Alternates step up for Planning Board
ANTRIM — Interest in the Planning Board brought three new alternates to the table, and the new, bigger board discussed whether or not to recommend the Select Board sell parcels of town land.
The board was joined in attendance by only three residents who, however, were interested in joining as alternates, and all three — Jeanne Cahoon, Bob Holmes and Peter Moore — were voted in. Alternates are allowed to participate in discussions but they can’t vote unless the chair appoints them to sit for an absent member. All three alternates said they have flexible schedules and are interested and invested in Antrim.
The meeting began with the election of a new chair. Chris Condon, nominated by ex-officio member Selectman Gordon Webber, ran unopposed and was quickly voted in without discussion. Board member Sarah Vanderweare nominated Jesse Lazar as vice chair and the board voted him in as well. The board also recognized its newest member, Michael Frosch, who was elected earlier this month.
The first order of discussion for the new board regarded a list of town-owned parcels of land the Select Board is thinking of selling, in order to generate property tax revenue. Webber said the Select Board is looking for a recommendation from the Planning Board on which parcels they should try to sell. The list included land with frontage on Gregg Lake as well as vacant lots.
“Most are going to be difficult properties to sell,” Lazar said. He thought that the board, with its new members, should have time to look over the parcel list and think about it. Webber said the Conservation Commission has reviewed the list of parcels but has not yet given their recommendation. Both recommendations are part of the process of selling property owned by the town.
Janet McEwen motioned to table discussion on the parcel list for the time being and the motion passed. The board agreed to appoint a sub-committee to come up with the criteria to look for when reviewing the list of parcels. The committee members are Holmes, Vanderwende and McEwen. The focus for the criteria will be land use rather than land value.
Webber said there is no rush on the recommendation. The Select Board will need to hold two public hearings and propose a warrant article to move any land sales to Town Meeting.
The next Planning Board meeting is April 3 at 7 p.m.
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