April 5, 2022
Present: Chet, Bowles, Gary Backstrom, Diane Callahan,
Call to order by Chet Bowles at 5:30 pm.
Jonathan Shomody, 213 Spring Hill Rd., informed the Board that he is doing home renovations. There will be no change to the building footprint, they will be taking out a bedroom on the first floor, putting in stairs to the attic and adding a bedroom on the second (attic) floor, and creating a ½ bath on the first floor with a full bath on the second floor. The Board requested an intent to construct for the property file, but there is no fee attached for these renovations.
Pierre Groleau was sworn in as the Site Inspector.
Motion to approve the 3/15/2022 minutes (Bowles/Callahan). All in favor, motion carried.
Discussion about quotes from ADP and Paychex for payroll services. Motion to authorize Debra Harling, Town Administrator to enter into a contract with either ADP or Paychex, based on her discretion of the best overall deal for the town (Bowles/Backstrom). All in favor, motion carried.
Reviewed an email from Nicole McStay, Peterborough Town Administrator, requesting a letter of support from the Town of Sharon for Peterborough’s application for a grant from the federal government. This grant would provide funding for the cost of engineering and design for a new Fire and Rescue facility. The Town Administrator will draft a letter for review by the Board and Nicole McStay. Once approved the Board will sign.
Discussion about Scott Brown’s Planning Board membership. Mr. Backstrom has been in contact with Mr. Brown, but has not been able to meet with him. Mr. Bowles mentioned that Mr. Brown has only attended 1 meeting since being appointed 12/9/2021, and seems to be unresponsive to attempts to contact him. Bill Joyner, Planning Board Chair, stated that it is important that members attend as the Board is lean at the moment. Mr. Bowles suggested tabling discussion about sending Mr. Brown a letter until the 4/19/2022 meeting.
Mr. Bowles has received information that the hazard mitigation plan (HazMit) is due to be updated. Mr. Backstrom informed the Board that he had met with Fred Woodhouse, EMD, to discuss the updating of the HazMit. Mr. Woodhouse has contacted the Department of Homeland Security to obtain the template for updating.
Discussion about gravel taxes due from San-Ken. The Town Administrator informed the Board that the State will be contacting San-Ken. There is a $400.00 bond being held by Upton & Hatfield to cover gravel taxes due. The Town Administrator also told the Board that the town is in receipt of an invoice from Fieldstone Land Consultants for a site visit at the San-Ken gravel pit. Bill Joyner will contact Fieldstone about this invoice.
Mr. Bowles informed the Board that Dan Keaveny has offered to become the Cemetery Sexton for the town at no cost. Mr. Keaveny would be the contact for funerals, monuments, arranging excavations, etc. Mr. Keavany does this for other area towns on a volunteer basis. Motion to appoint Dan Keavany as the Cemetery Sexton, with gratitude (Bowled/Backstrom). All in favor, motion carried.
Motion to approve a manifest to satisfy a welfare need (Bowles/Backstrom). All in favor, motion carried. Signed the check and the manifest.
Discussion of the request from Noah Olson to “unmerge” lots under RSA 674:39-aa. The town has not been able to find any indication that these lots were voluntarily merged by the former land owner. Motion to “unmerge” lots owned by Noah Olson on Rte 124, Map 6 Lot 21 (Bowles/Backstrom). All in favor, motion carried.
Verified that the report for the ARPA funds is due 4/30/2022, this report will cover 3/1/2021 through 3/31/2022.
Karen Shea Dufresne asked if the town will be doing inventory of taxable property forms this year, the response was no.
The Archives Committee is getting a lot done. Requested permission to send out a town-wide email asking for donations of historical items and photos, the Board approved. Ken Callahan will be convening a meeting of the records retention committee.
Cemeteries – the Board approved repair/replacement of the gates at the Jarmany Hill Road Cemetery. One gate was done, the other needs to be replaced. Mr. Bowles will speak to Rick Lusky. Would like to apply for a Historic Places designation for cemeteries. Mr. Bowles asked about possible restrictions. Ms. Goff will check into this.
Schoolhouse – would like to apply for a Moose Plate Grant to replace the cedar roof shingles. Motion to approve an application (intent to apply) for a Moose Plate Grant to replace the cedar roof shingles on the Schoolhouse (Bowles/Callahan). All in favor, motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.
Minutes taken by Debra Harling. Approved on 04/19/2022.