August 07, 2014TUFTONBORO — Reporting to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting last Monday, Aug. 4, Code Officer Jack Parsons has followed up with a punch list responding to safety issues mentioned in a recent state inspection. Exit lights for a door in Piper House (an extension of the Town Office building) and the highway department building have arrived and are ready for installation.
Six boilers and two compressors have also undergone the required inspections.
Parsons offered his year-to-date figures, showing that the town has issued 63 new building permits; 12 new homes have been built: and he has completed 255 inspections.
In other business, the board agreed to cover the estimated $2,700 to $3,000 it will cost to repair inadvertent damage to Canaan Road from two busses misled off the beaten path by their GPS directions.
Road Agent Jim Bean will address that situation. Bean reported that his crew has been working along Pineo Drive and also repairing damage from recent heavy rains to area roads. "It's like starting over," he commented, for they had previously restored the roads.
He met with Dave Ford, Chairman of the Mirror Lake Watershed Committee, to discuss mediation of erosion near the brook crossing on Lang Pond Road. Among the steps taken was the placement of a silt sock to collect silt from runoff.
The crew also built a new headwall along Union Wharf Road and paved it to the correct height. Chairman Lloyd Wood asked about the status of the Pier 19 launch ramp project. Bean responded that when the water level goes down, the work can commence.
Selectman Carolyn Sundquist noted that the highway department's electric budget was 60 percent spent. Bean said the temperature is kept at 50 degrees in the winter and "nothing was done differently than last year."
Sundquist noted that Bill Marcussen, who has investigated possible energy efficiency improvements in town buildings has shared information on more energy efficient lighting options. The highway department building is one of the least efficient buildings, she added. Bean observed that the seals on the garage doors are bent and rusty; the door could be better insulated.
Jim Rines, of White Mountain Survey, asked the board to sign an application for renewal of a driveway permit on behalf of the Whitten Trust, which intends to operate a sand pit along Sandy Knoll Road. The permit from the NH Department of Transportation has expired. The Planning Board has granted conditional approval for the project and the state, said Rines, believes the conditions can be met. The board signed the application and made a copy of the site plan provided by Rines.
The board nominated Marsha Hunter to serve as an alternate trustee for the Library Board. She joins recent appointee Sandy Bushman.
Reviewing the recent private well testing effort, Wood read an email from Conservation Commission member Steve Wingate, who reported that 125 were handed out and 90 samples were turned in, reflecting a return rate similar to past years. Wingate thanked Lou Barinelli, director of the lab where the samples are processed, for helping out on site, answering questions and transporting the samples back to the lab.
Apologies for any one who feared a penalty for not having an operationsl smoke detector in his home, after reading last week's report of such. Chief Adam Thompson reassures all that there is no penalty. There is a risk of danger in event of a fire though he points out.
The board will meet next at 4 p.m. on Aug. 11. The afternoon time takes the place of the usual 7 p.m. time in order for Chairman Wood to be able to take part in the Monday night Library Building Advisory Committee meetings, which start at 6 p.m. at Central Station, until further notice.
The public is welcome to attend both meetings.