May 10, 2004
Members Present: Larry Rappaport, Greg Placy, and Frank Dumaine.
Others Present: Donna Caron, Heidi Lawton, Kevin McKinnon, Claire Knapper, Donna Jordan, Steve Cass, Robert Shaw, Albion Lyons, and Harold Davis.
Selectmen signed all payroll vouchers and voucher manifests.
The court lease is up for renewal of the courtroom. The lease includes the use of the conference room as well. Frank made a motion to let Donna sign the court lease, Larry seconded the motion, motion passed.
Donna has a form for the Surplus Store in Concord, she had Larry and Kevin sign it, Frank already did. Now they are able to pick up things at the surplus store if they want to for the town.
Kevin told the board that David White swept the streets this year.
Claire asked Larry about the Nash Court Case. Larry told Claire that we won the case, and that we had won $15,000.00.
Donna told the board that Bruce Fowler had dropped off a letter asking if the businesses could be opened 24 hours on biker’s weekend.
Robert Shaw came in to talk with the board regarding Aldrich Road. He started talking about a letter that he sent to the town on June 9th, next he read an excerpt from the News and Sentinel regarding Marie-Jose Valliant getting a building permit and what she was going to do with the land, and finally a letter from September 12th concentrating on the bottom paragraph.
Mr. Shaw then said that the town had widened the road to put in drainage ditches. Kevin said that the town only put in dirt and rocks and did not widen the road.
The next letter was from March 19th and the town’s attorney replied to this letter. The attorney says that the town may survey the road if they wish.
The next letter was from April where Mr. Shaw answers the attorney’s letter. Mr. Shaw says that he is the only abutter to Aldrich Road. On the town map it shows “The Society for the Protection of Forests” owning a piece of property abutting Aldrich Road. The town map is wrong, Mr. Shaw says. Mr. Shaw then mentioned that a surveyor couldn’t tell you how wide a road is, just where it is located. Greg agreed with him.
Mr. Shaw said that Stewartstown has excellent records and maps and he has looked at them. There is a County Map that Donna can look at by contacting the NH National Library to get a copy of that map. Mr. Shaw said that the town needs to fix the road to comply with the traffic that has been coming and going. He has never seen the road in as bad condition as it has been in 39 years.
Mr. Shaw stated that if the Valliant’s keep building houses up there, then the traffic will become worse.
Mr. Shaw said that he also has a problem with Jeffers Road. He is upset with the plowing of private roads. Kevin explained that the only reason is because he can’t turn the one-ton around in the road. Mr. Shaw suggested that the town plow up to the middle of Jeffers Rd. and turn around. That would mean that Mr. Rella would have to leave his gate open. The board decided to think about it.
Donna asked where she could get a County Map and Claire told her that Stacey Campbell has one. Donna Jordan said that there might be one at The First Colebrook Bank also.
Frank brought up the fact that Seamoon has lawn mowers out front and all kinds of other stuff on the front lawn.
Steve Cass came in to talk with the board about the Town Ordinances. Donna asked Steve what he thought about the businesses being opened 24 hours on biker’s weekend. Steve said that, that was a bad idea. He does not have the manpower to handle that. Greg said that we do not need another Laconia up here.
Steve would like the Selectmen to pass the bicycle ordinance, so that he can start keeping them off of the sidewalks. The Selectmen decided to vote in all of the ordinances at the next meeting.
Frank asked about the students sweeping the streets next year. Donna explained that the kids don’t sweep anymore, they goof off and it doesn’t work.
Steve then told the Selectmen that the cruiser overheated last week and the fan blew, it had to be towed. It cost $400.00 to replace that part. The camera also doesn’t work right. The new strobe lights on the corners of the car don’t work either. Larry suggested going to Stu Shaw in Gorham to fix the cruiser.
Steve explained that Dave Radun is doing great and they are letting him go out on his own. Guthrie should be ready to go by July. Donna told the board that Steve went to the Supervisor II training last week.
Albion Lyons and Harold Davis showed up to be sworn in for their terms for ZBA. Albion and Harold were given Three-year terms. Frances Sytek and Lawrence Kelsea were appointed two-year terms. Any new member will be appointed a one-year term. The board decided that we would advertise in the paper for new members. Greg made a motion to appoint the members and allow us to advertise, Frank seconded the motion, Larry agreed.
The board started talking about what class the roads were in Colebrook, Greg said that there were only two roads in Colebrook that were classified as a Class 6 road. All the others are classified as Class 5 roads, and there are RSA’s that say you can choose not to plow those roads if you don’t want to. Kevin said that according to the State and everything he has been sent, the town roads are all Class 6.
Albion asked Donna if the town is going to take over maintaining Blakely Farm Road. Donna said absolutely not. She said that it is right in the subdivision plan that the town will never take over that road.
Larry made a motion to go into Executive Session on a personnel issue, Greg seconded, Frank agreed.
Larry made a motion to come out of Executive Session with no finding on the personnel issue. Frank seconded it, Greg agreed.
Greg made a motion not to close Spring Street off for biker’s weekend and not to allow the businesses to stay open 24 hours; the businesses can stay open until 11:00pm. Frank seconded it, Larry agreed.
Larry made a motion to adjourn, Frank seconded it.