Planning Board Minutes for May 6, 2015

                                    SULLIVAN PLANNING BOARD      
        Minutes of the Meeting of May 6, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Leslie Casey.  In addition to the chairman, members, Laura Lewandowski, Mark Smith, and Ann Sweet were present.  Joe Lewandowski represented the selectmen.  Absent were members Stacy Glover and Dave Jakway.

 A motion (Lewandowski/Smith) to approve the minutes of the meeting of April 1, 2015, passed without dissent.

Ongoing business    
Chairman Casey handed around the completed application by the DeAngelis family for a driveway permit on Apple Hill Road.  The road agent and the driveway committee members had signed the application.  A motion (Lewandowski/Smith) to approve the application passed without dissent.

Chairman Casey reported the letter confirming the boundaries established by subdivision on September 2, 2010 of the Jarvis property on Gilsum Road discussed at the April meeting had been sent, as requested, to Donna Castor.  No acknowledgment has been received.

Chairman Casey handed out copies of the amended Community Planning Ordinance.  Additions included stipulations about entitlements of farmers, a definition of farmer, and a correction to Article IV.B. regarding setbacks from the normal “high” water mark of various ponds and streams.

Report on the OEP spring planning conference
Chairman Casey reported on the changing demographics in New Hampshire.  The population doubled from 1968 to 2013, but the growth rate now is decreasing and projected to decrease further.  The mass migration from Massachusetts seems to be over.  Another change is the demand for rental housing and smaller dwellings.

Mrs. Sweet reported on the Right to Know Law (RSA Chapter 91-A). A lawyer from the NH Municipal Association stressed the importance of this law.

Southwest Region Planning Commission
Chairman Casey asked who the two representatives to SWRPC were.  Mrs. Sweet said none had been officially appointed, although she had recently attended commission meetings at least twice in the last year.  Chairman Casey asked whether anyone else was interested.  No one volunteered.  The next commission meeting is June 16.

Selectmen’s report
Mr. Lewandowski reported that the selectmen are puzzled by the lack of hot water in the town hall.  They do not have names of on-call plumbers, electricians, and other experts for maintenance of the facilities.

Chairman Casey, present at the May 4 selectmen’s meeting, noted that questions about duration of junkyard permits and other issues were also discussed.

Member comments
Mrs. Sweet announced that a follow-up to the town hall energy audit will be a meeting June 5 in the town hall to discuss the audit.  She hopes some cost estimates will be available by then.

There being no further business, a motion (Lewandowski/Smith) to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m. passed without dissent.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Sweet, Secretary