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Selectmen's Meeting Minutes 05/16/07
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
May 16, 2007

Selectmen Present:    Michael Methe, Chmn.,  Thomas Parker  & Carmen Yon

Chairman Michael Methe  opened the meeting at 5:00 Pm,

PRIMARY:

5:00    ABATEMENTS AND CURRENT USE APPLICATIONS:
                            Mary Tommila  Map 41, Lot 02:  She is requesting to add an additional .6 acres. For a total of 10.1 acres in current use.  Mr. Parker moved to grant this application, the motion was seconded by Mr. Methe, the motion passed 3-0.
                             Country Road Realty Trust Map 4, lot 3:  They are requesting to put in 76.7 acres. Mr. Parker moved to grant this application, The motion was seconded by Mr. Methe, the motion passed 3-0.      
                               Peter Kates Map 7, Lot 32:  Nothing in current use he would like to put all 36.4 acres into current use, forest land all other.   Mr. Parker moved to grant this application, The motion was seconded by Mr. Methe, the motion passed 3-0.      
                                Kerry Gagne Map 10, Lot 15:  12.48 in current use now he would like to add 1.01.  Mr. Parker verified the figures for acreage, the amount equals .49 acres based upon the dimensions listed on the submitted map.  Mr. Parker would like Mr. Gagne to verify the numbers.
                                Gary & Kimberly Heald Map 7, lot 28-02 : 11.5 is currently in current use, they would like to add 12.5 additional.  This will leave 2 acres out of current use.  Mr. Parker moved to grant this application, The motion was seconded by Mr. Methe, the motion passed 3-0.      
                                Michael Wheeler:  Map 2, Lot 8-3:  They would like to put 10 acres in current use.   1 acre all other, 9 acres of wetland.  This would leave 4.5 acres out of current use.   Mr. Methe moved to approve, the motion was seconded by Mr. Yon, the motion passed 3-0.
                               Erli Chen Map  Map 11, Lot 17-3:  They have  11.26 acres total they would like to put 10 acres in current use.   Mr. Yon moved to approve, the motion was seconded by Mr. Methe, the motion passed 3-0.
                               Thomas Parker Map  11, Lot 2-1:   Mr. Parker recused himself from this decision  Mr. Yon moved to accept, the motion was seconded by Mr. Methe, the motion passed 2-0.                     
                                 Edward Van Blarcom  Map 12, lot 6: 46.5 acres in current use. Mr. Methe moved to approve, the motion was seconded by Mr. Yon, the motion passed 3-0.
 
 Abatements

             Diane Bevilacqua Map 42, Lot 02-32:  Mr. Parker does not feel that the assessment is out of line.  The board does not feel that IRS depreciation is a valid depreciation for these properties. The assessment is based upon actual sales in the park, this assessment is similar to other properties in the park.   Mr. Methe moved to deny this application, the motion was seconded by Mr. Yon, the motion passed 3-0

               Roger Keilig Map 34, Lot 02:  $360,900 is the current assessment.  The board reviewed the figures submitted on the appraisal.  Mr. Parker feels that we are within reasonable expectation of what the assessment should be.  Mr. Yon feels that these numbers are within 10% of the average of the appraisals with time adjustment   Mr. Parker moved to deny, the motion was seconded by Mr. Yon, the motion passed 3-0.   

               Donald Bailey Map 11, Lot 51:  $65,400 is the assessment.  Mr. Bailey feels that it should be assessed at $8,800.  They feel that the building is assessed much too high.  There is no plumbing or heating and the house is not lived in.  This lot is grandfathered as a buildable lot.  Mr. Methe feels we need to know what the building is being used for.  Mr. Yon feels that the land value is fixed.  Mr. Yon feels that we should value the building as a shed.  This would be an assessment of  $9500 for the building.  The building value was $20,400  the new value is $9,500, we will reduce this assessment by $10,900.  

                Raymond Russell Map 25, Lot 23:  Mr. Methe recused himself, he handles Mr. Russell’s affairs.  $57,300  is the assessment of the house.  Mr. Parker feels that we should add in 10% functional and 10%  external obscelesence, We have changed this to a dug well with 50% depreciation and 50% depreciation on the septic.  Mr. Yon moved to accept this assessment as changed, the motion was seconded by Mr. Parker, the motion passed 2-0.  
                     
               Russell:  Map 28, Lot 35  This is for vacant land, he is stating that it is very wet.   Mr. Parker questioned if this is buildable.  Mr. Methe stated probably not.   Mr. Parker moved to change this to unbuildable, the motion was seconded by Mr. Yon, the motion passed 2-0.           

7:15    MEET WITH RECREATION COMMISSION AND DIRECTOR:  Recreation commission members Terry Gilbert,  William VanValkenburg, Victoria Zarosiniski  and recreation director Kathy Stark met with the board.   Mrs. Stark stated that they have made a few changes in the summer program it will run five weeks, from 8:00 am to 3:15.  They will not hire another junior counselor unless they go over 50 attendees.  They are also offering this to incoming 8th graders.   They are increasing the fees to $75.00.   

                          They have discontinued the aerobics program.   Mrs. Gilbert questioned if we have to get the school districts approval in order to do any work on the ballfield at the school.  Mr. Parker stated that Mrs. Stark would need to review the contract.  Mrs. Stark stated that they do not feel that they have community support on the new ballfield project due to the location.  The cost to upgrade this to acceptable use would be around $100,000.  Mr. Yon questioned what funding they would use for the upgrades at Emerson.  Mrs. Stark stated that they would like to come up with a plan and then present it to the voters to use the expendable trust.  Mr. Methe stated that they would need to write an article to close the existing and reopen a new expendable trust.  Mr. Parker stated that they will need a plan and the estimated costs.  Mr. Parker stated that the commission will need to obtain permission from the district.  

                          Charlie Wallace Race:  Mrs. Stark stated that Eli Barrett who was one of the races biggest contributer has cancer.  There is a women in town who would like to accept donations for the cancer center as a private person.  The board has no problem with this, they will need to fill out a rental form.           

                          Mr. Parker questioned where the ski program stands.  Mrs. Stark stated that we have not had this program for a couple of years.  We will have a new groomer next year. Mr. Parker questioned why we groom.  Mrs. Stark stated that there are still a lot of people that use the trails.     

7:45    MEET WITH LES BLACK – RE: RICKER PROPERTY:  Deb & Les Black, Fred Blais and Michele Ricker  met with the board.   Mr. Black stated that the board sent Mr. Black a letter on April 25 with regard to the road.  Mr. Parker stated that this is a discontinued road.  Some of this road is in Richmond. Mr. Black stated that they have a client that would like to purchase this house and continue to use this house as an occasional seasonal use.  Mr. Parker stated that he does not see a problem with using the property as is, but if they are going to be repairing this building, then this would require a building permit, which the board would not issue.  Mr. Black stated that the RSA states the erection of a building, this would not be erecting a building, this would be a non-conforming existing structure.  Mr. Parker questioned what they mean by fixing up.  Mr. Parker stated that we would not issue a building permit.  If the repairs would require a building permit, we would not issue it.   If they want to purchase the property and use what is there, they cannot deny.  Mrs. Ricker stated that they can only use two of the rooms now.  The raccoons made a hole in the roof.  Mr. Parker stated that maintenance of the building does not require a building permit.  Mrs. Black questioned if they could install a septic system.  Mr. Methe stated that this would require a building permit.  Mr. Blais stated that the buyer understands that this is strictly seasonal.  They would like to make repairs to the building.  Mr. Methe stated that repairs are one thing, remodeling is an entirely different thing.  Mr. Yon stated that we will not issue a building permit.  They can make repairs that do not require a building permit.             

8:15    MEET WITH ERIC DURMER – CROWE PROPERTY;  Mr. Durmer did no make this appointment

***     MEET WITH JANE WRIGHT, TAX COLLECTOR -  TAX DEEDS:  
                                    Aldsworth, Doris:   They paid $500 on this  
                                    Chimene, Kenneth  42, lot 1-42:  Mrs. Wright has not heard anything since she sent out the letters
                                   We would have to get an agreement that we would not have to pay the condo fees if we take this
                                    for deed.    Mrs. Thompson will contact Woodbrook to determine if they are paying the condo fees.
                                    Derby, Stanley:  The Cummings Estate is still paying on this the other interests are not.
                                    Dickenson Estate Map 4, Lot 40:     
                                    Gordon, Brian Map 10, Lot 28:   Mr. Yon suggested a tax deferral.
                                    Harford, Mary  
                                    Plante, Donald & Joyce Map 10, lot 36: this is land locked, they have a right of way.  There is 6.6    
                                   acres.   The board will take a tax deed.
                                  Richard, Jolyn Map 16, lot 16:  They have paid $500.  There is a house on this property.     
                  
***     DONATIONS:  Mr. Parker would like to write a letter to all departments that all mail that comes into the town will be opened and date stamped.  The only time we will not is if it is marked personal and confidential.   Mr. Methe would like to get a written legal opinion on these donations.  Mr. Parker stated that Mr. Methe should contact Jim Bassett and ask him to do this.  

                          Mr. Parker would like a letter written to the association and state that anything that is donated to the town needs to be accepted by the Board of Selectmen and we need to have a letter from them that states that anything that has been donated is the property of the town of Fitzwilliam.  We will also need a new lease on the fire truck they leased to the town.  If we do not have this by June 1, 2007 we will have to remove the plates and park this vehicle.                   

***     TOPICS FOR NEWSLETTER ARTICLES:  Mr. Parker would like an article with regard to the charge for Diluzio paramedic service to the town.  Mr. Parker would like an article with regard to road side cutting of trees.  An update on the assessment process, and that the board has been viewing the town for location adjustments.       

***     BUILDING PERMITS
·       MAP 08 LOT 22:  approved
·       MAP 42 LOT 01-01:  approved

***             COPY OF DES LETTER RE: VILLAGE WATER DISTRICT WELLS:  Reviewed,  Mr. Methe stated that
                          this letter refers  to the Fitzwilliam public water system.   Mr. Yon feels that this  means that it is a public
                          system.  Mr. Parker would like to send a letter stating that this is not part of the Town of Fitzwilliam, it is
                          the Fitzwilliam Village Water District.   

***             LETTER FROM NATURAL RESOUCES COMMITTEE:  Reviewed.  Mr. Parker needs to read this letter.    

***             BACK TAXES OWED ON TRAILER – MAP 34 LOT 09-07:  We will add this to Mr. Holombo’s
                         assessment.

***             TIMBER TAX ASSESSMENT WORKSHEETS:
·       MAP 14 LOT 13:  
                                         Location:  average       
                                         Size:  average
                                        Quality: average  
·       MAP 17 LOT 02:
                                         Location:  average
                                          Size:  average   
                                           Quality:   average
·       MAP 04 LOT 22:
                                          Location:  poor
                                          Size:  average
                                          Quality:   good  

***             IDEMNIFICATION DOCUMENT:  Signed

***             DISABLED EXEMPTION APPLICATION:  Approved

***                       ANIMAL CONTROL:   Mrs. Smith made an animal control call to Michael Jenks on Rt 12 north.   He did
                            not vaccinate his dogs for rabies, she was attached by a german shepherd.  She and Chief Newton
                            issued fines.        

                               At  8:46 PM, Mr. Methe made a motion to go into Non-Public Session under RSA 91 A:3 II  (a).  Mr.
                          Parker seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.  Roll Call Vote;  Mr. Parker – Yes,  Mr. Methe –  
                         Yes, Mr. Yon – yes.
                             At  8:55 PM. Mr. Methe made a motion to go out of Non-Public Session under RSA 91 A:3 II  (a). Mr.
                           Parker seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0

                           

***             OPEN HOUSE MAY 30TH       

***                  HISTORIC DISTRICT INFORMATION MEETING:  Reviewed

***                      BUILDING PERMIT FEE INFORMATION:  Mrs. Thompson did some research with other towns to
                           see what they charge when people do not get building permits.   Some of the towns charge a $100 fee.      

***                      NON-PUBLIC SESSION – POLICE CHIEF APPLICATIONS         

                             At  8:55 PM, Mr. Methe made a motion to go into Non-Public Session under RSA 91 A:3 II  (a).  Mr.
                          Parker seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.  Roll Call Vote;  Mr. Parker – Yes,  Mr. Methe –  
                         Yes, Mr. Yon – yes.
                             At  9:05 PM. Mr. Methe made a motion to go out of Non-Public Session under RSA 91 A:3 II  (a). Mr.
                           Parker seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0



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        Mr. Yon moved to adjourn at 9:17 PM, the motion was seconded by Mr. Methe, the motion passed 3-0.


 
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