Minutes for the regular meeting of the
Walpole Conservation Commission
Monday, July 10, 2017
Present: Alicia Flammia, John Peska, Myra Mansouri (alt.), Peter Palmiotto (alt.), Jackie Kensen, Kelli Wilson, Peggy Pschirrer (SelectBoard representative), Elaine Heleen, acting secretary
Not Present: Lewis Shelley, Gary Speed, Duncan Watson
Ms. Flammia, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.
Mr. Palmiotto was seated to achieve quorum.
As of 5/31/17, the Conservation Commission Fund had a balance of $97,709.77. This includes a withdrawal of $22,880.70 which was supposed to be in the Forestry account. The Forestry fund (with that deposit) is $64,570.75. The Mason Expendable Trust Fund had $307,897.82 as of 4/30/17. The Non Expendable Mason Trust Fund had $12,234.23 at the end of April 2017.
- NH Timberland Owners Association; still choose not to be members
- Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau DES newsletter
- Reservoir Dam response letter by Mark Houghton; approved by DES
- BSA (Tax Map/Lot: 11/47; 48) cutting approved
- A deed was recorded in 1998 shows that the Town owns the Conservation Easement of the Hubbard property off of North Road. However, there are questions of who owns which Easements. Peska moved to allocate up to $2,000 for an internship for a grad student to create a template for an annual report of the list of the Town Conservation Easements for the Selectboard. Ms. Wilson seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.
Corrections to the minutes:
- 1st paragraph: “hills to the river; create a corridor” add Conservation before corridor
- 2nd paragraph: Antioch is a University, not a College
- 2nd paragraph, 2nd page: “capability to expand the town’s boundaries” should be “capability to expand the Conservation maps to go beyond the town’s boundaries”
- New Bike Trail: change “illegal bike patch” to “unauthorized bike path” as it may not have been illegal
Mr. Peska moved to accept the minutes for the June 5, 2017 meeting as corrected. Ms. Kensen seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.
- Anne McBride from the Monadnock Conservancy is present to report on the efforts to create a Conservation Easement on the lands owned by Michael & Kathy Nerrie (owners of Distant Hill Gardens). Approximately 48 acres are in both Walpole and Alstead. The home, outbuildings, gardens and pond will be excluded from the easement area. The easement would include a reserved right to build a pavilion for potential school groups. Monadnock Conservancy estimates the costs to be $18,510 and is asking for $9,000 from the WCC. After Ms. McBride left, it was decided to table the decision until next month so that some research can be done on whether a payment to the Conservancy’s Easement Stewardship Fund is within the purview of the Walpole Conservation Commission as several members remember that it was not done in the past.
- There have been inquiries about the vacant position on the WCC. Laura Hayes has submitted a letter of interest, Cliff Peters has not yet sent in a letter, and Steve Dumont (formerly on the Charlestown Conservation Commission) will be moving to Walpole and expressed interest. After discussion, Peska moved to recommend to the Selectboard to appoint Laura Hayes to fill the WCC vacancy. Mr. Palmiotto seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor. Alternate slots are available should the other two finish the requirements for consideration.
- Repairs to the Bellows Falls Dam near Aumand Furniture have started.
- Kensen has volunteered to monitor the Lazaro Easement as it has not yet been done.
- Reservoir Dam; as noted earlier, Mr. Houghton submitted the form to DES with expected improvements and maintenance.
- Public Meeting on Route 12 expansion; expected to happen Spring/Summer 2018
- Fanny Mason trail loop. Palmiotto moved to request proposals for finishing the trail loop pending information from Mr. Shelley. Ms. Kensen seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.
Sharlene Beaudry passed on June 7, 2017. Mr. Peska moved to allocate up to $50 for Ms. Flammia to purchase a card and gift to be delivered to the Beaudrys. Ms. Kensen seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.
The next meeting will be Monday, August 7, 2017.
Mr. Palmiotto moved that the meeting be adjourned at 9:05pm. Mr. Peska seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.
Elaine Heleen, Acting Recording Secretary
NOTE: These are unapproved minutes with corrections to be found in the minutes of the next meeting.