Minutes for the Regular Meeting of the
Walpole Conservation Commission
December 5, 2016
Present: Tom Beaudry (Chair); John Peska, Lew Shelley, Kelli Wilson, Alicia Flammia, Duncan Watson; Alternate Member: Gary Speed, Whit Aldrich (Selectboard Representative), Elaine Heleen, alt (acting as secretary)
Not Present: Myra Mansouri
Call To Order: Mr. Beaudry, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
Seating of Alternates: No alternates were needed to achieve quorum.
Review and Approve Minutes: Corrections: The Monadnock Conservancy article was not written by Mr. Shelley; he was featured in it. The next meeting date had skipped a month and should have been December 5th. Mr. Shelley moved to accept the Minutes of the November 7, 2016, meeting as corrected. Mr. Peska seconded the motion. With all in favor, the minutes were approved.
Report from Chair:
Treasury / Budget: Mr. Beaudry did not get the November balances of the Conservation Commission Savings Account or the Forestry Account. They will be included in next month’s report. Of the budget of $6,729, the YTD amount spent was $2,392 as of 12/5/16.
Mr. Beaudry received the following correspondence:
- NH Cooperative Extension will have a meeting 12/14/16 in Salisbury, NH on Forest Laws for Municipal Officers & Volunteers
- NH DES will be doing emergency repairs to a deteriorating footer (location not clear).
- Copies of 3 stumpage checks from the Water Co. lot totaling almost $11,000. The equipment is now gone so they are done harvesting. The consensus is that a good job was done.
Town Forester: The RFP (Request for Proposal) for a new Town Forester went out this morning to 4 foresters and Mr. Robarge. All proposals are asked to be in the Town Hall before 1/9/17 when they will be reviewed.
Maplewood Circle: Mr. Shelley went to look at the property and took photos. A Red Oak does lean towards her house and a Cherry leans to her neighbor. Nothing is an imminent hazard. He gave her the name of some people who can assess how much it would cost to remove some of her branches.
Monadnock Conservancy has sent out an appeal “Keep Farming Strong in Walpole”. Mr. Beaudry again brought up the fact that there were only 4 farms lost in the State not 19. Mr. Watson moved to deny the appeal since we have a policy of funding administrative costs when land is put into Easement. Seconded by Mr. Speed. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
The Nerries of Distant Hill Gardens are looking to do an Easement on 37 acres with the Conservancy. A Conservancy member will be coming to a meeting soon to ask for money to make this happen.
Mason Forest kiosk: Some citizens are asking for signage for the Fanny Mason Annex as they were unable to find the trails. This will be taken care of in the Spring.
Next Meeting: Because of the Federal holiday on January 2nd, the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
Alternate Member Peter Palmiotto arrived at 8:11pm but had nothing to add or report.
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Watson moved to adjourn this meeting. Mr. Speed seconded. With all members in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:12 PM.
Elaine Heleen, Acting Recording Secretary