A meeting of the Canterbury Building Needs Committee was held
Feb. 27, 2002 in the meeting room of the Sam Lake House. Present
were Kent Ruesswick, Chairman, Charles Cook, Robert Fife, Gordon
Jackson, Jeremy Slayton and Ken Jordan from the committee; Mike
Capone, Selectman, and Robert Pollock, Landscape Architect/Planner
to make a presentation. The meeting began at 7:00 PM.
Mr. Pollock displayed a scale drawing of the center showing the
roads and buildings under discussion. He presented background
on the different areas of the center and their current or proposed
uses. A review and analysis report prepared by Mr. Pollock was
distributed to each member. Using a transparent overlay on the
drawing he demonstrated the many traffic movements that were created
in and out of the center. This overlay also noted a blind spot
for any traffic entering Hackleboro Rd. from the North side of
the fire pond. The potential for congestion and poor vision at
Old Tilton Rd. and Center Rd. was also displayed. Mr. Pollock
noted that the vegetation at the Gazebo and on the Village green
needs redesign, with the Spruce tree being in the wrong location
for maximum effect and plantings at the gazebo becoming oversized.
A second overlay displayed Mr. Pollocks initial concepts
for an alternate plan for parking and traffic direction in the
center. 20 parking spaces would be created between the green and
the store with access from Hackleboro Rd. There would be no through
traffic from Hackleboro Rd. across the parking lot and out onto
Center Rd. 5 or 6 handicapped/elderly parking spaces would be
created across from the Town Hall entrance, and 29 spaces would
be created in the area of the current town garage. After discussion
amongst the members and Mr. Pollock it was determined that it
might be advisable to have a 12 wide road traveling one
way from Center Rd. into the parking lot.
There was discussion of the need for parking at the Parish House,
especially in light of the day care center creating traffic involving
young children. There could be an additional area of parking created
behind the Sam Lake house. The area around the fire pond was discussed.
Access vs. fencing could be addressed by having most of the pond
fenced and flattening a portion of the westerly side for access
at a nearly level approach.
The layout and composition of various walkways and a means of
ongoing maintenance of the landscaping was discussed. It was noted
that at points where walkways intersected either with other walkways
or a roadway they be designed as "destination points".
This would entail a slightly broadened area containing plantings
and possibly a bench for seating. The effect would be to make
the intersections more visible and a place for meeting and visiting.
The committee instructed Mr. Pollock to develop the discussion
items further and it was determined to hold another meeting after
Town Meeting. The committee adjourned at 9:10 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Ken Jordan, acting secretary.