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Tuftonboro plans to go after junk car code violations

June 05, 2014
TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro Codes Officer Jack Parsons outlined his recent activities to the selectmen at their June 2 meeting.

"I'm going after junk cars again," he said. He already has sent a notice to Bill Holmes, center of longstanding attention for his ever-expanding collection of unregistered vehicles – currently estimated at 45, including a bus – in recent years.

The matter was solved over time, when Holmes built a storage building and, under the threat of accumulating fines, moved much of the offending items into the building and out of sight.

Parsons said he has seen other unregistered vehicles and will be following up.

He also reported that the Town House has been painted by Gary Frank. Selectmen Lloyd Wood commented that it was a job well done.

Parsons reported issuing 41 building permits so far this year. There have been seven new homes so far and he's completed 153 inspections.

Selectman Dan Duffy shared recent conversations over the Memorial Day holiday with people looking for graves of relatives. One headstone, finally located, was completely covered with roots. Some people have been inquiring about how to acquire a plot. The Cemetery Trustees are involved with an inventory of plots throughout the town.

Selectman Carolyn Sundquist reported that Jill Cromwell agreed to continue serving on the Capital Improvements Program Committee. One more person is needed.

Steve Wingate of the Mirror Lake Watershed Committee has spoken to Sundquist about extending the term of the members. Upon discussion, the board decided to wait until the term is closer to its September expiration date. Wingate also said the committee would like to have a secretary. Board members were agreeable but did not have a ready solution.

Wingate, also a member of the Conservation Commission, said it will have well water testing kits available at the town offices, Monday through Friday, July 8 through 12, with collection day set for Sunday, July 14.

Speaking of the Conservation Committee, Chairman Lloyd Wood, noted that the time of its next scheduled meeting, June 16, has been changed to 1 p.m. Don Berry of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, will be discussing strategy and funding related to the development of easements. The Committee will be embarking on developing easements around the perimeter of the town owned Great Meadows Conservation Area, site of a high quality aquifer.

Sundquist also shared that a citizen was perturbed that the town does not accept credit cards in town transactions. She said she pointed out that there would be extra fees, (3-5 percent observed Wood). There was no interest among the board members to change the policy.

The next meeting of the board will be on Monday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the town offices.

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