Minutes of September 6, 2006

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were members Michelle Degree, Joe Fitzpatrick, Keith Martin, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. Dave Jakway was absent.

Minutes of the meeting of August 2, 2006, were approved as distributed.

Exploration of a subdivision possibility on Gilsum Road
Donald Temple of 150 Gilsum Road is considering subdividing his 4 acre lot into two. He was given the most recent version of the subdivision regulations.

Possible noise ordinance
Chairman Hamilton reported heavy trucks using jake brakes on Gilsum Road at 4:30 in the morning and would like to find a way to regulate noise on roadways. Two members recalled seeing signs in a town nearby that forbade engine braking in town. A Hard Road to Travel will be studied for ideas.

Proposed changes to the driveway regulations
Mr. Switzer reviewed some changes. Others were suggested. It was agreed that since Mr. Martin would be attending a Law Lecture on road issues on September 27, further changes might be suggested. Consequently, no hearing will be scheduled until the November meeting. 

High speed internet access
Mr. Switzer reported on progress in creating wireless high speed internet access in the area. Putting equipment on an existing tower in Roxbury will require that town’s planning board approval. Repeater towers, preferably placed on public buildings may be needed. Demand is high: 310 people have expressed keen interest, including 55 in Sullivan. 

Septic approval withdrawal
Mr. Hotchkiss reported that DES, after he repeatedly outlined the case to the agency, may be about to revoke approval given over the internet of a septic system which did not meet setback requirements in the CPO (nor wetlands regulations) because is was a “replacement for a failed system” belonging to a very old house on Valley Road across from the store. However, it is also the spot where Otter Brook roared across the land and Route 9 last October. The septic pit being dug quickly filled with water. Even after sand had been poured into the hole, water rose over the surface. No state bureau seems to want to take responsibility for inspecting this potential for water pollution. Although the property is in the floodplain, the absence of a FEMA map for the area prevents the FEMA from stepping in.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary