Minutes of the Hancock Planning Board Meeting

March 2nd, 2011


Members present:   Tom Bates, Carolyn Boland, Steve Froling, Rich LeFebvre, Roberta Nylander, and Linda Coughlan, Recording Secretary


7:00 P.M. – Froling called the meeting to order. The minutes of the November 17th meeting were accepted as presented. Froling mentioned the correspondence that had come in for the PB since the last meeting. He said there were two letters from the NH Division of Historical Resources. Froling said in the first letter they had concluded that the ITW cell tower on Norway Hill would have no adverse effect on any properties or districts that are listed in or may be eligible for the National Register.  The second letter concerned weatherization projects on the town office building, the grange hall and the meetinghouse. He said correspondence had also been received from the UNH Co-op Extension and Southwest Region Planning Commission.


ITW Update –

Froling said the subdivision on the Mathewson property had gone through and the new lot had been conveyed to ITW. He said the bond issue still needs to be taken up by the Select Board. Boland said they had been researching the bond issue and found that Peterborough required a $25,000 bond for each of their two towers. Froling suggested contacting John Champ to find out what the standard bond amount might be and they might also consult with Kurt Grassett.



Froling reported that both Stevens and Bates had agreed to their reappointment on the Planning Board.


Change to PB’s Rules of Procedure-

Froling brought up the PB’s Rules of Procedures for discussion.  He said Nahida Sherman had brought to his attention that in the rules it states that notices will be posted at the Town Office and at the Library. He said that notices have only been posted at the Town Office and at the Post Office. Froling said that the rules may be amended by majority vote provided that any amendment to the rules is read at two successive meetings before a vote is taken. It was the consensus of the Board to amend the rules to state notices will be posted at two locations, the Town Office and the Post Office.  Froling said he would read the amendment at their next meeting after which the Board could then vote on the revision.


Fire Department Cell Tower –

Froling mentioned the cell tower that that the Fire Department has been discussing for the fire station. He handed out copies of 2.19 Governmental Use of Property from the “ NH Planning & Land Use Regulation”  and copies of RSA 674:54 Governmental Land Uses for the Board to review. He said towns were normally exempt from the town regulations when the use is governmental. Froling said if space on the tower is leased to other providers, they would have to go through then normal procedures for a cell tower.


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:29 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,


Linda Coughlan,

Recording Secretary


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