March 4, 2013

Town of Sullivan, N.H. Board of Selectmen
Approved Meeting Minutes
March 04, 2013 – 6:30 PM

Sullivan Town Hall


Board members present: Mark Paquette, Gary Patnode

Department heads present: Al Henry, Karl Wheeler, Randy Smith

Also present: Todd Bergeron, Larry Mignola, Ed Wilber, Rainy Huston, Aaron Collette, Jason Yarosz, Karen Luebkeman, AA

A. CALL TO ORDER: Mark Paquette called the meeting to order at 6:30PM


Todd Bergeron brought in records documenting shooting that took place at his neighbor’s property on March 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Police Chief Wheeler was called on March 3rd at approximately 2:00 PM with Police Chief Wheeler arriving at approximately 4:00PM. At that time the shooting had stopped. Police Chief Wheeler returned to the neighboring property that evening at 7:04PM with State Police Sargent Gazer but no one was at home. Mr. Bergeron was again in attendance to express his distress about the shooting occurring next door.

Police Chief Wheeler shared that he also spoke to Trooper Eaton on Saturday, March 2nd about what was taking place and the trooper’s response was that unless a crime is committed, the State Police would not be getting involved.

There was a discussion about how far away someone had to be from another residence while shooting and Police Chief Wheeler is to look into what that distance is. Police Chief Wheeler will call NH Fish and Game to inquire if they can assist in visiting the property owner to determine where the shooting is taking place and if a proper backstop is being used.

Jason Yarosz, a resident of Sullivan who is also a State Police officer stopped in to discuss what was happening and to unofficially share information from the State Police viewpoint. At this point no crime is being committed so Jason suggested that Police Chief Wheeler contact the NH Fish and Game Department to see if they have any thoughts on the matter.

The Selectmen will have the Administrative Assistant contact the Town’s attorney to see if they have any advice/thoughts in this matter.

C. Department Heads:

Al Henry stopped to deliver a new Assembly Permit for the Town Hall as well as the Town’s Safety Summary Report that needs to be mailed to Concord.

Police Chief Wheeler updated the Selectmen on a number of things that required his attention the previous week (serving warrants, providing information on a previous theft).

Aaron Collette accompanied Chief Wheeler on several of his rounds. Chief Wheeler advised the Selectmen that Officer Collette had passed his firearms test and is hoping to attend the June 15th – August 15 training in Concord that is conducted to train part time police candidates.

Chief Wheeler also shared that he had not heard from Officer Jackson for some time now and that he was not responding to his phone calls. The Selectmen requested the Administrative Assistant to reach out to Officer Jackson and ask that he attend a Selectmen’s meeting.

Randy Smith came to discuss his ideas about possible special projects for the coming year prior to the Town Meeting. His thoughts were that work could continue on South Road or they could repair pavement on Valley Road that was damaged during the flood.

He also suggested blasting out ledge below Woodbury’s Hill on South Road so that the road could be widened and the hill on Gilsum Road above Del Oulette’s property is also an area that could use attention.

Randy requested permission to post the roads. A discussion regarding the Ferry Brook Bridge centering around the new proposal for a "pour in place" bridge as opposed to the pre-cast that was bid on touch on whether or not K.A. Stevens Construction would be sending a new contract out as well as who would be responsible for guaranteeing the work. Both Randy and the administrative assistant are going to try and get more information on this.

D. Selectmen’s Business:

General business including the approving of payroll and vendor payments, review of invoices and PO’s were addressed.

Correspondence from Avitar Associates, updating information on Fairpoint Communications appeal was reviewed.

Meeting minutes from February 25th, 2013 were approved.


Meeting was adjourned at 10:00 PM.


Respectfully Submitted,

Karen Luebkeman, AA