August 15, 2013TUFTONBORO — The Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen agreed on Monday evening to consider a request from Stan Janeczko, head of the Lower Beach Pond Village District Association, to include a warrant article before the voters in 2014 for estimated repair of the Lower Beach Pond Dam.
Janeczko said that he will make a similar proposal to Wolfeboro.
The cost, estimated at around $32,040, would be shared entirely by the 186 Tuftonboro landowners, most of whom are in the Hidden Valley Association, and the 39 property owners in Wolfeboro. Janeczko proposed that that the landowners would reimburse their respective towns through taxes on their properties.
He explained that in 1986, the Association built a cement and earthen dam. It's now leaking and failed an inspection by the Bureau of Dams in June 2012. Meantime the state's standard is higher. A dam must be built to withstand a 50-year flood.
Members voted to repair the dam, following an engineering report. If they do nothing, the state will take the dam down in 2015. The result, said Janeczko, be a water level of 6-8 feet. It is presently 52 feet at its deepest point.
Bill Marcussen, chairman of the town's milfoil committee, updated the board on the findings this month of the Department of Environmental Services survey. Additional areas of milfoil infestation have been discovered since the spring report, but they are
"well within the permitted area," said Marcussen. Mapping the area allows them "to tailor exactly where to put the chemicals down."
He will update the abutter's list with information provided by the town, to provide appropriate notification. Treatment is expected to take place the first and second week in September.
This summer divers have pulled 1,400 to 1,500 gallons of milfoil from the waters of Winter Harbor, the Basin, Pier 19 and Melvin Village Marina.
Ted Wright followed up on last week's meeting in which the decision was made to form a fact-finding committee in regard to Lang Pond Road reconstruction. The number expanded from the suggested five to eight, and includes Wright, Dusty Davies (President of the Mirror Lake Protective Association), Don McWhirter, Ben Ladd, Guy Pike, Jay Moody, David Ford (a Tuftonboro resident who is also Wolfeboro's Public Works Director), and Steve Wingate.
The Tuftonboro Free Library has come up with a figure of $16,500 for architectural services to finalize the plan for the new library and $8,000 to the Bauen Corporation for handling the bid process. The fees will come from library funds in capital reserve.
"The library will go to Town Meeting with a firm price," said Selectmen Chair Carolyn Sundquist.
Carroll County Transit Chairman Jack Rose offered a presentation to Tuftonoro residents before the start of the board meeting and suggested setting up a test run on the Blue Loon with 16 residents to demonstrate the service, which includes door to door service four days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The dial-a-ride service requires 24 hours advance notice.
For more information about Tri-County CAP Transit services
in Carroll County, or to arrange a ride, call toll-free (866) 752-6890.
Paul Belville refuted Jim Bean's assessment of the culvert overflow problem discussed during last week's meeting. The Belvilles home was flooded several weeks ago following rains. They hold the Road Agent responsible for improper maintenance of a nearby culvert. Bean said that when he checked it the day they called it was open and working and the water was not overflowing. Belville asserted that the water was over the culvert and over the drain pipe when he returned on a Monday following a weekend away. He gave Bean credit for doing a "heck of a job" since then. It is now lower than ever, but "never in 16 years," said Belville, " has it gone six feet beyond what it's been in the past."
Selectman Lloyd Wood commented that he's talked to neighbors in the vicinity who said that Bean has been there checking the culvert almost daily and noted that in the last two weeks the beaver has not been evident. The police observed a dead beaver, apparently hit by a car, not long ago.
Guy Pike asked how a citizen can reach authorities when Bean is out of contact. He said he saw lights left on in the Road Agent's shed around 9 p.m. one evening and wondered what the procedure is in the event of an emergency. He was told that citizens should call the County Dispatch Center at the Sheriff's office.
Sundquist asked that anyone who sees anything amiss, such as overflowing culverts, dead trees or other hazards, to call the town.
The date has been set for an Open House at the new fire station. Visitors are welcome to tour the new building on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a,m. to 3 p.m.