Minutes of January 3, 2007

In the absence of the chairman, Bob Switzer called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. Present, in addition to the acting chairman, were members Michelle Degree, Joe Fitzpatrick, Dave Jakway, Keith Martin, and Ann Sweet. Richard Labadie represented the selectmen. Members of the public, Doug and Kathy Valley and Roger Sweet, were present on business. Chairman Steve Hamilton joined the meeting during the public hearing.

Cruiser Parts/Cruiser Creations: public hearing on completeness of the application for Site Plan approval: Doug Valley
Mr. Valley presented the secretary with $5.00 cash to cover the cost of one additional abutter notice.

Mr. Switzer reviewed the items needing attention from the December meeting. A required letter from the NH Department of Transportation was found in the planning board’s box, but Mr. Valley had not received a copy. The letter, from Rene Fish, said he wanted to review and comment on the plans for the additions to the business and that there were unresolved issues with the property. The planning board members agreed that the hearing could not be continued without a letter from DOT asserting that all issues with the State had been resolved.

Noting that a storage building (48’x72’) was black on the plat, although it had not been part of the original request for SPR, the board cautioned Mr. Valley that, should that proposed building be part of the approval, it would have to be completed within a year of the Site Plan approval. The original alterations to the business are also black on the plat and are an addition of 33’ by 48’ and another addition to existing storage. The spelling of Chapman Pond was corrected. Mrs. Sweet noted that a drawing of a “new” driveway to the barn touched the State’s boundary. Others on the board felt that the 20’ setback from a property line applied only to access driveways, not internal ones. The Community Planning Ordinance is ambiguous. Mr. Valley will seek comment from the DOT.

Reminding Mr. Valley that his son, as co-owner, needs to be represented either in person or by notarized letter of agency, the hearing was adjourned. A motion (Jakway/Fitzpatrick) to carry the hearing over to the February 7, 2007, meeting of the planning board passed without dissent.

Ashuelot River Corridor Management Plan update of 2006: Roger Sweet
Mr. Sweet, former Sullivan representative to the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee, author of the update, reminded the planning board that in 1998 it had voted, as part of the update of the land use section of Sullivan’s Master Plan of 1995, to include by reference the Ashuelot River Corridor Management Plan as part of Sullivan’s Master Plan. The 2005 update of Sullivan’s Master Plan also refers to the Ashuelot River Corridor Management Plan and, on page 40, declares that “Sullivan subscribes to its findings, goals and recommendations.” Mr. Sweet drew board members’ attention to the executive summary of the plan, which lists priority conservation issues in the river corridor, including conservation of plant and animal habitat, protection of ground water, preservation of agricultural land, prevention of the loss of wetlands, and preventing development in floodplains. Concerns about human impact include management of storm water runoff, surveillance for septic system failure, control of development on steep slopes, and elimination of invasive species. Mr. Sweet commented on one appendix to the plan which reports on the findings over the past 5 years of water quality testing at 10 sites along the river from Washington to Hinsdale. Such testing alerts the community to potential problems (e.g., the jump in e coli at the Martel Court site when Keene State was constructing new dormitories). He also spoke of another appendix which gives a summary of The Nature Conservancy’s Ashuelot Watershed Conservation Plan. TNC has focused on this area because it is “a diverse and ecologically significant river system” which “includes some of the least fragmented forested landscape in southern New Hampshire.” TNC and its collaborators (Monadnock Conservancy, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and the Southwest Region Planning Commission) hope to “galvanize support to effect land conservation.” in the watershed.

Mr. Sweet pointed out that, like the Sullivan Master Plan, the Ashuelot River Corridor Management Plan is a vision statement with no regulatory powers. With that assurance, there was consensus on the planning board that the current statement in the Sullivan Master Plan suffices and needs no further action. The plan will be placed in the library. Should additional copies be required, there is a CD included. Mr. Sweet added that a new representative to the ARLAC is needed.

Minutes of the meeting of December 6, 2006, were accepted as distributed.

Member business
Mr. Hamilton passed around a copy of the New Hampshire Floodplain Management Handbook published in September by the Office of Energy and Planning. After stating that “Floods are New Hampshire’s most significant hazard - whether natural or manmade,” the handbook reviews insurance issues, floodplain ordinances, hydrology, etc. The handbook will be placed in the library.

Mr. Switzer expressed disappointment that the proposed establishment of high speed internet in Sullivan (and elsewhere) by a private company has stalled.

Ms. Degree asked about the operation of a crane she had seen at work in the Ashuelot River in Gilsum. Mr. Sweet said he would find out.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary