Minutes of January 4, 2006

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present in addition to the chairman were members Michelle Degree, Joe Fitzpatrick, Geoff Gardner, Dave Jakway, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. 

Minutes of the meeting of December 7, 2005, were approved as distributed.

Receipt of Riesenberg application for driveway permit
Application was passed to Driveway Committee for action.

Announcement of April 1 State Planning and Zoning Conference

Ordinance review requested
Mr. Hotchkiss suggested everyone review before the February meeting the CPO to determine whether any revisions or additions need to be made. Ms. Degree voiced the need for a noise ordinance; she will contact SWRPC to find model ordinances we might adapt for Sullivan.

When the CPO was last typed up after last March's changes to the CPO voted at Town Meeting, a phrase was omitted from IV.L.: "including setbacks as stated in Article III.C." Consequently, that portion of the CPO needs to be corrected.

Selectmen's update
Responding to a complaint that the town was wasting its time passing ordinances if some citizens could ignore their requirements, Mr. Hotchkiss pointed out that with regard to A&L Trucking the town had gone as far as legally possible in the civil court (a $25,000 fine plus legal fees). The next step would have to be criminal court, seizure of property, and, possibly, incarceration of the guilty parties. Should the property be sold, the town would collect the fine.

The first FEMA check has arrived to help pay for repairs made necessary by the October flooding. $16,000 will pay for 75% of the cost of repairs on Price Road. The State reimbursement is expected to be 12.5%. 

The revised Flood Plain Ordinance will be placed on the March ballot for approval.

The selectmen are still working on the Capital Improvement Plan, to which the purchase of a better grader must be added.

High speed internet access
Mr. Switzer reported on his research into the possibility of bringing high speed internet access to Sullivan. Verizon won't provide it, and satellite service requires a hefty installation fee up front.

Regulation of sludge spreading
Mrs. Sweet reported that state representatives are being asked by the major rivers committees (including the Ashuelot, to which Sullivan belongs) to vote NO on HB 722. HB 722 would permit sludge spreading and storage on the ground within the corridor of all protected rivers in NH and threaten the quality of the rivers and the soils and thus the health of people.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary