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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Selectmen 2018-06-19




Selectmen Meeting Minutes
June 19, 2018

Present: Carl Newton, Linda Paris, Diane Callahan

Meeting called to order at 4:20 PM by Ms. Paris.

The Board meeting began early to meet with representatives of the Sharon Arts Center.  No representatives of the Sharon Arts Center were present.

Motion to approve the minutes of 6/5/18 and 6/12/18 (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve payroll and manifests (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.

Mr. Newton signed the E911 liaison form as Chair.  This will change the E911 liaisons to Fred Woodhouse, new Emergency Management Director, and Debra Harling, Town Administrator.

Mr. Newton:
  • There was an issue at the DiSalvo timber cut on Swamp Road, one of the trucks tried to go over the bridge.  The Forester was contacted and this should not occur again.

Ken Callahan:
  • Requested permission to purchase some supplies for maintenance of the buildings.  There is money in the budget, this purchase was approved.

Ms. Callahan:
  • Confirmation of meeting with Kim Saunders, Superintendent of the Conval Schools, for Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 5:30 pm.
  • There is a building on the former Fenno property, what is the status of this building?  Is it a Farm Stand? This will be looked into.

Karen Shea Dufresne, Tax Collector, received approval to add a note to the statement she plans to send to Eric Matson reminding Mr. Matson of the payment arrangement agreed upon in November 2017.





Juliana and Chris Kazanovicz met with the Board to discuss an addition to their existing residence located on Map 6 Lot 20 and contains 5.586 acres.  The proposed addition is 26' x 28', 2 stories. Their present septic is approved for 4 bedrooms, they currently have one bedroom, with the addition there will be a total of 3 bedrooms.  No new septic approval will be needed. Tim Grosbeck will be contacted to review the plans. Check #378 in the amount of $75.00 for the application fee was presented with a copy of the application and plans.

Tim Keenan:
  • There has been timber cutting on Temple Road, Map 3 Lot 35B.  There are currently no permits for this property. Mr. Newton suggested Mr. Keenan stop and speak to the property owners.
  • Swamp Road is the only road left to be graded, this will be done after the logging operation currently in progress is finished.

Motion to adjourn (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 5:45 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 07/17/2018.
 

___________________ ___________________ ___________________
Carl Newton                      Linda Paris Diane Callahan


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Selectmen 2018-06-12



Selectmen Meeting Minutes

June 12, 2018


Present: Carl Newton, Linda Paris, Diane Callahan


Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Mr. Newton.


Meeting with Rodney Bartlett, Peterborough Town Administrator, to discuss the proposed purchase of the Cold Stone Springs site by the Town of Peterborough.


Mr. Bartlett explained that the Town of Peterborough is looking into the purchase of the Cold Stone Springs property (formerly Barking Dogs) to use as a water supply for Peterborough.  The property is approximately 273 acres with approximately 50 acres in Sharon. There are currently three wells on this property that are permitted by the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES).  These wells are permitted for 577,000 gallons per day. Peterborough estimates that it need a total of approximately 400,000 gallons per day.


Mr. Bartlett gave a brief history of why Peterborough is looking for new water supplies.  In 1994 the South well had to be taken off line due to contamination from New Hampshire Ball Bearing (NHBB).  There has been ongoing remediation, but this well is still not online. In 2017 the Summer Street well was replaced by a new well sited on Summer Street.  The Cold Stone Springs site was suggested as an possible water source. Testing has been done and chlorate was detected but at lower levels than 12 years ago.


Mr. Bartlett explained that to date the following has occured:

  • An inquiry has been made to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine if funds for the South Well remediation from the DES and NHBB could be re-directed to the development of a new site.

  • Discussions have occurred with the Town of Jaffrey to possibly use the site jointly.

  • An application has been submitted to the DES-Drinking Water Commission.  The primary focus is land conservation for drinking water protection.

  • Conversations with the Nature Conservancy for them to hold an easement on the property.

  • Negotiations with the owners, an appraisal is being done.  Ms. Callahan asked if the purchase would be contingent on the water being viable for consumption and Mr. Bartlett responded yes.


Mr. Bartlett stated that Peterborough would like to address the concerns of the abutters and does not envision using these wells to their full potential.  A question was asked about the wells in Jaffrey and Mr. Bartlett said that they don't think the aquifer for the three Jaffrey wells is connected to the aquifer for the three Cold Stone Springs wells.


A question about whether the Morrison well was contaminated, this is privately owned and located south of the Peterborough South well.  Mr. Bartlett said that the Morrison well had not been affected by the NHBB contamination.


Additional questions:

  • Would a new pipeline be needed? - Yes.

  • How many properties in Sharon would be affected? -

  • How is it determined how much water could be drawn? - Pump tests are conducted for 30 days and test wells are monitored to determine a safe draw.

  • Where would water treatment occur? - Undetermined at this time.

  • What would happen if a homeowners well was impacted? - Peterborough would need to provide that homeowner with a new well or hook them into town water.

  • What would the benefit to the Town of Sharon be? - The long term benefit would probably be the protection of the entire property through a conservation easement.


At this time Peterborough has filed grant applications with the Drinking Water/Ground Water Trust and LCHIP.  A pre-application has gone to the DES in Concord.


There has been a suggestion that the Conservation Commissions of Peterborough, Jaffrey, and Sharon work together to monitor the site.


Mr. Bartlett will keep the Town of Sharon informed as this project continues forward.


Other business:


Bob Greenwood resigned as Emergency Management Director.  Motion to accept Bob Greenwood's resignation as Emergency Management Director (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried. Motion to appoint Fred Woodhouse as Emergency Management Director (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.


Ken Callahan spoke about radio "dead spots" in town and suggested that this issue be looked into.


Motion to adjourn (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:30 PM.


Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 6/19/2018.

 


___________________ ___________________ ___________________

Carl Newton                      Linda Paris Diane Callahan



Selectmen 2018-06-05



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Selectmen Meeting Minutes

June 5, 2018


Present: Carl Newton, Linda Paris, Diane Callahan


Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Mr. Newton.


Motion to approve the minutes of 5/29/18 (Paris/Newton).  All in favor, motion carried.


The timber cut on the Clark property located on South Road (Map 3 Lot 42) is complete, the bond can be released.


Chet Bowles requested permission to borrow chairs from the Meeting House on 6/11/18.  The Board approved.


Mr. Newton:

  • Reviewed a set of preliminary plans for a revised driveway entrance for the Dustin Krook property on Spring Hill Road (Map 4 Lot 25).  No driveway application has been received as of 6/5/18.

  • Discussed working in the Cemetery with Ken Callahan, checking monuments, cutting and trimming, looking at the crypt to determine what work needs to be done to this.

  • Discussed the construction of a woodbox to make wood available for residents.

  • Discussion of properties located on Cross Road, Map 5 Lots 15, 16, and 16A.  The Andrews property is finishing probate, some of this property is in Sharon and some of it is in Peterborough.  Review of the assessment records indicated that Lots 16 and 16A are owned by Kania. Norm Makechnie, Town Attorney, asked Mr. Newton when the town has last perambulated the town boundaries due to the probate issue.


Ken Callahan:

  • Requested feedback from the Board regarding his proposal for the work to be performed by the Sexton.  The Board agreed with the proposal.

  • Asked the Board if they knew how often the floor in the big meeting room is done.  It was suggested that Mr. Callahan speak to Chet Bowles.


Ms. Callahan:

  • Ms. Callahan will contact Conval Superintendent Kim Saunders to request she meet with the Board regarding the status of charges for the New Ipswich student charged to Sharon.


The Board will meet July 17, 2018 and August 21, 2018.  If other business arises that needs attention a special meeting will be called.

It was noted that the public notice for the Planning Board states "Tuesday, June 10, 2018".  June 10 is a Sunday, the Town Administrator will send an email blast out on googlegroups to notify residents of this error.



Motion to adjourn (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:20 PM.


Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 6/19/2018_.

 


___________________ ___________________ ___________________

Carl Newton                      Linda Paris Diane Callahan



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Selectmen 2018-05-29



Selectmen Meeting Minutes

May 29, 2018


Present: Carl Newton, Linda Paris, Diane Callahan


Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Mr. Newton.


Ed Holz, First In Technology, explained his IT background and spoke to the Board about the installation of the Clerkworks program.  Mr. Holz has spoken to Fairpoint and found that the town has the required static IP address. A firewall box needs to be purchased and the State of NH paperwork completed.  At the present time the installation of Clerkworks is planned for the vital records computer. Mr. Holz cannot work on this computer due to state requirements. Mr. Holz recommended the purchase of a separate computer for Clerkworks and gave the Board information on the costs.  Motion to use option 1 (the Vital Records computer) for 2018 and review both options at budget time (Newton/Paris). All in favor, motion carried.


Rory Goff was sworn in as Moderator until March 2019.  Discussion with Rory Goff and Bill Joyner about Mr. Joyner becoming the Deputy Moderator.  Mr. Goff appointed Mr. Joyner as Deputy Moderator to March 2019. Mr. Joyner was sworn in as Deputy Moderator.


Tyler Seppala submitted a building permit application with a State approved septic design and a State approved driveway permit for Map 3 Lot 44A, Jarmany Hill Road.  Tim Grosbeck had reviewed the septic design before submission to the State. Motion to acknowledge approval of the septic design for Map 3 Lot 44A (Newton/Paris). All in favor, motion carried.  Motion to approve the building permit application for Map 3 Lot 44A (Newton/Paris). All in favor, motion carried. Mr. Seppala gave check #157, dated 5/29/18 in the amount of $75.00 for the fee.  


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


Tim Keenan:

  • South Road is open, removed a downed oak tree, the street sign has been stolen, Mr. Keenan has ordered a new street sign.

  • Planning to grade Cross Road.

  • Will need to look at tree trimming.

  • Mr. Newton informed Mr. Keenan that the brook at Blueberry Field parking lot (Mountain Road) has a terrible smell.  Mr. Newton suggested a culvert for the driveway.

  • Discussion of the Krook driveway plan for Spring Hill Road.  Spring Hill Road is a 3 rod road which includes the stone wall.  It was suggested that the town work with Mr. Krook and propose any removal and re-construction of the stone wall be done under the supervision of an expert.

Mr. Newton:

  • The Sharon Arts Center would like to meet with the Board, the meeting would need to be early and Mr. Newton suggested starting the June 19, 2018 meeting at 4:00 pm.  The purpose of this meeting would be to review SAC business plans for expansion of services. Mitch Call suggested supporting SAC to the extent the town is able to under the zoning ordinances.


Motion to approve an intent to cut for the DiSalvo property, Map 7 Lot 21, Swamp Road (Newton/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried. It was noted that the requested bond has been executed and received by the town attorney.


Motion to approve the minutes of 5/1/18 (Paris/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.


Motion to renew the Permit to Sell Pistols and Revolvers for William Fisher (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.


Review of a letter from town attorney, Norm Makechnie.  Mr. Makechnie is joining the law firm of Upton & Hatfield.  The Board discussed option, such as retaining a new attorney, or remaining with Mr. Makechnie.  Motion to continue with Mr. Makechnie and the firm of Upton & Hatfield for the present time (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.


Mitch Call:

  • Submitted a draft for the driveway permit application.  Tim Keenan suggested a $75.00 fee to cover inspection.

  • Updated the Board on his research into stone walls.  Has learned that if someone is going to do dry stone walls they need DSWA certification.  The primary should be at least a level two certification with any assistants at a level one certification.  There are 4 or 5 DSWA certified 2 or higher within a 30 mile radius.

  • Submitted a draft notice to construct for Board review.

  • Requested the Meeting Room for the Wapack Annual Meeting to be held Oct. 20, 2018.

  • The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on driveways, septic regulations for ADUs and, stone walls on June 12,  2018 at 6:00 pm.


Ken Callahan:

  • Mr. Callahan is willing to do the building maintenance.  A draft of possible duties presented by Mr. Newton was reviewed.  Mr. Callahan suggested making a checklist of things that need to be done.  Mr. Callahan will continue to clear snow on a volunteer basis for the present time.  Motion to hire Ken Callahan as Sexton for the Meeting House at $125.00/month (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.


Ms. Paris:

  • Asked how Earth Day went, no one presente had attended.

  • Presented an article from the Monadnock Shopper regarding the "Wales Trail".

  • Has received emails from two town residents regarding the Peterborough Library, these residents are not in favor of the library.





Ms. Callahan:

  • Would like to request a meeting with ConVal regarding the New Ipswich student that was charged to the Town of Sharon.  Ms. Callahan would like to suggest meeting dates of 7/17/18 or 8/21/18 to Superintendent Kim Saunders.

  • Would like to obtain information from the Fire Department regarding the width needed on driveways for safety.  Mr. Call explained that the town only has control of a certain portion from the road.



Motion to adjourn (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:13 PM.


Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 06/05/2018.

 


___________________ ___________________ ___________________

Carl Newton                      Linda Paris Diane Callahan



Saturday, June 2, 2018

Selectmen 2018-05-01



Selectmen Meeting Minutes

May 1, 2018


Present: Carl Newton, Linda Paris


Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Mr. Newton.


Motion to approve the minutes of 4/17/18 (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.


Steve Hardy of Green Mountain Forestry met with the Board regarding the intent to cut for M 3 L 42.  Mr. Hardy requested a reduction in the road bond the Board is asking for. Mr. Hardy has spoken to Tim Keenan, Road Agent, and Mr. Keenan suggested a reduced bond of $2,000.00.  Mr. Newton called Mr. Keenan who acknowledged he had suggested a lower bond amount. Mr. Hardy agreed to get the bond to the Town Attorney on May 2, 2018. Motion to approve the intent to cut for M 3 L 43 (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried, and the intent to cut was signed.


Anne Booth and Anne Fischer, Co-Chairs of the Conservation Commission (ConCom) informed the Board that the ConCom has an opportunity to help purchase the VanDyke property on Swamp Road.  The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) would purchase the property and the Sharon ConCom would cover $34,642.00 of the cost and hold a conservation easement. After discussion the consensus of the Board members present was for the ConCom to move forward after the required public hearing.  


The Board was informed that the Town of Peterborough is researching the purchase of the Cold Stone Springs property for the wells in order to provide water to Peterborough.  Mr. Newton questioned the amount of water that would be removed. Rodney Bartlett, Town Administrator for Peterborough would like to meet with the Board of Selectmen and ConCom regarding this matter.


Mr. Newton:

  • Purchased a solar light for the flagpole and submitted an invoice for reimbursement.

  • Presented a letter to San-Ken regarding the driveway off their property on Nashua Road.  Motion to approve the letter (Newton/Paris). All in favor, motion carried, and the letter signed.

  • Attended the Selectmen's Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting.  The
    SAC will be reviewing the cost of sports at Conval in light of the budget increases for the 2018-2019 year.



Motion to approve the intent to excavate for San-Ken, M3 L 38, (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.



Motion to sign timber tax warrants for Fischer and Fogden (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.


Reviewed and signed a letter to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust regarding the appointment of Diane Callahan to the Board of Selectmen.


Mitch Call:

  • Attended a seminar on "Strange Roads" which dealt with different types of roads.

  • Mr. Call, Bill Joyner, and P.J. Joyner attended the Planning and Zoning Conference.

  • Has discovered a glitch in the ADU ordinance regarding septic systems.

  • The Planning Board will discuss holding a public hearing on driveways at its meeting on May 8, 2018.


Fred Woodhouse asked if he would need a building permit to replace a deck.  Mr. Woodhouse was informed that if it is the same footprint no permit is needed, however, the town would like to be informed of changes.



Motion to adjourn (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:58 PM.


Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 5/29/2018.

 


___________________ ___________________ ___________________

Carl Newton                      Linda Paris Diane Callahan