Present: Selectmen: Richard Bennett Chairman, Gino Funicella, & Gary Allen, Selectmen
Visitors: Jackson Police Chief Karl Meyers, Greg Placy, Brian Schutte Department of Transportation, Francis Lyons, Carl Nelson, Anne Kebler, Diane McClave, Robert & Bea Davis
1. The minutes of October 24, 2005 were reviewed and approved as written.
2. The Summary of Payments was reviewed and checks were signed in the amount of $15,634.30.
3. The Financial Resume indicated an amount of $841,142.27 in the general fund after tonight’s vouchers.
4. Deposits in the amount of $3,414.20 were transferred to the treasurer tonight.
5. Richard Bennett nominated Diane McClave as representative to the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council. It was seconded. Motion carried. Richard thanked Dee for 12 years of service on the Economic Council.
6. Greg Placy and Brian Schutte from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation attended the meeting to discuss the recent survey of 16A near the Town Hall. He presented drawings to the selectmen. There is a utility pole in this area that cannot be moved. There are additional surveys needed for the bridge to see if the grade of 16A needs to be raised. Gino Funicella asked about safety with this design. Mr. Placy stated a double intersection would become one and the speed would be reduced. It will also help with drainage. There was discussion regarding the visibility from the bridge. The rail on the bridge cannot be changed because it is historic. Without factoring in the cost of the bridge work or additional sidewalk repair by the bridge, the cost would be approximately $60,000. The Department of
Transportation would complete all work and labor involved with the town purchasing all materials. Richard Bennett suggested if we move toward the monument and away from the bridge it might be a better situation. It will add substantially to cost by constructing 16A by the bridge. Mr. Placy stated if the road has to be built up they will have to reset curbing and rebuild sidewalk. This will add to the cost. Richard requested an overlay toward the monument. There were questions regarding the school waiver. Carl Nelson stated 5 acres gets us out of waiver. He feels the Department of Education does not feel the waiver is the issue because it is a limited piece of property. There was hope of connecting the school with the community center but the architects feel it would overbuild the area. The reconfiguration of the road will not give the school what they require. At best there would be a gain of 4/10 of an acre and at worst a gain of 2/10 of an acre. Richard feels the road
project should stand alone on its own merits and it would be a bonus if the school gains land. It is worth looking at this if we are improving safety. Mr. Nelson asked about a time line for a decision. Richard Bennett stated if we move forward with this project it will go to town meeting in March. Gino asked how long it would be before the updates regarding the road would be ready. Mr. Placy feels the survey would take 3 days and there will be additional information by end of November or December. Mr. Placy stated if the voters agreed to this project the summer of 2006 would be the target date to begin the road work and it would take approximately 3 weeks to complete. Diane McClave had questions regarding the plans of the road. Richard Bennett stated DOT will investigate how much they would have to raise 16A in the present plan and if we moved the road down we would have to less work on 16A. Diane requested information about the monument and the community center. Richard feels the
monument would stay as is if either plan was used. It does not appear there is enough land by the school location for the community center.
7. Bea Davis asked the selectmen about the special town meeting that has been reported in the paper for November 8. Richard stated we were waiting to see if there was enough information to bring to the town and since we did not have the information required the meeting was never scheduled.
8. Chief Karl Meyers attended the meeting. He reported the photo light is out above the police department door. Gary Allen stated since the front light is on it is most likely a bulb. The Highway Department resolved the problem with the door sticking. Their assistance was appreciated. There was a loose dog on Route16 near the Red Fox, a fine of $150 was given by the court to a motorist driving with an open can of beer, investigated an open door in an abandoned house, suspicious activity on Great Brook Drive, tractor trailer hit a moose on Rt. 16 and Rocky Branch Trail Head, investigated activated security alarms, assisted ambulance at Eagle Mountain House with child that was choking, noise complaint on Jackson Highland Road, New Hampshire Highway Department reported theft of solar panel and battery, 2 dogs
that ran away on Juniper Way were located and returned, 3 cars went off the road in the notch during the snow on Tuesday , retained arrest warrant for marijuana complaint, complaint of forgery of a check, assisted a citizen with locating and returning papers and airline tickets which was left at the library, theft on Green Hill Road, a pocket book was found on the ball field and returned, and assisted the ambulance on Meserve Hill Road. Chief Meyers reported that a letter of commendation about Officer Sean Cowland was received for assisting an individual in locating insulin for a wheelchair bound person. He was thanked for his professional diligence. Officer Cowland interviewed an individual regarding a forgery complaint. The individual admitted this and the case will be resolved quickly. It was noted that Officer Cowland is an asset to the Jackson Police Department.
9. Francis Lyons attended the meeting to submit an application for Jackson Zoning Board of Adjustment. He submitted all necessary documents for the application. Mr. Lyons had questions regarding the building permit application filed by Mr. Synnott for a pump house. Richard Bennett advised Mr. Lyons the building permit application was denied because of setbacks. He stated the selectmen felt there were other options. Mr. Lyons stated there are new regulations required by the Department of Environmental Services and it is also a safety issue. He will contact Mr. Synnott regarding this.
10. Bob Davis advised the selectmen the top of Iron Mountain Road need ditches. The heavy rains compromised the road. It needs gravel and ditches this fall. The section of the road that needs attention is at the top near the steep hill. Richard Bennett will contact Arthur Fernald, Road Agent, to see if there is something he can do for this year.
11. The selectmen signed the Release and Agreement with Barbara Amero prepared by the town attorney regarding Mather Way.
12. The selectmen reviewed a letter from Ery Magasanik which stated that he felt it was unfair that Jackson Ski Touring prevents snowshoeing on town owned property. He feels town owned property should be available to cross country skiing as well as snowshoeing. Richard Bennett will contact Thom Perkins regarding restrictions of ski trails on town property.
13. The selectmen signed a bond for a timber cut on Popple Mountain.
14. Gino Funicella will attend court with the town attorney regarding the helicopter case on November 3, 2005.
15. Richard Bennett mentioned that Congressman Jeb Bradley’s office will have a representative at the town office on November 1, 2005 1:30-2:30 p.m. Gino Funicella will attend to speak to the representative about the PILOT Program which reimburses the town for the forest land in Jackson.
16. The selectmen reviewed a memo from Burr Phillips, town engineer regarding a septic application on Tax Map V-8 Lot 212. Burr Phillips stated this septic system design cannot be approved because there is substantial ditch cutting across the site (not shown on the drawing) which will carry a significant quantity of runoff. The system design calls for diverting the drainage to the north end of the lot and there is a runoff onto the abutting property to the north. There is potential for damage to the abutting property. The selectmen concurred with the town engineer and feel if this property is going to be developed a plan has to be devised to deal with the drainage.
17. The judgment from the court proceeding from Noel Renee was in favor of the town. The town will formulate a bill immediately for the full amount due the town from building inspection fees.
18. The selectmen reviewed a letter that was sent to Richard Bennett from Malloy and Sullivan Attorneys AT Law regarding a request for a variance on Switchback Way. They are requesting clarification from the Planning Board regarding this matter and that no building permits be issued for subject lot until this matter has been resolved. They will recommend to their clients to seek injunctive relief from the courts if a building permit is granted. A copy of this letter will be given to Betsey Harding, Jackson Planning Board Chair.
19. The selectmen reviewed an application from the Department of Environmental Services regarding Melloon Road. Richard Bennett will contact HE Bergeron regarding this application. It was reported all test readings from the site are fine. After this application has been approved, it will not be necessary to monitor the site.
20. The building inspector and selectmen reviewed a proposed building permit application submitted by Ted Wroblewksi (V-2 47C) for an addition to the post office. They concurred this is permissible and the addition would not have any impact to the Jackson Zoning regulations.
21. There was discussion regarding the legal obligation of the town for the demolition of a property on Green Hill Road.
22. The meeting started at 5:30 p.m. and ended at 7:40 p.m.
Julie A. Maiorano