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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Selectmen 2018-12-04

Selectmen Meeting Minutes

December 4, 2018

Present: Carl Newton, Linda Paris, Diane Callahan

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

Ken Callahan:

  • Everything went well with the alarm system.  The town now has the password. It was suggested that this be kept in the call box so that if there is an emergency the Fire Department has the information.  Review and discussion of the call list, Fred Woodhouse agreed to be added to replace Bob Greenwood. There was a suggestion to synchronize the emergency lights, this could be done in conjunction with another service call.  Batteries should be replaced every four to five years.

Tim Grosbeck spoke with the Board regarding a notice of violation he had received for pouring a slab within the 100' front setback.  Mr. Grosbeck said he would like to erect a building on this slab in the future. Mr. Grosbeck stated that he thinks this would be more unsightly in his agricultural field.  Mr. Newton stated that this is not the Board's call, Mr. Grosbeck will need to file an appeal with the Zoning Board. Mr. Grosbeck has 30 days from the notice of violation to file with the ZBA.  The Town Administrator printed out an appeal form from the website.

Paul LaRoche from ATA, representing the owners of 80 Spring Hill Road, presented a septic design and building permit application to the Board.  The Board reviewed the septic plan, which had been approved for the setbacks by Tim Grosbeck. Motion to approve the septic design (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried. The Board reviewed the building permit application. Motion to approve the building permit (Newton/Paris). All in favor, motion carried.

Anne Booth:

  • Asked if there has been any further information on the Peterborough water situation.  Mr. Newton said he has not heard anything recently.

Mitch Call:

  • Borrowed two GPS units and the ComCom did the trails in the Town Forest.

  • Comments were made on the winter road policy.

  • Met with John Kaufhold, the new District Superintendent of the DOT shed.  Mr. Kaufhold will instruct his drivers to push the snow further back on corners that intersect with town roads.  Mr. Kaufhold suggested some tree trimming and removal of some trees at the intersection of Greenleaf Road and Route 123.

  • The Town of Sharon did not get surveyed during the FCC Challenge for broadband coverage.  The Monadnock Region is the poorest served in terms of population.

  • Asked for comments on the proposed "Intent to Construct" form.  Mr. Newton suggested adding the fee schedule for anything that requires a permit.

Motion to approve the minutes of 11/16/18 (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.

Signed a letter to Roberts and Greene regarding the audit.

Motion to approve timber tax warrant for Elizabeth and Don Hart (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve timber tax warrant for Matthews (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve the manifest for the County taxes (Newton/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried.

Reviewed a letter regarding FEMA's "Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning" workshop.  It was determined that anyone who would like to attend should RSVP separately.

Diane Callahan:

  • Was contacted by someone who wanted to find out about plowing.  One question was whether the roads could be plowed without blocking driveways.  Ms. Callahan spoke to Pete Paris, former Road Agent, who informed her that is not possible.  Anne Booth spoke about the condition of Mill Road. Mr. Newton stated that the Town tried to contract with a second person for plowing but they were not successful for this year.

Carl Newton:

  • Spoke about a comment in the Master Plan regarding roadside buffer regulation.  Mr. Newton stated that he thinks the regulations are fine as they are, there doesn't need to be further regulation on this.

  • Eric Matson needs to upgrade his insurance, the question is how much?  Discussion about $1,000,000 for plowing and liability, and $500,000 for bodily injury.  The Town Administrator will send Mr. Matson a letter and ask him to find out the cost to cover the town as it is not covered at sufficient levels at the present time.  A letter will go to Tim Keenan as well.

  • Selectmen's Advisory Committee - there is no consensus regarding issues around closing the small schools.  Some people are trying to force the issues and the meetings have been contentious.

  • Discussion about rewriting contracts.

  • Asked for thoughts regarding a new Road Agent as Tim Keenan will be moving out of state in June.  The Town Administrator will contact NHMA to find out if Mr. Newton could be appointed as the Road Agent and possible conflicts of interest.

Motion to adjourn (Newton/Paris).  All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 12/18/2018.


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Carl Newton                      Linda Paris Diane Callahan

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