Thetford Select Board Meeting


June 6, 2005


PRESENT: Mary Spata, Mike Brown, John Bacon, Doug Stone, Marilyn Cook (clerk)

GUESTS: Betty Waterman, Joe Anthony- Police Chief


Meeting called to order at 7:01 pm by Mary Spata.


Chief Joe Anthony reviewed the monthly Police Activity Report.

The police department is working on public safety initiatives, such as speed checks and enforcement.

The police blotter is being publicized in the newspaper.

The new cruiser is in, and radios need to be installed.

In response to a resident's question about leaving police vehicles idling, the department will establish a procedure outlining time limits for officers to leave vehicles running. This is only an issue during winter months.

The police and highway departments are watching for equipment that becomes available through the government surplus program of the National Guard.

Diane Osgood attended a conference for the police department.

Ms. Spata will respond to Jessica Eaton regarding her concerns.

The Police Chief will meet with the selectboard again on July 18 at 7:00 pm.

Ruth Dwyer joined the meeting at 7:25 pm. Ellis Paige joined the meeting at 7:30 pm. Chief Anthony and Doug Stone left the meeting at 7:35 pm. Roberta Howard, Lori Howard, Rick Howard, Stuart Blood, Nancy Vaughan, Ken Gulick and Mark and Ellen Hilijas joined the meeting at 7:35 pm.


Ellis Paige inquired about placement of American flags on utility poles for specified holidays. Mr. Paige left the meeting at 7:35 pm. Wayne Parks, Holly and Richard Towle arrived at 7:40


Discussion of the proposed town plan and response to the public hearing:

The floor was opened to public comment. Questions, concerns and comments follow:

" Where was the designation of community business along Rte 5 before the proposed town plan? Selectboard will ask planning commission.

" Where is the process going from here? Will the plan be sent back to the planning commission? Will the planning commission send out a survey? Selectboard members agree that the plan needs to be changed. Mike Brown will contact Sean Mullen to schedule a special meeting with the planning commission.

" A concern was noted that the commission relied too heavily on the "expertise" of Two Rivers-Ottauqueechee Regional Commission.


Doug Stone returned to the meeting at 8:05 pm.


" How are planning commission members appointed? Selectboard recently advertised for a vacancy and received two applications, one of whom was appointed, maintaining an uneven number of members for the purpose of voting.

" Will the selectboard consider adopting the current plan? Mike Brown said he would consider an interim plan.


Tom Kent joined the meeting at 8:20 pm and David Fisk joined the meeting at 8:25 pm.


Roberta Howard, Lori Howard, Rick Howard, Stuart Blood, Nancy Vaughan, Ken Gulick and Mark and Ellen Hilijas, Tom Kent, Ruth Dwyer and Betty Waterman left the meeting at 8:40 pm. Terry and John Halpin joined the meeting at 8:40 pm.


June 6, 2005


The Halpins request use of the Post Mills Natural Area on September 23 and 24 for a field trial for springer spaniels. The trial would involve be used by about 40 people and 20 dogs. Mr. Halpin provided information and answered questions. The selectboard is concerned about parking and limiting use of the property by other community members. David Fiske expressed concern about the drinking water supply and amount of gunfire. John Bacon will contact Upper Valley Land Trust and the Conservation Commission to get more information about use of the property. Selectboard will respond in writing to the Halpins in the next two weeks.


Mr. Fisk and Mr. and Ms. Halpin left the meeting at 9:30 p m.


Motion to approve the minutes of May 23, 2005, as amended. (Brown/Stone) Unanimous.


Motion to approve the minutes of May 16, 2005. (Brown/Stone) Unanimous.


The date for the site visit of the proposed Verizon Cell Tower has been changed to June 17 at 8:30 am.


The selectboard reviewed payroll.


The chairman of the recycling committee has resigned. Mike Brown has assumed the responsibilities of the chair.


The selectboard signed driveway permits for

Mary Clouser and Michael Pomeroy at 524 Houghton Hill Rd.

Melvin and Roxy Maxfield at 907 Five Corners Rd.

Robert and Carolyn Thurston at New Boston Rd.


Motion to approve payment of $200.00 to Thetford Trust for flower gardens at the medians of the entrance to I-91. (Spata/Stone) Unanimous.


Doug Stone will respond to correspondence from a resident concerning the condition of Sawnee Bean Rd.


Mike Brown will place an ad for a vacancy on the conservation commission.


Motion to accept Check Warrant Reports:

#10.4 payroll for $9,981.40

#16.2 Highway for $6,538.59

#10.3 Special for $6,691.70

#19.1 General for $7,359.96 (Spata/Brown) Unanimous.


Motion to adjourn at 10:15 pm. (Stone/Bacon) Unanimous


Marilyn Cook left the meeting.


Motion to reconvene at 10:15 p.m. (Brown/Bacon) unanimous.

Motion to hire Rocky Clark to fill vacant position on road crew (Spata/Bacon) unanimous.

Motion to adjourn at 10:25 p.m. (Brown/Bacon) unanimous.

Last Modified 8/2005 by Bill Weyrick