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T'boro board accepts new fee schedule for waste disposal

Police announce grant for thermal imaging monocular

September 17, 2009
TUFTONBORO — The Tuftonboro Town House wood floor will once again be a thing of beauty after workmen refinish it. The project will start on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to Codes Officer Jack Parsons, speaking before the Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen at its Sept. 14 morning meeting.

Parsons said that door sweeps have been installed, and furniture will have to be moved around to accommodate the project. There is a big safe, contents unknown, that he will ask to have unlocked in order to view the contents and assess what needs to be saved. Until then, it will have to be moved into the Boy Scouts' storage area. He noticed town books containing old RSAs in one of the closets that will also need to be examined.

Parsons announced that a flu clinic has been scheduled for Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the town offices.

The board was asked to look over new fees submitted by Darren Madeiros from the transfer station. Selectman Carolyn Sundquist commented that many are the same or have just been clarified, but the fees for disposal of television sets, which have increased in number since the switch to analog technology, have increased. The previous generic $5 fee is replaced with a fee scale from $5 to $10 based on the size of the set.

The board voted unanimously to accept the proposed changes. Residents may go to the Tuftonboro Web site for a complete listing of disposal fees.

Sgt. James Hathcock of the Tuftonboro Police Department appeared before the board to share the news that the department has received a grant for a mini thermal imaging monocular to aid in search and rescue operations and fugitive recovery. It is valued from $9,000 to $11,000. The town will receive the gift after Hathcock completes the three-day training session this month in New Orleans. All expenses will be paid by the government.

Selectman Chair Dan Duffy reported that the selectmen's tour of Wolfeboro's Rapid Infiltration Basin site with Wolfeboro's Public Works Director Dave Ford was informative. He described Ford as "very open" and said that they were shown where the land had slipped due to horizontal rather than vertical flow of water. Ford plans to add additional testing pools and two more basins. The water has been tested and is under the allowances for nitrogen and phosphorus.

Joe Kowalski spoke from behind his TV camera to say that he wished the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission had told the selectmen that they were going to visit the site with Ford on the previous Tuesday so that everyone could have gone together. Duffy commented that that would have been a more efficient use of Ford's time.

Other business

Sundquist noted that Bill Holmes, who must pay fines incurred for delays in clearing his property of unlicensed vehicles, has not yet made any payments or contacted the office to set up a schedule.

The board chose to place the matter of the town's camping ordinance on the agenda for their next regularly-scheduled meeting on Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., to allow for time to contact area camps and owners of parcels of 500 acres or more who will be affected. The board would like to have their input and comments.

Sundquist raised the question of what the next step is in addressing a proposed fire station building project. She asked if they should begin a survey of the Gould property. Selectman Bill Stockman, agreeing that they need to "get moving" on the matter, asked when they should start searching out architects.

The board decided to invite Fire Chief Adam Thompson to the Sept. 28 meeting for his opinions. Sundquist commented that the board might just put money in capital reserve this year and take its time "to do it right."

A resident asked the board to clarify its position on blueberry picking on public property, and they obliged with a unanimous vote for its legality.

Martin Lord Osman
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