Minutes of March 1, 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, Dave Jakway, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. Selectman Dick Labadie was also present.

Minutes for the meeting of February 1, 2006, were approved as distributed.

Sullivan Country Store
Owner Steve Dodge reported that he has received State approval to include a delicatessen in his store. Although there will be no major construction, some new plumbing is required. He plans to offer primarily grinders. There will be no eating either inside or outside the store. Ms. Degree, as Health Officer for Sullivan, has a copy of the State requirements. When all the stipulations set by the State have been met, Mr. Dodge will ask the State to make an inspection. Following State approval of the store's compliance with the regulations, he will begin the deli service.

Mrs. Sweet asked about vehicles in the supposedly blocked off area once thought of for parking for the store but never brought to the planning board for site plan approval. Mr. Dodge said he would see that no one uses the area for parking, not even Asplundh, whose employee rents an apartment from the store.

Current copies of the CPO, Subdivision Regulations and Site Plan Review Regulations
Mr. Hotchkiss passed out updated copies for member review.

Spring planning conference sponsored by the Office of Energy and Planning: April 1
Chairman Hamilton circulated the program, and several members expressed interest in attending. The OEP website has application forms.

PSNH concerns about infringement on their rights of way
Chairman Hamilton passed around a letter from PSNH expressing concern about building too close to their rights of way. What is too close, members wondered? Mr. Hamilton promised to make copies of the PSNH suggested standards for discussion at the next meeting.

High speed internet access
Mr. Switzer reported on a hearing on legislation that would allow towns to bond for the construction of a fiber optic relay for high speed internet access. The subcommittee voted in favor, but questions remain whether a town like Sullivan, would have enough interested subscribers to pay off the bonds. Furthermore, how quickly will fiber optics become outdated? Mr. Switzer reported the frustration of small businesses who cannot acquire the speed necessary to their operations.

Maps of land cover
Mrs. Sweet showed a map delineating fields and forests created by members of the conservation commission and produced by SWRPC. It showed house locations. Mr. Hotchkiss said such a map would be useful for the fire department, if it could show driveways and house numbers. This map and others will be on display in the town hall on election day. How a map useful for the fire department could be printed will be explored.

Invasive species
Mrs. Sweet passed out copies of the Guide to Invasive Upland Plant Species in New Hampshire published by the NH Dept. of Agriculture. It features pictures and descriptions of plants that must not be offered for sale in NH because they multiply and take over the habitat of more beneficial native species. She noted that Japanese Knotweed is growing in patches along Hubbard Road and Centre Street. Japanese Barberry has multiple plants in at least one field. Burning bush, which has taken over a forest in Peterborough, is planted in many gardens, including the town hall. As the brochure says, "...invasive species cover more than 100 million acres of land in the US....The repeated process of spread has become so extreme that invasive species cost the Unites States billions of dollars per year...a result of lost agricultural and forest crops, impacts to natural resources and the environment, and the control efforts required to eradicate them."

Noise ordinances
Samples from other towns will be considered at a future meeting.

Site plan review: the Csenge property
Noting the advertisement for septic services in the post office, Mrs. Sweet pointed out that this is an expansion of existing commercial operations on the Centre Street property and should have site plan review. The two selectmen present said that Mr. Csenge has refused to submit to site plan review. They feel that their only means of enforcement would be to place a Cease and Desist order on the property owner, too severe an action. Planning board members asked how the selectmen can expect compliance from other citizens if some are allowed to ignore regulations. 

Site plan review: the property across from the old town hall

Members asked whether the owner is running a business from the property and should come in for site plan review. 

Unlicensed junk yards
Considerable concern was expressed about the apparent use of the property above as a junk yard without a junk yard license. Mr. Hotchkiss promised a letter would go out to this property owner and other townspeople with more than two unregistered vehicles in their yards, asking them to clean them out and suggesting means of disposal.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:11 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary