Meeting location: Town offices
Date: November 16, 2017
Members present: Jay Jacobs, Andrew Maneval, Jonathan Miner
Meeting opened: 7:00 pm; Meeting adjourned: 9:15 pm
Members of the public: John Cucchi, Anne Cucchi, Doug Walker
Documents signed and reviewed:
SB signed the weekly financials in the amount of $2,144.33.
SB signed weekly meeting minutes of November 9, 2017.
Departments, Boards and Committees:
Common Threads – Andrew Maneval will draft the column prior to the November 20 deadline for submissions.
Fire Department – SB noted recommended sampling of drinking water wells at fire station for PFAS compounds.
Highway Department – Regarding Alan Saari’s letter about the boat ramp at Child’s Bog, SB discussed the matter with the Road Agent who informed the SB that the area is state property and that the town would be liable for any damage to vehicles as a result of anything constructed along the boat ramp. The Road Agent will talk to his contact at the state about the idea of a railing to prevent vehicles from damaging the banks at the launch area.
On a separate Highway Department matter, Andrew Maneval made a motion that the SB advise the Road Agent that the town would store the Town of Nelson’s spare truck in the old Highway barn for the present time, as long as the town of Harrisville can use it as might be necessary. All voted in favor.
Planning Board – SB noted email from Ned Hulbert about the Cucchi subdivision documents. SB acknowledged receipt of the November 8, 2017 meeting minutes.
Zoning Ordinance Subcommittee – SB acknowledged receipt of the November 7, 2017 meeting minutes.
SB acknowledged receipt of the letter from Pam Worden’s attorney. Andrew Maneval had been in touch with Town Attorney Silas Little, who had reviewed Mr. Wrigley’s letter. Mr. Maneval and Mr. Little spoke today, when Mr. Little reaffirmed his opinion as conveyed in the letter sent by the SB last month regarding the town’s valid right of way for access to Lake Skatutakee. Mr. Little indicated he would write back to Mr. Wrigley explaining the misimpression that Mr. Wrigley appears to have in that respect.
John and Anne Cucchi attended to express to the SB their belief that Sherry Sims is slandering their names and attempting to interfere in their real estate matters and that they are aware that Ms. Sims and Ms. Worden were together at the town offices reviewing files. Selectman Maneval responded that their comments were noted and that the Cucchis have the right to pursue whatever legal remedy they believe they should; however, Mr. Maneval also stated that personal matters are different from matters related to any individual town board and that any town-related matters should be addressed to the particular board involved.
Eversource – SB noted that the Community Relations contact will be out for six weeks.
Mascoma – SB noted reminder of Bank closings for Thanksgiving Day, November 23.
NHDOT – SB acknowledged receipt of statewide approval for use of green colored pavement for bike lanes.
NH PDIP – SB acknowledged receipt of Investment Rate and Benefits.
Recycling Center – SB noted that the tipping fee schedule would be laminated and posted outside as soon as possible and that, in the meantime, it is available in the manager’s office.
Street Light Project – SB acknowledged receipt of the email from Erin Hammerstedt and continued its discussion of the street light project. Following the Historic District Commission’s unanimous decision at its meeting Tuesday, November 15, to approve 3000 Kelvin range in fixtures where it is available and 2700 Kelvin range in fixtures where available, Jay Jacobs expressed his hope to receive Historic Harrisville’s response to the SB’s proposal as soon as possible. The proposal states that the town would complete street lighting from Chesham along Main Street to the bottom of Willard Hill, while open to a proposal from HHI to light the side streets or historic areas in the village. Secondly, the SB proposes that, for any number of PEMCO fixtures desired by HHI, HHI would cover any costs in excess of the cost of the Affinity fixtures and installation approved at Town Meeting. In addition, HHI would fund the cost of one spare part and agree to a contract moving forward to cover the difference in maintenance or replacement costs between the two fixtures. The SB has yet to finalize a date for a public meeting at which residents would be invited to offer feedback on the locations and numbers of lights to be installed, at the conclusion of which the SB would make its final decision on completing the project.
November 23-24 – Thanksgiving
December 4 – Planning Board training session for new members at 6:00 pm
December 7 – Transportation and CIP Committee will meet with the Selectmen at 7:00 pm. SB asks An to advise the PB that the Select Board meeting on December 7 is cancelled so the meeting with the Transportation and CIP Committees will have to be rescheduled.
December 25 – Christmas Day