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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Selectmen 2020-09-15

Selectmen Minutes

September 15, 2020

Present:  Fred Woodhouse, Diane Callahan, Gary Backstrom

Call to order by Fred Woodhouse at 5:31 pm.

Chief Guinard of the Peterborough Police Department spoke about the disappearance of political signs.  Chief Guinard stated that this is not unique to Sharon, it is happening all over and is not unusual during political campaigns.  The Chief gave the following suggestions:  put in a lighted area; bring the sign in at night; use a sharpie to put a unique mark on the sign so it could be returned if the Police find it.  The Chief informed those in attendance that he has officers on 24/7 so if a sign is taken residents can call the Police and report it.  He has asked officers to increase patrols.  The Police also have picked up signs that have been abandoned, this is where the unique mark can help get the sign returned.  Chief Guinard explained that this is a misdemeanor crime and is usually committed by teenagers.

Carl Newton:

  • There are two applicants for the Road Agent position with a possible additional inquiry.  Mr. Woodhouse asked for resumes or information on both applicants.  Mr. Newton suggested setting up interviews, the Board will review the Road Agent job description.  Rory Goff stated that the applicants should also provide references.  Ms. Callahan asked if each of the applicants have the right equipment to do the job, Mr. Newton answered in the affirmative.

Jim Martens asked to be recognized and spoke about hearing shooting, then asked if there is anything that can be done to provide relief.  This started a discussion with Rory Goff, Gina Goff, Beth Fernald, Karen Shea Dufrense all commenting on the amount of gun fire they hear and statements such as "living in a war zone", unnerving and obtrusive", "afraid to walk on their property".  Mr. Martens suggested that the Board send out a town wide letter explaining how upsetting this gun fire is to some residents.  Mr. Woodhouse suggested that people speak to their neighbors.  The question was asked about what the Board could do to limit the amount of shooting  Mr. Woodhouse stated he wasn't sure what the Board could do as it is legal to shoot on one's own property.  Someone in the audience made a suggestion that the Board build on the idea of sending a letter out explaining the impact of shooting on neighbors.  Mr. Backstrom asked for suggestions from the people attending since this is a legal activity.  Ms. Callahan suggested that if people are concerned that they call the Police and request the Police check things out.  Ms. Callahan has spoken to the Police and the biggest issue for them is being in town when any shooting does occur so that they can determine where the shots are coming from, the Police are able to investigate for safety issues.

Motion to approve the 9/1/2020 minutes (Woodhouse/Backstrom).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve the payroll and maifest(Backstrom/Woodhouse).  All in favor, motion carried.

Motion to approve the request for transfer of funds from the Highway Repair Fund for the cost of paving Nashua Road (Callahan/Woodhouse).  All in favor, motion carried.

The Town Administrator asked about selling zoning ordinance booklets, the cost of printing was $17.55/booklet.  Ms. Harling would like to purchase notebooks to put these booklets in and sell them for $20.00, this amount would cover the cost of the printing and the notebooks.  The Board approved this idea.

Mr. Backstrom:

  • Asked what would constitute a negative sign and showed the Board a picture of a sign that had been erected recently.  The Board felt that this sign did constitute a negative sign but may be considered political as well.

The Board was informed that the broadband survey has been sent out as on the googlegroups, the Town Administrator is waiting for labels to send out the mailings.

Meeting adjourned at 6:39 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 10/06/2020