Minutes of March 5, 2008

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present were members Michelle Degree, Joe Fitzpatrick, Keith Martin, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Absent was Dave Jakway. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. Mr. Martin was asked to fill in for Mr. Jakway. 

Minutes of the meeting of February 6, 2008, were accepted as distributed. 

The chairman made a series of announcements, some of which were discussed: 

ZBA hearing on February 19 denied a special exception for conduct of a wood processing business on Paquette land on Price Road, primarily because of the unsuitability of the road/right of way for passage of commercial trucks. During the hearing, the board learned that a second business (log hauling) was operating out of the same location by the Paquettes. The selectmen have since (March 3) reinforced a Cease and Desist order issued in November of 2007 with the threat of $200 per day in fines every day the business persists in operating. 

ZBA hearing of February 26 was called off because of snow, although three members of the planning board and one of the conservation commission waited for 20 minutes, there having no notice of cancellation posted on the town hall door. Selectman Hotchkiss declared that the hearing would have to have new notice. Mrs. Sweet noted that the major concern of the conservation commission is the failure to observe the 50’ setback from wetlands required by the Community Planning Ordinance. Mr. Hotchkiss observed that the applicant would have to seek a variance rather than a special exception for any violation of setback requirements. 

Proposed subdivision in Nelson hoping to use a driveway in Sullivan as the beginning of a road to the Nelson subdivision. Selectmen have sent a letter to Nelson declaring the issue of regional impact. The hearing in Nelson will be Thursday, March 13. Sullivan needs a representative at that meeting. 

Deans are willing to wait until the snow melts before the planning board looks at the pins of their new subdivision. A motion (Hotchkiss/Martin) to announce a date for the site visit at the next planning board meeting passed without dissent. 

Chairman Hamilton announced that he will step down from the planning board after the next meeting. Board members protested, citing his conscientious and fair leadership, but his decision is firm. 

The state-sponsored planning conference will be held April 26. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary