Minutes of January 2, 2013

   Minutes of the Meeting of January 2, 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 Kevin Wheeler were present..  Gary Patnode represented the selectmen.  Absent was Dave Jakway.  Members of the public included Henry Brooks, Jean Fitzpatrick, Bill and Marlo Paju, the surveyor Wendy Pelletier, and Deena Forcier.

A motion (Lewandowski/Wheeler) to approve the minutes of December 5, 2012, passed without dissent.

Appeal for more specific farming support in the Community Planning Ordinance
Henry Brooks reiterated his appeal of December 5.  Chairman Hamilton pointed out that the deadline for placing a ballot question before the town had passed.  Mr. Brooks realized that, but he would like Planning Board commitment to making the change.  Chairman Hamilton promised to give the proposal more attention.

Lot-line adjustment moving acreage from Fitzpatrick to Paju
Surveyor Pelletier presented the plat showing the property in question.  Chairman Hamilton reviewed the checklist for lot-line adjusting.  The board agreed that all required stipulations had been met.  A motion (Patnode/Lewandowski) to accept the application by the Pajus for the lot-line adjustment passed without dissent.  A boundary walk to finalize approval was set for Saturday, January 5 at 1 p.m.

Exploration of approval for a gun smithy and possible shooting range
Deena Forcier explained the interest of her and her husband in founding a gun shop in their home.  Chairman Hamilton stated that the Forciers would need to appear before the ZBA for a special exception to create a business.  Since their plans are still somewhat in flux, Chairman Hamilton urged Mrs. Forcier to make the plans very clear before appealing to the ZBA.  The ZBA will hold a hearing for which notice must be published and abutters notified.

Resignation of John Little from the Planning Board
Chairman Hamilton circulated a letter from Mr. Little citing his regret that business considerations had forced him to resign from the planning board.

Announcements from the Chair
The school meeting to receive opinions from the town about which school, Nelson or Harrisville, to choose for Sullivan children’s elementary school education will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.

Land (6.9 acres) abutting the Calhoun forest has been given by Paul Geddes to The Monadnock Conservancy.

Resignation by Chairman Hamilton from the ZBA was circulated.  Since Mrs. Lewandowski is on the ZBA and no more than one member of a town board can serve on another town board, Chairman Hamilton has resigned from the ZBA,.

Interim results of the Survey to assess Sullivan residents’ priorities for the future to prepare the vision statement for the Master Plan
Kevin Wheeler reported that he had completed the counting of 91 responses (mostly gathered at the Nov. 27 school election).  He gave a brief summary of the results and took the 10 or so left in the collection box after Nov. 27 to count.  It was presumed that additional responses would be left in the box following the recent mailing of the newsletter in which the questionnaire had been enclosed.

Master Plan update
Given the hour, it was decided to postpone the review of the chapter on Land Use in the 2005 version of the MP until the next meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary