May 2, 2011


Town of Sullivan, N.H. Board of Selectmen


Approved Meeting Minutes


May 2, 2011 | 7:30 p.m.


Sullivan Town Hall




Board members present:

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


Absent:

None.

Department heads present:

Jody McDermott, Randy Smith.

Also present:

John Prior, Doug Washburn.


A. CALL TO ORDER:

R. Hotchkiss opened the meeting at 7:32 p.m.


B. CITIZENS’ DISCUSSION:

None scheduled.


Doug Washburn stated that he and his family are thankful to the Sullivan fire and police departments for their service to his family. He also asked what the board intends to do with the Scott Alexander property. He said the situation only appears to get worse. R. Hotchkiss explained the expectations the board has placed on S. Alexander to take steps toward coming into compliance by May 20, 2011.


R. Smith asked D. Washburn when the Town of Stoddard entertained building permits for that town’s side of Bowlder Road. D. Washburn said he believed it was the late 1990s.


R. Smith said Bob King and Annie Faulkner had built additional buildings on their property at the end of Bowlder Road in Stoddard, and there is an increase in traffic as a result. He said Sullivan spends a lot of money to maintain the Sullivan side of Bowlder Road.


R. Hotchkiss said for Stoddard to issue a building permit, it would have a regional impact and Sullivan should have been at the table. D. Washburn said he recalled that Stoddard denied the building permits in the late 90s.


R. Smith says he knows there was an agreement that there would be no more building, and since then Sullivan has done a lot of improvements to the road.


R. Hotchkiss said he would write a letter to send to the town of Stoddard to discuss the arrangement.


R. Smith said the town tried closing Bowlder Road in the mid-1980s but the courts required it to be reopened, allowing Sullivan to bill Stoddard for winter road maintenance and plowing.


D. Washburn left the meeting.


C. APPOINTMENTS:

None scheduled.


D. DEPARTMENT HEADS’ REPORTS:




R. Smith reported that he had ordered the Traffic Turning and Entering sign for the Paju farm on Centre Street, and the highway department has been painting its vehicles as part of maintenance. One truck required welding repairs.


He also presented a letter stating the deadline for narrow-band radios as January 1, 2013. The department will need to renew its FCC license for narrow-band operation. The highway department’s current radios are narrow-band capable, but may require reprogramming. He said RNR Communications of Swanzey would likely be performing the work.


R. Smith left the meeting.


E. SELECTMEN’S BUSINESS:


  • Approval of Minutes – April 25, 2011:

  • MOTION:

    B. Thayer moved to approve minutes as written from the April 25, 2011 Selectmen’s meeting.


    SECOND:

    M. Paquette seconded.

    VOTE:

    3 yea, 0 nay, motion PASSES.
  • DOT - Block Aid Grant Revision Funds - NH DOT revised the 2011 Block Grant Aid funds and, based on the $30 vehicle surcharge, the revised amount of $53,555.76 will be about 20% greater than the past two years.
  • Payroll and Vendor Manifest – May 2, 2011: Signed as approved.
  • Timber Tax Levy for Lakeville Shores&Andorra Forest - Signed as approved.
  • New Cingular Wireless Balloon Float tests in Stoddard - No action.
  • Notice of public hearing for ZBA - Antis application for variance on Monument Road, Map 3/Lot 28-01.
  • Primex - Contribution Assistance Program for Worker’s Compensation Program - Signed as approved.

  • F. OTHER BUSINESS:

    None.



    G. ADJOURNMENT:


    MOTION:

    R. Hotchkiss moved to adjourn at 8:37 p.m.

    SECOND:

    B. Thayer seconded.

    VOTE:

    3 yea, 0 nay, motion PASSES.


    Respectfully submitted,


    John J. Prior


    Recording Secretary