Minutes of December 2, 2009

Minutes of the Meeting of December 2, 2009

Chairman Bob Switzer called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were members  Michele Degree, Dave Jakway, Laura Lewandowski, Ann Sweet, and Selectmen‘s representative Cheryl Labadie.
Absent was member Barry Grass.
Minutes of the meeting of November 4, 2009, were accepted as distributed.

Query from residents Chris and Kathy Croteau
The Croteaus hoped to change the designation of their property from residential to commercial so they could build a lean-to and a shed and store three trucks and two trailers on their property.  Chairman Switzer explained that there is only one zone, rural-residential, in Sullivan.  Application for permission to operate a business not listed as permitted in the Community Planning Ordinance must ask for a special exception from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  The Croteaus were given a copy of the CPO with explanations about the ZBA process.  They will seek an appointment with the ZBA.

Chairman Switzer asked for member business, as there was no further public business.

Agricultural commissions
Ms. Degree reported on the regional meeting to encourage the formation of local agricultural commissions she had attended .  She plans to attend further meetings.  She thinks encouraging everyone to plant vegetable and fruit gardens would help reduce dependence on trucked food.  Sullivan residents could be encouraged to exchange their produce at a regular farmers’ market, perhaps at the Sullivan School.

Energy Committee
Ms. Sweet reported that a consultant would be looking at the possibility of an energy audit of a town building and presenting his recommendation to the Board of Selectmen, probably at its December 7 meeting.

She also noted that there would be a regional meeting of energy committee members at the Dublin Library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, to exchange ideas and experiences.

Protecting forests from invading insects
Friday, December 11, there will be a presentation on the threat of several forest alien insects at the Keene Recreation Center at 9 a.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary