Selectmen's minutes August 11
Present: Beatrice Davis Chairman, Gino Funicella, Dave Mason Selectmen
Visitors: Jackson Police Chief Karl Meyers, Road Agent Rob Hatch, Sarah Clemons, Martha Benish, Hank Benish, Bill Wogisch, Jon Edgerly, John Tanguay, Gene Chandler, Doug Garland, Rick Murnick, Sue Gaudette, Francis Lyons
The Board was called to order at 3:57 p.m.
1. Approve the minutes of July 28, 2008 The minutes of July 28, 2008 were reviewed and approved.
The Board went into Executive Session at 3:58 p.m. in accordance with RSA 91-A3, II
2. Bartlett & Jackson Selectmen in Executive Session
3. Bartlett & Jackson Selectmen & ambulance members
The Board returned to Public Session at 6:04 p.m.
4. Karl Meyers Police Chief Karl Meyers reviewed the Department’s calls for the past two weeks. The new part time officer has completed his course work and received the top achievement award. He will be riding with Sean and Karl for a bit before going out on his own. There is an issue regarding turning over one of the Department’s cell phones to Fire Chief Ed Dubie. The Department utilizes both phones; these are important tools for the Department and are programmed for the Department’s needs. The Selectmen thought that one wasn’t used as much as the other so had voted to turn it over to Ed until his retirement in October. Chief Meyers noted that this is not the case; one phone is just utilized more
during “free” periods. Chairman Davis, seconded by Selectman Funicella, made a motion to reverse the previous decision to turn one of the Police Department’s phones over to Fire Chief Ed Dubie. The motion passed unanimously. Selectman Funicella asked if the police are paramedics; Chief Meyers clarified they are First Responders not paramedics.
5. Rob Hatch (added) Road Agent Rob Hatch reviewed the Highway Department’s projects. Jackson has had 700 tons of winter sand delivered. He informed the Board that the Durango needs a $300 part to fix the steering and the Board approved that repair. He asked about the Marianne Pike situation and was informed the Board has sent her a letter. The garage roof is leaking and has been for years. He’d like to fix it; does he need to get bids or just get a person in to repair it. The Board does not want it replaced. Rob understands and noted it’s a fairly new steel roof and could be a matter of a misaligned sheet or some missing screws. The Board asked him to have a qualified person look
at it. Rob again asked about the air supply. The Board is concerned that this continues to be a problem. The Board has already approved the proper installation of the hoses from the Fire Department to the Highway garage. The Board wants this done. Rob will purchase the parts to complete this project. Rob noted that Chief Dubie wants the Fire Department’s parking lot paved. The Board noted there’s no money for this project this year but he can put it in for the next budget. The new truck is in Manchester and being gone over. The grader is running but the front end is in need of a lot of repairs as discussed at a previous meeting. Selectman Funicella noted there’s a culvert on Green Hill Road that is blocked and the run off is washing out a driveway. Rob is aware of this and will fix it.
6. Bill Wogisch drainage problem Selectman Funicella verified the damage done to Bill’s property due to a driveway put in across the way from Bill’s property. Bill reviewed all the work he has done to mitigate this driveway’s effect on his property. He provided information from the Planning Board minutes from 12/11/97, 2/12/98 and 3/11/98 that shows Jackson approved this driveway. There are notes from the 4/98 and 5/98 meetings that also state that the owner of that property (Badger) agreed that he would put into the deeds that no water from his property would go onto adjacent properties. This damage was caused by something the town approved. He’s spent a lot of money and now will have to have
approximately $5,000 more work done to repair the damage done to his new gardens just this week. Bill also has a copy of the driveway permit that states the existing drainage shall be maintained but the State came in and changed the drainage by adding culverts that are too small to handle the runoff. The driveway was only put in about three or four years ago and it should have met state specifications. Chairman Davis stated Jackson has no jurisdiction on state roads. Selectman Mason countered Jackson does have jurisdiction over the driveway with the exception of where it meets up with the road. Bill asked who is responsible for maintaining the culvert; he was told that’s the owner’s responsibility; the new owner is not in residence. Bill has asked to purchase the property and the new owner isn’t interested. Bill would like some help from the town regarding this situation. He’d like some crushed glass to build up a berm
which he’ll then plant with grass. Chairman Davis will speak with the state’s representative, Kenny, regarding this. Bill won’t be able to wait on this as he’ll lose everything. He asked the Board to research this situation.
7. Building permits: Not recommended for approval Eagle Mountain Water Association: The Board explained this was denied as it’s non-conforming. He will have to go to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Francis Lyons has a deed that says the property is 20 x 20; they need to treat the water and the owner wants to have the new pump house erected behind the old one. This is a health issue. The town owns the land that abuts it and wonders about buying a piece of that land. He was informed he needs to go to the ZBA first.
· Lewis 183 Tin Mine Road – Not recommended
· Eagle Mt. Water Association (pump house)– Denied
· J Neil 187 Thorn Hill Road – Approved
· Rattay 76 Graustein Lane - Approved
8. Jon Edgerly: Jon provided the Board with an update about recycling. They filled up the commingled container in three days. The recycling company informed him they can’t handle the amount of glass sent in the container so we are now doing just metal and plastic. These two products will keep pace with paper to allow for proper switch-out of containers. If we get a baler, they could easily bale each day with the product they get during the summer. Jon got pricing for crushers; a small one would be about $10,000 but he thinks we’d need a larger one for $30,000. They can crush the glass and it would be DOT approved for use as base for roads. This would have to go into next year’s
budget and we need a plan for handling the glass we have until then. Berlin will take the glass for $5 per ton. It would be about $65 per week per town to handle this. The Board agreed to speak with Bartlett to see if this is acceptable to them. It cost them $50,000 last time they had a crusher come on site to take care of the collected glass and if it goes into the trash it will cost $74 per ton to dispose of it. Selectman Funicella noted that commercial haulers are going into the transfer station before it opens; Jon noted they come in but don’t dump until someone arrives. They’ve been asked to come between 10 and 11:30 a.m. so they can get out before the station opens to the public. Replacing brakes on the tractor will be about $2,500 and he’ll have to work out a deal with the Highway Department to borrow their equipment while the tractor is out of commission. Selectman Funicella asked if it might be a good idea to get a compactor
truck in; Jon doesn’t think so as they hold 23 tons and we’d have no way to move it. He thinks if we get balers this would be more cost efficient. Bartlett handles all the income from recycling and there is about $34,000 in that account right now.
9. Discussion on Androscoggin Valley Regional Refuse Disposal contract (Sharon Gauther) Sharon will be sending a proposal into the towns which covers us until 2014 at the same rate we’re currently paying.
10. Jackson Planning Board Alternate members (please see memo) Betsey updated the town office via email. JPB requires 3 alternate members. The Board also noted that there is a need for a couple of alternates for the ZBA.
11. Signatures on the following documents
· Appointment Form and Letter Board of Adjustment Frank Benesh – next in line for regular member
· Veteran Tax Credit
· New Hampshire Dept. of Revenue application for Reimbursement Forest Lands (payment in Lieu of taxes)
· Letters to J-Town and Village House
The meeting was adjourned at 7:02 p.m.
Martha D. Tobin