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Alton planners review function facility proposal

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider
June 27, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Planning Board met on Tuesday, June 19, and reviewed a design review for a proposed function facility.

James Cowles spoke on behalf of Michael and Kathleen Currier about a proposed function facility to have weddings other social events. The property is located in the rural zone.

Town Planner Ken McWilliams said the property has been approved for a special exception by the Zoning Board of Adjustment on May 3.

Two waivers were requested for a boundary survey and the stormwater management and sediment and erosion control and drainage plan. McWilliams said that these waivers are appropriate and supports these waivers.

Cowles stated the property would be used to host weddings and other commercial functions. The busiest season would be from May until October. Cowles explained the reason for the requested waivers.

Regarding septic issues, portable toilets would be taken in and out for each event. Kathleen Currier is making contact to make sure that enough portable toilets would be available for each event.

Dave Hussey, the selectmen's representative, asked how far the parking lot is from a property line with the neighboring Locke property and Chairman Scott Williams said it was approximately 100 feet. Member Roger Sample asked if the four-inch grass would be a hazard for the cars and Williams said it wouldn't be.

The board approved the two waivers and accepted the application as complete.

Member Tom Hoopes asked about noise concerns and if there would be limitations on hours and questioned the decimal levels on weekends when most people are going to be home.

Cowles said that noise concerns were discussed in great length at the ZBA.

He showed the board a tent area surrounded by a retaining wall, a barn to the southwest and a proposed sound fence. The fence will be eight feet high and the music would be located and directed away from the Locke property, and quiet hours are going to be enforced.

McWilliams explained the Alton noise ordinance and suggested that the board establish a specific maximum noise level at the property line that is a measurable noise level.

McWilliams said that the applicants are proposing a 90-decimal level, and Cowles explained that his research shows that the level is what a loud band would play at.

Hoopes asked what the materials for the sound fence would be made of and was told it would be an eight-foot stockade fence.

The sound level would be from the property line, and Michael Currier said the sound would be coming 350 to 400 feet from the Locke property line.

Hoopes asked about a time cutoff, and Kathleen Currier said the events would finish by 9 or 10 p.m. With the commercial function facility, there is an establishment of the enforcement of the quiet time, with a cutoff at 10 p.m., which the Curriers said they would always honor.

McWilliams was asked to provide some distances as the decimals fall off going through an open field or a wooded area and to look at the distance from the band area to Locke's property.

Case P06-93 involving John Jeddrey will be reviewed at the next board meeting, as Jeddrey put in a request so he came come forward with a revised proposal.

Vance Sedlar, Case P06-10, requested to cancel his case until he has had a chance to work through and develop his proposal for his phasing plan.

McWilliams told the board the Community Planning Grant application for the zoning study was submitted before the deadline on June 15. There should be a decision by the end of June. It if is successful, then McWilliams would anticipate board involvement in the consultant selection process.

Hussey talked about the Economic Development Committee and encouraged anyone to contact him, adding that he hopes to start something in a couple of weeks.

The board approved a building permit from Roberts Knoll Campground for Industrial Communications to swap out six of the 12 antennas on an existing cell tower.

McWilliams presented a letter from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services about well head protection.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Planning Board is on Tuesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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