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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Selectmen 2018-10-16

Selectmen Meeting Minutes

October 16, 2018

Present: Carl Newton, Diane Callahan

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

Bruce Clark and Rick Evans of the NH-DRA spoke to the Board about Mr. Clark's abatement request on his timber tax.  Mr. Evans explained that because the owner had paid the costs of the landing 50% of that cost could be deducted from the value of the timber.  Based on the estimated costs of the landing Mr. Clark would be entitled to an abatement of $174.10, as determined by Mr. Evans. Mr. Evans explained the timber rules and stated that the Board could hire a contractor, obtain information on the actual amount received by the landowner, or obtain the state worksheet that describes the status of the cut.  There was discussion on when to obtain a bond for the taxes that would be due. If the cut is a state sale a bond is required. If the landowner is delinquent on any other taxes in the town a bond is required. The bond may be in cash, a certified check, a letter of credit or an insurance bond. After the explanations from Mr. Evans a motion was made to abate $174.10 for Bruce Clark on his timber tax (Newton/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of 10/2/18 (Newton/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.

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

Tim Keenan:

  • "No Dumping" signs are up on Swamp Road.

  • Getting winter sand up.

  • Did a light grade on Cross Road.

  • Patching on Nashua Road needs to be done..

Mr. Newton signed the 941 payroll tax return for the second quarter of 2018.

Mr. Newton and Ms. Callahan signed the warrant for the November 6, 2018 election.

Mitch Call:

  • Received information from Jay Mack of SWRPC regarding federal funds for dangerous intersections.  Mr. Call is looking into this.

  • Has not received any response regarding the FCC challenge.

  • Bill Joyner and Mr. Call attended the NHMA law lecture on solar.  The Planning Board will be looking at the zoning ordinance regarding solar.

  • Has received information that SWPRC will provide GPS recorders to mark trails in the Town Forest.  This information will be given to the ConCom.

Ms. Callahan:

  • Has sent an email to Jim Fredrickson, Sharon's School Board Representative, regarding the money charged to Sharon for a student who lived in New Ipswich.  Ms. Callahan has not had any response from Mr. Fredrickson yet.

  • Gave the Board information that the Sharon Arts Center (SAC) would like to use Clark Road if it continues with its plans for development.  Ms. Callahan suggested building covenants into any permissions that might be given. Mr. Newton did not think that the Board should be concerned about this at the present time.

Mr. Newton:

  • Met with Rodney Bartlett, Peterborough Town Administrator.  It appears that in the next fiscal year Sharon would be charged $30,000.00/year for the library, plus a portion of the bond payment for the library renovations.  In approximately 3 years Sharon will be charged a percentage of the cost for a new fire station plus new equipment and a full-time staff.

  • Mr. Bartlett spoke to Mr. Newton about the possibility of Sharon helping to pay for a conservation easement on the Bonsal property for water conservation.  Ken Callahan stated that the ConCom has paid fees for conservation easements in the past.

The Board will not meet on election day, November 6, 2018.

Motion to adjourn (Newton/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:02 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on _________________.


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Carl Newton                      Linda Paris Diane Callahan