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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Selectmen 2020-03-03



Selectmen Minutes

March 3, 2020


Present:  Fred Woodhouse, Carl Newton


Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Fred Woodhouse


Motion to approve the 2/18/2020 minutes (Woodhouse/Newton).  All in favor, motion carried.


Signed PA-35 for John Von Adler to update Veteran's Credit records.


Matthew Riley requested the Board sign an updated construction permit.  Mr. Riley is finishing his house and trying to refinance. The bank wants to make sure the town is aware of any changes made to the original plans.  The Board signed the updated permit.


Mitch Call:

  • The Planning Board will be meeting after the Select Board meeting to continue working on the Master Plan.


Reviewed the 2020 warrant to determine which Select Board member will speak to the articles.

Mr. Woodhouse will speak to articles 2 and 3; Ms. Callahan will speak to articles 4 and 7;

Mr. Newton will speak to articles 5 and 9; Either Mr. Newton or Pete Paris, Road Agent will speak to article 8; Ms. Harling, Town Administrator, will speak to article 6.


Mr. Newton:

  • The alarm system call list needs to be updated.  Suggestion made to compile a new list.


Meeting adjourned at 6:11 PM.


Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 03/17/2020.


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Selectmen 2020-02-18



Selectmen Minutes

February 18, 2020


Present:  Fred Woodhouse, Diane Callahan, Carl Newton


Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Fred Woodhouse


Motion to approve the 2/4/2020 minutes (Newton/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.


Motion to approve payroll and manifest (Woodhouse/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.


Discussion about the 2020 charges from Peterborough.  Mr. Newton will be meeting with one of the Peterborough Select Board members on Friday, 2/21,2020.  Ms. Callahan and Mr. Woodhouse will compose some questions for Mr. Newton to ask.


Discussion about warrant article #9 to make Mountain Road a "road to summer cottages".  Motion to keep article #9 on the warrant (Woodhouse/Callahan). All in favor, motion carried.  The warrant and the MS-636 were signed for posting. The letter to the property owners listed for Mountain Road was signed.


Reviewed a draft letter to the bank regarding officials needing access to the bank accounts.  Ms. Callahan informed the Board that the Select Board members would need to go to the bank and sign again.  The Board will wait until after the elections to send the letter.


Signed the 2020-2021 contract with the Jaffrey Library.


Approved and signed the Veteran's credit application for Bowers.


Approved and signed an intent to cut for Halliday, Map 3 Lot 48.


Discussion about the 2019 town report.  Ms. Harling will write a draft for the Select Board report and send it to the Board members for review.



Anne Booth:

  • Received a phone call from the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript  regarding the conservation easement and "beaver deceivers". Ms. Booth and Anne Fischer, as Conservation Commission Co-Chairs, sent a written statement to the Ledger-Transcript about the conservation easement.

  • Suggested the Board look at a noise ordinance.  Ms. Booth has a new neighbor who is shooting at "all hours".  The suggestion was made that Ms. Booth try to speak to this neighbor, and also to contact the Police to ensure that the neighbor is shooting in a safe manner.


Meeting adjourned at 6:47 PM.


Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 03/03/2020.


Selectmen 2020-02-04



Budget Hearing

February 4, 2020


Present:  Fred Woodhouse, Diane Callahan, Carl Newton


Budget Hearing called to order at 5:30 PM by Fred Woodhouse


Three members of the Public present.


The Board reviewed the draft budget and warrant articles.  Ms. Harling, Town Administrator, suggested leaving the "Executive" line at $29,000.  Ms. Harling explained that this line includes the BOS stipends, the T.A. salary, the Moderator and Deputy Moderator stipends.  It also includes NHMA dues, postage, public notices, office supplies.


Discussion about Police patrols.  Ken Callahan asked if the Police details will be in the Town Report.  Mr. Callahan feels that this gives the residents a good idea of how often the Peterborough Police are in Sharon.


Mr. Woodhouse asked if there were any other questions or comments, having none, motion to approve the budget and warrant articles as presented (Woodhouse/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.


Motion to close the 2020 budget hearing (Woodhouse/Newton).  Hearing closed at 5:50 PM



Selectmen Minutes

February 4, 2020


Present: Diane Callahan, Fred Woodhouse, Carl Newton


Meeting called to order at 5:50 PM by Fred Woodhouse


Motion to approve the 1/21/2020 minutes (Woodhouse/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve the 1/28/2020 minutes (Woodhouse/Newton).  All in favor, motion carried.


Motion to approve Veteran's Credit applications for Belinda Backstrom and Gary Backstom (Woodhouse/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.


Ms. Harling requested that one of the Board members go to the bank with her to discuss the Forest account.  Ms. Callahan will do this, they will need to set a date and time convenient for both.


Mr. Newton:

  • Needs the information on Mr. Groesbeck to file with the small claims court.


Mitch Call:

  • The Planning Board has not set a date for a public hearing on the Master Plan.

  • The Monadnock Broadband group discussed three proposed Senate bills regarding broadband.


Mr. Woodhouse:

  • The Jaffrey Library has offered to renew the 2020 contract on the same terms at the 2019 contract.  The Board agreed to accept this upon passage of the 2020 budget.


Ken Callahan:

  • Submitted information from the ConCom on the "Beaver Deceivers".


Meeting adjourned at 6:27 PM.


Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 02/18/2020.


Friday, February 7, 2020

Selectmen 2020-01-28



Selectmen Minutes

January 28, 2020


Present: Diane Callahan, Fred Woodhouse, Carl Newton


Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Fred Woodhouse


Reviewed the 2020 budget and warrant articles.  A question about the "Executiuve" line item. The Town Administrator will review and let the Board know what is in this category.

has been made.  The abutting landowner will also be informed of the ConCom's decision.


Mr. Newton spoke about a warrant article to make Mountain Road a "summer road" which would go from November 15 to April 1, under RSA 231:79-81.  Discussion about property owner access during that time period.


Eric Carlson, new property owner, stopped in to ask about putting solar panels on his roof.  Mr. Carlson will need to send a letter of notification.


Meeting adjourned at 6:13 PM.


Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 02/04/2020.


Selectmen 2020-01-21




Selectmen Minutes
January 21, 2020

Present: Diane Callahan, Fred Woodhouse, Carl Newton

Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Fred Woodhouse

Motion to approve the 1/7/2020 minutes (Woodhouse/Newton).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve the payroll and manifest (Newton/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.

Mr. Woodhouse signed the 2019 W-3 transmittal form for the 2019 W-2s and the 2019 4th quarter 941 form.

The Board approved and signed applications for Veterans Credit for Campbell, M 3 L3 and Dahlquist, M 3 L 35B, effective 4/1/2020.

The Board approved an application for an elderly exemption, effective 4/1/2020..

The Town Administrator informed the Board that a temporary driveway permit had been received from the State of NH for the Kania property on Spring Hill Road.  An invitation from Monadnock Community Hospital for a legislative breakfast on February 7, 2020.

Ken Callahan:
  • Has started to refurbish the chairs donated by the Sharon Arts Center.
  • The ConCom has 2 bids for Beaver Deceiver devices.  The ConCom will vote at their next meeting and Mr. Callahan will bring more information to the Board once a decision has been made.  The abutting landowner will also be informed of the ConCom's decision.
  • The molding on the door of the microwave in the kitchen is gone, not sure if the microwave is safe to use, it has been unplugged.

Mitch Call:
  • The Planning Board has a final draft of the Master Plan and will hold a hearing for the public.
  • Reviewed an email forwarded by the Town Administrator regarding a potential school on property on Rte 123 looking for a variance.

Ms. Callahan:
  • Asked how to find out if the tax exempt status for the Sharon Arts Center is still valid.

John LaDue came in with an intent to construct for a garage addition.  The current building is 224x30, the new addition will be 24x32. The Board signed the plot plan.

The Board will meet on January 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm to work on the 2020 budget.

Motion to enter non-public session at 6:16 pm under RSA 91A:3 II(a) (Woodhouse/Callahan).  Woodhouse - yes; Callahan - yes; Newton - yes.
Out on non-public at 6:28 pm.

Motion to approve 2nd manifest (Newton/Woodhouse).  All in favor, motion carried.


Meeting adjourned at 6:33 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 02/04/2020.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Selectmen 2020-01-07




Selectmen Minutes
January 7, 2020

Present: Diane Callahan, Fred Woodhouse, Carl Newton

Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Fred Woodhouse

Motion to approve the 12/17/2019 minutes (Woodhouse/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve the 2019 year-end manifest (Newton/Woodhouse).  All in favor, motion carried.

Elizabeth and Raymond Nieuwenhuizen sent notification to the Board that they plan to purchase 7.03 acres of land (Map 6 Lot 8) which is currently in current use.  Mr. & Mrs. Nieuwenhuizen will file a current use application to put 3 acres of forest land from Map 6 Lot 8A into current use. The 3 acres is contiguous with the property they are purchasing.  This will enable the 7.03 acres to continue in the current use status and not have a land use change penalty assessed.

Stephen Gapp met with the Board regarding an email he had sent to Mr. Woodhouse, Ms. Callahan, and the Town Administrator.  Mr. Gapp was attending the meeting because he had received notification on the afternoon of 1/7/2020 that his email would be discussed at the meeting.  Mr. Gapp had made a phone call to the Town Administrator stating he would prefer not to attend the meeting and requested a phone call back if the email would not be discussed.  Not receiving a phone call back Mr. Gapp was in attendance. Mr. Woodhouse read Mr. Gapp's email, discussion about the various points of the email. Mr. Woodhouse will meet with Mr. Gapp on Thursday, 1/9/2020 to continue discussing Mr. Gapp' concerns. 

Ken Callahan:
  • Requesting the same budget amounts in 2020 for Archives and Sexton as the 2019 budget.

Ms. Callahan:
  • The Callahan's home address is a problem due to having the same zip code as Peterborugh, and both towns having a Mountain Road.  Mr. Woodhouse, as EMD, can change the address to Rte 123. The Callahan's will be responsible for making all change of address notifications.

Mitch Call:
  • Would like to have $100.00 added to the Planning Board budget in 2020 to print and distribute the master plan.  After review of 2019 expenditures the Board determined that there is no need to increase the budget.

Peter Paris:
  • Most things concerning the roads have been fine.  There has been a small problem with one of the contractors, but the roads are safe.
  • Ms. Callahan verified with Mr. Paris that Rte 123 is maintained by the State of NH.

Mr. Woodhouse:
  • Question on when Veteran Credit applications are due.  The Town Administrator informed the Board that these are due by April 15.  There are currently two applications that will be presented to the Board.

The budget hearing will be Tuesday, 2/4/2020 at 5:30 pm, the regular Select Board meeting will follow immediately after the budget hearing.

Budget work:
  • Reviewed the compensation schedule for 2020, no changes made.
  • Preliminary review of the 2020 budget.  The Town Administrator gave the Board the costs presented by the Town of Peterborough for Fire, Police, Ambulance, and Recycling.

Motion to enter non-public session under RSA 91-A:3, II (a) at 7:06 pm (Woodhouse/Newton).  Voice vote unanimous. Out of non-public at 7:23 pm

Meeting adjourned at 7:24 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 01/21/2020.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Selectmen 2019-12-17



Selectmen Minutes

December 17, 2019


Present: Diane Callahan, Fred Woodhouse, Carl Newton


Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Fred Woodhouse


The Board and Conservation Commission Chairs Ann Booth and Anne Fischer signed the conservation easement paperwork on the Van Dyke property, Map 7 Lot 25.  Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF) owns the property, the Town of Sharon will hold the easement and the Sharon ConCom will monitor the property.  The ConCom will pay a portion of the easement costs from the Conservation Fund.


Motion to approve the 12/3/2019 minutes (Woodhouse/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.


Motion to approve the payroll and manifest (Woodhouse/Newton).  All in favor, motion carried.


Motion to accept the 2020 contract with Total Notice for deed researching (Woodhouse/Newton).  All in favor, motion carried. Mr. Woodhouse signed the contract.


Reviewed intents to cut:  

Reviewed an email from Dan Reed regarding the requested bond for Mountain Road.  Road Agent Pete Paris said the road needs to be protected. Dan Reed stated that timber will be taken out just above the cabins, a new landing will be put in and timber will be skidded out to that landing.  There is no buyer yet. The project could take 6 to 8 weeks and Mr. Reed stated that it would not happen during mud season. Mr. Paris is willing to drop the road bond down to $7,500.00 if the timber harvest occurs during the summer when the road is hard.  The Board reviewed the intent to cut for Kania, M 5 L 16, Mr. Reed would like to use Spring Hill Road to bring the timber out.

Intents to cut approved: Harris Construction, M 6 L 2; Kania, M 5 L 16; Morison M 1 L 14; New England Forestry Foundation, M1 L 13-A; Williamson, M 3 L 15.




Mitch Call:

  • The Planning Board has completed the master plan and will have a public hearing in January 2020.


Ken Callahan:

  • Asked for approval to purchase the materials for the chairs donated by the Sharon Arts Center.  Motion to approve $200.00 for the chairs (Woodhouse/Callahan). All in favor, motion carried.


Mr. Woodhouse:

  • Selectmen's Advisory Committee meeting:  The school budget hearing is scheduled for 1/7/2020 with a snow date of 1/9/2020.  A Peterborough Selectwoman wants the "District" to work on affordable housing. The School Board is looking at closing an elementary school.


Mr. Newton:

  • Has spoken to Dave Buxton who will be dealing with the Swamp Road cutting in the spring.

  • We will need to start working on the budget at the 1st January meeting.

  • Will be willing to go to small claims court, if the Board decides to, to try to get reimbursement for costs from Mr. Groesbeck.


Ms. Callahan:

  • Asked the status of the Krook LUCT, notice of delinquency has been sent.  



Meeting adjourned at 6:34 PM.


Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 01/07/2020.