April 17, 2014TUFTONBORO — The house on the town-owned Dearborn property, located along Route 109 across from the Tuftonboro Free Library, will be coming down, but it will not be burned by the fire department. Chief Adam Thompson nixed the possibility of using it for a training exercise, saying its position, so close the road, would create a smoke hazard for traffic and those in the vicinity.
Thompson examined the house for asbestos, at the request of the Board of Selectmen, and found asbestos in the structure. Code Officer Jack Parsons said the next step is to seek a remediation contract.
Resident Dave Eaton said at the April 7 selectmen's meeting that he was "thrilled at the decision to tear down the Dearborn house," for he thinks the location would be ideal for an annex to the library to solve the overcrowding at that facility. Skip Hurt has presented a plan for a library building on that side of the road to Selectman Carolyn Sundquist, which she has passed along for the board to look at.
With the failure to achieve a supermajority to pass the warrant article for a proposed library building on the back of the library parcel, all ideas are presently on the table.
The selectmen reported at the April 14 board meeting that Chairman Lloyd Wood and Selectman Carolyn Sundquist (Selectman Dan Duffy was out of town on personal business) met with the Library Board of Trustees Thursday, April 10, at the board's invitation, to recap the vote and look ahead to solving the facility's long standing space needs.
Chairman of the Library Trustees Gordon Hunt has since sent names to the selectmen to consider for membership on an independent building committee.
The $7,500 Wage and Compensation Study, which was approved by voters at Town Meeting, began with a preliminary meeting on April 14 with Gary Thornton, whose company has been chosen to complete the study. On April 17, employees will gather to learn what part they will play in the process. The board signed a contract with the Thornton company to complete the study for $7,245.
Road Agent Jim Bean has been able to put aside plowing for the time being and attend to winter debris. His crew has been picking up dead trees, clearing water drains, adding gravel to the low edges along roadways, and filling potholes.
Eaton pointed out on April 7 that there is some maintenance on County Road to be done and said that there is an oil spill on New Road recently revealed by melting snow. It has congealed, making it fairly easy to clean up, in his opinion. He said he knows who the culprit is and that person will take care of it.
In follow up, Fire Chief Adam Thompson has contained the spill on New Road from a recent truck accident and is monitoring it.
Transfer station supervisor Clayton Gallagher brought in samples of the new tees and sweat shirts employees are now wearing to work. He complimented Calico Graphics for a great job and price. Employees are responsible for the care of the clothing, a factor that will save money, said Gallagher.
He reported that the steps to compactor # 1 have been completed and told the board that he will be advertising for two per diem slots. Also, in an attempt to get recycling numbers up, he and his staff are talking about possible themes of two to three week duration, promoting turn in of items – lead acid batteries for example – with the incentive of free disposal of a ton of brush. That is just one idea. Others are in the works.
The board okayed an expenditure of $667.40 to replace the cylinders in four outside locks for the town offices building.
The board will meet next on April 28, at 7 p.m., in the town office building.
The Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Davis Field, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19.
The Tuftonboro Association's town wide clean up day is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, between 8 a.m. and noon. Bags and safety vests will be handed out in the town office parking lot.
On the same day, the Tuftonboro Agricultural Association is holding a town wide yard sale to support recycling and environmental awareness from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up cards are available at the town offices. Questions may be directed to Annette Cram at 544-3901.