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LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES

August 16, 2005

Draft Copy – Subject to Change

 Meeting called to Order by Chairman B. Jones.

Members Present: D. Ford, B. Jones, L. Landon, D. Macurdy, R. McDevitt, K. Rybarz, F. Stocking,

C. Tadema-Wielandt, J. Wourinen

Members of the public in attendance: K. DeFusco.

Minutes: Minutes of June 21, 2005 were approved as presented.

OLD BUSINESS

Committee Officers: The present slate of officers (B. Jones, Chairman, F. Stocking, V. Chairman, M. Garrett, Secretary) will continue in place. B. Jones will “check” his status as Chairmen with the Selectmen.

Committee Membership: Following a discussion of qualifications for membership, L. Landon moved and D. Ford seconded a unanimously passed motion to drop ten members for lack of attendance. Thirteen members remain on the Committee which, for purposes of transacting “legitimate” business needs a quorum of seven.

Questionnaire: B. Jones will check with Selectmen on the availability of funds (approximately $1,500) for a mailing of the questionnaire. O the r methods of distribution were discussed, including making questionnaires available at the polls during on November 8 th , providing an internet opportunity to respond or having questionnaires sent to voters upon request to Town Hall.

Further, M Garrett was charged to draft a letter of explanation of the questionnaire – to be included with the mailing of tax bills in mid November. Once drafted, the letter will be forward to Stu Marckoon.

NEW BUSINESS

The committee spent some considerable time discussing what might be its next undertakings. D. Ford and B. Jones suggest the Committee might use the survey results as part of an information ga the ring task preparatory to development of a Comprehensive Plan – that, indeed, the Committee might evolve into a Comprehensive Planning Task Force. F. Stocking and D. Ford suggested ga the ring data, assigning “homework” to members, the findings of which will comprise Committee agendas for a long as it is productive. F. Stocking could “get excited about giving ourselves homework and coming back each moth to discuss and compile what we've learned.”

The meeting adjourned with no definitive decisions having been made.

Respectfully submitted as deciphered from the notes of F. Stocking, Acting Secretary

Michael F. Garrett, Secretary

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 – 7:00pm . Town Hall