PB Minutes for June 5, 2013

Minutes of the Meeting of June 5, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by the secretary, Ann Sweet.  In addition to the secretary, members Stacy Glover, Laura Lewandowski, and Mark Smith, were present.  Absent were Chairman Hamilton, Dave Jakway, and Kevin Wheeler. Gary Patnode represented the selectmen.

The secretary asked for nominations for chairman pro tem.  A motion (Patnode/Glover) to elect Mark Smith for the post passed without dissent.

Chairman Pro Tem Mark Smith asked for approval of the minutes of May 1, 2013.  Mr. Patnode noted an error on those minutes:  the date for the approval of the previous meeting’s minutes should be April 3, 2013.  A motion (Glover/Patnode) to approve the amended minutes of May 1, 2013, passed without dissent.

Driveway Committee
An email from the chairman pointed out the need for adding members to the Driveway Committee, currently composed of Randy Smith and Dave Jakway.  Mark Smith and Stacy Glover agreed to be members.  Their services will be needed for approval of a driveway on Valley Road in anticipation of a new house there on the old Nichols property containing the closed gravel quarry there.  Mrs. Sweet promised to call Randy Smith, the road agent, to let him know of the new members.

Dwelling Unit Sizes
At the May meeting, there was a discussion about the apparent ambiguity in the Community Planning Ordinance about the definition of a “dwelling unit.”  Clarification must be left to a vote at the annual Town Meeting in March.  However, Ms. Glover did some research on the “Tiny Home Movement” discussed on various websites touting the possibility of living with a family in dwelling units from 50 to 500 square feet.  She also explored the zoning regulations in three nearby communities, finding that Swanzey requires new dwelling houses to have 540 square feet on the first floor (415 square feet for an added apartment); Harrisville requires a minimum floor area of 800 square feet for a primary residence (500 for an accessory apartment); and Stoddard requires a minimum of 400 square feet of livable floor area for each dwelling unit with “separate and completed kitchen and bathroom facilities.”  Further discussion of clarifying Sullivan’s requirements was left to future meetings.

Reading of the 2005 edition of the Master Plan section on Transportation
New figures are required and clarification of current conditions from the Road Agent (e.g., status of bridges).

Draft Vision Statement for the revised Master Plan
Mrs. Sweet handed out a very brief paragraph stating, based on the 2012 planning board survey, the vision of the town for its future.  She asked board members to expand/amend the draft.

Selectmen’s report
Mr Patnode reported the arrest of the burglar spoken of in the last meeting.  He also described the reconstruction of the Ferry Brook Road bridge as progressing.

There being no further business, a motion (Patnode/Lewandowski) to adjourn passed without dissent at 8:24 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary