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This column is for 5.17.2012 



            The Shapleigh Town Hall will be closed on Saturday, May 26, 2012 because of it being the Memorial Day weekend.  Neither the Town Clerk nor the Code Enforcement Officer will be having office hours that Saturday.


            Permits issued by Code Enforcement Officer Steve McDonough during the month of April 2012 included the following:

Keith Provencher, 144 Newfield Rd, Map 11 Lot 32, build a 16x22 open deck

Douglas Fallon, 24 Chestnut Rd, Square Pond, Map 34 Lot 39, cut one large pine and one birch tree, four trees to be replanted in same general area

Judi A Trefethen, 105 Kato’s Nose, Mousam Lake, replace existing 14x24 deck with new deck, same size, same place

Percy M Cunningham  Jr, 30 Point Rd., Mousam Lake, Map 27 Lot 20 and one sliding door at 28 Point Rd

James P Thurlow, 249 Granny Kent Pond Rd, Map 40 Lot 28, replace stir system to the water per submitted plan

Vance R Garry,   16 Loon Lane, Granny Kent Pond, Map 39 Lot 72, replace existing deck/landings and stairs, same size, same place, new to be built to MUBEC

Bruce E Lamb, 404 Back Rd, Map 6 Lot 57, build a 10x16 free-standing pool deck, anchored to the ground           

Stephen R Fleming,146 Emery Mills Rd., Map 18 Lot 28, add two 20x8 additions, Planning Board approved

William Mageary, Point Rd, cut 2 trees within 100 ft of Mousam Lake, 3 to be replanted, also build stairway to the water, landings for stair purposes only, and do not constitute decks

Daniel P Delisle, 189 Granny Kent Pond Rd, Map 40 Lot 45,cut 8 large pine trees, 13 trees to be replanted and maintained per submitted plan

The declared value of the above improvements is $21,700.00.

A Certificate of Occupancy   has been issued to Scott Chretien, 62 Old Loop Rd, Lower Mousam, Map 17 Lot 22.         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                YORK COUNTY TOWN & CITY CLERK’S ASSOCIATION

Town Clerk Joanne Rankin recently attended a meeting at the Oak St Bistro in Alfred, Maine, of the York County Town and City Clerk’s Association.  Guest speakers were Lesley McCaw and Dustin Biggs from INFORME.


            Shapleigh Community book shelves have been restocked with a large number of new fiction books as well as several non-fiction books to be loaned out for your reading pleasure.  They include:

            “The Shoemaker’s Wife,” by Adriana Trigiani

            “Miss Julia to the Rescue,” by Ann Ross

“Deadlocker,” by Charlene Harris

“Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch,” by Nancy Atherton

“So Pretty It Hurts,” by Kate White

“Heart Wishes,” by Jude Deveraux

“Girls in White Dresses,” by Jennifer Close

“The Good Father,” by Diane Chamberlain

“What Doesn’t Kill You,” by Iris Johnson

“The House of Velvet and Glass,” by Katherine Howe

“The Fiddler,” by Beverly Lewis

“Capitol Murder, ”by Phillip Margolin

“The Proposal,” by Mary Balogh

Crystal Gardens,” by Amanda Quick

“Barefoot Season,” by Susan Malley

“The Butterfly’s Daughter, “by Mary Monroe

“The Lost Years,, by Mary Higgins Clark

“The Witness,” by Nora Roberts

“The Big Cat Nap,” by Rita Mae Brown

“Spilled Blood,” by Brian Freeman

“Angel of the Dark,” by Tilly Bagshaw

“Calico Joe,” by John Grisham

“The Innocent,” by David Baldacci

“Lullaby,” by Robert Parker

“Come Home,” by Lisa Scottoline

”Betrayal,” by Danielle Steel

“The Last Boyfriend,” by Nora Roberts

“Letter from a Stranger,” by Barbara Taylor Bradford

“Fall From Graced,” by Richard Patterson

“The Mermaid’s Garden,” by Santa Montfiore

“Bound South,” by Susan White

“Living Single,” by Sandra Brown

“Town in a Lobster Stew,” by B. B. Haywood


            “To Try Men’s Souls,” by Newt Gingrich

            “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana,” by Gayle Lemmon


            “The Pelican Brief”

            “Spy Kids”

            “Short Circuit”

            Best of Macgyver”

            NCIS – Season 2

The Library is open for the summer months on Tuesday from 3 pm to 8 pm; Thursday 10 am to 2 pm and in the evening from 6 pm to 8 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.  FMI call 636-3630 during those hours


            The Shapleigh Planning Board has recently acted on two applications for Conditional Uses (CU’s) for Best Possible Locations (BPL). 

One case involved removing an existing structure and replacing it with 30% expansion on Map 30 Lot 44, 18 Hemlock Rd.  The Planning Board received, along with your application, plans created by B E –Design/Build as follows: 

  • Replacement of Existing Structure, dated May 8, 2012 which delineated the existing and proposed structure ;
  • Grading Plan, dated April 4, 2012 which delineated the existing lot conditions and proposed including retaining walls, vegetation and noting a reduction in grades to reduce storm-water erosion;
  • Existing Structures, dated May 4, 2012, which delineated the proposed area and volume calculations, lot coverage, floor ploa above and below sill and perspective views of all sides; and
  • Proposed Landscape Plan, dated May 10, 2012 which delineated the existing vegetation, which areas will not be disturbed and the new plantings that will re-stabilize the area after construction.
  • Also provided was a copy of the subsurface Water Disposal System Application dated July 11, 2011 drafted by Kenneth Gardner, SE#73.

After a site inspection, notice to abutters, review of material received as noted above and Zoning Ordinance 105-4 “Nonconformance,” the Planning Board approved the BPL to replace the existing structure per the plans submitted.

Best management practices shall be used until the project is completed.  A licensed surveyor must confirm the placement of the structure is correct per the plan specs approved by the Planning Board.  The re-vegetation plan shall be completed by October 1, 2012.  If this date cannot be met an extension shall be acquired through the Code Enforcement Office.

Building plans must be approved by the Code Enforcement Officer and a building permit must be obtained from the CEO prior to any construction taking place on site.

            The second case involved property recently acquired by Bill and Eileen Mageary at 24 Point Road, Map 27 Lot 24 to remove an existing structure and replace it with a 30% expansion.  Conditions applied by the Planning Board when the Best Possible Location Conditional Use permit was approved.  The major requirements are that the structure shall be placed four feet closer to the road than the existing structure, which structure shall be raised 30 inches above the earth  to reduce the depth of the foundation, consequently reducing the height required for the banks created for the walkout basement; a Permit By Rule from the Dept. of Environmental Protection be submitted and approved prior to any work taking place; and a licensed surveyor must place the existing structure per the approved plan and certify the new foundation location.


            A delicious meal of onion rolls, Red Bliss potato salad, fresh garden salad, sliced tomatoes, asparagus frittatas and an assortment of beverages and desserts were on the menu for the monthly Owls luncheon on May 9, 2012 at the Acton Town Hall.


A two hour ride aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, 2012 for the Older Wiser Liberated Seniors (OWLS).  Folks planning to go on the trip will gather at the Acton Town Hall at 8:15 am.  The cost of the trip if $44.00 per person and includes bus transportation to and from Meredith, NH, the two hour railroad ride and a turkey dinner catered by Hart’s Turkey Farm.

Reservations are now being accepted from the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please call Claire Bragg at 636-1810 for more information.