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Proposed biodiesel business comes before planning board

May 10, 2011
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead Planning Board met on Thursday, May 5 and discussed a major subdivision, a biodiesel business and continued efforts on updating the capital improvement plan and the Master Plan.

Richard and Linda Misiaszek own nearly 80 acres on 115 North Road and are looking to subdivide the property into two lots.

The two lots are 51.853 acres, which include the Misiaszek's home and a barn, and 27.44 acres.

The smaller parcel includes a private cemetery that is not registered with the state of New Hampshire.

Richard Misiaszek was questioned by the board what he is planning on doing with the second lot, and he said that he is planning on selling the existing house and building a new house on the smaller parcel.

A major subdivision is being done to allow other subdivisions in the future and provide the Misiaszeks with a better selling feature.

Member Clark Goodrich asked where access for the second lot would be and was told that it hasn't been determined yet.

The board accepted the application as complete and approved the major subdivision. A mylar will be submitted after the pins have been set.

Darlene Forshee and Jennifer Berman came before the board for a preliminary consultation on running a biodiesel fueling company out of their home on 959 North Barnstead Road.

Forshee said that a processor, with a cost of $20,000, has been purchased that can process up to a maximum of 100 gallons of biodiesel per day.

Forshee said that she has already registered Barnstead Biodiesel LLC with the state of New Hampshire.

According to Forshee, methanol will be combined from cooking oil from local restaurants to create the biodiesel. The processor does this automatically, and Glycerin is the byproduct that is created.

Forshee said she would be getting New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services approval for washing the byproduct with water.

According to Forshee, the process of creating the fuel would take 22 hours.

Forshee plans on delivering the finished product to customers and hopes that restaurants will drop off the used cooking oil.

Goodrich suggested picking up the oil from restaurants in order to get a better response.

Alternate Chris Carazzo voiced concerns about operating in the winter time and delivery of chemicals to property.

The board recommended that Forshee contact the fire department regarding the storage of chemicals on the property.

Vice-chair Michael Kowalski said that Forshee would have to be Hazmat certified to transport the fuel.

Selectmen's representative Kathy Grillo asked about storing the fuel and was told that it has a flash point of 125 degrees.

Forshee said that the fuel has a shelf life of about eight months.

Nancy Carr recommended contacting the New Hampshire Department of Weights and Measures and setting up to pay the appropriate state and federal fuel taxes.

Goodrich questioned if the fuel would be designated as off- or on-road fuel, and Kowalski asked if it would be dyed to distinguish the two types.

Forshee said she would look into the issue of dying the fuel and thanked the board for its suggestions. She is hoping to open the business by the end of June.

The board is planning a site walk on Thursday, May 19.

The board has received CDs containing the 2002 Master Plan, which is provided in writeable Microsoft Word and Excel files.

Chairman David Murley passed out copies of the 1982 Master Plan, which focused on Workforce Housing.

Murley said that a Workforce Housing workshop was held by Lakes Region Planning, but it was held on same night as a planning board meeting.

Kowalski stepped forward to chair a committee to update the CIP and the Master Plan.

Murley stressed the importance of volunteers from outside of the planning board.

"If the Master Plan comes from the planning board, it doesn't mean anything," Murley said. "It needs to come from the people."

Murley suggested condensing a questionnaire and filtering out repetitive questions and providing in electronically to ensure a high response.

Murley discussed a letter from the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association pointing out that only licensed land surveyors could submit site plans.

Engineers are not allowed to draw up plans, which some towns have allowed in the past.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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