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Tuftonboro selectmen review plans for Lang Pond Road upgrade

WOLFEBORO PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR DAVE FORD (right) showed Tuftonboro selectmen Carolyn Sundquist and Lloyd Wood plans for the Lang Pond Road upgrade, a joint venture between the two towns scheduled to begin soon, at the April 23 selectmen's meeting. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
April 26, 2012
TUFTONBORO — At Tuftonboro selectmen's April 23 meeting Wolfeboro Public Works Director Dave Ford spread plans out on the table for the upgrade of both Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro sections of Lang Pond Road, which he said will begin in a few weeks. The upgrades to the road, which are part of the Mirror Lake Protective Association's watershed management plan, are intended to improve drainage and diminish storm runoff into the lake. The Wolfeboro section is 320 feet long; the Tuftonboro section is 154 feet long.

Tuftonboro Selectman Carolyn Sundquist singled out the Tuftonboro Association and the Agricultural Commission for their two town-wide events on Saturday, April 21.

Numerous residents showed up to pick up trash bags from Lee White, coordinator of the roadside trash collection, and yard sales took place in the parking lot of the town offices and throughout town in a recycling and environmental awareness effort organized by the Agricultural Commission, co-chaired by Tony Lyons and Annette Cram.

Sundquist reported that plans for the new fire/safety facility are close to finalization following a recent meeting with the architect, construction manager and a civil engineer.

Mechanical, plumbing, electrical issues will be discussed at the next meeting.

Bill Marcussen brought in information for the building committee to consider on the NH Pay for Performance Program, which addresses the energy efficiency needs of the commercial, industrial and municipal government sectors. The program is implemented through a network of qualified program partners who develop comprehensive energy efficiency work scopes, oversee the installation, and verify that the installation will achieve the estimated energy performance.

Marcussen asked if some meetings could be offered in the evening to allow residents who work during the day to attend. Sundquist and Selectman Lloyd Wood both said they would see if that could be arranged. (Chairman Dan Duffy was not in attendance.)

Ford's department is in charge of the project, and Tuftonboro will pay for its share, estimated at $17,125.

Steve Wingate, who represents Tuftonboro at Lake Region Planning Commission meetings, reported on the topic of transportation planning, including not only the state of the Scenic Byway and Routes 171, 109A and 109, but also the development of bicycle and pedestrian pathways.

Ford, also a Tuftonboro resident, commented that it is important to become knowledgeable about the planning efforts and take part in discussions, for the process of inclusion in road improvement projects is very competitive. Wingate said that Tuftonboro has an economic stake in transportation planning, for roads in bad shape deter tourists.

Lloyd Wood volunteered to attend the next meeting, which Wingate is unable to attend.


FEMA flood insurance rate maps are on their way. It's important for the information to be correct, so the board asks that residents come in to see them and discuss any necessary changes with Code Officer Jack Parsons.

The Tuftonboro Police Department is holding a Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the transfer station. Prescription drugs and over the counter medications will be accepted – no questions asked.

The board accepted the nomination of Bill Stockman to the Conservation Commission as an alternate. Wood, the board's liason to the Commission, reported that the legal documentation for the Great Meadows Conservation Easement is ready for review. The Commission is collecting estimates for surveying, and Rick van der Poll has been chosen to complete the baseline documentation. The town garage will not be included in the easement.

Sundquist said that she sent an email to Time Warner to set up a ride around the area, but the ball is in the lawyer's court regarding the next move in cable television negotiations. The contract extension has passed.

The Parks and Recreation Commission invites residents to a town picnic on Sept. 9 at the 19 Mile Beach Pavilion from 1 to 4 p.m.

Public Input

John Simms suggested that the town seek advice from Town Counsel on whether Tuftonboro should become involved peripherally in Wolfeboro's suit against the Wright Pierce engineering firm, designer of the faulty Rapid Infiltration Basin system. He questioned whether Tuftonboro needs to protect itself against any damages either present or in the future.

He also asked if the selectmen would consider offering receipts for goods donated to the swap shop at the transfer station. They were amenable to that suggestion.

A selectmen's work session is set for 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at the town offices. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at the town offices. The public is welcome.

Martin Lord & Osman
Brewster Academy
Varney Smith
Brewster Academy
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