Copyright
East Kingston (N.H.).

Annual reports of the Town of East Kingston, New Hampshire (Volume 2004) online

. (page 7 of 13)
Online LibraryEast Kingston (N.H.)Annual reports of the Town of East Kingston, New Hampshire (Volume 2004) → online text (page 7 of 13)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


constitutes a family group. The Board understood that tenants could be in-laws, some other
familial relationship, a married couple, or student, not necessarily connected to the
owner/landlord.



Insert 13



18. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 17 as proposed by the citizens
petition of Robert Moore and 34 other registered voters of the Town of East Kingston for the
Town of East Kingston Zoning Ordinance as follows: (TO BE VOTED ON BY BALLOT).

We the undersigned registered voters and citizens in the Town of East Kingston hereby petition an
amendment of Article Xn, B.3 of the East Kingston zoning ordinance, pursuant to RSA 675:4. We
petition that the amendments read as follows, with language to be added shown in bold, and
language to be deleted shown in brackets:

Amendment to Article XII, B.2

The total number of elderly housing units shall not exceed [fifty] twenty-five percent of the total
number of standard residential dwelling units existing in the Town of East Kingston.

( Planning Board comment - The Planning Board does NOT recommend approval of this article.
Such a reduction would result in forcing development toward conventional, more expensive, and
less innovative, forms of growth.)

19. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 18 as proposed by the citizens
petition of Robert Moore and 66 other registered voters of the Town of East Kingston for the
Town of East Kingston Zoning Ordinance as follows: (TO BE VOTED ON BY BALLOT).

We, the residents of East Kingston, have witnessed a rapid increase in residential growth over the
past 3 years. We feel the rapid increase in housing is producing a negative impact on the rural
character of the town and is contributing to an increase in traffic flow patterns. We recommend that
the town return to a sensible rate of growth. We feel this can be accomphshed by repealing Article
XU (elderly housing ordinance adopted 3/00). We feel the number of these units ab-eady standing
and those approved to be built has reached saturation. Approval of future elderly housing
developments will place additional pressure on the town's natural resources and will limit the
town's ability to serve the needs of its residents. The undersigned are in favor of repealing Article
xn (elderly housing ordinance adopted 3/00).

( Planning Board Comment - The Planning Board does NOT recommend approval of this article.
Were we to repeal this ordinance we would deny ourselves a tool for planning, deny ourselves a
realistic means to reduce the pressure on our school systems and the associated taxes, and we lose
what has proven to be a useful relief valve froingrowth control measures.)

20. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 19 as proposed by the citizens
petition of Robert Moore and 32 other registered voters of the Town of East Kingston for the
Town of East Kingston Zoning Ordinance as follows: (TO BE VOTED ON BY BALLOT).

We the undersigned registered voters and citizens in the Town of East Kingston hereby petition an
amendment of Article VI, E.3 of the East Kingston zoning ordinance, pursuant to RSA 675:4. We
petition that the amendment read as follows, with language to be added shown in bold, and
language to be deleted shown in brackets:

Septic system leach field boundaries shall be located no closer than 75 feet [from] to very poorly
drained soils, or 50 feet from poorly drained soils. Buildings, roads, driveways, [etc.] and other

Insert 14



forms of development shall be located no[t] closer than [30 feet] 75 feet to very poorly drained soil
and no closer than [15 feet] 50 feet to poorly drained soil, with the exception of driveway or road
crossings necessary to access the buildable land.

( Planning Board comment - The Planning Board does NOT recommend approval of this article.
See warrant article #10. The New Hampshire Wetlands Bureau has determined that our present
structure setbacks from wetlands of 15 feet and 30 feet are scientifically sound. There is no
scientific data to support this petitioned article, and the setbacks for leach fields must be considered
arbitrary.)

21. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 20 as proposed by the citizens
petition of Robert Moore and 33 other registered voters of the Town of East Kingston for the
Town of East Kingston Zoning Ordinance as follows: (TO BE VOTED ON BY BALLOT).

We the undersigned registered voters and citizens in the Town of East Kingston hereby petition an
amendment of Article XU of the East Kingston zoning ordinance, pursuant to RSA 675:4. We
petition that the amendment read as follows, with language to be added shown in bold and inserted
as a new section B.15 of Article XII:

All common wells within the elderly housing development shall in no instance have a
protective radius of less than 125 feet, and when applicable, state requirements for a greater
radius shall apply. In no instance, shall any sewage system, road, parking area, or dwelling
unit be allowed within the protective well radius of any common well. Private wells shall not
have any roads, parking or septic systems within a 75 foot radius. Whenever possible, the
well(s) shall be located on an up-gradient from any sewage system, structure, roadway,
driveway, parking area, or walkway, and any potentially harmful run-off shall be directed
away from the protective radius.

( Planning Board comment - The Plaiming Board does NOT recommend approval of this article.
The State already has very specific requirements, which address this petition's question. The
State's requirements are scientifically supportable, whereas this petition's are not, and the language
used regarding other caveats is too vague, and therefore potentially unenforceable.)
Administrative Note: "We petition that the amendment read as follows, with language to be added
shown in bold and inserted as a new section B.15 of Article XII:" should have read: "We petition
tliat the amendment read as follows, with language to be added shown in bold and inserted as a new
section B.18 of Article XII:"

22. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 21 as proposed by the citizens
petition of Robert Moore and 33 other registered voters of the Town of East Kingston for the
Town of East Kingston Zoning Ordinance as follows: (TO BE VOTED ON BY BALLOT).

We the undersigned registered voters and citizens in the Town of East Kingston hereby petition an
amendment of Article XI, K and Article XII, B.12 of the East Kingston zoning ordinance, pursuant
to RSA 675:4. We petition that the amendments read as follows, with language to be added shown
in bold, and language to be added shown in bold, and language to be deleted shown in brackets:

Amendment to Article XI, K



Insert 15



A cluster development shall have a one hundred foot (100') landscaped buffer around its entire
perimeter, which shall, to the greatest degree possible, consist of existing natural growth, to
provide an adequate division of transition from abutting land uses and existing town roads. This
landscaped buffer shall be required whether or not the abutting properties, including those
separated by roads [across the street], are developed or undeveloped. The Planning Board shall
determine whether the type of landscaping proposed is acceptable. Where the abutting property
is occupied, the required landscaped buffer must create a dense visual barrier to the
satisfaction of the Planning Board.

Amendment to Article XII. B. 12

The perimeter of all such elderly housing developments shall be treated with a landscaped buffer
zone of a minimum of [twenty-five feet (25')] one-hundred feet (100') around its entire
perimeter which shall, to the greatest degree possible, consist of [may consist in whole or in part
of] existing natural growth. This landscaped buffer shall be required whether or not the
abutting properties, including those separated by roads, are developed or undeveloped. The
Planning Board shall determine whether the type of landscaping proposed is acceptable.
Where abutting property is occupied, the required landscaped buffer must create a dense
visual barrier to the satisfaction of the Planning Board.

( Planning Board comment - The Planning Board does NOT recommend approval of this article.
See warrant article #12. This petitioned article also includes language, which fails to describe
standards to be used, and that omission could render the provision unenforceable.) Administrative
Note: "We the undersigned registered voters and citizens in the Town of East Kingston hereby
petition an amendment of Article XI, K and Article Xn, B.12 of the East Kingston zoning
ordinance, pursuant to RSA 675:4:" should have read: "We the undersigned registered voters and
citizens in the Town of East Kingston hereby petition an amendment of Article XI, K and Article
xn, B.15 of the East Kingston zoning ordinance, pursuant to RSA 675:4:"

23. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 22 as proposed by the citizens
petition of Richard Lee and 27 other registered voters of the Town of East Kingston for the
Town of East Kingston Zoning Ordinance as follows: (TO BE VOTED ON BY BALLOT).

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article Xn, B (1 1) and G (3) to require at least one
permanent resident of all elderly housing dwelling units to be at least 55 years of age. This section
currently requires all permanent residents to be at least 55 years of age.

( Planning Board comment - The Planning Board does NOT recommend approval of this article.
This petition clearly contradicts the spirit and intent of the ordinance, and subverts the purpose for
which it was originally designed. This petition would not impact those elderly housing
developments aheady approved by the Planning Board. The 153 elderly housing units presently
approved must still conform to their previously approved plans, restrictions, requirements and
covenants. The effect of this proposal would be to impact future developments, rather than
presently existing ones.)

24. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of one million three hundred
twenty five thousand dollars ($1,325,000), for the construction of a new public library on
Town owned property located at 47 Maplevale Road, known as Map, Block, Lot #09-07-13,

Insert 16



and the costs and expenses reasonably related thereto, and to authorize the Board of
Selectmen to act on behalf of the Town in connection with the project and to further authorize
the withdrawal of eighty five thousand dollars ($85,000) from the existing Library Capital
Reserve Fund established at the 1997 Town Meeting, for said purpose, and to further
authorize the issuance of not more than one million, two hundred forty thousand dollars
($1,240,000) of bonds and/or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance
Act (NH RSA Chapter 33), and to also authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue, negotiate,
and regulate such bonds and/or notes and to determine the rates of interest thereon, as shall
be in the best interest of the Town.

TO BE VOTED ON BY BALLOT - 2/3 VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend
approval of this article: 2-1 Board vote.)

25. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Nine Hundred Ninety
Seven Thousand Dollars ($997,000) for the purpose of building a new police station on land to
be donated to the town located at 3 Bowley Road, known as Map, Block, Lot #11-02-39, when
subdivided, approved and recorded with the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds, and the
costs and expenses reasonably related thereto; such sum to be raised by the issuance of serial
bonds or notes not to exceed Nine Hundred Ninety Seven Thousand Dollars ($997,000) under
and in compliance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (NH RSA Chapter 33),
and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue, negotiate, sell and deliver such bonds or
notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon, and the maturity and other terms thereof,
and to take such other actions as may be necessary to effect the issuance, negotiation, sale and
delivery of such bonds or notes as shall be in the best interest of the Town.

TO BE VOTED ON BY BALLOT - 2/3 VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend
approval of this article: 2-1 Board vote.)

26. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of one million three hundred
eighty thousand dollars ($1,380,000) less estimated revenues to defray Town charges for the
ensuing year.

MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend approval of this article: 3-0 Board
vote.)

27. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of one hundred thousand
dollars ($100,000) to be added to the existing Library Capital Reserve Fund established at the
1997 Town Meeting.

MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend approval of this article: 3-0 Board
vote.)

28. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of sixty thousand dollars
($60,000) to be added to the existing Fire Apparatus Capital Reserve Fund established at the
1999 Town Meeting. MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend approval of
this article: 3-0 Board vote.)

29. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the withdrawal of one hundred thirty thousand
dollars ($130,000) from the existing Fire Apparatus Capital Reserve Fund established at the
1999 Town Meeting for the purpose of purchasing a 2005 ambulance for the East Kingston
Fire Department



Insert 17



MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend approval of this article: 3-0 Board
vote.)

30. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of twenty thousand dollars
($20,000) to be added to the existing Revaluation Capital Reserve Fund established at the 1993
Town Meeting for the purpose of the next revaluation of the Town.

MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend approval of this article: 3-0 Board
vote.)

31. To see if the Town will vote to establish a Capital Reserve Fund under the provision of
RSA 35:1 for the purpose of erecting a Highway Department Salt Shed on town owned land to
be determined, and to raise and appropriate the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000) to be
placed in this fund. MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend approval of
this article: 3-0 Board vote.)

32. To see if the Town will vote to enter into a three year lease/purchase agreement with an
escape clause and to raise and appropriate the sum of eight thousand dollars ($8,000) for the
first year installment for a fully equipped police vehicle for the Police Department

MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend approval of this article: 3-0 Board
vote.)

33. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate three hundred fifty dollars ($350)
per year to pay the Bookkeeper of the Trust Funds to cover the management of the
Cooperative School District Capital Reserve Funds, in addition to the $350 per year (includes
no fees or expenses) paid to the Bookkeeper of the Trust Funds for the management of the
Town's Trust Funds, as approved at Town Meeting 2004 in accordance with the 2004
recommendation of the Salary Review Committee.

MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend approval of this article: 3-0 Board
vote.)

34. To see if the Town will authorize the Fire Department to go to the aid or receive aid of
another town, city, or village within or without the state, for the purpose of extinguishing a
fire, rendering other emergency assistance, and to execute a mutual aid agreement with fire
departments of other municipalities, or perform any detail as requested, pursuant to NH RSA

154:24-30.

MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED (The Selectmen recommend approval of this article: 3-0 Bo.ard

vote.)

35. To transact any other business that may legally come before this meeting.
MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED.



Insert 18



Given under our hands and seal, this 2-

Thousand Five.



day of February, in the year of our Lord Two



A true copy of Warrant - Attest:




Matthew B. Dworman



.^V"V^<^Avvo,-^



Ronald F. Morales



Town of East Kingston
Board of Selectmen



Insert 19



NOTES



Insert 20



2004 East Kingston Town Report - Animal Control Officer

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER



Dogs reported lost 10

Dogs picked up 8

Dogs reported found 1

Stray dogs placed 11

Dogs returned to owners 7

Dog attacks on livestock 2

Dog trespassing complaints 11

Barking dog complaints 3

Dog bites reported 11

Cats reported lost 8

Dead Cats buried 2

Feral cats picked up 2



Feral cats euthanized 1

Wildlife complaints 5

Wildlife euthanized 4

Wildlife buried 4

Loose horses

complaints investigated 5

Loose poultry reported

investigated 5

Loose cows and sheep

reported 2

Lost ferret reported 1

Black bear sighting

reported 1



This past year I assisted our Fire Department in their heroic rescue of a dog that
had fallen through thin ice on the Powwow River. Please remember to keep your
dogs off the ice when it is melting. Every year at least one is lost.

We will plan to have another rabies clinic this April.

Respectfully,

Bob Marston, DVM, Animal Control Officer




79



2004 East Kingston Town Report - Building Inspector

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building in East Kingston did not seem to slow down this year even with talks of
economic slowdown throughout the country. If you have traveled down Maplevale
Road you could not have helped but notice the project nearing its completion. The
final Occupancy Certificate should be issued, if on schedule, by April 2005. Country
Hills has picked up the pace a bit and the newest 55 and over development broke
ground this fall, off Greystone. Single family house permits came within one of the
maximum for the year. There is also no way to go tiirough the center of town and
miss the final touches on and the opening of Carmen's Diner.

This year the town implemented the International Code Council, Residential Code
2003. The code was voted in at last year's Town Meeting and put us one step
ahead of the state which uses an older edition. State officials were a valuable asset
to the inspection team during the past year. They were used for situations
concerning electrical, environmental and energy. Another change that recently
went into effect is the requirement to submit an energy survey to the state, prior to
obtaining a building permit for renovations or new construction with heated areas.
The turn around is quick and the intent is energy conservation. This may seem like
another control mechanism but energy conservation translates directly to fuel
conservation and expenses and protection of resources and the environment for
generations to come.

The final subject to close the year is my stepping down to the Deputy Inspector
position and Raymond Donald taking over as the Inspector. I plan to stay on in the
Deputy position as a backup to help out when needed.

Numbers to reflect some of the activity in town for 2004 are:
13 Permits for new single family homes 6 Occupancy Certificates issued

30 Permits for Maplevale Farms and Woods 53 Occupancy Certificates issued
10 Permits for Country Hills 5 Occupancy Certificates issued

36 of the Occupancy Certificates for Maplevale Farms and Woods were from
permits issued in 2003 and finished ia,2004.

Single family homes now stand at 722 the total with the 55 and over bringing it to

780.

Respectfully,
Kory Skalecki, Deputy Building Inspector



80



2004 East Kingston Town Report - Code Enforcement Officer and Conservation Commission

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

The job of code enforcement sometimes blends in with the duties of the Building
Inspector. Some of the projects for code enforcement this year were propagated
from the Annual Selectmen's Town Tour. Environmental concerns came to the
surface this year with requests for failed or non approved septic systems
investigations and water run-off in new building areas. This year, like with building
codes, I have opted to solicit rulings and assistance from other town bodies and the
state to ensure compliance from all levels. Both highway and environmental
agencies have been more than willing to make clarifications. Our town is fortunate
to have a dedicated group of people working from the Selectmen's Office whether
on a paid or volunteer status and all Residents should feel free to call with any
questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Kory Skalecki, Code Enforcement Officer



CONSERVATION COMMISSION

DREDGE AND FILL APPLICATIONS: This past year we processed four
applications for work in wetlands; one to remove an old buried telephone cable, one
for work on the natural gas pipeline, one for rebuilding and widening of the bridge
on Route 108 over the Powwow River, and one for a timber harvest.

TOWN LANDS: The Commission continues to monitor the three parcels of
Town-owned land that are part of the American Tree Farm System, and may be
scheduling a timber harvest in the future. Changes in the guidelines for certifying
Tree Farms have delayed the re-certification process, but we hope to have this done
in early 2005.

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY: The Commission continues to participate in the NHDOT .
Adopt-A-Hlghway program, cleaning up litter along Route 108 from Route 107 to
the Newton town line four times during the summer months.

WATER QUALITY MONITORING: We continue to participate in the NH DES
Volunteer Lakes Assessment Program (VLAP) by taking water samples on Powwow
Pond four times during the summer recreation season. There have been no
indications tiius far, after six years of monitoring, of any serious problems with
water quality on the Powwow.



81



2004 East Kingston Town Report - Conservation Commission

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS: We continue to pursue various means to acquire
conservation easements on parcels of land that we feel need to be protected from
development, to retain the open-space character of the Town. We have been
awarded grants under the USDA Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program for
matching funds to acquire easements on the Dan Bodwell, and O'Shea properties.
There are several other projects currently under way dealing with other parcels in
Town. In conjunction with the Town of Kingston, we completed a project on the
Kemp property of Willow Road, which was funded through the Conservation Fund at
no additional cost to the taxpayers. The easement is held by the Rockingham
County Conservation District, with the Town of East Kingston holding an executory
(back-up) interest on that part of the property in town. We also plan to use Con-
servation Fund money to cover the match on the two FRPP projects, to avoid touch-
ing the bond at this point in time.

NATURAL RESOURCES OUTREACH COALITION (NROC); This past year, the
Town was selected by the NROC to participate in a study to determine how to deal
with growth in the town. NROC is a group of ten organizations and agencies in
Southeastern New Hampshire that assist towns to determine the current status of
their natural resources, the potential impact of growth on those resources and
develop techniques for protecting economic vitality, community character, and
environmental quality. As a part of this project, the Commission contracted with
the UNH Department of Natural Resources to have a group of five senior students
update a portion of the natural resources inventory and assess the impact of recent
growth on adjacent resources. The report by the students is available for review at
the Commission office or in the Town Library. The Planning Board and other
citizens are also involved in other aspects of the NROC program, which will continue
into 2005.

CONSERVATION CAMP: This past year, the Commission sponsored three East
Kingston students, Nathan Ward, Tyler Miller, and Samuel Berridge, at the Barry
Conservation Camp in Berlin, NH. The Camp is sponsored by the NH 4-H Camps, in
cooperation with the NH Fish and Game Department. Reports from the students
indicated they had a good time, learned a lot, and would recommend the camp to
their friends. Tuition for the camp is provided from the Conservation Fund.

OTHER ACnvmES:

• Reviewed plans, and provided input to the Planning Board, regarding
proposed development projects on Routes 107, 108 and Greystone Road.

• Participated in the 4th Annual Alewife Festival in Exeter, sponsored by the
Exeter River Local Advisory Committee.



82



2004 East Kingston Town Report - Conservation Commission

• Co-hosted a Vernal Pool workshop sponsored by ERLAC on the Bott
property on South Road.

• Met with local residents to explain the process for placing conservation
easements on their property, in addition to the efforts described above.


1 2 3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 13

Online LibraryEast Kingston (N.H.)Annual reports of the Town of East Kingston, New Hampshire (Volume 2004) → online text (page 7 of 13)