Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Get Involved!

I have been reading lots of concerns and complaints in many comments recently here on the blog. Among them were some comments about land use and zoning as well as property rights. The specifics about each is not what this post is about. What it is about is participation in your government, or lack of it.
Every zoning ordinance, whether new or amended is discussed at great length at Planning Board meetings. Public hearings are held and I can honestly say that in my two years on the Planning Board , hardly anyone came to the hearings and there were very few questions asked. The same is true of the BoS meetings with just the same small crowd that comes week after week. I'm not saying that you don't have the right to complain if you don't agree with decisions or outcomes, but rather that if you participate in the decision process you can perhaps influence the decisions that are made. Can't make a meeting or are unsure of what something means? Send an email to any of the BoS, the TA, Town Planner or any of the Land Use board chairs. I understand the demands of life limit the free time of many, but a quick note when you get a free moment should not be that difficult.
There is so much going on right now in particular,  that getting involved even a little bit can make a big difference in the end result.

Monday, July 21, 2014

BRC Facility Site Study Focus Areas

As discussed at the kickoff meeting for the BRC Facility Site Study on July 10th, 4 potential sites (or some combination of them), were on the table as possibilities for a site as required by town meeting direction last March. Below are the four locations which were walked by the group which included Frederick L. Matuszewski of CMK Architects P.A., and Ed Jansury of Rist-Frost Shumway Engineering.
The next meeting will be held at 2pm this coming Thursday at Town Hall to discuss recommendations based upon the the architect and engineer's further study of the parcels.
All documents related to this project can be found here on the Town website.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Moultonboro Board of Selectmen Highlights July 17th, 2014

  • NH House Representative Glenn Cordelli presented the history and the current status of the finances of Carroll County. While annual audits of the books are not required, none has been performed since 2009. At his insistence, an independent auditor was hired and immediately found serious accounting errors in 2010. The effect on the tax rate is yet to be determined. No accusations or indications of malfeasance were presented, just sloppy financial controls. Rep. Crawford submitted a letter to the BoS dated July 9th outlining the situation and offering to come in and speak to the BoS about it. NH DRA has yet to be involved in this, but it is expected that NH DRA will have much more to say about it when the audits are complete.
  • The Fire Dept, will purchase a 70 HP -Outboard motor for fire boat # 2. This was a planned and budgeted purchase.
  • There will be a new sign for the Paradise Falls mini golf site, It will replace what was the Woodshed sign. The owner was present and was grateful for the approval of the sign as a business owner. 
  • The BoS will hold an off site "retreat" to hash out short, medium and long term goals and objectives. This is a public meeting, but the BoS will not entertain public input as there is considerable work to be done in just a few hours. At my suggestion, all department heads will also be in attendance to hear the discussions and get an idea of the context so that these goals and objectives can then be carried to their departments to develop departmental goals and individual goals that align with what the BoS have set out. The original idea for this came from Carter and it is a good one in my opinion as it creates a synergy between all departments and a clear path forward.
  • The annual Volunteer luncheon will be held on either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th Saturday in September. 
  • Donald Margesen was appointed as an alternate Trustee of the Trust funds, effective July 26th 2014. That is the effective date of the new law that allows alternates for this board.
  • A final cemetery policy was approved which includes an appeal process if a plot owner disagrees with the sexton. It will go into effect in September.
  • A letter was received complaining about the poor road conditions of Moultonboro Neck. As it is State owned, when and who will fix it, and can there be a shared cost for it. If the town were to take ownership of the road  Carter warned that it would mean ownership of the bridge as well and the cost to repair/replace that would be very expensive, far exceeding our roads budget. The ball was handed off to the Road Agent for follow up.
  • Al Hume was appointed as an alternate Citizen at Large to the Village Vision Committee effective immediately.
  • Bruce Worthen of the Heritage Commission will be their representative on the Village Vision Committee.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Moultonboro Zoning Board of Adjustment July 16th, 2014

Commercial Nodes? Mixed Use? Uniqueness?

Video will be available soon of yesterday's Land Use and Development listening session. I missed the first 20 minutes or so, but facilitator Tom Howard kept the meeting to it's intended 89 minutes. A lot of hot button topics came up which is a good thing in my opinion. Controversy gets people in the seats. Should there be residential development in commercial zones? How about commercial development in the agricultural /residential zone? Can ( should) we encourage "nodes" of commercial development with different characteristics and perhaps " buffers" between them up and down Rt. 25? Certainly no consensus was reached on any of these questions, but they are food for thought for the next Land Use focus group on August 13, 2014.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Master Plan Land Use and Development Focus Group 5pm Tonight at Town Hall

"All focus group sessions will begin at 5:00 pm at the Moultonborough Town Hall. Each 89 minute session will be an in-depth effort to answer essential questions for these chapters of the Master Plan. The goal is to have both chapters completed and ready for public comment by the end of October and adopted by the Town at the March 2015 Town Meeting. "

Monday, July 14, 2014

Candidates Forum and Q&A

Still only mid July, but before you know it, it will be primary day on Tuesday September 9th and then election day November 4th.
In anticipation of those dates, a few plans are being made to keep voters as well informed as possible. This year I will be paying close attention to not only the State House but also Ossipee at the County races. I will send each candidate a list of questions and publish the responses here on the blog hopefully in August.
 I will also organize a candidates night here in Moultonboro after the September 6th primary and invite any and all candidates for any office to attend. Date and venue to be determined. Anyone interested in assisting please let me know.