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T'boro selectmen hear concerns about transit plan and Wolfeboro's effluent system


January 28, 2010
TUFTONBORO — The opportunity to file for public office in Tuftonboro ends tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. The town offices are closed on Thursday. Open positions are listed on the town Web site, and selectmen are seeking nominations for two places on the Capital Improvements Program committee as well.

Joan Theve spoke to the board at the Jan. 25 meeting about the Carroll County Transit Project and said that she is on the e-mail list and receives the agendas and minutes, but has a previously stated conflict with the first Tuesday afternoon monthly meeting time of the transportation advisory committee.

She said she thinks the project is headed in a "good direction," but questioned whether the town might better use the $3,000 it is contributing to the system for developing something in town to connect residents to the main route.

Chairman Dan Duffy pointed out that there will be feeder routes through town and demand for service connections to do that. Selectman Carolyn Sundquist said that the system could cut down on the miles that Caregivers, a volunteer system for bringing people to and from medical appointments, would need to travel, and said that Shirley Bentley might provide some answers to that question.

Bentley coordinates the Caregivers program and represents the organization at the monthly transportation advisory meetings. Theve said she is willing to pass along information to the selectmen, but if anyone else would like to represent the town at the meetings in Tamworth, that would be fine with her.

Fire and Rescue report

Chief Adam Thompson's statistics for service in 2009 included: 131 fire calls, 149 medical calls, 26 service calls and ten special details, for a total of 316 calls, a slight decrease from the previous year's numbers. The department completed 28 gas, 22 oil, and ten wood furnace inspections.

He said that rescue response times are shorter with CarePlus ambulance services located in town. He added that "they're actually beating us" to the scene.

Thompson gave a reminder that the fire station has fire smoke detectors to give away to residents who can't afford to buy them, and said that there was a misstatement in the Tuftonboro Islanders Association newsletter of his position on camping inland on Cow Island. He said no camp fires are allowed inland but camping is fine.

Effluent system concerns

Chairman of the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission Mike Phelps and member Gary Chehames asked selectmen to sign a letter of concern about Wolfeboro's Rapid Infiltration Basin effluent disposal system that asks Wolfeboro to develop criteria for closure. Chehames said the Commission wanted to "give a heads up to Wolfeboro."

Selectman Bill Stockman, selectmen's representative to the Commission, noted that the problems associated with wastewater treatment are occurring all over the country and commented that Wolfeboro has made strides in using less water, so less water has to be handled by the system but that "something has to change in the next 50 years."

Chehames said the letter will be online on the Tuftonboro town Web site, along with an algae report, and eventually, the Commission's water quantity study.

School Taxes and Population

Sundquist said that she attended a Carroll County Coalition meeting and found out that there are two bills in the legislature to extend the current "collar" that keeps state property taxes local, for the bill in effect now is due to expire in 2011.

She would like to have the districts' representatives together in Tuftonboro to discuss the legislation with residents. "We have to cut down on town business to pay money to support school taxes," she said, "and the formulas change from year to year." Stockman agreed that a meeting would be a good idea and should be advertised for a good turnout.

Stockman also suggested that a committee form to cross-check the town's list of school children with the list in its possession, because it is difficult to do so without knowledge of that age group. Sundquist said that she has done it in the past with Tax Collector Jackie Rollins, and agreed that it is time-consuming. Stockman is going to ask about the status of homeschoolers and private school attendees.

Other business

With the Time-Warner Cable Company contract up for renewal in 2011, Stockman is forming a committee of interested residents to study the current offerings and investigate competing options for the town's cable television contract. Mike Edgecomb, Government Relations Manager for Time Warner, will be available at the Feb. 9 selectmen's meeting at 9 a.m. to answer questions. Residents may also pass along opinions and questions on the current service to the selectmen ahead of time.

Duffy said that Jesse Lyman of Lyman, Inc., a fuel company in North Conway, offered to look at the town's furnaces and help the town apply for available grants for heating systems should they need one. All agreed to having him visit.

The budget committee has approved $8,000 for landfill monitoring four times a year but the contract is $1,500 higher, said Sundquist. She questioned whether that should be added to the budget, but noted that the actual cost fluctuates each year and sometimes is less. Stockman said that it seemed excessive and "maybe it's time to put it out to bid."

Sundquist called attention to the recent loss of Lyle Williams, father of local firefighter Kyle Williams, and expressed condolences from the board.

The next scheduled meeting of the Board of Selectmen is Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the town office building.

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