Minutes of April 6, 2005

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. Present in addition to the chairman were Michelle Degree, Geoff Gardner, Dave Jakway, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Absent was Joe Fitzpatrick. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. Selectman Richard Labadie was also present.

Minutes of the meeting of March 2, 2005, were approved as distributed.

Organizing business
The first meeting following Town Meeting requires election of officials. A motion (Sweet/Gardner) to reelect Steve Hamilton as chairman passed unanimously. A motion (Hotchkiss/Gardner) to reelect Ann Sweet as secretary passed unanimously. Mr. Hamilton and Ms. Degree need to be sworn in for new terms.

Possible subdivision of Blanchard property on Gilsum Road
Dale Blanchard showed a five-acre area on Gilsum Road which he is considering separating from the rest of his property there, where he has 374’ of road frontage. A review of the checklist for a minor subdivision drew attention to the need for a driveway permit for a site with 200’ or visibility in each direction. Mr. Blanchard expects to return in May with an application and plat for a preliminary discussion. A hearing might be held at the June meeting.

Defibrillators in Sullivan
Ms. Degree reported that there are four defibrillators in the community: one at the store, available 24/7; one in the police patrol car; one with the rescue vehicle; and one at the school. Everyone agreed that the people in town should know about these. and Ms. Degree promised the information would be published in the next issue of the newsletter.

Chairman Hamilton reported upcoming meetings about how to identify brownfields and then to get help eliminating them. Concern was expressed by several members about the proliferation of unregistered cars in several yards, turning them into unregistered junk yards.

Member issues
Mr. Jakway asked about the access to Toutant property from Hubbard Road. He has explored the area and finds it almost entirely a wetland. 

Mrs. Sweet reported that the governor’s budget for LCHIP had been cut in half, and she urged support for full funding to help poorer towns raise money to protect their special places. She also asked fellow members to follow the proposed power generation plant in Hinsdale because of potential air pollution problems from combustion of Construction and Demolition debris, as well as warming of the waters of the Connecticut River from warm water discharge. She noted that proposed legislation is pending in the State House to pass a moratorium on construction of plants burning C&D until the issue could be studied. 

Mr. Gardner suggested that the proposed subdivision regulations be discussed. All agreed on the wording and scheduled a hearing for the May 4 meeting.

Chairman Hamilton asked members to review before the next meeting the by-laws for needed changes. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary