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Beavers causing flooding problems again in Tuftonboro


May 17, 2012
TUFTONBORO — Beavers are back at work in full force in the Union Wharf and Lang Pond areas, reported Tuftonboro Road Agent Jim Bean at the May 14 Board of Selectmen's meeting.

Selectmen covered a range of topics from legislative alerts relating to SB 228, a measure cosponsored by State Senator Jeb Bradley to eliminate spiking penalties to town employers throughout the state, to new lights to be installed in the town office building, to the purchase of a new computer, and finally to road work, which inevitably has to respond to the forces of nature, such as the ubiquitous, busy beavers.

Bean will be contacting a certified trapper as well as considering ways to divert beavers. Selectman Lloyd Wood shared a copy of the Cooperative Extension Service's Wild Life Fact Sheet entitled "Beavers and Their Control" in which directions are provided for making a contraption called a beaver pipe to help control the beavers in a humane fashion. He also researched RSAs concerning the issue and found that the N.H. Fish and Game Department maintains that beaver control is the responsibility of the property owner.

Beavers can cause flooding, an anathema to road agents, and Bean said that he has had no luck with the beaver diverters recommended by the state and that they cost around $3,500 to install per culvert.

Otherwise, Bean reported that the road work is 90 percent done. Work has been delayed by a malfunctioning sweeper that broke down three times, but Baxter Woods roads were swept last week and the rest he estimated would be completed in the next few days.

He said that the Ledge Hill paving was looking good with a well compressed, 3/8 inch stone base, which will be followed by a top coat next year. The crew finished pulling the gravel up on the edges and Bean said they did a good job with the driveways along the road.

Administrative Secretary Darlene McWhirter brought the need for a new computer to the board's attention. It is within the budget and would be offered to Administrative Assistant Cathy Pounder. Her computer would then replace the older computer that is currently providing very slow service to the assessor.

Wood wondered if it is time for an IT overview to coordinate software in use in the different offices. McWhirter responded that everyone is now able to work on the same document even though every program is not the same. Sundquist added that the town cannot presently afford a coordinator and are pleased with the technical assistance currently available.

Code Officer Jack Parsons reported that the grant money was approved for the new, more energy efficient lighting soon to be installed in the town office building.

Sundquist, referring to a letter from the Local Government Center, the legal services arm of the N.H. Municipal Association, said that they are urging support of SB 228, a bill cosponsored by State Senator Jeb Bradley, and recently approved by the Senate, that removes the penalties to employers in the anti-spiking law. That law was passed to prevent employees from driving up their overtime hours and in some cases, special details, in order to increase pension payments, which were based on income earned in the closing year before retirement.

SB 228, set to come up for discussion before the N.H. House on May 14, would remove the penalties assessed on employers, who were following laws on eligible earning in effect at the time.

Steve Guyer, principal of the Lakes Region Technical Center, came to the meeting in response to queries from Wood as to possible partnerships with students on projects within Tuftonboro. A separate article describes the school's programs and the parameters of such involvement.

The Board of Selectmen will meet next on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the town offices.

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