April 4, 2011

Town of Sullivan, N.H. Board of Selectmen

Approved Meeting Minutes

April 4, 2011 | 7:30 p.m.

Sullivan Town Hall

Board members present:

Richard Hotchkiss (chair), Mark Paquette, Bob Thayer.



Also present:

Scott Alexander, Al Henry, Jody McDermott, John Prior, Randy Smith, Karl Wheeler.


R. Hotchkiss opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.


S. Alexander presented his proposed plan for addressing noncompliance issues at Map 3/Lot 25. R. Hotchkiss reviewed the intermediate plan, which will allow S. Alexander to have on his property:

five (5) 1-ton plow trucks

four (4) tri-axel dump trucks

one (1) tractor-trailer

and one (1) loader all neatly lined up against rear property line.

S. Alexander currently has three (3) piles of tires, and will consolidate into one near the rear property line. He will retain two (2) box trailers as storage trailers and retain two (2) fuel tanks. All other metal parts will be removed from yard. This work will be completed by May 20, 2011, weather permitting.

R. Hotchkiss emphasized to S. Alexander that this not an approval of his operation but just the first step on the path to bringing his property into compliance. After this sep is successfully completed the selectmen will assign the next step. Also, If S. Alexander missed any of the steps along the way, the town would reinstate legal action. S. Alexander acknowledged this.


R. Hotchkiss moved to approve the plan as presented to the board.


B. Thayer seconded.


3 yea, 0 nay, 0 abstention, motion PASSES.

R. Hotchkiss said the town would put a hold on the legal action against S. Alexander. S. Alexander will still need the approval of the Planning Board and the ZBA.

S. Alexander left the meeting.


R. Smith reported the Highway Department has been working on equipment during the down time.

R. Hotchkiss reported he has been working with the Energy Committee to iron out details on the wood boiler to be installed at the Highway Department garage. He said he purchased an inexpensive wood moisture-content meter to help R. Smith determine if the wood currently used by the Highway Department would be a concern in a new boiler.

R. Hotchkiss asked A. Henry if Sullivan Fire&Rescue has a membership in the National Fire Protection Association. A. Henry said no, because the benefits were not worth the annual membership cost to the town. R. Hotchkiss stated that he was an NFPA member and had online access to any codes/standards in the fire department needed them.

K. Wheeler reported some people have asked why he handled an auto accident in Roxbury. He said the State Police were tied up with a shooting incident, so he responded to the accident near Granite Gorge.

K. Wheeler also reported that he served a restraining order on March 30. The recipient’s landlord served an eviction notice at the same time. The landlord said he had received no rent for two months, and is being put behind on mortgage payments and fears foreclosure. K Wheeler told him it was not an issue he could handle, and recommended talking to the bank.

A. Henry reported Gary Patnode from Hampshire Fire would soon be checking fire extinguishers in all town buildings.

K. Wheeler left the meeting.

R. Smith said he looked into the Highway Department’s radios, and they are capable of operating on narrow-band frequencies.

R. Smith and A. Henry left the meeting.


  • Approval of Minutes:


    R. Hotchkiss moved to defer approval of minutes from the March 28, 2011 selectmen’s meeting until the next selectmen’s meeting.


    B. Thayer seconded.


    3 yea, 0 nay, 0 abstention, motion PASSES.
  • Payroll and Vendor Manifest – April 4, 2011: Signed as approved.
  • Discussion on transfer of money from Operating Account to NHPDIP: R. Hotchkiss said the town has multiple accounts, and any money just sitting should remain in an account accruing the most interest. He said a transfer would not be favorable.





    R. Hotchkiss moved adjourn at 8:16 p.m.


    M. Paquette seconded.


    3 yea, 0 nay, 0 abstention, motion PASSES.

    Respectfully submitted,

    John J. Prior

    Recording Secretary