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Selectmen sign contract for 19 Mile Brook monitoring plan

September 24, 2020
TUFTONBORO — Steve Wingate, of the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission, brought a proposal to the Board of Selectmen on Sept. 14 from FB Environmental Associates (FEB) to conduct a data review and create a monitoring plan for Nineteenmile Brook . The purpose is to identify any pollutant impacts on the stream from Wolfeboro's neighboring Rapid Infiltration Basin (RIB).

The 4.6-mile-long stream begins in Wolfeboro, crosses into Tuftonboro and across 109A on its way to Nineteenmile Bay in Lake Winnipesaukee. The RIB takes on wastewater treated in Wolfeboro and is a part of the watershed and drainage area. The project's various tasks are estimated to cost $4,705.

Wingate informed the board that Wolfeboro's Public Works Director David Ford has indicated that he is willing to cover that amount in his budget, subject to the usual budget process. Reached for comment, Ford said the town is doing extensive testing itself and his desire is to do better than just meeting the Department of Environmental Services requirements.

"We want to be good stewards and do not want any adverse effects to the environment," said Ford.

The Board signed on to the contract.

Code officer Jack Parsons reported that the town has issued 84 building permits, 11 new house permits and completed 296 inspections so far this year and informed the board that replacement of the windows in the Selectmen's office is scheduled, as are electrical repairs to the emergency light in the Town Offices and the two receptacles at the Town House. Also, the Town Office building is to be painted this month.

Parsons has also drafted language to add new, repaved and rebuilt driveway permits to the ordinances, which he will bring to the Planning Board for review in time to be on the 2021 ballot.

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