Minutes of April 1, 2009

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were members Barry Grass, Dave Jakway, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Absent were Michelle Degree and Joe Fitzpatrick . Cheryl Labadie represented the selectmen. Also present were Barbara Atwood and Keith and Peggy Martin.

Minutes of the meeting of March 4, 2009, were accepted as distributed.

Election of new officers

Chairman Bob Switzer. A motion (Sweet/Jakway) to elect Bob Switzer chairman passed unanimously.

Secretary Ann Sweet. A motion (Switzer/Jakway) to elect Ann Sweet secretary passed without dissent.

Enforcement of the Cease and Desist Order to stop wood processing by Paquettes

Ms. Atwood and the Martins, acknowledging that they knew it was not planning board business, asked to speak to the first official town body meeting after the day in court (April 1) concerning Paquette wood processing. After a two-hour delay, the Paquettes’ lawyer asked to talk with the town lawyer, and, with the approval of the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, agreed to a settlement. The Paquettes signed a promise to stop the business and to pay town costs; the Town agreed to drop the penalty that had been accumulating at the rate of $275 per day since last spring. The issue of payment for damage to Price Road was not included in the settlement. The town lawyer will consider whether it makes financial sense to pursue charges for road damages. Ms. Atwood and the Martins expressed their concern that the levy of fines had been dropped. They feared such leniency would encourage other scofflaws. Ms. Labadie, Chairman of the Sullivan Board of Selectmen, pointed out that payment of the town’s legal costs was more sure than payment of the fines, which the judge could reduce substantially. However, if the Paquettes violate the agreement, they will be served with arrest warrants and imposition of fines.

Other enforcement issues facing the selectmen will be resolved

A&L Trucking will be required to return to the ZBA and may face charges from the health officer

Csenge will be required to apply for site plan approval

Kinson gravel pit will be officially closed

Energy committee

Mrs. Sweet reported that an energy committee had been approved and appointed by the Board of Selectmen at its March 30 meeting. The committee will meet Wednesday, April 15, at 7:15 pm. in the town hall.

Workshop on Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques (a handbook)

Chairman Switzer reported that he attended two presentations at the meeting sponsored by SWRPC on March 28.

Energy efficient construction can be encouraged by statements in the Master Plan and by the selectmen considering the building permit.

Conservation subdivisions will be more successful if planning boards require preliminary consultation prior to a developer’s creating his plan. The planning board and the developer can examine the terrain of the property and consider best placement of cluster housing.

It was agreed that subdivision regulations should be reviewed to consider helpful language.

Farewell to Steve Hamilton

Chairman Switzer expressed the appreciation of the board members and the town for Mr. Hamilton’s years of service. He promised to become active again in town affairs after a break.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary