Minutes of February 4, 2009

At 7:02 p.m., in the absence of the chairman, the secretary called the members to order. Present were members Dave Jakway, Keith Martin, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Absent were Joe Fitzpatrick, Michelle Degree, and Chairman Steve Hamilton. There was no selectmen’s representative.

The secretary asked for a nomination for a chairman pro tem. A motion (Martin/Jakway) to have Mr. Switzer preside passed without dissent.

Minutes of the meeting of January 7, 2009, were accepted as distributed.

A training session on public meetings will be conducted for public officials by Southwest Region Planning Commission at the Keene Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Workforce housing
Mr. Martin alerted the board to a new state law due to take effect in July that requires every town to provide reasonable and realistic opportunities to build multifamily housing, including structures for at least five dwellings. He pointed out that, since our ordinances limit multifamily housing to two-family houses or a one family house with an accessory apartment, we might have to change our ordinances. Apparently, there is a move afoot in the legislature to postpone implementation of the law, since the time for proposing new town ordinances has passed for 2009.

Enforcement of town regulations
Mr. Martin expressed his continuing frustration with the lack of progress in enforcing town regulations. He pointed out that one scofflaw unregulated encourages other violations. He had hoped to have a selectmen’s representative present to find out what progress has been made on enforcement.

Energy committee
Mrs. Sweet reported that several town residents interested in forming an energy committee had met this afternoon with a representative of Cool Monadnock, Sarah Harpster, who is analyzing data on energy use by town departments in 1985, the baseline for data collection for all towns in the state. She will finish her analysis within the next two weeks. Following discussion of the analysis, probably on Feb. 25, Ms. Harpster will prepare a power point version of the report for a selectmen’s meeting some time after town meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary