Thetford Select Board Meeting


September 27, 2004


PRESENT: Mary Spata, Paul Raymond, Mike Brown, Marilyn Cook (clerk)


GUESTS: Janice and Allen Cook, Doug Stone- Road Foreman


The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm.


Janice and Allen Cook presented concerns with the highway department's damage to and use of private properties on Cream St. to dispose of fill and other materials. Doug Stone acknowledged their concerns and addressed the progress of road repairs and ditching on that road. The road crew will remove the fill and make necessary repairs to affected properties.


Rick Barrows joined the meeting at 6:40 pm; Mark McMahon joined the meeting at 6:45pm; Mr. and Mrs. Cook left at 6:50 pm.


There was discussion of the town's right of way on private properties. Before accessing, the road crew needs to discuss with and obtain approval from owners.


Mr. Stone reported that there are trees on Five Corners Rd. that need to be cut. The tree warden needs to assess and determine that the situation is hazardous. The town would then be permitted to cut those trees following notification of property owners.


Jill Graff, Treasurer, joined the meeting at 7:15 pm. Mr. Stone left at 7:20 pm.


Ms. Graff submitted timesheets for the selectboard's review. She left the meeting at 7:30 pm.


A public meeting of the Energy Committee, reporting and hearing feedback on the trial period of reduced lighting on Thetford Hill and Thetford Center, was held at 7:30 pm.


Present: Energy Committee Members-Bob Walker (Chair), Bill Halsey, Ellen Blumberg; Thetford Hill Village Improvement Society Members- Jessica Londa, Jim Fowle, Mike Pomeroy; community members- Elmer Brown, Bill Estabrook, Joan Tomasi, Larry Shaper, Kate Shaper, Nancy King, Marty Blumberg, Sara Ferguson, Charlie Ferguson


The temporary period of reduced lighting included a request for 17 lights to be turned off, of which 14 were actually turned off. The remaining three lights have now been turned off. After ten days, seven lights were turned back on, due to pedestrian safety concerns. Feedback from folks living in those neighborhoods was gathered; 36 residents support the reduced lighting, ten oppose and nine have no preference or mild concern for pedestrians.


Discussion at this meeting included support for reduced lighting, interest in turning lights down, the use of timers to turn lights off at a certain hour of night. Concerns included pedestrian safety/no sidewalks, yellow lighting, and excessive lighting at intersections (a visibility concern for drivers).


Mr. Walker proposed and selectboard agreed to leave the streetlights (10 off) as they are currently until more information is gathered. A survey of residents of Tucker Hill Road will take place, as well as continued research into municipalization of Thetford's street lighting.

People attending the public hearing left at 8:45 pm.


Peg Merrens, Upper Valley Land Trust, joined the meeting at 8:15 pm


Tracy Borst, Town Clerk, joined the meeting at 8:45 pm.

Selectboard Chair, Mark McMahon, signed an Excess Weight Permit for Ted Salomaa.


There is $12,800 in the Restoration Fund plus $2,000 in the 2004 budget. The selectboard agreed to have Ms. Borst begin the process of restoring designated town records.


Peg Merrens joined the meeting to discuss the acquisition of the Gaudette land that is for sale in Post Mills. Grant money is available to pay a significant portion of the cost. The deadline for the grant proposal is November 22. The next step is to obtain an appraisal of the land.

Ms. Merrens left the meeting at 9:30 pm.



September 27, 2004


A resident voiced concern to Rick Barrows about logging that is taking place on Jackson Brook Rd. The resident is concerned that the logger is not following conditions agreed upon with the town. Mr. Barrows will ask Mr. Stone to look into this matter.


Police Chief interviews are being scheduled in October.


The Lake Fairlee Association has requested the town to address a littering problem at the corner of Rte 244 and Lakeshore Dr.


Motion to approve the minutes of September 20, 2004, as amended. (Raymond/Brown) Unanimous.


Motion to approve Check Warrant Report #34.1 in the amount of $16,887.67 (general), #34.2 in the amount of $11,613.90 (general) and #34.3 in the amount of $26,593.00 (general). (Brown/Raymond) Unanimous.


The selectboard approved a change in the value of the Michael Shoob and Judith Yocum property that was due to a Lister's error and omission.


Agenda- Appropriations letters, budget committee


Motion to adjourn at 10:15 pm. (Brown/Barrows) Unanimous.

Last Modified 12/2004 by Bill Weyrick