January 19, 2012TUFTONBORO — An ice fisherman sank his ATV under water when he attempted to access Mirror Lake along Lang Pond Road on Saturday morning, Jan. 7. According to fireman Caleb Pike, the tone went off around 7:20 a.m. Fortunately, the fisherman was okay and called Dive Winnipesaukee to rescue his vehicle from an approximate depth of 10 feet.
Selectman Dan Duffy called attention to the incident at selectman's meeting on Election Day, Jan. 10 as a reminder of prevailing thin ice conditions.
On another Mirror Lake-related matter, Selectman Carolyn Sundquist received word from Dusty Davies, president of the Mirror Lake Protective Association, of high water in the vicinity of the Mirror Lake Church on Route 109 at the junction with Tuftonboro Neck Road. Sundquist asked Road Agent Jim Bean if anything could be done about it.
Bean responded that beavers have built a dam about a foot high that has caused water to spread over a 100-foot area. That is in the purview of the NH Fish and Game Department, who will likely ask a trapper to trap the beavers and dismantle the dam.
Sundquist asked Bean about resident Jim Clark's complaint that Burleigh Road did not get plowed earlier in the season, though the main road was taken care of. Bean explained that the ground hadn't frozen at that point to enable the crew to use the six wheeler. When the dirt road is too soft, the plows can damage the road. He assured the board that the road would be plowed regularly.
Otherwise, his crew has been working on ditch lines and culverts and removing old trees.
Other department reports
Transfer Station Manager Clay Gallagher announced an 11 percent reduction in total operating costs in 2011. The total revenue for 2011 reached $75,743. " My goal," said Gallagher, " is to shoot for $90,000 in recycling revenue in 2012."
He projected savings of about $4,500 in the disposal of construction and demolition waste alone and further savings with a reduction of container loads of paper from 12 to nine or eight, if the town purchases the compactor that he has requested.
Police Chief Andrew Shagoury presented the Tuftonboro Police Department's year end statistics to the board.
In 2011 the department was called for service 3,114 times, a number close to the previous year's total of 3256.
Accidents were down to 36 from the 2010 figure of 45. Incidents were down slightly at 219 in comparison to 232, and summons dropped dramatically from 61 to 23.
The total number of motor vehicle stops was down to 374 from the 531 of last year, a sign of increased activity in other labor-intensive categories, explained Shagoury. Specifically, arrests increased from 33 to 41 and felonies increased from 23 to 39.
Bookings take place out of town at the Carroll County Jail, and cases involve investigations, preparation for court and time at trials. Members of the department appeared in court five times in December alone, Shagoury said.
Tuftonboro's Code Enforcement Officer Jack Parsons reported $7.22 million in overall building construction in 2011. Of that, $2.412 million was spent on new homes.
Offering statistics on the past year, Parsons said that he issued permits for 90 building projects and eight new homes; 81 permits for electrical work; 43 for plumbing work; 73 for gas piping; and one for an outdoor wood boiler.
He also granted 19 certificates of occupancy and performed 405 inspections.
Applications for all manner of permits – those mentioned above, as well as driveway, demolition and sign permits – may be downloaded from the town Web site along with the schedule for building permit fees.
Parsons may be reached by calling 569-4539 ext. 15 or 670-4042, by e-mail: email@example.com. , or by stopping by his office at the town office building on Middle Road (Route 109A). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3 p.m.
The Planning Board is scheduled to meet today, Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Town House at 7 p.m.
Selectmen will meet next on Mon., Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Town Offices building.