramedics and three part-time ones.  Lieutenant McGlashing acknowledged, however, that the second call may be staffed by an EMT rather than a paramedic.  It depends on who is available, he said.             Selectman Mills asked whether mutual aid from North Hampton and Portsmouth have paramedics available immediately.  Lieutenant McGlashing stated that they do have paramedics on duty at all times, but that does not mean that the paramedic is on the ambulance.  The paramedic may be at Station 1 rather than Station 2.  Editor’s note:  Station 2 is the Portsmouth fire station at the end of Lang Rd. 

            Selectman Jenness asked whether the decision needed to be delayed pending further discussions with North Hampton on sharing of services.  It was acknowledged that a decision would not need to be made until the new ambulance arrives in December.  Chief Lambert said that it could be before then.

            With regard to equipment, Chief Lambert acknowledged that not every piece of equipment would be on the second ambulance. 

            Selectman Musselman asked whether the engine should not also have life saving equipment on it.  Chief Lambert responded that they would bring an ambulance to the fire.  Editor’s note:  It is unclear how quickly the ambulance could arrive if the two firefighters at the station left on the engine to respond to the fire. 

            Selectman Mills referred to a meeting on the eleventh.  He postponed the question until at least after then.

            Selectman Musselman asked Chief Lambert and Cyndi Gillespie to look at the values of used ambulances.  There was a question about the number of miles on the existing ambulance.  The response was about 90,000. 

            Chief Lambert stated that he had looked online at ambulance values and they are all over the place.  There was a range of trade-in values on the bids for the new ambulance.  The top end was $12,000 or $14,000, he said. 


Letter from New Hampshire Municipal Association (116:24 elapsed)


            Town Administrator Magnant stated that, each year, the NHMA put together a policy statement on proposed legislation.  He asked whether the Selectmen wanted him to go to represent the town. 


Drought guidance letter from NHDES (118:09 elapsed)


            This letter was mentioned but not discussed.


Letter regarding retirement of State Senator Nancy Stiles


            Selectman Mills stated that the letter indicates that she will be retiring December 7.  We will miss her, he said.  Selectman Musselman stated that the service that she provided to Rye and the other towns that she served would not be replaced by any of the people running, or even all of them together.  Selectman Jenness stated that a letter should be sent to Senator Stiles.  She did a good job pulling people together to start a discussion on beach issues, she said.  Selectman Musselman expressed surprise that her letter expresses support for one of the candidates.  Selectman Mills stated that that had been in the works for some time. 


Alternate representation on Planning Board relating South Rd. development land (120:12 elapsed)


            Town Administrator Magnant stated that, over the weekend, he had received a request from the Planning Board asking whether they would like to appoint an alternate representative inasmuch as Selectman Jenness would need to recuse herself from an upcoming case.  Editor’s note:  This apparently relates to the development of land on South Rd. into approximately 20 single family homes.  There are four parcels, one of which is partially owned by Selectman Jenness, that would be combined to accomplish this development, as currently proposed.

            Selectman Jenness stated that alternates on the Planning Board do not sit in place of the Selectmen’s Representative.

            Selectman Musselman stated that he would be uncomfortable serving and passing judgment on her subdivision.  He said that Selectman Mills could sit, and he would vote to support that.  Otherwise, there is the possibility of a 3-3 tie, he said.  Selectman Mills declined after saying that the possibility of a tie scares him. 

            Selectman Mills added that he had not gotten any firewood out of it.  Selectman Musselman said that it was not over yet, then added that he was just kidding. 

            There was discussion about the upcoming elections and whether all three selectmen needed to be there all day.  The Moderator can appoint someone else to replace one of the Selectmen, Selectman Musselman said.  He noted that, recently, there have been only two jobs for three Selectmen.


Lifeguard coverage (128:00 elapsed)


            Interim Fire Chief Tom Lambert stated that he had sent a memo.  Selectman Musselman stated that it happens every year.  Editor’s note:  Apparently many or all of the lifeguards have left to go back to school, as in past years.  Chief Lambert stated that the Fire Department would be unlocking the Porta Potties, which would be available until Labor Day. 

            There was discussion about raising the pay rates for lifeguards.  Chief Lambert stated that in the past Rye had been higher, but now they are failing behind.  This year there were no raises so that a sixth lifeguard could be hired.  There was also discussion about a paddle boarder who had gotten in trouble.  The board was rented from the place on Jenness Beach, but should not have been as it was windy.


Parsonage Committee charge (131:22 elapsed)


            Selectman Musselman stated that the Parsonage Committee has requested from staff information on other town parcels that might be available for development for low income senior housing in case the Parsonage does not continue to be used for that.  He said that they should respond to the Committee that that is not part of their charge.  There is a certain majority or minority on the Committee that believes that that is part of their charge.  The Committee should be sent a reaffirmation of the Board of Selectmen’s original charge with a suggestion that they respond to that charge, period, Selectman Musselman said.  Selectman Jenness seconded.  Selectman Mills stated that it was well said.  All were in favor.




            Whereupon the meeting adjourned at approximately 9:03 p.m.