01/04/2017 – PB Minutes
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
Wednesday January 4, 2017
BETHLEHEM TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM
Present: Chairman Michael Bruno, Vice Chairman David Wiley, Chris McGrath, Marie Stevenson, Johnathan Stevenson, Sandy Laleme and Steve Gorman
Dollar General Conceptual
Chairman Bruno started the meeting at 6:03pm with the introduction of Austin Turner from Bohler Engineering. Austin presented an aerial photo of the planned area for the Dollar General, along with Site Plan maps. It is proposed to be at the end of Cherry Valley Road and 302. There are existing cabins on the property now. The owner wants to sub divide the property. Leaving the house on the subdivided property and the cabins will be the property of the new applicant. At the current time the existing cabins directly discharge sanitary waste into the wetlands behind the property. The current wetlands would not be as wet if not for the discharge the applicant noted.
The applicant has conducted test pits and has put together a site plan. The building will be 85’x 85’ in size, with 30 parking spaces, per the zoning regulations.
Delivery schedule will be once a week, in early am. Store hours will be from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. The applicant explained that the lighting will be shielded cut off led lighting. Sandy Laleme asked about changing the façade of the building. We would like it to fit in with the local harmony of the area. Chairman Bruno expressed how he had seen a Dollar General in Chester Vermont that looked very much like a barn. The applicant will check with his team to try and accommodate. Chairman Bruno brought up potential questions that may come up in the public hearing, such as snow removal, water and sewer and parking. Sandy brought up doing a traffic study. The applicant talked about a travel impact analysis that was done during peak hours of operation (4-6pm)
This was based on 44 trips. Trips are calculated by one trip in and one trip out is considered 2 trips, with 22 trips per hour period.
The applicant would like to know if site plan review and sub division can be heard together. Chairman Bruno said yes we can but he would like the sub division heard first and if granted the site plan review will follow. The applicant agrees and said he will be submitting the appropriate paperwork in the near future.
End of Dollar General Conceptual
Sandy Laleme brought up altering minutes. She read RSA chapter 33-A concerning minutes
(summarized) Minutes should only be amended at a public meeting. The board should decide how they want their minutes, very general or people names. Amended minutes should be reflected in the next public meeting minutes.
Sandy Laleme motioned to accept the original minutes as written from November 9, 2016 Chairman Bruno seconded. 4-2 motion carries with two abstained (John and Dave) one no vote from Chris McGrath
Chris McGrath motioned to approve December 14, 2016 minutes Marie Stevenson seconded. 7-0 motion carries with amendments
Sandy Laleme motions to approve December 28, 2016 minutes John Stevenson seconded
6-1 motions carries with one abstained Steve Gorman
Please make a note that can be added as an amendment at the meeting when we review these:
Sandy Laleme spoke on the current recorder used at meetings. The sound quality is very bad. Sandy motioned Chris seconded all in favor of the allocation of $100 for the digital recorder motion carries 7-0
Chris McGrath brought to the Board’s attention that he has written a letter of interest to the Select Board for the vacant position. If appointed, he will need to step down from the Planning Board
Dave Wiley motions to adjourn Marie Stevenson seconds all in favor 7-0 motion carries