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Paving issues and milfoil occupy Tuftonboro selectmen


June 17, 2010
TUFTONBORO — Pike's Paving has almost completed paving designated roads in Tuftonboro this season, with the exception of patching on Harvest Lane and a rough spot on High Street, according to Road Agent Jim Bean. The discussion at the Board of Selectmen's meeting on June 14, turned to the company's work on the parking lot at the Old Town House.

Bean said they paved a bit further down the hill to the road than asked, resulting in increased water flow across the road onto Selectman Bill Stockman's property. Stockman said that it should be "cut down and ditched" to divert it.

Chairman Carolyn Sundquist inquired about the diagonal parking spaces to be paved and lined. Bean said that the area has been rolled, and he will check with Pike to see if it is reasonable to pave it yet.

On other road business, Bean reported that his crew has continued to put new signs up, including stop signs and "Caution/Children Playing" signs, and the swim lines are out in preparation for summer activity at the beach.

Selectman Dan Duffy said that he has talked to the person whose property borders Route 109 near Camp Brookwoods about a large tree that he described as "looming" over the road and dangerous, and he said that the land owner "doesn't want it" and would be glad to have it taken down. It is on the state's property, however.

Codes Officer report

Jack Parsons reported that he has been completing maintenance items at the town offices; the Federal Emergency Management Agency is redoing flood maps within the next year; the pellet grant proposal is in the hands of Attorney Richard Sager for the time being; and discrepancies in 911 communication at the islands were being corrected.

While one septic permit granted two years ago at Cow Island was okay, another resident built a septic system without a permit with the result that "the road is a total disaster." There is also a large tree that needs to be taken care of on the beach. It is leaning back and its root ball is exposed.

Three bids have come in for surveying the front half of the Gould property for the architectural firm, but Stockman questioned the necessity for the extent of the surveying, which would cost around $12,000, saying, "I wouldn't spend the money… common sense will site the building – the land is flat."

Duffy and Selectman Chair Carolyn Sundquist both said they thought they had to do the survey as a legal matter, so Codes Officer Jack Parsons was called back into the room for a quick consult. He agreed that the scope could likely be cut back, but affirmed that a survey had to be done for the engineers. Sundquist said she would talk to the architect to define the reduced scope and let the bidders know of any change.

Milfoil issues

Chase Island resident Dan Williams, who has attended milfoil harvesting training for certified divers, expressed concerns at the amount of milfoil that has been showing up in that vicinity. He said that the Pier 19 Association had treated for milfoil with 2,4-D, a systemic herbicide that targets broad leafed plants, a few years ago, but its significant return has sparked a plan to rake it. He said, "I think that's a mistake."

Duffy, who represents Tuftonboro on the joint Moultonborough-Tuftonboro-Wolfeboro Milfoil Committee, agreed, saying that raking makes it worse, for the plant can grow from just a two inch piece that breaks loose. Williams inquired if a Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) machine was available. Duffy explained that the recent grant will include a shared cost for two machines, which will not be available until the end of the summer. He added that Amy Smagula of the Department of Environmental Services will be mapping the presence of milfoil in Tuftonboro's waterbodies.

In an aside, Stockman mentioned the amount of trash that was brought to Spider Web Gardens in the load of milfoil that had been harvested from Wolfeboro Bay around the town docks. He said he was forewarned, but surprised that the garbage in the harvested milfoil – which included plastic forks and spoons and coffee cup lids, and even articles of clothing – filled two large trash barrels. When Duffy joked, "Did you find any coins?" Stockman laughed and declared, "I found a nickel!"

Stockman adds the milfoil to enrich his compost pile while saving the eventual disposal cost at the Wolfeboro transfer station.

Transfer station report

Assistant Supervisor Darren Medeiros said that he is seeing a lot of new faces at the transfer station. Recycling is up eight tons from last year and he described traffic at the Swap Shop to be "phenomenal," with 4,000 to 5,000 pounds of what previously would be refuse, being diverted from the waste stream by eager treasure hunters.

He just sold nine bales of aluminum, amounting to 4,600 pounds, at 42 cents each, for an income of $1,932 and four bales of steel amounting to 4,000 pounds at 69 cents per pound for an anticipated revenue of $2,760.

The staff also disposed of 5,000 pounds of clothing last month through Planet Aid. Medeiros said he met with a representative from the company, who answered concerns about the portion of revenue that goes to fund the operation. The nonprofit will provide two containers on site and increase pick up to every two weeks to better meet demand.

A recent Tuftonboro Land Fill Sampling Report showed that arsenic, iron and manganese levels remain above recommended standards. Stockman said that they've been the same for the last five years.

Other business

Selectmen looked over four pages of warrants to be sent to owners of unlicensed dogs. The deadline for registration was in April. Individuals who fail to pay can expect a visit from the police.

Bill Marcussen was nominated to serve on the Capital Improvements Committee in place of recently nominated David Lee, who was not able to take on the position at this time.

The next selectmen's meeting is scheduled for June 28 at 7 p.m. at the town offices.

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