By Muriel Bristol | May 17, 2020
The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a quasi-Public BOS meeting to be held Monday, May 18, at 4:00 PM. (Followed by Workshop meeting and a Non-Public session at the conclusion of the meeting).
Due to their concerns regarding Covid-19, there will be no public in attendance and, therefore, no public comment. The session may be watched remotely through the usual YouTube means or by teleconference. The links for both are in their original agenda, for which there is a link in the References below.
The Public portion of the agenda has New Business, Old Business, Other Business, and some housekeeping items.
Under New Business are scheduled two agenda items: 1) Update Regarding Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Operational Activities/Plans, and 2) Accept a Donation of up 58 chairs from Target in Somersworth (rec’d 30, possible that we could get an additional 28 chairs) (Karen Brown).
Update Regarding Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Activities. One supposes, by the very terms of the meeting announcement, that the Covid-19 is still among us. We will evidently hear an update on those things with which the BOS has been active.
People are becoming restive. Wisconsin’s Supreme Court struck down the Wisconsin Governor’s stay-at-home orders. A third End the Lockdown rally was held at the Statehouse in Concord, NH, on Saturday, May 16. This one focused on opposing church closures.
Accept a Donation of up 58 chairs from Target in Somersworth (rec’d 30, possible that we could get an additional 28 chairs) (Karen Brown). Accepting, bet on the BOS accepting the chairs. But where will they put them?
Old Business has two items: 1). Final Review and Possible Adoption of Select Board By-laws, and 2) Review of Letters of Interest Received for the Local Government Efficiency Task Force and possible appointments.
Final Review and Possible Adoption of Select Board By-laws. Possible adoption? Hanging on the cliff edge, as the suspense mounts.
Review of Letters of Interest Received for the Local Government Efficiency Task Force and possible appointments. Chairwoman Hutchings’ disquisition spoke of a hiring freeze, followed immediately by job postings. This is not the way to get better, people.
If this “task force” were to be successful, i.e., successful in its task of discovering the efficiencies that have eluded the Milton Town government for years, should it then simply replace the Milton Town government? You know, as having just proven themselves more capable and efficient.
No, Cincinnatus would then return to his plow. And that assumes that the Town government would actually implement any efficiencies such a task force might find, which is a big assumption.
Other Business That May Come Before the Board has no scheduled items.
There will be the approval of prior minutes (from the quasi-Public sessions of May 4, and May 7, 2020), the expenditure report, Town Administrator comments (regarding Headstart Building Correspondence), and BOS comments.
There will be a follow-on BOS Workshop Meeting without a named subject.
The BOS meeting is scheduled to conclude their meeting with a Non-Public Session. That agenda has one Non-Public item classed as 91-A3 II (c).
(c) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.
Mr. S.D. Plissken contributed to this article.
State of New Hampshire. (2016, June 21). RSA Chapter 91-A. Access to Governmental Records and Meetings. Retrieved from www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/VI/91-A/91-A-3.htm
Town of Milton. (2020, May 16). BOS Meeting Agenda, May 18, 2020. Retrieved from www.miltonnh-us.com/sites/miltonnh/files/agendas/05-18-2020_bosagenda_final.pdf
Wikipedia. (2019, November 19). Washington Monument Syndrome. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument_Syndrome
Youtube. (1965). Cone of Silence. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eUIK9CihA&feature=youtu.be&t=19