Visitors: Jackson Police Chief Karl Meyers. Jackson Road Agent Arthur Fernald, Thom Perkins Jackson Ski Touring, Dennis Lufkin, Steve Hayes,
* The minutes of October 3, 2005 were reviewed and a correction on a word was made to item #5. The minutes were accepted as corrected.
* The Summary of Payments was reviewed and checks were signed in the amount of $22,217.96.
* The Financial Resume indicated an amount of $836,845.32 in the general fund after tonight’s vouchers.
* Deposits in the amount of $10,429.60 were transferred to the treasurer tonight.
* Jackson Police Chief Karl Meyers attended the meeting to advise the selectmen of recent police department activities. Last month there was a DWI accident. The driver had a child with him in the car. This went to court. The driver pleaded guilty, lost his license for 9 months, received a $500 fine and was required to pay court costs. There was a conviction on possession of marijuana. The driver who received a speeding ticket pleaded guilty and was fined. There were two medical assists, an assist to the Fire Department for sparks in a chimney and trees on a wire on Juniper Way. There was an arrest for trespassing on Black Mountain Road. There was an assist with a tractor trailer that tried to drive up Switchback Way. There was an altercation between two individuals in the rear parking lot of Wildcat Tavern. Mr.
Sullivan advised the police department he will be pursuing a civil suit regarding the trees that were topped off on his property. There was a canine complaint on Switchback Way. There was an accident on Rt. 16 which was caused by road rage. An arrest was made and there was an ounce of marijuana taken from one of the vehicles. Radar is being used for the school bus on Dundee and Green Hill Road. There was an assist with a dump truck that flipped over on Town Hall Road. There was a minor accident by Eagle Mountain Road. A suspicious vehicle was investigated on Iron Mountain Road. A visitor was assisted with locked keys in their car at the Eagle Mountain House. There was a landlord tenant complaint that was resolved. The police department responded to an individual that accidentally pressed a life line. The Chesley Farm Road sign was taken down and discarded. The sign was found and reinstalled on the road. There was civil complaint from a visitor at the Wentworth Hotel
regarding an injury to their finger. There were a few 911 hang up calls. Karl advised the selectmen the main door leading into the police department is swollen from the recent wet weather and it is difficult to close. Richard Bennett suggested the door be sealed to alleviate this problem. Karl requested a meeting with Gary Allen, Emergency Management Director, to review the emergency plan. Gary stated a general meeting with all department heads to discuss the plan will be set in the future. Gino Funicella suggested condensing critical issues on 1or 2 pages for the residents of Jackson.
* Arthur Fernald, Jackson Road Agent attended the meeting. Gino Funicella advised Arthur that he received a phone call at 7:09 a.m. on Columbus Day regarding sand being delivered in town. Calls were made to the other selectmen. There was mention in the Jackson column regarding this. Gino stated if possible it would be advisable to have the deliveries at a later time during the day. Richard Bennett stated at this time of year the trucker tries to avoid traffic in North Conway and that is the reason for the early delivery. He also stated Arthur is sensitive to this situation and is aware there are guests staying at inns at this time of year. He backs the trucks in during the summer so they don’t have to turn around in the yard and drive out. Backing out of the yard would sound the back up alarm. It is a busy time
of year for sand delivery and it is important to have sand delivered to make sure the roads are properly taken care of during the winter. Arthur stated on Thursday before the Columbus Day weekend the highway department received a message from Coleman stating they could not haul on Friday and asked if anyone was available to work on Monday. Arthur switched his days off so that he would be available for the delivery. If the sand was not delivered on Monday Jackson would have been placed last on a list for delivery. Arthur did speak with Coleman about delivering at a later hour. Arthur mentioned the Christmas tree by the gazebo is too large for the highway department to string lights on it. The tree should be pruned, shaped and the lights restrung on it. Arthur will contact some companies for quotes on this service. Gary Allen asked if the highway department could put some gravel on the Town Hall parking lot. The highway department will look into this. Arthur mentioned the light by
the flag is out and the socket is broken. Richard Bennett stated moisture will cause corrosion and the rivets break off. An electrician will be contacted. Arthur stated due to the continual rain this fall there is paving that has not been able to be completed. He has contacted several companies to see if the town can receive a delivery before November 1. Richard mentioned a citizen who lives on Tyrol drove down through fresh tar and sand which was kicked up onto his new car. Arthur reported the 99 International truck is at DiPrizio for repair.
* Thom Perkins attended the meeting to discuss a parking lot on Carter Notch Road. At the present time there is no parking on Carter Notch Road because the parking lot on George Howard’s property has been closed. Thom contacted John Ballantine. Mr. Ballantine has given Jackson Ski Touring permission to use trails on his land. Mr. Ballantine has requested a key to access his property through the gate that was put in place by the Forest Service. Richard Bennett stated the gate is locked open until the logging begins and anyone who has to access their property will be given a key. Mr. Ballantine has given permission to ski touring to construct a parking lot for winter access but wants to be assured he would not be penalized with a Land Use Change Tax. The parking area is for 27 cars on the west side of Carter Notch Road
approximately 925 feet beyond the new Forest Service gate. Ski Touring will construct, maintain and plow the parking area. Thom mentioned it could be used by the highway department for a turn around for the plow trucks. The area will be subject to gates and bars during the non-snow seasons. He asked if the Town of Jackson would agree to plow to the parking lot entrance in exchange for the turn around for the highway department. Thom spoke with the town’s assessors and they had concerns that this would become a creeping development. Thom submitted a draft letter stating the selectmen would waive any LUCT penalty for a parking area but further development would require notification of change of use subject to LUCT penalties. There was discussion regarding maintaining a Class 6 road. If a Class 6 road is maintained regularly by the town it would become a Class 5 road. Gino Funicella will contact the Local Government Center to see if plowing to a turn around will elevate this
road to a Class 5. The selectmen agreed the parking lot for winter use by Jackson Ski Touring would not impact the tax assessment of Mr. Ballantine he would not be penalized with a LUCT. Thom mentioned on the Kissing Bridge Trail there is some storage of culverts and wood poles. He is going to contact Arthur to discuss the storage of the culverts and wood poles and see if they can be moved to a different location.
* Dennis Lufkin attended the meeting to discuss the school bus plug in at the pole in the parking lot of the town office. He contacted Arthur who felt it was designated for that purpose. The selectmen agreed the bus should be plugged in at this location during the week from Sunday evening 5:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. for the winter months. The bus will not be plugged in on Friday and Saturday evening. Richard Bennett will contact the SAU 9 for an agreement for reimbursement for the cost of electricity. Gino Funicella requested information from Mr. Lufkin regarding the amount of students transported on any given day. Mr. Lufkin stated the amount of elementary students transported is an average 28-40, high school 12-20.
* Steven Hayes attended the meeting to discuss a letter that was sent regarding a trailer parked in his right of way on Dundee Road. The right of way was left out of current use property. He asked if his trailer being parked temporarily in his right of way violate his current use status. Richard Bennett stated he would check on the current use assessment and he is not sure if the right of way was taken out of current use. Richard explained that you can have a plat and leave it in current use, but it is when you take it out of current use that you are assessed a Land Use Change Tax for the property that is being used. After much discussion regarding this situation, the selectmen stated a reasonable amount of time will be allowed to move the trailer to his property. Richard will research the current use status of
* The selectmen reviewed the letter from Judy Batchelder regarding her assessment. Mrs. Batchelder is requesting abatement on 2004 taxes. She applied for abatement because there were errors on her tax assessment card. These errors were not corrected by Avitar. The town’s assessors reviewed the card and property and corrected the errors. The selectmen agreed to the abatement of property taxes that were overpaid to the Town of Jackson by Mrs. Batchelder in 2004.
* The selectmen reviewed the warranty deed submitted by Mrs. Amero attorney regarding a well being located close to the property line. If the well is located at the property line the property owner of the abutting lot will have use of the well. The selectmen discussed the Release and Agreement which relieves the town of any liabilities. This Release and Agreement was prepared by the town’s attorney. In order for a building permit to be issued for this property, the warranty deed must be registered at Carroll County Registry of Deeds and the Release and Agreement must be signed by Mrs. Amero and the Board of Selectmen. The selectmen agreed to the request of Mrs. Amero’s attorney to move forward with the deed. The Release and Agreement will be sent to Deborah Fauver, Esquire for signature from her client and returned
to the town for signature by the selectmen. The town will send a copy of the Release and Agreement to all property owners on the road so they are aware of the situation on this road.
* The selectmen reviewed the demolition permit submitted by Robert Santoro. The selectmen will request that the building inspector contact Mr. Santoro for access to the home for an inspection for any hazardous materials before the demolition.
* The selectmen discussed a proposed meeting with the Bartlett Selectmen to discuss the transfer station. Gary Allen will check his schedule to see if he can attend the Bartlett Selectmen’s on Friday, October 21, 2005.
* The selectmen discussed a memo from Burr Phillips, town engineer, regarding approving a septic plan that meets septic approval but the building permit application will not meet the required setbacks. The selectmen agreed the septic design meets the criteria and should be approved. The building permit application is a separate issue.
* The building permit application for Robert Santoro V1-16 was not approved by the selectmen because it did not meet the current setbacks as required by the Jackson Zoning Ordinance.
* The following building permit applications were approved by the building inspector and signed by the selectmen: Linda Schuepp V2-10S1 C02, Ruthann Brown R9-17, Theresa & Joseph Barefoot V8-26.
* The building permit submitted by Mark Synott R12-129 was not approved because it did not meet the current setbacks as required by the Jackson Zoning Ordinance.
* Gino Funicella submitted data files for the helicopter court case which will be heard in Superior Court in November. Gino stated he feels it would be in the town’s best interest for Rob Upton, town attorney, to receive a copy of these files. The selectmen agreed to forward a copy of the files to Mr. Upton. Gino will attend this court case.
* Gino Funicella mentioned that the Town of Ossipee is removing all tires from their transfer station because of mosquito breeding. He feels the town would be well advised to remove the tires at the Bartlett/Jackson Transfer Station. This will be discussed at the meeting with the Bartlett Selectmen.
* The selectmen agreed to the recommendation by Warren Schomaker, Jackson Treasurer, to reinvest the Conservation Commission account for a higher interest rate.
* Warren Schomaker requested permission from the selectmen to place a boulder near the garden path at the town office for placement of a plaque listing the families that were living in Jackson when the covered bridge was built. The selectmen will advise Warren to coordinate this with Arthur Fernald, Jackson Road Agent.
* The selectmen reviewed the fuel amount used by the town and the budget. This information was submitted by White Mountain Oil.
* Intent to Cut for United States Forest Service on Popple Mountain North was signed by the selectmen.
* Tracey Mosston notified the selectmen that Paul Crabtree would like to donate to the town a Jackson Fire Chief shield that belonged to his father. His father was one of the first official Jackson Fire Department Chiefs. Gary Allen will accept the shield on behalf of the town. There was discussion of placement for this historical memento.
* There was discussion of an agenda for the special town meeting. Richard Bennett stated it is advisable to discuss the Capital Improvement Plan at this meeting. The items in the capital improvement should be addressed and it would bring answers to the many questions. The selectmen agreed if the detailed information on several issues regarding the school, road, and public safety building is not available, this meeting will be postponed and some discussion will be held at Town Meeting in March.
* Gino Funicella questioned the franchise fees received from the town. Richard Bennett stated these fees are returned to the town by Adelphia and are used to reduce taxes.
* There was discussion regarding commercial site plan review and keeping with the Town of Jackson character. There was discussion of commercial properties in North Conway.
* The meeting started at 5:30 p.m. and ended at 8:50 p.m.
Julie A. Maiorano