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Barnstead planners deal with minor subdivisions


July 07, 2010
BARNSTEAD — A couple of minor subdivisions in town topped planning board members' agenda last week.

Two applications to subdivide lots went before the board at its July 1 meeting.

The first application, submitted by Bill Gosse of Shackford Corner Road, was approved without a hitch.

Surveyor Mark Sargent of Richard D. Bartlett & Associates, which is representing Gosse, explained Gosse's intention to divide his property into three separate lots — one 9.25-acre lot containing his house, one 4.02-acre lot containing his shop and one 3.4-acre lot of land.

After board members reviewed the application, they accepted it and waived requirements for fiscal, traffic and environmental impact studies. When board Chairman Dave Murley opened a public hearing for discussion on the application, no one spoke, and board members then quickly approved Gosse's application.

The second application for a minor subdivision to come before the board at last week's meeting did not go over easily.

Submitted by Dean Clark of DMC Surveyors on behalf of the Susan M. Fortier Trust, the proposed subdivision would split a 12.66-acre lot along Garland Road into three separate lots for benefactors of the trust, with one lot containing an existing house.

Board member Nancy Carr raised concerns about a cemetery on the property.

Fellow board member Mike Kowalski asked Clark if the cemetery was registered with the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, to which Clark replied he wasn't sure.

Murley told Clark to check with the Division of Historical Resources to find if the cemetery is registered and he also suggested that Clark check with local historian Stuart Merrill to find out more information on the cemetery.

"We do need to know about the cemetery," Murley said.

After the discussion about the cemetery, board members waived requirements for fiscal, traffic and environmental impact studies, and also granted a deed restriction for the property.

When Murley opened a public hearing for discussion on the application, an abutter of the property came forward with concerns over the property's boundary line.

Larry Wheeler, who owns an adjacent property along Coles Ledge Road, said that almost 2,000 feet of fence line he had put up after consulting with a surveyor some years ago no longer serves as the boundary between the two properties, according to Clark's mapping of the property. In fact, Clark's map shows the fence line to be on the property belonging to the benefactors of the trust.

Clark said that he went by the deed of the property, which shows a straight line on the map, not the fence line, separating the properties.

Dorcas Gordon, the attorney of the Susan M. Fortier Trust, said the trust had sent a letter to Wheeler allowing him to use the property up to fence line.

"I don't have a problem with the subdivision. I just want to get this line right," Wheeler said.

After some lengthy discussion over the issue ensued between board members, particularly from selectmen's representative Andy Houle, Murley pointed out that the issue over the boundary line is not a planning board issue, but is a civil issue.

Due to the lack of information regarding the status of the cemetery, representatives from the trust will have to re-appear before the board next month to resolve the issue.

Other business

In other business, board members also spent a bit of time discussing a request the plan on forwarding to OSG Paintball owner Dave Preston regarding specific items at the site that they want more information about after conducting a site walk at the facility last month. Members discussed if they wanted information regarding the oversight of the food being served at the facility, but after board member Amy Jennings pointed out that the town does not have any ordinances and regulations regarding the serving and distribution of food, the matter is mostly regulated by the state, they dropped that from their request.

The board also granted Public Service of New Hampshire permission to cut brush along Hazel Clark Road and Pineo Road, which are both designated as scenic road by the town. The board held a public hearing on the issue before granting permission, but no one came forward during the hearing.

Next meeting

The board has scheduled a work session for Thursday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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