December 9, 2021
Present: Fred Woodhouse, Diane Callahan, Gary Backstrom
Call to order by Fred Woodhouse at 6:30 pm.
This meeting was called so the Board could speak to Jeff Osgood and Scott Brown, candidates for the open Planning Board position.
Mr. Osgood is currently an alternate on the Planning Board, and has served in this position for 18 months. Mr. Osgood said he has no other PB experience, but has learned how the Board works and the importance of planning for the town. Mr. Osgood has been in Sharon approximately 4+ years and previously lived in Peterborough. Mr. Osgood worked with the Peterborough Conservation Commission during his time there.
Mr. Brown moved to Sharon from Rindge approximately 4+ years ago. Previously Mr. Brown spent one year as an alternate and one year as a full member on the Rindge Planning Board. Mr. Brown worked on a couple of large projects with the Rindge Planning Board and learned about procedures and State RSAs.
Both candidates are familiar with the Sharon zoning ordinances and both are willing to attend training sessions.
Motion to appoint Jeff Osgood to the Planning Board (Callahan), no second.
Motion to appoint Scott Brown to the Planning Board (Backstrom/Woodhouse). Woodhouse and Backstrom – yea; Callahan – nay.
Ms. Callahan stated that in her opinion the Select Board’s vote ignored the Sharon Planning Board’s recommendation to appoint Jeff Osgood, based on his 18 months experience as an alternate Planning Board member, furthermore, the action of the Select Board was both dismissive and insulting to Mr. Osgood.
Meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.
Minutes taken by Debra Harling. Approved on 12/21/2021.