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Tuftonboro selectmen explore energy upgrades and road improvements

October 06, 2011
TUFTONBORO — Coal anyone? An estimated one to two tons of the stuff resides in the basement of the Tuftonboro Town Offices building. The Board of Selectmen decided at their Oct. 3 meeting that it's there for the taking for some one with the stamina to cart a couple thousand pounds up and out for personal use. A call to the office will start the process.

Selectman Carolyn Sundquist brought it to the board's attention following an inspection of the building with Codes Officer Jack Parsons and Lakes Region Planning Commission Regional Planner Eric Senecal in preparation of a list of energy efficiency projects.

Four sites are possible recipients of energy conservation measures: the Town Offices building; the transfer station; the old Town House; and one of the two fire stations. The Town Offices building would be in line for insulating a heating loop that travels through the basement, new controls for the boiler, weatherizing Piper House and installing a point source hot water system.

Remediation of water runoff and erosion issues along Lang Pond Road is planned for next year. The selectmen met with Wolfeboro Public Works Director Dave Ford, Tuftonboro Road Agent Jim Bean, Dusty Davies of the Mirror Lake Protective Association and an engineer from Geosyntech Engineering Consultants. Two thirds of the road is in Wolfeboro; one third is in Tuftonboro, so a coordinated effort is underway.

Sundquist said that Ford is working on a plan with figures to present to the Wolfeboro Board for approval for its portion. Tuftonboro will dust off plans prepared by H.E. Bergeron Engineers. Both will also take Geosyntech's recommendations under consideration.

Plans include a small precast bridge, centering the road and lengthening culverts to divert water away from the lake side of the road. Chairman Bill Stockman noted that two of the culverts flood every year and "it's important stuff that needs to be done." Sundquist will look into applying for a FEMA grant for an $80,000 portion of the project that includes a culvert in the flooding path.

Mapping of milfoil sites is complete, Selectman Dan Duffy reported. Amy Smygula of the Department of Environmental Services found about 20 more acres of water with an overabundance of the invasive weed bringing the total, including the 30 acres in the Basin, to 50. That means, said Duffy, that the cost of controlling it will go up, necessitating an alert to the Capital Improvement Committee for financial planning.

The additional areas are around Farm Island, Chase Island, 19 Mile Bay Marina and up towards Melvin Village.

Stockman urged Duffy to "keep the ball rolling and begin the permitting process… people have contributed money and they need to see that things are progressing." Fran Laase, who volunteered his service as a certified diver in recent harvesting efforts in the Winter Harbor Basin, asked if donations could be designated for particular areas. Duffy said to do so would disallow it to as a tax-deductible expense.

Stockman asked Duffy to have information, cost figures and contribution numbers in hand for town meeting. No chemical treatments will be done this fall.

Police report

Chief Andy Shagoury reported five call outs in September and several arraignments, including a couple of juvenile cases but no trials. There were two suicides; NH State Police collaborated in one of the investigations.

Shagoury and Fire Chief Adam Thompson completed FEMA Independent Studies courses for Emergency Management, part of NIMS compliance, and officers received Firearms Instructor Recertification and Physical Fitness Recertifications.

Officer Jason Bouchard received a letter of appreciation for his help in an emergency situation involving the wife of Dick Goree. Goree indicated that he would like to contribute something to the town in memory of his wife. Ideas were discussed, such as the Police Defense Fund or replacing the fence that is in continual need of repair around the cemetery.

Other business

Discussion came up again about the need for repainting white lines on the newly-paved portion of Ledge Hill Road. Joe Kowalski asked if the selectmen could please include the cost for line painting and shimming in future road paving projects as a matter of course.

Stockman noted washouts along Sandstrom Road, a Class VI road, that move sand and gravel down toward Mirror Lake and expressed concern about the amount of excavation along Sandy Knoll Road, which also can contribute to erosion and eventually increase the phosphorous levels in the lake.

Selectmen received notice that funds are available through FEMA to fulfill their request for $16,000 to be applied to the purchase of a generator for the town hall, which serves as the hub for town wide emergencies.

A letter will be sent to the Local Government Center for full refund of misallocated funds pertaining to a dispute between the LGC and state regulators about how the center manages health insurance pools for public workers and retirees.

Donahue, Tucker and Ciandella will represent Tuftonboro in a suit brought against the town (and all others using its utility) by the NH Electric Cooperative in regard to what it claims is over-assessment of the value of its property, including poles and transformers.

Tom Wood is now a full-fledged member of the town's Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Administrative Assistant Cathy Pounder announced that the state has restored the $3.5 million back to its towns that the legislature voted not to pay toward pension accounts beginning in the middle of the budget year. The town received $1,299; employees also unexpectedly had to contribute more than expected to their pension plans, but will not be reimbursed. Pounder said the pension changes will not take place until 2013.

Salmon Press
Martin Lord Osman
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