Present: Selectmen: Richard Bennett Chairman, Gino Funicella, & Gary Allen, Selectmen
Visitors: Roger Chambers
1. The minutes of November 28 , 2005 were reviewed, corrected and approved as amended.
2. The Summary of Payments was reviewed and checks were signed in the amount of $222,426.77.
3. The Financial Resume indicated an amount of $435,145.51 in the general fund after tonight's vouchers.
4. Deposits in the amount of $14,457.96 were transferred to the treasurer tonight.
5. The selectmen signed Appendix D regarding the levels of assistance payments for the Town of Jackson Welfare Guidelines submitted by Diane McClave, Town of Jackson Public Assistance Officer.
6. Arthur Fernald, Road Agent advised the selectmen that Jeff Malanson trimmed the tree by the gazebo and restrung the lights on the tree and did not charge the town a fee for this service. The selectmen agreed to send a holiday basket and thank you letter to Mr. Malanson in appreciation for his assistance to the town.
7. The selectmen will meet with Ron Cote, Department of Revenue on Friday, December 9, 2005.
8. The selectmen received notice from Rob Upton, town attorney, regarding notice of the decision by Judge O'Neil re: Board of Selectmen v. Zoning Board of Adjustment (Zeliff). The Court affirms the Town of Jackson Zoning Board's reversal of the Board of Selectmen's decision. The Board of Selectmen denied a building permit for a helicopter landing on Mr. Abbott's property. Richard Bennett stated the Board of Selectmen has 30 days to appeal this decision to the Supreme Court. The selectmen agreed they will meet with Mr. Upton to discuss this decision and request guidance on how the town should proceed.
9. The selectmen signed abatements due to tax payers.
10. The selectmen reviewed a letter from Warren Schomaker, Jackson Historical Society President. Warren clarified the Historical Society's proposal for the Town Hall. The Society's proposal for the Town Hall is to preserve, renovate, and restore the building in order to have a cultural center that could also be used by all Jackson organizations including the school for their present activities except physical ducation. The letter also stated that until alternate facilities are made available the school would have
priority use of the Town Hall for physical education, plays, concerts and other functions. The selectmen discussed this alternative to saving the Town Hall. They agreed the Town Hall is need of renovation. Roger Chambers asked if there was a plan to move the town hall. Richard Bennett stated moving the Town Hall up or down the road would be a benefit to the building. Gino Funicella feels the roof of the Town Hall is in need of repair. Gary Allen feels in order to preserve the building money has to be
spent on it. The selectmen agreed it is an important building and it should be saved. A letter will be sent to Warren thanking him for further ideas of the restoration of the town hall.
11. The selectmen agreed to an extension of the building permit for Russell Jeppensen (R8-32). A fee of $25 for the extension will be collected.
12. The following building permit application were approved by the building inspector and signed by the selectmen: James Wasco (V3-3, 4, 5). David Abbott (V8-6) was approved but he will be asked to fill out a new application since it was not on a current form and also to submit the appropriate building permit application fee before the building permit is signed.
13. The building permit application for Robert Demont (V5-25) was denied by the building inspector for the following reasons; the primary utility poles (providing electric and phone up Whitney Hill run through this lot, the proposed structure is 10-15 feet off these utility wires (septic and excavating equipment will be closer, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative require a minimum 30 foot right of way. The selectmen reviewed the building permit application and decided the building permit application was incomplete because it lacked topographical engineering plans with elevation from original grade to peak of roof to insure it does not go beyond the 35 foot height requirement ordinance. Also required are the setbacks for the house on Whitney Hill Road and Moody Farm Road. The selectmen did not sign this building permit application due to the lack of information.
14. Gino Funicella had questions regarding the property owned by Mr. Woodason. There was a building permit issued to Mr. Woodason for a single family dwelling with the agreement that he would subdivide his property. Richard Bennett felt the plan for subdivision was on the agenda for the next Jackson Planning Board meeting but will verify this with the planning board. Gino also asked for an update regarding the Covered Bridge Motel meeting the life safety code requirement that was agreed upon. Gary Allen stated he contacted Gordon Lang, Fire Inspector several weeks ago regarding this. The State Fire Inspector was contacted we should be advised shortly.
15. There was discussion regarding the shared vehicle between the fire department and highway department. Arthur Fernald, Road Agent agreed since the highway department uses the vehicle more, the split for all repairs for the vehicle will be 80% highway and 20% fire department. This will begin January 2006. The selectmen agreed this vehicle will not be used for any fire department training classes outside of Jackson.
16. Gary Allen had questions regarding the building permit application for the cell tower on Black Mountain. There are concrete trucks that have been going up Black Mountain. Richard Bennett explained this is for a base building for the tower which was part of the building permit application.
17. Under RSA: 91-A3, II the selectmen went into executive session to discuss personnel.
The meeting started at 5:30 p.m. and ended at 7:05 p.m.
Julie A. Maiorano