Minutes of January 5, 2005

Chairman Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were Joe Fitzpatrick, Geoff Gardner, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. Absent were Dave Jakway and Don Primrose. Also present were selectmen Mike Carney and Dick Labadie in addition to members of the public: Michelle Degree, Jason Yarosz, and Roger Sweet.

Minutes of the meeting of December 1, 2004, were approved as distributed.

Hearing on proposed amendments to the Community Planning Ordinance (June, 2004).
Several changes were made to the text of the proposed amendments, several of which are minor housekeeping revisions. The proposed creation of an Accessory Dwelling Unit accounts for most of the proposed amendments. Discussion of the stipulations for the newly permitted accessory dwelling unit centered around its allowable dimensions. Ms. Degree pointed out that proposed required minimum area was too large, that it should be less than the required minimum for a regular Dwelling Unit. Consequently, the minimum was reduced to 400 square feet with a maximum size not to exceed the size of the principal dwelling unit. 

There was some discussion about whether to require an applicant for an Accessory Dwelling Unit to get a special exception from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The consensus was that the requirements stated in the revised ordinance will provide sufficient protection for the community from construction that might affect the public health and welfare.

A motion (Gardner/Switzer) to approve the proposed amendments to the Community Planning Ordinance, as changed after discussion, passed without dissent. The approved wording for proposed amendments is attached to these minutes.

Chairman Hamilton closed the hearing at 8:15 p.m.

Hearing on the proposed update of the Sullivan Master Plan as adopted in 1995.
Mrs. Sweet praised Mr. Gardner for his careful research and fluent writing and Mr. Switzer for his readable charts, handsome map, and clear layout. Their work lay outside the 25 meetings the subcommittee (including herself and Mr. Fitzpatrick) conducted for almost two years. She also thanked Chairman Hamilton for the paper provided for copying drafts in the town office for members of the board and for the public. She also expressed gratitude for his willingness to see that at least 25 copies of the final draft are made for publication in some sort of three-holed binder. Discussion of the draft, which board members had previously reviewed, centered on correction of some revenue numbers from the 2000 annual town report and adding a sentence about the Winch Forest as a recreation area and Spaulding Brook as an area needing protection.

A motion (Fitzpatrick/Hotchkiss) to adopt the 2005 edition of the Master Plan, as modified after the discussion, passed without dissent. Chairman Hamilton closed the public hearing at 8:40 p.m.

Member business
Mr. Switzer reported that, after two-weeks of downtime, the town website had been reactivated with a new (and not free) service provider, Webryders, which gives a discount to municipalities.

Mrs. Sweet asked for the status of items she had discovered pending as she reviewed the past year's meeting minutes when preparing a draft annual report. The several selectmen items, including two Site Plan Review issues, a revised building permit application, and informing the State about our wetlands protection district, are in process. Two items were moot. The need to add wording to subdivision regulations and check lists regarding runoff onto streets or other properties will be taken up by the planning board at its next meeting, as will wording to be sure basic driveway construction is satisfactory before the issuance of a building permit.

Mr. Hotchkiss reviewed the court decision regarding the Paquette property on Price Road (which does not meet Class V road standards) with the board in anticipation of a possible new request for a subdivision.

Chairman Hamilton asked Ms. Degree whether she would consider joining the board as an alternate, and she said she would be interested.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary