To The Daily Sun,
This is in regards to the article written (April 12), regarding Gilmanton's land use technician and building inspector's decision to deny a permit for the addition of a bathroom.
Septic systems are initially determined by the number of proposed bedrooms and then designed according to soil and site conditions. In my 40 years as a builder I have never heard of bathrooms being a factor in the design. Established codes, performance requirements and even common sense dictate that if you have one bedroom and let's say one bathroom, your waste flow is generally considered to be from two people.
To underscore the point, if you had 50 bathrooms and one bedroom you're still not impacting your septic system any differently than if you only had one bathroom — there would just be 50 different choices of where the two people can, ahem ... do their business.
Selectman Jean of course was correct in his assessment, as was Carolyn Baldwin in stating that this was not a decision he could or even should have been asked to make. In fact, unless there were good grounds to suspect the bathroom may have included the addition of a bedroom, this was a matter that should have easily been handled by the technician/inspector. That's what they're paid to do.
How "fireworks" (as the article stated) can erupt, and — "everyone and their mother" — can become involved in an issue that I have seen handled seamlessly so many times ... is beyond me.
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