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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Selectmen 2017-08-15

Selectmen Meeting Minutes

August 15, 2017

Present: Carl Newton, Donald T. O'Brien, Linda Paris

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

Motion to approve the minutes of 7/18/17 (Newton/O'Brien).  All in favor, motion carried.

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


  • Signed abatement warrant for SPNHF for late charges on timber taxes.

  • Signed intent to cut for Hart, M 3 L 48.

  • Signed intent to excavate - San-Ken, M 3 L 38.

Tim Keenan, Road Agent:

  • Driveway permits for the Spring Hill subdivision, on permit was approved and one was denied.  Mr. Newton stated that two driveways cannot be approved without subdivision approval.  The property owners are in discussion with the PB.  Ms. Harling will hold the driveway permits.

  • Ms. Paris asked about the garage doors for the shed.  Mr. Keenan needs the original quote, Mr. Newton never received a written quote.

  • Salt for the salt shed should be delivered by the end of October.

  • Mr. Keenan is looking into funding for the Spring Hill Road bridge.

  • Mr. Keenan will begin preparing for winter, checking signs and areas around bridges.

  • Mr. Keenan has been trying to speak to people about winter plowing.

  • Mr. Keenan dismantled the beaver dam Tuesday, August 8, and the beavers were back that same night.

Motion to approve septic design for Aho, M 7 L 26 (Newton/O'Brien).  All in favor, motion carried.  Approval signed by Mr. Newton.

The  regular Board meeting was suspended at 6:00 pm.  

Public hearing to accept and expend unanticipated funds from the State of NH under 2017 Senate Bill (SB) 38 was opened at 6:00 pm.  

Motion to  accept $17,496.18 from the State of NH (Newton/O'Brien).  All in favor, motion carried.   Mr. Keenan was asked to determine how this motion should be used.  Ms. Harling will speak to Mr. Goodeve to determine where these funds should be recorde.

Motion to close the public hearing at 6:03 pm (Newton/O'Brien).  All in favor, motion carried.

The regular Board meeting was reopened at 6:03 pm.

Dan Reed presented intents to cut for Matthews, M 5 L 7A and Peyton, M 5 L 6 both located on Cross Road.  Discussion about a road bond and road permit.  It was suggested that the bond for Mountain Road be transferred to this cut.  Mr. O'Brien asked Mr. Keenan if he would like a higher bond amount.  Mr. Keenan is okay with the amount of $7,500, Ms Paris thought the bond should be increased.  Discussion about the estimated length of time, Mr. Reed thought 4 weeks.  The ConCom will need to be involved due to the water crossing for Meadow Brook.  Mr. Callahan will check the rules regarding crossing water.  Motion to approve the intents to cut (Newton/O'Brien).  All in favor, motion carried.  Motion that the Road Agent monitor Cross Road for damage from the cuts on M 5 Lots 6 and 7A (Newton/O'Brien).  All in favor, motion carried.

Mitch Call:

  • Submitted updated building permit forms - reviewed Mr. Newton's comments.

  • Submitted an application form for the review of existing ADUs.  The Planning Board can revise their procedures to create an expedited review process.

  • Discussion about drones, suggested a regulation for town roads and town property with some allowance for commercial purposes.  Mr. Call explained that over 500 feet above ground level (AGL) drones are regulated by the FAA, under 500 feet AGL a drone is trespassing.

Ms. Paris:

  • Discussion about an email from the Treasurer regarding the bank charges on the Forest Fund for inactivity.  Mr. Callahan will speak to the ConCom.  Mr. Callahan thought that this shouldn't be a problem because interest income has increased.

Mr. O'Brien:

  • Has spoken to the Town Attorney about closing Swamp Road.  Ms Paris suggested closing the bridge on Swamp Road.  Discussion about both ideas.  Motion to close the bridge on Swamp Road (O'Brien/no second).  Mr. Newton and Ms. Paris would like more time to think about these suggestions.  Mr. Callahan suggested the Board make sure they have all their facts and reasons noted before taking action.

Motion to adjourn (Newton/Paris). All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 09-05-17.


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Carl Newton                      Donald T. O'Brien Linda Paris