Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 3/7/16

Minutes for the regular meeting of the

Walpole Conservation Commission

Monday, March 7, 2016

 

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

Not Present:  Kelli Wilson, John Peska, Duncan Watson, and Peter Palmiotto (alt.)

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

Non-Public session: 

Ms. Mansouri and Ms. Tullar were seated to achieve quorum.

Minutes

Corrections to the minutes:  Roy Holman is correctly spelled Homan.  Ms. Wilson was present at the last meeting. Mr. Speed moved to accept the minutes for the February 1, 2016 meeting as corrected. Mr. Shelley seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

Treasury/Budget Report

As of February 29, 2016, the balance in the Conservation account is: $53,197.22 and in the Forestry account: $12,350.96. The Change of Use money has not yet been received.

Correspondence

  1. Annual Report of the Monadnock Conservancy
  2. Report of the NH Charitable Foundation. This includes the yearly check from the Robert P. Hubbard Trust of $9,128.91 which will be deposited to the Conservation account.

New Business

  1. Only 2 of the 4 members whose terms expire this year are present. Flammia would like to be recommended for another term as a full member. She will write a letter to the Selectboard expressing her interest.  Mr. Speed would like to step down as a full member and be considered for an alternate spot instead. Although Ms. Tullar’s membership is not expiring, she notified the Commission that she will be moving to the other side of the state.  This will open up a 1 year alternate spot.

Old Business

  1. There was evidence that Garland Lumber had begun work in the Water Co forest. The road was widened in a couple of spots and a landing spot was created.  However, the excavator that had been in evidence has been removed.  There are 3 piles of logs but they appear to be “pallet” grade per Mr. Speed. As the contract expires on 4/1/16, discussions will be held as to the next step if the harvest cannot be completed.
  2. Rhoades has been notified to begin marking the Hooper Forest but there is no evidence that it has yet to be done. Mr. Beaudry will continue to try to contact him.
  3. Shelley and Ms. Tullar toured the Academy Ravine to access how much it would take to make it viable again. Mr. Shelley stated that it would be best to bring back the old trail but that it would require much work and money. One idea would be to build a bridge to the monument and recreate the picnic area.  There is much debris in the stream that should be cleared out to avoid problems with future flooding.

Other

  1. Elaine Heleen has resigned as Conservation Commission Secretary. Regina Borden, former WCC secretary, has expressed interest in the position.  Mansouri moved to recommend to the Selectboard that Regina Borden be hired as the Secretary for the Walpole Conservation Commission.  Ms. Flammia seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor. Mr. Beaudry will ask to have this put on this week’s agenda for the Selectboard.
  2. Speed investigated a complaint in Old Drewsville of a horrendous smell and potential runoff from the biosolids placed on a field near the Cold River. DES had looked into this and found materials in improper places.  Once those materials were moved, it is now in compliance.
  3. There will be a conference on 4/9/16 in Alton put on by the Society for the Preservation of NH Forests. Shelley will be doing a presentation and has further information if anyone is interested.
  4. Beaudry express thanks for the services of Whit Aldrich, Sharyn Tullar, and Elaine Heleen which was echoed by all present.

Ms. Mansouri moved that the meeting be adjourned at 8:04pm.  Mr. Speed seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

The next meeting will be Monday, April 4, 2016.

 

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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