Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 1/18/23

Roll Call: Present: Chair Jan Galloway-Leclerc, Vice-Chair Judy Trow, Clerk Tom Murray, Pauline Barnes, Tom Winmill. Alternates Don Sellarole and Myra Mansouri. Absent: Alternates Carolyn Vose, Dave Edkins and Shane O’Keefe.

Recording: Secretary Marilou Blaine. These minutes were recorded and are unapproved. They will be reviewed at the February 2023 meeting for corrections, additions or omissions.

Called to order: Ms. Galloway-Leclerc called the meeting to order at 7 pm. A full board was present so an alternate was not needed to fill in.

Minutes of November 2022: On page 2, the paragraph before the section on unsealing minutes, Ms. Barnes said the number of the RSA is 91. Ms. Trow made a motion to approve the minutes as corrected. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Old Business:

Updating Bylaws 

The updated Bylaws are a combination of the previous ZBA Bylaws and suggested rules of procedure by the State of New Hampshire. The Board worked on these Bylaws at the November meeting and Ms. Trow recorded all the changes. After adding them to the working updated bylaws document, she sent them to the Board for corrections. When the corrections were made, the Board, member by member, read the edited version aloud. 

Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the members provided that such amendments are read at two successive meetings. A final vote will be taken at the February 2023 meeting.

Reviewing sealed minutes

Beginning in October 2022, the ZBA began reviewing sealed nonpublic minutes to see whether or not they could be unsealed. Tonight, after making and passing a motion to go into nonpublic session, the board considered unsealing two previous sealed minutes –  the unsealed nonpublic minutes of April 17, 2019, and the unsealed nonpublic minutes of June 17, 2020. After a short discussion of each of the minutes, the Board voted to come out of nonpublic session. In individual motions, Ms. Trow made two separate motions to continue to keep the sealed minutes sealed to protect the reputation of the participants mentioned in the minutes. Ms. Barnes seconded both motions and both motions carried.  

Mr. Murray made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Ms. Barnes and the motion carried. It was 8:20 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

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