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Tuftonboro selectmen move forward with 19 Mile Brook study

November 14, 2018
TUFTONBORO — The Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen moved forward on a study of the 19 Mile Brook environs at its Nov. 6 meeting with agreement to contract with Normandeau Associates for the first phase of its base line study proposal - a File Review of the Wolfeboro Rapid Infiltration Discharge Permits.

To complete the entire scope of the study would cost nearly $46,000, but further discussion with Joel Detty & Harry Stewart of Normandeau Associates yielded the Board's decision to start with the Permit File Review of the Wolfeboro Rapid Infiltration Discharge Permits, which could be completed before the end of the year. Steve Wingate, Chairman of the Conservation Commission, suggested that the cost, $4,695, could be paid for from the Conservation Committee's 2018 budget.

The review will guide the next steps. The company will provide a summary of their findings with which the Board can make further decisions for 2019.

The Board addressed other budget related issues throughout the day, including a presentation from Theresa Williams of Health Trust and discussion of the following budgets: Fire Department (4220); ZBA portion of Planning and Zoning (4191); Legal budget (4153); Conservation (4612); Highway (4312); and Parks and Recreation (4520).

Road Agent Jim Bean also offered an update of activity. His crew has been involved in cleanup from the recent storm and has addressed the 29 red listed culverts, leaving 16 still to be taken care of. A sunken catch basin on Route 171 and Durgin Road will be raised, followed by paving.

The town received bids for road striping and mowing, which Bean will follow up on.

Residents Fran and Ellen Laase brought up concerns over the proportions of the salt/sand mix on the roads along Rt. 109 and buildup of salt on the road leading to their house going down to 19 Mile Beach. Fran said they have lost two ornamental trees and the crayfish population has disappeared. Selectman Chip Albee said the Laases' suggestion that a sand only pile be made available for residents was "pushing the envelope."

Ellen commented on the importance of protecting the watershed. Chairman Bill Marcussen replied that there are tradeoffs in the need to apply salt on Route 109 for safety.

Paving of the Tuftonboro section of Sawyer Road, previously declined by voters, is reportedly now favored by some residents. The board asked Bean to gather some estimates for the work.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is set for Nov. 19, at 9 a.m. in the Town Offices building.

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