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Several safety issues identified in Tuftonboro town buildings


July 31, 2014
TUFTONBORO — Joint Loss Committee members Caleb Pike and Heather Cubeddu reviewed a list of findings of the NH Department of Labor with the Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen following a recent inspection. The committee will review the findings in September and develop plans to mitigate various minor issues, but there were several items that will involve a cost.

In particular, two illuminated exit signs are needed for an exit at the Town House and for Code Officer Jack Parson's door. Other issues, not so easily remedied, are work place safety issues in the tax collector's and police department offices.

The tax collector's office has just one exit and no separation between personnel and clients. The police department also does not have a protective separation. Both matters have been discussed before. The possibility of a new library freeing up the old library for the police department has been considered, with space in turn opening up in the town offices building, but there is no immediate permanent resolution

Chief Andy Shagoury told the board that his secretary and officers have hidden or carry buttons that set off a silent alarm. Also, visitors will find that the glass door into the station is kept locked. People need to knock on the door to gain entry.

Selectman Dan Duffy said that participation in the Well Water Testing Program organized by the Conservation Commission (CC) was good. Homeowners who purchased kits were able to collect samples and have the Conservation Commission take them to Concord for them.

The program was initiated to raise awareness of the toxicity of some commonly occurring chemicals, such as arsenic, in private wells. Studies have shown that arsenic is known to cause health problems and affect intelligence in young children.

The photo in the paper honoring Phoebe Willey on the occasion of her 99th birthday with the heading "Tuftonboro's Oldest Citizen" raised a flap, said Selectman Carolyn Sundquist. She received a call from the town's 97 year old Boston Post Cane holder, Betty Cellarius, reporting that she was chastised by a resident, who told her that she didn't deserve to have the cane and she should give it back.

Sundquist declared such comments to be "unconscionable". The board chose Cellarius, who has lived in the community for around 70 years and served as a ballot clerk and President of the Hikers, among her various involvements in the life of the community. Willey, though a native, has lived elsewhere and had moved into the Applegate care facility not long ago.

Chairman Lloyd Wood indicated disappointment that any one would take issue with Cellarius, for she did not make the decision, the selectmen did. "Please talk to the board of selectmen, not the holder of the cane," said Sundquist.

As board representative to the planning board, Duffy informed the board that the planning board has granted conditional approval to the Whitten Trust application to operate a sand pit on Sandy Knoll Road. He said the pit would operate in six, five acre phases and noted that the operators had offered to pave 250' of road past the Meehan home to mitigate dust. Details of the matter, contained in Planning Board minutes, may be accessed on the town web site.

Wood shared the latest Household Hazardous Waste collection report provided by Sarah Silk. A total of 59 cars came from Tuftonboro to the collection center and 83 households participated. There were 18 new residents.

The next selectmen's meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. at the town offices.

On August 16, the public is invited to attend the Tuftonboro Free Library's 175th birthday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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