Government Oversite

Welcome to the Carroll County NH Commissioners meeting from 5/29/13. Commissioners: David Babson, David Sorensen and Asha Kenney collectively administer the business of the County. The Board exercises budgetary control over County operations and prepares the annual budget for the approval by the County Delegation. The Board met at the County Administration Building, 95 Water Village Rd, Ossipee and began this meeting at 8:30 am.

00:015 Public input, Daymond Steer, Conway Daily Sun; follow up interviews for Human Resource Director; Commissioner Kenney voices concern over 2 applicants that were not selected even though they met the requirements.

02:29 Melissa Seamans, Carroll County Independent, questions discussing the Human Resource applicants in a public forum before they have been notified.

03:28 Steve Brown, Wakefield Resident; which committee interviewed the HR Applicants? Who formed this committee and who is on the committee? Applicant qualifications?

06:33 Review of agenda; Jason Johnson, Jail Superintendent gives report; population report; bids received for steel tables that the jail is selling; Sargent Phillips- thinking for a change program; New Hampshire Association of County Corrections Academy; Police standards and training; public reading of table bids; acceptance of bid, motion and vote;

14:05 HVAC maintenance contract; scheduling Jason Johnsons evaluation;

15:26 Commissioner Babson inquires about the "internal" investigation of three employees at Carroll County Department of Corrections who were arrested for allegedly allowing underage party attendees have alcohol. Incident occurred on September 7th 2012. Read story here:

16:22 Sheriff Dominic Richardi- Homeland Security Grant; equipment; emergency management systems; expired grant process; radio tower equipment;

18:29 Review of previous minutes; 135.00 charge from attorney Liz Bailey- Commissioner Kenney gives report of charge; investigation releases;

23:25 Commissioner Babson questions an entry into minutes that pertain to a request Kenney made to HR. Background: Kenney received an email from an employee that wanted to know why there was a change in the job description for the HR position posting. Kenney ask Debbie Newlin, HR Generalist, what the change was, Kenney was not given the information. The descriptive phrase that was in the minutes was: "HR refused to give out the information" Babson's feels the phrase "refused" is not accurate and the minutes should be changed. Argument ensues

29:18 Commissioner Sorensen- expiring contract with Constellation; energy supplier broker; 2 year contract; discussion of pricing structure; savings; rate; payment terms; Henry Spencer, resident of Effingham- ask public utilities commission; Steve Brown, resident of Wakefield- look into NH electricity; open discussion of electrical suppliers; Melissa Seamans, Carroll County- Independent; U source;

40:30 Howard Chandler, Mountain View Community Administrator- population census; skilled census; garden committee; garden locations; flagpole location; maximizing medicare reimbursement; flagpole lighting; cash management process;

52:00 Nursing home admission policy; supervisors handbook; suggestion box being used to dispose of gum wrappers; suggestion forms being signed; 91a request for gum wrappers;

58:00 Commissioner Sorensen confirms that Howard Chandler has been hired full time as MVC Administrator- effective May 1st; report on performance evaluations;

59:20 Work Session Begins; Old Nursing home RFP's asked for by Delegation nursing home subcommittee; 91a request process; hiring of new employee to handle 91a requests; website; cost of position; hiring authority of Commissioners; hiring County Administrator;

1:07:48 Commissioners Sorensen- "we are not handling 91a request in a timely manner"; electronic filing; Kenney states that previous HR Director handled 91a requests efficiently and that a new position is not necessary.

1:12:21 Hals Location tax collection; Thermostat relocation charge at MVC; "Commissioners agree" not to pay this bill;

1:18:04 Steve Brown approaches commissioners with 91a request; Deb Newlin, acting NR director- Carroll County Crusaders; trails committee volunteers; health benefit increase; healthcare reform fees; 2013 open enrollment; Aflac; flex spending; Delta Vision Plan; draft set of rules and procedures for the personel committee;

1:26:12 Deb Newlin is asked to clarify what occurred between Comm. Kenney and her when she had asked about the change in the HR directors job description reference jump point 23:25; discussion ensues;

1:29:37 Public Comments: Henry Spencer thanks Sheriff Richardi for good service; Suggestion box suggestion; electric supplier contract; ambulance service provider; vision insurance savings accounts;

1:36:52 Melissa Seamans- electric contract bids?; Daymond Steer- expected savings?; discussion of buying power from a power company, how it works; John Ruckingbrod- guaranteeing a contract with county?; open discussion of buying power; Melissa Seamans- questions? delegation performance audit has not been completed yet is it premature to hire a new employee for business office; electronic file storage; questions why payroll is being done by business office; Daymond Steer- electronic file storage company DocStar; Commissioner Babson- putting Ossipee banner on pole;

1:53:50 Commission moves into non public per 91a 3 Para. 2 a,b,c. Personnel and Jason Johnson evaluation.