By Muriel Bristol | February 3, 2019
The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, February 4.
The agenda has New Business, Old Business, and some housekeeping items. The Dave Owen mentioned is the new interim Town Administrator, introduced at the last BOS meeting.
Under New Business are scheduled three agenda items: 1) Departmental Involvement within Website (Dana Crossley / Dave Owen), 2) Recreation Commission Requesting BOS Approval on Beach Project (Ryan Thibeault), 3) Discussion Re.: Atlantic BroadBand Contract Renewal (Dave Owen).
Departmental Involvement within Website. The BOS determined at the last meeting that postings had to be submitted 24-hours in advance (during business days). On this occasion, the title suggests defining departmental involvement. Whether that refers to developmental involvement, or ongoing involvement in a completed site, is not clear.
Recreation Commission Requesting BOS Approval on Beach Project. Evidently some new initiative from the Recreation Commission.
Atlantic Broadband Contract Renewal. Atlantic Broadband is the worst but, at prior meetings, they were also said to be the only. One hopes at least that our negotiators went for a short-term contract.
Under Old Business are scheduled two items: 4) Town Report Discussion (BOS per 1.28.19 meeting): 4a) Cover Photo, 4b) Selectmen’s Report, and 5) Deliberative Session (BOS per 1.28.19 meeting): 5a) Speaking Assignments and 5b) PowerPoint Presentation Progress.
Town Report Discussion. At the last meeting, the cover photo for this year’s Town Report was discussed. Flags over Veterans’ Park seemed to be favored as a theme, but the particular photograph was still under discussion. Chairman Thibeault, who was out sick, was said to be writing the Selectmen’s Report portion.
Not listed for discussion on this occasion are the new sections for property valuations and Selectman Lucier’s tax delinquent “shaming” list. (Yes, shaming by those that have none).
Deliberative Session Speaking Assignments and PowerPoint Presentation. This was put off at the last meeting due to the Chairman’s illness. Planning of this year’s Washington Monument presentation presumably proceeds apace.
The boxed item list at the margins entitled Outstanding Items, as held over from prior BOS sessions, has disappeared from the agenda. This may be accidental or it may be an acknowledgement that those things will be dropped for the time being. It featured last time: Town-Owned Property, Recreation Revenue and Office Discussion, Website Update (see above), Property Maintenance Code, Town Report (see above), Atlantic Broadband Contract (see above), NH Listens, Junkyard, and Town Deposit Location Policy. In no particular order.
Finally, there will be the approval of prior minutes (from the BOS Meeting of January 28), the expenditure report, Public Comments “Pertaining to Topics Discussed,” Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments.
Ms. McDougall has called a seventh meeting of her Milton Advocates group. It will take place again in the Nute Library’s Community Room, on Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. All town residents are invited. Bring your best manners. (Not her words).
Mr. S.D. Plissken contributed to this article.
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