Conservation Committee Meeting Minutes – 12/7/15

Minutes for the regular meeting of the
Walpole Conservation Commission
Monday, December 7, 2015

Present: Gary Speed, Tom Beaudry, John Peska, Sharyn Tullar (alt.), Kelli Wilson, Myra Mansouri (alt.), and Duncan Watson

Not Present: John Peska, Peter Palmiotto (alt.), Lewis Shelley, Alicia Flammia, Whit Aldrich (SelectBoard representative)

Mr. Beaudry, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM.

Non-Public session:
As Mr. Watson arrived after the meeting was called to order, Ms. Mansouri was seated to provide quorum.

Mr. Speed moved to accept the minutes for the November 2, 2015 meeting as presented. Ms. Wilson seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

Treasury/Budget Report
As of October 31, 2015, the balance in the Conservation account is: $53,179.59 and in the Forestry account: $10,346.87.

Environmental News
Town and City

New Business
Peter Palmiotto is resigning as Walpole representative for the SW Regional Planning Commission. They have quarterly meetings. This will be brought up again next month.

Old Business
NH Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting was attended by Ms. Tullar. The Conservation 101 class was so much in demand that there were 2 sessions offered. The Wildlife Action Plan is now 10 years old and a workshop was presented to bring everyone up to date.
The Conservation Commission Handbook was last purchased in August 2004. Mr. Beaudry will look into ordering some current books.
No activity yet in the Water Co. Forest.
A letter was sent to Terry Knowles. She seems to be in favor of putting on the Conservation Easement prior to the sale of the Hooper.
There was a Public Hearing on December 3, 2015 on Emergency Lanes designation for Derry Hill Road and Eaton Road. The SelectBoard voted to make both of these Emergency Access roads and will be maintained by the Town.
The Class 6 Roads priority list will be finalized and submitted to the SelectBoard.
Cheshire County Conservation District Meeting was attended by Mr. Beaudry and Ms. Tullar. The Keynote Speaker, John Magee was an excellent speaker. One of the things he discussed was a survey of culverts under roads in other parts of the state and then ranked by most prohibitive to least prohibitive. Mr. Beaudry is wondering if anyone might be interested in doing the same for Walpole culverts.
Ms. Tullar was wondering if work should be done to clear Mad Brook in Academy Ravine. Mr. Speed mentioned that this might be good for an Eagle Scout project.
Mr. Speed has taken care of the beaver at the causeway at Mill Pond. The one at East St in North Walpole is still there.

The next meeting will be Monday, January 4, 2016.
Mr. Peska moved that the meeting be adjourned at 8:01pm. Mr. Watson 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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