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Tuftonboro departments well into spring cleaning and repairs


May 12, 2011
TUFTONBORO — The Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen heard reports from Transfer Station Supervisor Clay Gallagher, Codes Officer Jack Parsons and Road Agent Jim Bean at its May 9 meeting.

Gallagher's April figures show revenue of $3,741 and costs of $526, a sign of successful recycling and steady stream of activity as many residents participate in the annual rites of spring cleanup.

Transfer Station employees will be earning certifications from a Northeast Resource Recovery Association conference on June 6 and 7. Gallagher says he will be attending for two days and has spent time with the organization analyzing how to improve efficiency. For instance, he said, presently an item is handled four times in a time-consuming and labor-intensive disposal process.

He has decided, after also visiting Moultonborough's transfer station, to have residents dump their own materials into the correct containers, a move that will be facilitated by the purchase of six Gaylords that slide along the floor for easy transport, and another bailer, which he referred to as the "linchpin" in a new system designed to reduce man hours.

In the last three weeks, Gallagher has also engaged three prisoners from the Carroll County Jail in cleanup of the facility. He said they worked all day and did a good job well worth the pizza lunch.

Codes Officer Parsons has changed cemetery fence rails and fertilized the grounds. He brought to the board's attention that there is a container in the Mountain Road town property that Clay Gallagher picked up and brought to the transfer station, but there is more trash yet to be dealt with.

As for the towns' roads, Road Agent Bean's crews started grading roads last week, patching potholes, repairing ditch lines, sweeping roads and cleaning culverts. A resident talked to Bean about the possible take down of a tree beside a small cemetery, but Bean noted that it is leaning away from the enclosure. Chairman Bill Stockman said that the property owner bears the responsibility for the land outside of the cemetery.

Bean reported that he has adjusted the clutch on the 10-year-old truck and wanted to forewarn of replacement of the clutch, a $2,000 job, in the fall. He also suggested that it is time for review of the town's roads. Selectmen decided to tour the town's roads the next day, on Tuesday, May 10.

Tax Collector Jackie Rollins reported a total of $133,851 in unpaid taxes, involving 113 properties.

The Cable Franchise Committee scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, May 11 with the selectmen, who agreed, at the suggestion of their lawyer Kate Miller, to contact Wakefield to explore soliciting a different provider.

According to Selectman Dan Duffy, the Tuftonboro Milfoil Committee is set and expecting to meet in the near future. The Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) is set up and the boats are ready to go. Training for assistance in removing milfoil is also coming up shortly.

Duffy noted that the standards for waterfront septic systems are now more rigorous than in the past: systems older than 20 years that need to be replaced will require a new design; state-approved systems less than 20 years old may be replaced without needing a new plan.

He reported that road conditions for the residents of the Mountain Shadows subdivision were addressed at the planning board meeting and a system should be in place by August.

The next scheduled meeting of Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen will be on Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at the town office building.

Garnett Hill
Martin Lord Osman
Penny Pitou
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