Present: Selectmen: Richard Bennett Chairman, Gino Funicella, & Gary Allen, Selectmen
Visitors: Steve Debenedictis, Donna Fresco, Peter Benson
* The minutes of October 31, 2005 were reviewed and approved as written.
* The Summary of Payments was reviewed and checks were signed in the amount of $35,916.44.
* The Financial Resume indicated an amount of $811,686.30 in the general fund after tonight’s vouchers.
* Under RSA 91-A3, II the selectmen went into executive session to discuss reputation.
* Steve Debenedictis and Donna Fresco attended the meeting to discuss a problem with water run off from Duxbury Lane onto their property. Mr. Debenedictis requested information about the process of changing the way the drainage is running off a property on their road. He feels a new culvert was installed and this is causing the run off onto his property. Ms. Fresco stated the culvert goes under the road and does not go into another culvert but onto the land. Silt from the construction is being diverted onto their property. Photos of the water run off were presented to the selectmen. Gary Allen stated this is a private road and the town came to agreement about upgrading the road which should be completed by the spring, 2006. Mr. Debenedictis stated there is a brook that runs through their property at all times.
It always runs clear and the amount of silt that is coming down now is not a natural process. He contacted the Department of Environmental Services and they informed him a permit should be in place. The main purpose for this visit is to correct the situation. There was a discussion regarding contacting the town engineer, who is familiar with this road, to make sure the parameters of the road are being met. Richard Bennett stated since this is a private road the selectmen could only act as mediators but we do have regulations that say you have to bring a private road up to town specifications and by doing this you cannot impact another person’s property. Gary mentioned the town has spent quite a bit of town money on this road and the town came to an agreement with the residents on this road. He feels this is a private road and a private land owner issue. Richard Bennett will contact Burr Phillips, town engineer, to discuss this situation with him. Ms. Fusco will research the
history of the road at the town office.
* Peter Benson attended the meeting to present a Frank Shapleigh painting to the town on behalf of the estate of Helen E. Whitney pursuant to her last will and testament. As executor of the state he advised the selectmen this painting cannot be sold or transferred for financial purposes, but may be transferred to the Jackson Historical Society if the town does not have the means to care for the painting. Also the painting should be displayed publicly when at all possible except for cleaning, repair, showing and other maintenance situations. The selectmen signed a receipt for Carroll County Registry of Deeds that the painting was received by the town. On behalf of the town Richard Bennett accepted this gift with much thanks.
* Under RSA 91-A3, II the selectmen went into executive session to discuss an employee issue.
* The selectmen discussed a building permit application submitted by William Picardi (V10 - 137). This project has started without the building permit in place. Since all details of the project are not listed on the application, it is incomplete. The building permit was denied and a letter will be sent to Mr. Picardi requesting he attend a meeting to discuss the full parameters of the project and total cost.
* Gino Funicella discussed the wording of the building permit application. The selectmen agreed the wording on the building permit application is appropriate as written.
* A driveway permit for Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (R7 4) was approved and signed by Arthur Fernald, Road Agent and signed by Richard Bennett. It was mentioned this is for a culvert on a class 6 road which will not be maintained by the town.
* Gino Funicella will attend the Mt. Washington Economic Council annual dinner.
* Don Borror the town’s representative for the Department of Revenue will attend a meeting with the selectmen to set the tax rate on Monday, November 14, 2005.
* There will be a joint meeting with the school facilities board and the selectmen on November 21, 2005 at 8 p.m.
* There was a discussion of a demolition permit applied for by Mr. Santoro on Green Hill Road. Richard Bennett stated since Gino Funicella is an abutter to this property he must recuse himself from all decisions regarding this property but can address the board as a private citizen. Richard contacted Wayne Wheeler Department of Environmental Services in charge of solid waste management. Richard requested information regarding the town’s obligations for monitoring hazardous material from a house demolition. Mr. Wheeler stated if the demolition contractor chose to bring the waste to the town’s transfer station the town’s employee at the transfer station would be the best qualified person to assess the materials. If something was found it would be denied by the transfer station attendant and the DES could be contacted for a
qualified person to determine hazardous material. The town does not have jurisdiction or the ability to enforce any regulations unless the Town of Jackson has written regulations for demolition. Gary Allen stated shingles from a house must be tested to determine asbestos. Gino Funicella recused himself from the board to discuss this situation. He mentioned he contacted the legal office at the Local Government Center and was told it would be sensible to make sure the demolition company had proper permits. Gino had concerns regarding the company’s qualifications and feels the town should be protected. Richard stated DES advised him that only Manchester and Concord have a department that has a qualified person to inspect a demolition site and if materials were brought to our transfer station Jon should contact DES if he had questions regarding the material. Gino agreed that the proper steps were being taken if the demolition company used our transfer station.
* The selectmen agreed to contact Jay Poulin HEB Engineering Firm to make application to the Department of Environmental Services for the Groundwater Management Permit Application for the old transfer site on Melloon Road. DES is waiving the $1,000 application fee. If the application is accepted by DES monitoring will not be necessary.
* The Local Government Center legal department was contacted over several issues. Funds for a holiday party for the employees must be raised at town meeting. The clarification of minutes taken for the selectmen’s meetings was requested. It was suggested the minimum content of meeting minutes includes names of members present, other people participating, a brief summary of subject matter discussed and final decisions reached or action taken. The selectmen discussed this and Richard Bennett motioned the minutes should be written as suggested. It was seconded. Motion carried.
* The selectmen received a memo from Jon Edgerly, Transfer Station Supervisor, regarding improvements in the transfer station. Richard Bennett requested a review of the memo. There was some discussion of long term planning such as a bailer for recyclables. This would be advantageous for the town for collecting fees from the recyclables. Ideas from this memo will be discussed at the transfer station meeting with the Bartlett and Jackson Selectmen and the Swat Team on November 14, 2005.
* Gino Funicella attended court regarding the helicopter case where the Jackson Zoning Board of Adjustment ruled in favor of allowing a helicopter to land on a property in Jackson. Robert Upton, town counsel represented Jackson, the ZBA was represented by another attorney and David Malia represented Mr. Abbott in these proceedings. Mr. Upton went through a chronology of the case for court. Each attorney presented a strong case. Gino is hoping for a favorable verdict for the town.
* Gino Funicella met with a representative from Congressman Jeb Bradley’s office. He questioned the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) which is a payment to the town for forest land in Jackson. He asked them for an increase in this program for the town. The representative stated he would take this suggestion back to Congressman Bradley to be taken under advisement.
* The meeting started at 5:30 p.m. and ended at 7:15 p.m.
Julie A. Maiorano