Minutes of May 6, 2009

Chairman Bob Switzer called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were members  Dave Jakway and Ann Sweet. Absent were Michelle Degree, Joe Fitzpatrick, and Barry Grass . Cheryl Labadie represented the selectmen.  Also present was Laura Lewandowski, who responded to newsletter call for new planning board members.

Proposed cell tower in Roxbury
Chairman Switzer reported that he had heard concerns that the Sullivan Planning Board should have been notified, since the tower might have regional impact.  Mrs. Sweet consulted with Lisa Murphy of the Southwest Region Planning Commission, who confirmed what seemed to be stated in RSA 36:55-58 that the planning board receiving the request for development makes the determination about regional impact.  For example, the Swanzey Planning Board decided the proposed construction of a supermarket on Route 10 would have regional impact, but the Keene Planning Board when contemplating the development of Monadnock Marketplace did not.

Possible application for building a house on the Antis land on the discontinued Monument Road
Chairman Switzer had had an inquiry from Steve Cummings about building on 55 acres owned by Bruce Antis on the discontinued Monument Road, property clear cut a few years ago.  Mr. Switzer informed Mr. Cummings that the Community Planning Ordinance specifically requires 200 feet of frontage on a Class V or better road for “structures and/or buildings.”  (Article III.C.4 of the CPO).  The Antis property has no frontage on any road.  Several properties on the discontinued road have used the old road for access for timbering.  Without further investigation, the board thought that Mr. Antis should apply to the Board of Selectmen for a building permit, which would be denied on the basis of Article III.C.4.  Mr. Antis could then ask for a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Minutes of the meeting of April 1, 2009, were approved as distributed.

Selectmen’s report
Mrs. Labadie reported on several issues previously discussed by the planning board:

  • A&L Trucking.  Mr. Alexander wishes to comply with the requirements for his business set by the ZBA some years ago, including the stipulation that he apply for Site Plan Approval from the planning board.  Mrs. Labadie urged him to put together all the studies that had been done earlier and to clean up his property in preparation for application to the planning board.  She told him it might be necessary to go before the ZBA again, given the time elapsed since its decision.
  • Paquette wood processing operation has moved to Troy.
    A new building has been erected without a permit on the Csenge property,  on which the need for Site Plan Review is long outstanding.
    Mark Smith will apply to the ZBA for a special exception for his wood processing operation.

Learning that there seems to be some sand excavation on Corey Mine Road, Ms. Labadie promised to investigate.

Energy Committee
Ms. Sweet reported that the Energy Committee will meet at the regional meeting of energy committees in Keene the evening of May 20 and then on May 27 in Sullivan to review the ideas and recommendations from the regional meeting.  There will be a state-wide meeting of local energy committees June 20.

Possible new member
Laura Lewandowski’s letter of nomination to the planning board should be signed by the selectmen at their meeting May 11.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary