Minutes of December 5, 2012

   SULLIVAN PLANNING BOARD
   Minutes of the Meeting of December 5, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Steve Hamilton.  In addition to the chairman, members Laura Lewandowski, Ann Sweet, and Kevin Wheeler were present..  Gary Patnode represented the selectmen.  Absent were Dave Jakway and Mark Smith.  Members of the public included Henry Brooks, Jean Fitzpatrick, Bill and Marlo Paju, and surveyor Wendy Pelletier.

A motion (Lewandowski and Patnode) to approve the minutes of the meeting of November 7, 2012) as distributed was held for an amendment.  An amendment to insert in the last paragraph, first sentence bids “for the installation of a new bridge on Ferry Brook Road” made, approval of the amended minutes passed without dissent.

FITZPATRICK LAND PROPOSAL FOR LOT LINE ADJUSTMENT
Mr. Paju explained that he was in the process of purchasing a piece of the land of Mrs. Fitzpatrick on Centre Street and wished to add it to his own adjoining acreage by lot line adjustment.  Chairman Hamilton reviewed the list of subdivision  requirements pertinent to lot line adjustments, waiving those not applicable to the case.  The Pajus and Mrs Fitzpatrick will return to the planning board meeting of January 2, 2013, with the completed plat for planning board approval.

PROPOSAL TO STRENGTHEN RIGHTS OF FARMERS
Henry Brooks, Jr., brought to the board for consideration a copy of a law passed in 1996 by a town in New York called Right to Farm.  Mr. Brooks, who has a farm on South Road, wishes to forestall any complaints about his farming, so he asked for adoption of the New York model to spell out what farmers may do.  Members of the board observed that the current language in the Community Planning Ordinance assures farmers of their right to farm.  (See Article III, A.3. and 7.)  However, they agreed to study the New York legislation and made a decision at their January meeting.

PLANNING BOARD SURVEY FOR THE MASTER PLAN
Kevin Wheeler generously offered to tabulate the results of the 90 survey forms received to date (mostly at the November 27 election) and return with the findings at the January 3 meeting.

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS CHAPTER OF THE 2005 MASTER PLAN
The board reviewed page by page the chapter on the economy from the 2005 Master Plan.  Some changes in the text will be made, but mostly the figures from the 2010 census need to be incorporated.  Mrs. Sweet spoke warmly of Bob Switzer’s offer to complete the charts and diagrams and incorporate them into the text.  Mrs. Sweet commented that although the publication date for the 2015 version of the Master Plan is somewhat distant, all the work that can be done in advance should be, since revision of each section of the plan is very time-consuming.  Several that mostly require 2010 census data can be completed now in the next few months.

MEMBER COMMENTS
Selectman Patnode reported the board is reviewing contracts to remove debris from Ferry Brook and beginning to consider department budgets for the coming year. The selectmen recently had a report from the Sullivan Study Committee on Options in Public Education.  This body of citizens researched the fiscal and other opportunities to find the best educational opportunities for Sullivan students, educated the town on the options, placed the question of Sullivan withdrawal from the Monadnock Regional School District on the March 2012 ballot, and helped stage the November 27 region-wide election that finally permitted Sullivan withdrawal.  The SSCOPE is now called the Sullivan School District Planning Committee and is in the process of naming a temporary School Board.

There being no further business, a motion (Wheeler, Lewandowski) to adjourn passed without dissent at 9:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary