Minutes of August 3, 2005

 Chairman Steve Hamilton Called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were Michelle Degree, Geoff Gardner, Dave Jakway, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Joe Fitzpatrick was absent. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. Selectman Richard Labadie was also present. Present also were Jeff and Cindy Brooks, Michael and Jennifer Brooks, Bill Rubyck, and Cheryl Labadie.

Minutes of the meeting of July 6, 2005, were approved as distributed.

Preliminary consultation on a proposed subdivision of Brooks property on Tyler Lane 
A revised application and plat were presented to the board with correct owners’ names and address. The revised plat shows setback lines, the pond and wetlands, location of septic area and the 75 foot well radius. A copy of the PSNH easement was also provided for the planning board’s records. It was noted that the lot number on the plat must be verified with town records and that a copy of the State septic approval and of the driveway permit are still needed. These were promised for the public hearing, set for September 7. Jennifer Brooks presented the town with a $45 check to cover the cost of the notice to abutters and the notice to be published in the Keene Sentinel.

Progress report on proposed horse boarding on Desvergnes property on Centre Street 
In response to the planning board’s request at its June 1 meeting, Bill Rubyck, representing Kathleen Desvergnes, appeared (accompanied by Cheryl Labadie) to report on plans for the proposed horse boarding business at 161 Centre Streeet. The board postponed its decision on the need for Site Plan Review pending clarification of Ms. Desvergnes’ plans for managing manure and controlling erosion. Mr. Rubyck reported that a representative of the Natural Resources Conservation Service had visited the property, looked over everything, and written a set of recommendations, which Mr. Rubyck held in his hand. Members of the board asked for a copy of the recommendations. Mr. Rubyck replied that the NRCS representative said it was up to the property owner to decide whether to share the recommendations. Ms. Desvergnes, he said, was upset with the board and did not wish to share the recommendations. Reacting to board disappointment and concern, he said he would ask Ms. Desvergnes whether he could excerpt the pertinent recommendations from the overall report to share with the board. He said the measures to be taken by the property owner would assure that there would be no runoff. The horses will be kept off the stabilization grasses until they have taken root. He pointed out that some forest remains at the edge of the property. He asked whether the 50’ buffer could be breached so that a concrete block manure repository could be easily accessed from the road. The board said no. He said six horses were waiting for the barn to be finished. Ultimately, there may be 13 horses on the property (including Ms. Desvergnes’ three). There was board consensus that, given the seeming willingness to follow guidance from NRCS and the agricultural nature of the project, no SPR would be required at this time. However, should problems affecting health, safety, or environmental integrity surface, the board might require Site Plan Review.

Voluntary merger of two lots of Henry Brooks on South Road
A motion (Gardner/Hotchkiss) to accept the voluntary merger as presented passed without dissent. The chairman and secretary signed the document, which will be returned to Mr. Brooks for copying and filing with the Cheshire County Registry of Deeds.

Member business
Mr. Jakway expressed concern for some assurance that the Desvergnes horse boarding operation would follow NRCS guidelines. It was agreed that a letter would be sent to Ms. Desvergnes saying that it was decided not to invoke Site Plan Review, considering her plans to follow NRCS guidelines but that the board, should problems arise, could require SPR in the future.

Mrs. Sweet asked whether Mr. Moore had contacted town or state for a driveway permit for his lot on Centre Street. She also questioned whether an intent to cut had been posted for logging on Apple Hill Road where there were two skidders and a backhoe. She also noted a large bonfire on the property Tuesday evening.

Mr. Gardner reported that the road agent had fixed the plugged culvert on Apple Hill Road.

Mr. Hotchkiss reported that the sale of the Sullivan Store was pending. A couple from Connecticut plans to stock fishing equipment, and their son hopes to grow, using organic (no chemicals) methods, roses under hoop houses next to the store.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary