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Suncook Valley Regional Town Assn. MInutes 05/15/2013
Suncook Valley Regional Town Association
Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date:  May 15, 2013
Minutes Prepared By:  Bruce Dyke
In Attendance:  Betsy Bosiak – Town of Epsom – Selectman
                      Bruce Dyke - Chichester Town Organization Committee
                      David Jodoin – Town of Pembroke – Town Administrator
                     Sandra McKenney – Town of Allenstown – Selectman
                      Gordon Preston – Town of Barnstead – Selectman
Location:  Town of Allenstown – Police Dept Conf Room
Minutes Approved: TBA

1.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Bruce Dyke

2.  A motion was made by Gerard Leduc to accept the minutes from the April 24, 2013 as presented and was seconded by Sandy.  Minutes were approved.

3.  The health insurance cooperative agreement was discussed.  No further information has been received in response to Paul Vince’s letter.  The group is still expecting a formal response specific to the request for LGC to provide rating information based on the entire “Under 100” group represented in its July rating pool.

4.  The Emergency Vehicle Survey was discussed.  Pittsfield did provide its response to the survey.  Bruce will distribute the updated survey with the meeting minutes.  It was noted that the number of garages/vendors used to maintain equipment across the towns is substantial.  However, there is a common use of a vendor for fire truck ladder and pump maintenance that could be explored as an option for a group rate arrangement.

5.  The topic of Town Report printing was discussed.  Members brought copies of their respective 2012 Town Reports to share with other members.  Bruce will distribute copies to those towns who did not make this meeting.  It was suggested the group take up Paul Vince’s prior offer to draft a proposed group quote request for distribution to local printing companies over the course of the summer.  The goal would be to find an arrangement that could be considered by each town during the 2014 budgeting process.   Gordon Preston will speak with Paul Vince about drafting a proposed RFQ for review during the next meeting.

6.  Gordon Preston noted that Barnstead has hired a contract, part-time Police Dept Prosecutor which has resulted in more efficient use of the department’s fulltime staff and resulted in savings to the town.    

7.  Betsy Bosiak noted that Epsom has had contract arrangements for new-hire police officiers that stipulate a 3-year minimum commitment to the town, but there has been a question as to whether such employment contracts are enforceable.

8.  David Jodoin reminded the group that the new Federal health care law will require employers to offer health insurance benefits to part-time employees who work an average of 30 hours per week. That requirement will start next year and the impact on town budgets could be considerable (both from the town and school budget perspective).

9.  The date for the next meeting will be Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 7pm and will be hosted by the Town of Epsom at their town hall.

10.  A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Betsy Bosiak and seconded by Gordon Preston.  The meeting adjourned at 8:10pm.  

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