October 03, 2013TUFTONBORO — Volunteers serving on the Mirror Lake Watershed Committee met for the second time on Wednesday, Oct. 1, by the beach on Lang Pond Road to take a look at the area, followed by a meeting at the Town Offices.
The road's long-discussed ecologically-sensitive location along Mirror Lake, and Tuftonboro's attention to addressing drainage and erosion issues, became a center of controversy this spring. Both Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro posted weight limits restricting trucks over 14 tons as a means to curb dust and slow siltation into the lake. That got the truckers' attention.
The limits were removed after truckers, who prefer to use the Lang Pond Road route when hauling for their customers, complained of the inconvenience.
An advisory committee was formed following a public hearing on July 29. Ted Wright serves as chairman. Other members include: Dusty Davies of the Mirror Lake Protective Association; Dave Ford, Tuftonboro resident and Wolfeboro Public Works Director; Ben Ladd; Don McWhirter; Jeff Moody; Guy Pike; and Steve Wingate.
Meanwhile, the road has been paved from the entrance by the Libby Museum on the Wolfeboro side and 800 feet past Tuftonboro's boundary in a cooperative arrangement between the towns.
Tuftonboro residents may take a free ride on the Carroll County Transit Service's Blue Loon this Friday, Oct. 4. The plan is to take part in the Senior Luncheon at All Saints Episcopal Church and return home thereafter. For more information, contact administrative secretary Lynne Brunelle, at 569-4539, ext. 13.
The Board of Selectmen announced the appointment of Kate Nesbit and Kate Alba to the Conservation Commission at its last meeting in September. Both will serve for three years, Nesbit as a member and Alba as an alternate.
In other business, Chairman Carolyn Sundquist noted that the town has another lawsuit on its hands. The Helen Meahan Trust, et.al., is taking the issue of the legality of Jim Bean's docking his 50-foot barge along a dock in view of the Meahan family's waterfront home on Senter Cove.
The planning board upheld Code Officer Jack Parson's opinion that the town does not have jurisdiction over the water. The matter will now be taken up in Superior Court.
Selectman Dan Duffy reported that the carbon dioxide monitoring device at the transfer station, which measure the landfill gases, is not working properly and needs to be repaired, replaced or removed.
Also, as a member of the Tri Town Milfoil Committee (Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro), he informed the board that the committee plans to sell one of its DASH (Diver Assisted Suction Harvester) boats. He said it has not been used as much as anticipated, and Moultonborough needs a different size.
Selectman Lloyd Wood expressed interest in having the town set up an Alert Now service, which would be used to quickly inform residents of school closings or delays, remind committee members of an impending meeting or cancellations. Duffy and Sundquist said they would like to know the cost before giving it consideration.
Wood also spoke about the "outstanding character" of the area and floated the idea of having the town participate in a Scenic Byways Program corridor management plan. A committee would need to meet five times within 18 months; the deadline would be February 2015.
Continuing on the topic of transportation issues, Wood called attention to upcoming public hearings offered by the Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT), composed of the five Executive Councilors and the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, to review and receive input on the update of the State's Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan (2013-2022).
Duffy said that he has brought up the need for work on Route 171 before, to no avail.
Sundquist and Wood attended a budget and finance workshop in which they learned that towns are allowed to have a contingency fund. Expenditures require listing in the town report. They also received information on funding strategies, Capital Improvement Program planning and the Affordable Care Act.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen is on Monday, Oct. 7, at 9 a.m.