Planning Board Minutes of Nov. 5, 2014

                                    SULLIVAN PLANNING BOARD      
        Minutes of the Meeting of November 5, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. by Secretary Ann Sweet in absence of Chairman Steve Hamilton.  In addition to the secretary, members Lesley Casey, Stacy Glover, Dave Jakway, Laura Lewandowski, and Mark Smith were present.  There was no selectmen’s representative.   

Secretary Sweet asked for nominations for chairman pro tem.  A motion (Lewandowski/Smith) to make Mr. Jakway chairman pro tem passed without dissent.

Mrs. Sweet asked Mrs. Casey to stand in for Steve Hamilton.

A motion (Lewandowski/Casey) to approve the minutes of the meeting of September 3, 2014, passed without dissent.

Csenge driveway permits
Mrs. Sweet noted that one of the two permits to install driveway cuts on Centre Street for a personal dwelling expired October17 and the other was due to expire November 20.  Mrs. Sweet asked whether she should call the supervisor of this area for DOT to ask whether he had examined either driveway and when the state permits expire.  A motion (Jakway/Sweet) to approve such a call passed without dissent.

Master Plan draft chapter on Community Services and Public Buildings
Since not everyone had a copy of this chapter update, Mrs. Sweet read the sections on the schools, the library, the church, the post office, and recreation.  Mrs. Casey, noting the reported sale of the school property with its playground and the observed disuse of Jewett Park, wondered whether some playground could be created there.  Mr. Smith declared that the park creation had been well intended but that everyone in Sullivan had backyards for recreation.  He almost never has seen children or families using the school playground, either.  He did comment that there used to be more programs for children in town, like the summer camp below the place where the town hall is now located. The disappearance of Old Home Days was mourned.  Mrs. Sweet pointed out that the same volunteers had managed Old Home Days and other community events such as the Sunday brunches, and they wearied of the lack of additional support. No one had any other comments about this section of the Master Plan update.    

The Vision Statement and an introduction in the next few days, as well as the Traffic and Transportation chapter at a later date, will be sent out before the posting of the complete draft plan by November 25.

The public hearing on the draft plan will be held at the next regular meeting of the planning board on December 3.  At that time, the Natural Resources Inventory will be adopted by reference into the Master Plan.  The Natural Resources inventory was presented to the planning board at its meeting on April 6, 2011 and a motion was made to consider incorporation of the NRI into the Master Plan at the time of its acceptance.

There being no further business, a motion to adjourn at 8:15 p.m. passed without dissent.

Respectfully submitted,  
Ann Sweet, Secretary