Board of Selectmen
December 17, 2007
Present: Selectmen; Bill Martell, Ed Martin and Rich Hall, Administrative Assistant Kim Leahey, Ed Fleury,
Mary Carey of the Gazette (late), Fred VanDerbeck.
Meeting called to order by Chairperson Richard Hall at 6:02 p.m.
Motion to approve the minutes of the November 26, 2007 meeting was made by Edward Martin and seconded
by William Martel. Motion passed.
There were no liaison reports except that it was noted that Gail Weiss has completed ‘the books’, the
Town offices are moving along smoothly and Ed Martin reported that the School Committee meeting
was rescheduled due to the recent snowstorm. Ed also reported that the Regional School Committee
meeting regarding the bus contract will be held next Thursday and he will be attending.
Assessor David Burgess presented to the Selectmen three options for the FY09 tax rate that the board
would need to consider and vote on: Single vs. Split Tax Rate, a small Residential Exemption, and a
small Commercial Exemption. Burgess was allowed to present early in the meeting due to his need to
leave for a previous engagement; the Selectmen decided to wait until 6:30 to vote however, to give
members of the public the opportunity to arrive and be present. At 6:30 pm Ed Martin made a motion
to accept a Single Tax Rate, Bill Martell seconded, motion passed unanimously; Martin made a motion
not to adopt a residential exemption, Bill Martell seconded, motion passed unanimously; Martin made
a motion not to adopt a commercial exemption, Martell seconded, motion passed unanimously.
Burgess reported that the FY09 tax rate would be set at $17.23 per $1,000 of value.
He also let the Board know that he will be leaving the Pelham Assessors position at the end of
February. Burgess and the Board discussed the possibility of Martha Leamy, current Assessor’s
assistant, taking over the position. Burgess felt that she might be interested but also informed the Board
that she is working in Granby in a similar capacity. Selectman Martell discussed the idea of offering
her similar hours/compensation as her position in Granby in order to secure her for the open position
in Pelham. Further discussion will be needed.
Kim reported that the only office machine that had been spoken for was the Canon copier which the
Pelham School requested. Chief Fleury, upon hearing that the other machines are still available,
expressed a desire for the remaining three to be acquired for the use of the Police Department. The
Selectboard was in agreement and Fleury was told to contact Kim to arrange for the transfer of this
Ed Martin made a motion to set the date for a Special Town Meeting of February 26, 2008 at 7 pm at
the Elementary School. The purpose of the meeting would be to transfer funds from the stabilization
account. Bill Martell seconded, motion passed.
Kim reported to the Selectmen that she had received an email from the State requiring that an ADA
Coordinator be appointed. The Administrative Assistant’s position apparently has held the coordinator
slot in the past; the Selectmen agreed that this was the case, and requested that Kim take on the duty
and notify the State as well. Kim agreed.
NEW BUSINESS (continued)
Kim presented to the Selectmen a proposed new timesheet for Town employees. She made it clear that
it was a personal desire to effect the change because she feels that there are deficiencies in the current
one. She reported that she had already encountered strong resistance from DPW Superintendent Rick
Adamcek and, although she would like to discuss the possibility, acknowledged that “if it ain’t broke,
don’t fix it”. Selectmen found the proposed sheet to be thorough and complete, but after lengthy
discussion and strong objections from Chief Fleury, decided to take no action at this time.
Ed Martin made a motion to appoint Ed Fleury, Nancy Long, Gary Thomann, and Debra Lichtenberg
as Inspector of Animals. Bill Martell seconded, motion passed.
Ed Martin made a motion to adjourn the meeting, motion passed, meeting adjourned at 6:42 p.m.