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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.


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Carl Newton                      Linda Paris Diane Callahan