Minutes of February 6, 2013

   Minutes of the Meeting of February 6, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Steve Hamilton.  In addition to the chairman, members Laura Lewandowski, Mark Smith, Ann Sweet, and Dave Jakway were present..  Gary Patnode represented the selectmen.  Absent wasKevin Wheeler.   Henry Brooks was also present.

Clarifying what farming practices are encouraged/permitted
Mr. Brooks suggested a clear and easy way to clarify permissible farming practices:  Amend article III, section #7 of the Community Planning Ordinance by incorporating portions of a paragraph entitled “farming practices” from the Schaghticoke, NY code of laws.  He also suggested that “aquaculture” might be added to   Article III, section #3 of the CPO.  He is aware that revisions of the CPO must be on the ballot for town election.  He was encouraged to return in December in time to persuade the planning board to conduct a hearing and place the proposed revisions on the ballot for the election of 2014.

Building plans at the Cheshire County Fish and Game property
Chairman Hamilton passed around a letter from Brickstone Land Consultants with accompanying plans describing a proposed new structure to house indoor shooting galleries.  The request to the Keene Planning Board for site plan approval will be heard February 25.  All construction (including a new septic system) will be done on the Keene section of the property.

News from the selectmen
Selectman Patnode reported that recent selectmen meetings have been devoted to budgets and school board issues.  The budget hearings for town and school will be held Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Land Use chapter of the Master Plan
The entire land use chapter of the 2005 Master Plan was read aloud with notes taken on needed revisions.  The next chapter, pp. 38-45, should be reviewed for the March meeting.

There being no further business, a motion (Jakway/Lewandowski) to adjourn at 8:15 was approved without dissent.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary