Conservation Commission Meeitn Minutes – 11/2/15

Minutes for the regular meeting of the

Walpole Conservation Commission

Monday, November 2, 2015 

Present:  Gary Speed, Tom Beaudry, Sharyn Tullar (alt.), Kelli Wilson, Lewis Shelley, Alicia Flammia, Whit Aldrich (SelectBoard representative)

Not Present:  John Peska, Peter Palmiotto (alt.), Myra Mansouri (alt.), and Duncan Watson

Guests:  Peggy Pschirrer and Steve Dalessio

Mr. Beaudry, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Non-Public session: 

As Mr. Shelley & Ms. Flammia arrived after the meeting was called to order, Ms. Tullar was seated to provide quorum.

Minutes

Mr. Speed moved to accept the minutes for the October 5, 2015 meeting as presented. Ms. Wilson seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

Treasury/Budget Report

As of September 30, 2015, the balance in the Conservation account is: $53,175.07 and in the Forestry account: $10,345.99.

Correspondence

  1. Cheshire County Conservation District 70th Annual meeting will be at the Keene Country Club on November 5, 2015. John McGee, Habitat Biologist will be the Keynote Speaker. Tracie’s Community Farm is the 2015 Cooperator of the Year. Susan Meehan is the 2015 Educator of the Year.
  2. Forest Laws for Municipal Officials will be Nov. 9th in Auburn and Nov. 10th in Lancaster.

New Business

  1. Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio are present as Hooper Trustees to give an update on the sale of the Hooper Golf Course. Bob Kimball went to the Trustees because most of his investors have pulled out.  He has some ideas of trying to get the additional monies needed and has an excellent business plan for the property.  In the meantime, the Hooper Trustees would like to present to Terry Knowles a plan to close on the Conservation Easement before the sale.  Mr. Speed moved to have Mr. Beaudry draft a letter from the Walpole Conservation Commission in support of having the Hooper Trustees complete the Hooper Conservation Easement prior to the sale of the property. Ms. Flammia seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.
  2. Marcia Galloway has noticed a beaver dam at the causeway at Mill Pond. Speed has been asked to take care of it.

Old Business

  1. Garland Lumber has sent in a deposit. They will be waiting for the ground to freeze.  They will work on the road and landing in the next couple of weeks. When this is finished, then the Hooper Forest will be marked.

Other

  1. Per Mr. Shelley, Nancy Sloan on Barnet Hill Road has put 50+ acres into Conservation Easement through Monadnock Conservancy. They will email the file to Mr. Palmiotto so he can update the Conservation Land Map. Also the Perley Lund property is to close very soon.
  2. Shelley submitted an invoice for repair to the brush cutter. The chain saw was not worth repairing.  Both are locked up in the Town Shed.
  3. Shelley was approached by Emily Haig, Monadnock Conservancy about an illegal camp that was discovered on the Merriam Forest. Although it was quite elaborate, it has been dismantled.
  4. There will be a Public Hearing on December 3, 2015 on Emergency Lanes. Although Eaton Lane/Maple Grove Road, Derry Hill Road, and the end of Reservoir Road are acknowledged as Emergency Lanes, there had not been a Public Hearing designating them as such.  This Hearing is merely procedural to finish off the process.
  5. The gates are up on both ends of Cold River Road.
  6. Speed discovered that there is some Town owned land in North Walpole off of E Street behind Dunning. It is 55 acres.
  7. Tullar attended a Pollinator Summit. It was very well attended with 250 participants and very well put together. The focus was on bees although there are other pollinators. A statement was made that New Hampshire has too many trees.  Landowners should be encouraged to plant more shrubs and native plants for the pollinators.
  8. On November 14, 2015, the Monadnock Conservancy is having a program at the Hastings House on Farms and Community Connections.
  9. DES is having a couple of Hearings on permitting. A session in Keene will be the 2nd.

 

The next meeting will be Monday, December 7, 2015.

Mr. Speed moved that the meeting be adjourned at 8:32pm.  Ms. Flammia seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Heleen, Recording Secretary

NOTE:  These are unapproved minutes with corrections to be found in the minutes of the next meeting.

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