Minutes of January 5, 2011

Chairman Bob Switzer called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.  Present, in addition to the chairman, were members  Michelle Degree,  Dave Jakway, Laura Lewandowski, John Little, Mark Smith, and Ann Sweet. .  Absent was Cheryl Labadie,  Selectmen‘s representative.  Also present were Marlo and Bill Paju.

Minutes of the meeting of December 1, 2010, were approved as distributed.

Preliminary consultation for site plan review of proposed seasonal shop at Hollow Oak Farm on Centre Street:  Marlo Paju
Mrs. Paju handed out a brief description of her proposed gift shop, which would be open from April to Christmas.  She included a brief sketch showing a proposed parking area.  Chairman Switzer asked whether she had talked with state highway officials, since Centre Street is a state highway.  Mrs. Paju said she would be contacting the state in hope of the state installation of a warning sign about a blind drive.  Several planning board members agreed that that corner of Centre Street poses safety problems.  Mrs. Paju said safety is her primary concern.  Because of that concern, she drives her sons to the Sullivan School,  because she feels uncomfortable about the bus stop.  Several members noted that people violate the speed law on that corner as well as elsewhere on Centre Street.  Mrs. Paju also said she would be asking the ZBA to meet to hear her request for a special exception for this proposed shop.  Chairman Switzer asked her to let the planning board know when the ZBA meeting is held so there could be planning board representation at that hearing.

Member reports

Energy Committee
Mrs Sweet reported that the selectmen had unexpectedly decided not to accept EECBDG funds for the replacement of the highway garage heating system with a safer, more efficient wood-burning boiler system.  She expressed the hope that the selectmen might reconsider, since any other solution would be at taxpayer expense.  She also invited the planning board members to attend the January 10 meeting of the Energy Committee. Dennis Noonan will present his company’s research projects with wind devices to provide energy at lower wind velocities.

Master Plan update
Chairman Switzer stated that he would bring to the February meeting the results of the citizen survey and recommend next steps.  He noted that US census data is now available for the committee to use.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Sweet, Secretary