Minutes of July 5, 2007

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were members Joe Fitzpatrick, Dave Jakway, and Ann Sweet. Absent were Michelle Degree, Keith Martin, Bob Switzer, and Rick Hotchkiss, the selectmen‘s representative. Also present were Joyce and Dale Paquette and their son, Matthew, along with Don Primrose.

Minutes of the meeting of June 6, 2007, were approved as distributed.

Public hearing on completeness of the Paquette application for subdivision: 7:05 p.m.
Mr. Paquette explained that he aimed to create three lots out of one because he wanted lots for two sons as well as for him and his wife. The previously approved driveway permit was signed by Dave Jakway. Chairman Hamilton reviewed the subdivision requirements. As a result, the following changes must be made on the plat and its copies:

The Paquette address (195 Bowlder Road) must be noted.

The SPNHF conservation easement must be written in under the names of the property owners, John and Jean Hoffman. 

The four pins on the outside corners of the original 6.61 acres must be sunk and labeled. 

Additionally, Mr. Primrose, standing in for the Hoffmans (abutters) noted that the contour lines on the plat were no longer accurate because of the considerable amount of bulldozing on lot 16-2, with removal of all topsoil and vegetation to hold water. He expressed concern about drainage that might affect neighboring property and/or the septic system. He said the State gives approval based on USGS lines, not based on a site visit. The planning board members agreed to check on the erosion possibilities when making the boundary visit. Mr. Paquette said he would be covering the site with fill from the sides of the roads, fill the Road Agent wants to get away from the ditches. However, this won’t be done until next April. 

A motion (Fitzpatrick/Jakway) to approve the application as complete passed unanimously. 

Public hearing on the merits of the Paquette application for subdivision: 7:43 p.m.
Mr. Primrose suggested that lot 16-3 have an .01 acres added to its dimensions (borrowing from 16-2) to give margin for error. Consequently, the surveyor must move at least 1 pin. 

A motion (Fitzpatrick/Jakway) to approve, with the conditions noted above, the application for subdivision passed unanimously. Since Mr. Paquette did not know how soon the surveyor could set the pins and modify the plat, no date was immediately set for the boundary walk. 

After the hearing concluded and the parties had left, Mr. Primrose made several points: 

There is an outbuilding within the 50’ setback on lot 16-1. 

Buried stumps burned Saturday night, calling in the fire department. He is concerned about effects of these buried stumps. 

A time for the boundary walk should have been set during the hearing; perhaps the abutters may have to be re-noticed when a date is set. 

The PB should have stipulated that no commercial activity could be conducted on any of the lots. 

The PB should make a visit to the site of a subdivision before the hearing in order to check out issues like the possible erosion on 16-2. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary