Minutes of January 6, 2010

Chairman Bob Switzer called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were members  Michele Degree, Dave Jakway, Laura Lewandowski, Ann Sweet, and Selectmen‘s representative Cheryl Labadie.
Absent was member Barry Grass.
Minutes of the meeting of December 2, 2009, were accepted as distributed.

Question from Paul LeClerc of Apple Hill Road
Mr. LeClerc had been told by a realtor that he should check the minutes of the planning board meeting of June 2001 to be sure the planning board had not set any prohibitions on subdivision of his lot on Apple Hill Road, since that lot had been recently created by subdivision.  Planning Board members could remember no such restrictions and said had there been any restrictions, they would appear on the plat filed with the Registry of Deeds rather than in the minutes of the planning board meeting.

Selectmen’s report:  Cheryl Labadie, Chairman
Surprise discovery of the existence of an alternative sentencing site in town which, in apparent violation of town land use ordinances, had been established some time ago without any appeal for a special exception from the ZBA.  The town’s next steps are being assessed with the help of Town Counsel.
Legal steps are also being pursued in light of continuing non-compliance with Site Plan Regulations by Scott Alexander/A&L Trucking.

Workforce Housing
A new law (RSA 674:59) took effect January 1, 2010 that would hold towns accountable for not providing “reasonable and realistic opportunities for the development of workforce housing, including rental multi-family housing.”  Sullivan seems to comply with the intent of the law, since most of the housing stock in town appears to quality as “affordable,” e.g., assessed at less than $236,000.  Sullivan also permits two-family dwellings and accessory apartments, although it does not permit small apartment buildings.

Water Supply Protection
Recent correspondence from the Monadnock Regional School District warning abutters about the need to protect the Sullivan School’s water supply well on Centre Street prompted the question whether zoning or subdivision regulations should be updated to provide protection of water supply areas.  The board will consider this question during the year.

Energy conservation steps
The Sullivan Energy Committee supervised an energy audit, paid for by grant money, of the library.  The report on that audit is due January 8.  The committee will then apply for stimulus funding for renovations to the library to achieve the audit’s recommendations.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary