The Portsmouth Town Council met Monday night to discuss various issues. Featured above is a report of the actions taken during the meeting.
[Updated at 11:15 p.m.]
After an hour of debate Monday night, the council voted to support a statement drafted by President Joe Robicheau.
The vote was 4-3 with Keith Hamilton, Liz Pedro and Michael Buddemeyer opposed.
The statement reads as follows:
The Portsmouth Town Council embraces the concept presented by the ALT to the Elmhurst Reuse Committee and, subject to a satisfactory due diligence outcome, that the council endorses the placement of a referendum question on a ballot for an election to be held no later than 4/30/2013; and directs the town administrator to complete the RFP process and begin negotiations with the ALT on language for a conservation easement on the Glen property so-called; and that council task a committee to work with the AIPC staff to evaluate the chapel and so-called out zones potential and report back to the council by 1/31/13.
However, despite the support for a ballot question, the council would need to vote by Aug. 3 to place a referendum question on the November ballot. The support of the statement above postpones action on this issue.
The council also made the following late night actions:
- Took no actions on complaints made on a Stagecoach Road residence. A neighbor complained of mice coming from the property.
- Tabled a discussion and possible vote to eliminate personnel resolution 2007-04-23 B. President Robicheau asked the council to consider creating a Personnel Panel, which would interview candidates for town jobs (except police officers) and conduct hiring instead of the council.
- Voted 7-0 to renew the Glen Manor House managers' contract.
- Approved a request to issue a RFP for security services at the Portsmouth Transfer Station.
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