Tuftonboro selectmen discuss milfoil planning


Resident objects to paying Ossipee taxes on his Tuftonboro house


January 06, 2011
TUFTONBORO — Now that the perambulation of the Ossipee/Tuftonboro town line is complete, and both towns' Boards of Selectmen have signed off on the report, Tuftonboro resident Barry Ennis came to register a complaint against paying taxes to Ossipee when his house is, and always was, in Tuftonboro.

The boundary line was not modified; it was affirmed, showing his property to be in Tuftonboro, so Ennis spoke up at the Jan. 3 selectman's meeting to say that he had brought the matter up to the Ossipee selectmen in the past and gotten nowhere.

Should Tuftonboro receive the tax money that Ossipee apparently shouldn't have collected, and since Tuftonboro's tax rate is nearly half that of Ossipee's, should he get a return? He said that he was not interested in getting lawyers involved, but he would like to have the situation corrected and pay taxes to Tuftonboro, adding, "The Ossipee tax bill makes the Tuftonboro tax bill look real nice."

He said he's someone who always pays his bills but knowing officially now that his house is in Tuftonboro, he is balking at paying the 2010 year-end bill from Ossipee.

Ennis pointed out that the state requires that towns complete a perambulation every seven years, and that was not done – to his detriment.

The selectmen concluded that they will need to meet with the Ossipee board to discuss the matter with tax assessor Dave Wiley, who worked for Ossipee and now works for Tuftonboro, at hand.

Milfoil treatment planning

Selectman Dan Duffy brought up the matter of the cost of permitting fees ($1,000) for herbicidal treatment of The Basin, a process that needs to be put in motion this month in order to begin controlling the milfoil. The dilemma is that if voter reject the warrant article for the cost of treatment ($30,000), that money would have been spent for nothing because the permits are only in effect for one year.

Duffy brought up the possibility of treating the weed in the fall, noting that it is so hardy that it even grows under the ice, but Selectman Bill Stockman, owner of Spider Web Gardens, said that in his experience with herbicides, they are most effective in the spring when plant growth is most intense. To treat in the fall when growth is slowed by cool temperature, would not be very effective.

Chairman Carolyn Sundquist said that in her opinion, considering the controversy the topic generated at last year's town meeting, it would be best to first get the okay from the voters for the expenditure.

That would result in a delay of treatment until the spring of 2012.

"So you'll have three warrant articles, Dan?" she asked. He verified that he will be preparing three: one for the $30,000 milfoil control program; another to ask that the town contribute $1,000 of seed money in an expendable trust fund related to the cooperative arrangement with Moultonborough and Wolfeboro; and another for $1,500 toward maintenance of the boats and rental fees for harvesting operations.

Other business

Police chief Andrew Shagoury provided an estimate of $37,250 for a new police cruiser following analysis of 13 different bids. He is looking at possibilities for selling the old cruiser.

The board voted to accept town clerk Heather Cubeddu's suggestion that the town sell hunting and fishing licenses. It would involve a $10,000 surety bond from Primex, but the town would earn a portion of the fees.

Selectmen signed a construction management agreement with Bauen Corporation regarding the proposed fire and safety building. Cost numbers are expected to be ready by Jan. 14, so the board will be meeting with architect Gary Goudreau and Bauen Corporation prior to the budget committee meeting to prepare figures for the committee.

John Ratcliffe, who recently received an abatement on his property for 2009, has reapplied for 2010, as anticipated. Selectmen decided to seek approval from assessor Dave Wiley before signing off on the agreement because though Wylie had agreed to a formula for both years in the original request, he did so assuming that the selectmen had approved it already.

Stockman announced that Geotech Engineering tested the soils on the Gould property and found gravel and sand to be in abundance, making it "ideal building land." They did not encounter any ledge.

The selectmen, responding to a query from former Conservation Commission member Dawn Evans, cast about to find a date for a forum on the importance of the Great Meadows Conservation Easement before town meeting. Sundquist asked Stockman, the board's representative to the commission, if they would like to organize that, but he said that it has lost members and is currently shorthanded.

At 8 p.m. the selectmen went into a work session to look over 14 applications for the job of transfer station supervisor, recently vacated by Darren Medeiros.

The next regular selectmen's meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., Jan. 10, at the town offices building.

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