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Thanksgiving Circle – 11/20/22

Sue Kreb’s, from the First Congregational Church, wanted everyone to know that on November 20, at 11:30, we are gathering on the Common for a” Thanksgiving Circle”.  Public is invited. 

It will be informal, a way to gather as a community to give thanks.  The other churches in town have been contacted.

Election Results from Walpole

Fall Mountain Superintendent Search Committee

I’ve been advised that I will not be sent minutes from these meetings. Those who may be interested (and we should be), please see the Sau60.org website. – Lil

To: FMRSD Families, Staff & Community
From: Superintendent Search Committee
Re: Superintendent Search Committee Meeting Updates Date: November 14, 2022
November 3, 2022


The Fall Mountain Regional School District Superintendent Search Committee held its second meeting on Thursday, November 3. At this meeting, the search committee developed the roles and tasks that the new Superintendent will need to perform to best support the district. Functional and dysfunctional leadership styles were identified to assist in analysis of potential candidates.


The Search Committee worked on initial components of a comprehensive survey to send to the Fall Mountain Regional School District community and discussed dissemination strategies.


Bryan Group Competencies, skills with specific indicators, were introduced that the committee will review, revise, and develop to personalize their total refined criteria to use in the search.


November 9, 2022
The Fall Mountain Regional School District Superintendent Search Committee met for their third meeting on Wednesday, November 9. During this meeting, the committee reviewed, in detail, the specific competencies that will be looked for in superintendent candidates.


The committee refined criteria, roles, competencies, leadership styles, and desired experiences needed for applicant evaluation. In addition, the draft survey was reviewed and revised with hopes to finalize and disseminate next week.


The next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/3/22

Selectboard Present:      Steven Dalessio, Chair; Peggy L. Pschirrer; Cheryl Mayberry

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. One member of the public present, Tom Winmill.

PETITION ZONING WARRANTS: Mr. Tom Winmill was seeking signatures from the Selectboard for two petition warrants for Town Meeting. The warrants are to amend a couple of zoning ordinances. Mr. Winmill was also seeking an endorsement from the Selectboard for the petition warrant articles.

Mr. Winmill stated that for the first warrant article, the penalty provision would change in the zoning ordinance for the area south of the Cold River. Currently the current zoning article has a $500.00 maximum penalty which is too small an amount. The zoning ordinance is out of sync with the NH statues which have a maximum penalty of $550 per day with no maximum.

Mr. Rosko joined the meeting at 6:33 PM.

The second petition article is to amend the zoning ordinance by defining restaurant and retail businesses per Mr. Winmill. He reviewed the Hanover, NH Zoning Ordinance and use the text for the article. The change would exclude under the restaurant definition “to provide food for offsite consumption”. It would also define a retail building as one to exclude drive through service. It would redefine the development of Walpole’s commercial area.

There was a discussion related to the three ways a warrant article is placed on the Town warrant. Mr. Winmill obtained more than 25 signatures for each petition. Mr. Dalessio advised that the signatures must be from Walpole registered voters with both a signature and printed name on the petition form. As a Selectboard member, Mr. Dalessio does not sign petition warrant articles. Additionally, the Board abstains from endorsing petition articles. He felt if an article is put forth by the voters, the voters should decide if it passes or not. Mrs. Pschirrer agreed.

The question of the requirement for a public hearing was asked. Warrant article text will be reviewed by the Town attorney and the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA). Mr. Winmill asked if the Town attorney could recommend edits. Mr. Dalessio said yes.

Mr. Winmill departed the meeting at 6:32PM

SKATING RINK:  Mr. Dalessio asked Mr. Rosko if he was interested in taking over the skating rink? Mr. Ron Rosko was not enthusiastic about last year’s ice rink set-up. He felt the setup was too small; it’s fine for one person. In the past, the entire field was flooded. Mr. Rosko would be willing to take over and learn about the rink. It means a great deal to him having spent a lot of time there as a youth.  There was a discussion about snow removal.  It can be labor intensive per Mr. Rosko. In the past, the Town removed the snow. Mr. Dalessio said the current rink set-up was purchased since there isn’t always snowpack or frozen ground to preserve the ice.  Mrs. Pschirrer stated the current rink could have extensions added to it. There was a discussion of the desired size of the rink, a liner and edge boards. Ms. Mayberry reviewed the process of making the ice with an additive and filling the area gradually, with layers of ice.

Mr. Dalessio stated the idea needed to go before the Recreation Committee. Ms. Mayberry asked that the vision of the change be written. Ms. Mayberry would bring the request before the Recreation Committee.

Mr. Rosko departed the meeting at 6:59 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: There were none this week per Ms. Mayberry.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending October 29, 2022, in the amount of $32,388.60 dated November 4, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,030.54.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – October 27, 2022Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of October 27, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – October 27, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 27, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved. The minutes are to remain sealed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

REFUNDS:

Map and Lot# 012-013-2U2: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve to approve a property tax refund to the owner of Map and Lot# 012-013-2U2 in the amount of $5.42. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Pending Further ActionsGenerators, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, School and Old North Main Bridges/Culverts:

School and Union Streets Drainage Project: The Fuss and O’Neill contract amendment will be tabled until next week. The Selectboard is researching whether the gully was man-made or is a seasonal stream.

Streetlights on Kilburn and Spruce Streets: Mr. Dalessio visited Kilburn Street. He felt that the streetlight could be turned off, but it will make the area darker. Spruce Street cannot be removed but needs to be modified. The Selectboard would like a confirmation that the abutters to the streetlight area agree to having the light removed. A follow-up note will be sent to the Olivers.

NEW BUSINESS:

Multi or Single Year Assessing Agreement: Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard sign the one year assessing contract with Avitar Associates of New England for $12, 996. Ms. Mayberry seconded. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio voting in favor, the motion was approved.

Utility Pole Easement Agreement: Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard sign the Utility Pole Easement Agreement with Liberty Utilities to add an anchor and guidewires to a pole at the south end of the Common.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer, and Mr. Dalessio voting in favor, the motion was approved.

NHMA Notice: The Selectboard reached a consensus that legal notes sent by the NHMA to the Town from 2009 to 2015 are to be returned to the Town. A follow-up note will be sent to the NHMA.

Fire Hydrant Flushing Complaint: The gouging of the roadside on Union Street caused by hydrant flushing will be fixed.

2022 Tax Rate: The MS-535 form was uploaded by the auditors to the DRA web portal this afternoon stated Mr. Dalessio. Once the DRA reviews and approves, the form will be available for Selectboard review and sign. The school district has several forms that need to be uploaded to the portal.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Hooper Trustees Meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:29 PM.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel, (c) Reputations and (e) Legal.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. These minutes are to remain sealed.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 8:17 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:17 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

“Great Decisions” Public Forum Tonight

Biden’s Strategy & Midterms’ Fallout

“Great Decisions” will meet again at 6:00 p.m. tonight in the Walpole Town Library.

Competition with China — what will today’s meeting between Presidents Biden and Xi Jinping accomplish? — UN Climate Change COP27, war in Ukraine, the message of the midterms, democracy’s challenges in a world of rising autocracies (and sea levels) — What do you think about all this?

Please join the discussion tonight either in person in the Hubbard Meeting Room at the Walpole Town Library or via Zoom. For the Zoom link, contact Jane Malmberg, Library Director, in advance of the 6:00 p.m. meeting: jmalmberg@walpoletownlibrary.org.

Sue Kibbe and Ron MacLachlan

Clarion Closing Date – 11/21/22

With the November and December holidays, and depending upon how the days of the week fall, the closing date for the CLARION is always impacted. Our printer’s long Thanksgiving Day holiday schedule affects the closing date, but I have been able to extend the deadline to Monday, November 21 at 5 PM Walpole time, one day later than the published date. Layout and design work begins 4-5 days ahead of the deadline closing date. Several drafts are worked and reworked adjusting layout and spacing. Early submission of your article for the community will help our process in developing each issue.

I have heard of a number of holiday activities that will finally pick up again after COVID, so please get articles and notices of those events to me as soon as possible to share with the community so we can all feel some return to “normalcy,” and join in on the festive fun.

If you have any questions, or interest in placing an advertisement, reaching over 1900 Walpole, North Walpole and Drewsville addresses, please do get in touch with me. Thank you, RAY BOAS, Publisher

Zoning Board Meeting Agenda – 11/15/22

Town Hall

7 pm

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes: Review minutes of October 2022 meeting. 

New Business:

Jan has a response from NH Municipal Association about nonpublic minutes.

Old Business:

Next meeting December November 20, 2022.

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 11/8/2

Present: Chair Jeff Miller, Vice-Chair Dennis Marcom, Clerk Jason Perron, Joanna Andros, Bill Carmody, Select Board Representative Steve Dalessio, alternate Travis Adams. Absent: Jeff Harrington and Trevor MacLachlan. Others at the meeting were Ray Boas, Surveyor Joe DiBernardo, Tom Winmill, Chad Branon from Fieldstone Land Consultants and Michael Atkins, an attorney from Peterborough, was at the meeting representing NGP Management and Dunkin.

Recording: Secretary Marilou Blaine. This meeting was recorded. These minute are unapproved and will be reviewed at the November 2022 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Call to order: Mr. Miller called the meeting to order at 7 pm. He asked Mr. Adams to sit in for the absent board member and Mr. Adams agreed.

Minutes: Mr. Marcom made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Old Business: Fieldstone Land Consultants will present the final site plan for the Dunkin – Tax Map 12, Lot 13-3, Route 12. Civil Engineer Chad Branon was the presenter.

Mr. Branon began by pointing out on the plat a dedicated slip lane turning into the Dunkin property. To the east of the property is Avanru Development Unit 2C. To the south is a pond and wetlands area. Across the street is a farm stand and farmland. To the north is Dollar General. The land is known as and recorded as Lot 13-3, Condo Unit 2A. It is 1.42 acres.

Mr. Branon said Customers will drive in and may go into the parking lot for the restaurant. There are about 20 parking spaces with two dedicated to handicap drivers. Another parking area is in the southeast corner with eight parking spaces for employees. The restaurant has seating for 20 people, restrooms and an ordering/pickup area. The location of the parking lot restaurant will allow people to not have to come back to Route 12 but customers may leave via Red Barn Lane. The important thing, Mr. Branon said, is that Dunkin has access from Route 12 and Red Barn Lane.

If you do not choose to go to the restaurant, there is a perimeter driveway around the building to the driver-thru, which is at the rear or north end of the building. From there customers may go out onto Route 12 or go around the perimeter road to Red Barn Lane. The dumpster in the rear of the building will be enclosed and screened. One propane tank is proposed on the back side of the building where the dumpster is. Lighting will be downward and there will be plenty of vegetation around the building as well as by the parking lot, pond and green space. Mr. Branon named a number of plants – red maple, hydrangea, lilac. Signage will consist of STOP, Do Not Enter, and handicap signs as well as arrows.

DOT wanted two access points and there are two – Route 12 and Red Barn Lane, Branon repeated. Fieldstone worked with DOT to address turning into the site and leaving from Red Barn Lane. There is also a sidewalk in front of the building. The entire area will not be paved. There is a retention basin above the pumping station that will be built and it will have a spillway. Sewer and water are along the north side of the building. Stormwater will go to the pond; culverts will be placed in the area going out to Red Barn Lane. Fieldstone still has to get a letter from the fire chief and water and sewer department.

 Branon submitted a letter from DOT Office No. 4 in Swanzey. Fieldstone talked to the highway department about restriping the lanes and were told it was not needed. So, according to Branon, the state is resolved the application is certainly in a good place to go forward. Branon said the company consulted with a traffic engineer to work on improvements to allow through traffic. An entrance has always been proposed there, he said. But Dunkin has found a way to have two entrances and two exits. The area has been researched and it is no more a hazardous exit than any all along Route 12. Mr. Branon gave the chair, Mr. Miller, a letter from DOT Office 4.

On November 8, 2022 Avanru divided the property into land condominium units. All the property, which is still owned by Avanru Development Group, is one lot but divided into four units – Unit 1 is delineated as wetlands and unbuildable. Then there are Unit 2 A, Unit 2B and Unit 2C.  Unit 2A is 1.43 acres, Unit 2B is .92 acres and Unit 2 C is .98 acres. Individual companies such as Dunkin will have rights on Unit 2A if their site plan is approved. According to the condo rules, all units share Route 12 as its frontage. This designation of the property being condominium land units was done without Avanru coming to the Planning Board to get permission and according to Surveyor Joe DiBernardo it was because Avanru’s  counsel said Avanru did not have to go to the Planning Board. While unit 2A will have one business on that unit, other units may have multiple businesses.

 Mr. Dalessio said the Dunkin lot may have proper setbacks, frontage and green space, but what about the condo lots that will be coming up. This may not be true. There was a lot of discussion back and forth about condo lot and there are questions about the definitions of condo lots and subdivision regulations. Mr. Miller said that town counsel has been contacted on the matter.

Ms. Andros asked Mr. Branon three questions. What are the proposed hours of operation? Mr. Branon said he wasn’t sure if it was the same as the Dunkin in the Jiffy Mart but he would have the information available at the hearing. 

What kind food will the restaurant serve? The standard – bagels donuts, breakfast, sandwiches, Mr. Branon said.

Will the landscaping be shown with the building at the next meeting? Yes, Branon said. It goes along the west side of building, east side, curb and in the green space.

A motion by Mr. Marcom was moved and seconded by Mr. Perron to hold a public hearing in December to approve the subdivision/condo lots lot units proposed by Avanru Development Group. The motion carried.

Mr. Perron made a motion to have a public hearing in December on the Dunkin site plan. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried. Mr. Branon said he knows the lot is a condo lot and they are happy to submit to the setback, frontage conditions, and green space of the site plan.

  New Business:

Lot Line Adjustment: Surveyor Joe DiBernardo submitted an application for a proposed lot line adjustment between Dale and Bonita Woodward and Judith Epstein on Flat and School Street. Tax Map 19, Lots 53-1 and 54. Lot 53-1 to gain 0.01 acres from 54.

Mr. Perron made a motion to hold a public hearing for a Lot Line Adjustment in December. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried. 

Petitions for the Warrant

Mr. Tom Winmill brought two petitions to the Planning Board that he would like to go on the warrant for the townspeople to vote on by ballot.

The first was:

To the Board of Selectmen: We, the undersigned registered voters of the Town of Walpole, hereby petition the Board of Selectmen pursuant to NH 675:4, Method of Enactment by Petition, to insert the following article into the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting to be held in 2023:

 To see if the Town will vote to amend ARTICLE XIV of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Walpole, New Hampshire, to read as follows: Penalty Any violation of this Ordinance shall be made punishable by a fine to the full extent permitted under the New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated, Title LXIV (64) Planning and Zoning, or any successor statute as may then be in effect.

Mr. Winmill stated that currently the ordinance fine is one time only. The ordinance reads the fine “of not more than $100 for each day such violation my exist after the conviction date; provided, however, that the total fines imposed for any single violation shall not exceed $500.” The state penalty is tougher and it’s a payment each day.

His second petition article was “To see if the Town will vote to amend ARTICLE VI, Section B, 3 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Walpole, New Hampshire, to read as follows: Shops, restaurants, and other retail buildings not exceeding 40,000 square feet in gross floor area. For this purpose a (1) “restaurant” is defined as an eating establishment designed to allow patrons to eat on-site at tables, booths, or a counter, including diner, café and cafeteria, excluding an establishment that provides food for off-site consumption, except as incidental to on-site service retail sales, and (2) “retail building” is defined as one that offers the sale of goods, foods, and personal services directly to the consumer for use and consumption off-site, excluding any drive-through service, free-standing retail stand, new and used car sales and service, and trailer and manufactured housing sales and service.”

Mr. Winmill cited towns such as Wolfeboro, Hanover, Plaistow and others that already had an article like this in their zoning ordinance. People who didn’t want to sign this petition said because it was discriminatory, Mr. Winmill said. When it came to a place such as Diamond Pizza, they could either be grandfathered, Mr. Winmill said, or have to get a variance.

 Mr. Perron said he found the language of the petition confusing. Mr. Dalessio said suppose he had a small lot on Route 12 and wanted to open a small shop. This article would not allow him to do that. This article is discriminatory.

Mr. Winmill suggested the Planning Board work with the Zoning Board to improve the Zoning Ordinance and bring it up to date. He said it isn’t working for our town.

Adjournment:

Mr. Perron made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

WPB Secretary

cc: WPB, ZBA, Town Offices, The Walpolean.

Posted: Inside the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside the Post Office, http://www.walpolenh.us

Local Election Results

Thanks to Lucy for sharing this information. Numbers yes, but not COVID – Lil

Looking for Election Results?

Because of some posts on social media, I decided to take a look at voter turnout from Tuesday. The Secretary of State’s web site is not the easiest to navigate, so here is an overview of the numbers in my new State Representative district, Cheshire District 05—Surry and Walpole,

The statewide turnout for the last midterm election, in 2018, was 580,214. If I recall correctly, the Secretary of State predicted that turnout this year statewide would top 590,000. Actual turnout was 626,823451Surry voters went to the polls; 1893 ballots were cast in Walpole. By comparison, Surry voters cast 397 ballots in 2018; in Walpole the number was 1776.

Midterm numbers are always less than the presidential year turnout. In 2020, 819,499 ballots were cast statewide; 567 of those in Surry and 2349 in Walpole.

Here is the link to election results is below for those who want to take a deeper dive into the numbers, and the results for each individual candidate.

https://www.sos.nh.gov/elections/elections/election-results

For those who want a quick reference for the more locally elected officials, here are ours:

State Senator:  Donovan Fenton 

State Representative, Cheshire District 5:  Lucy Weber

State Representatives, Cheshire District 15:  Amanda Elizabeth Toll and Renee Monteil

Sheriff: Eli Rivera

County Attorney:  Chris McLaughlin

County Treasurer:  Chuck Weed

Register of Deeds:  Anna Tilton

County Commissioner:  Jack Wozmak is completing his 4 year term; Bob Englund has been elected to the two year term.

As of this writing, the state Senate has remained steady at 14 Rs and 10 Ds.  The state House is in an historic position.  As of this writing, there are 203 Rs and 197 Ds.  Many recounts are scheduled for next week.  Think your vote does not count?  The closest race has the Democrat losing to the Republican by 1 vote; the second closest has the Dem losing by 4 votes.  There are numerous races which have been decided by fewer than 10 votes.  Stay tuned.

Best part of hanging out at the polls on Tuesday?  Seeing how many parents brought their children with them to the polls.  So glad the next generation of voters is already being introduced to the election process.

And thank you to all the election workers who once again did a great job making the election process run smoothly.

~Representative Lucy Weber

LWMcV@comcast.net

603-499-0282

Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 11/7/22

Members Present:  Alicia Flammia (Chair), John Peska, Peter Palmiotto, Lew Shelley, Laura Hayes, Steven Dumont,    

Members Absent:  France Menk

Alternates Present:  Wendy Grossman

Visitors Present:  Cheryl Mayberry (Selectboard liaison), Jean Kobeski (Recording Secretary)

Call to Order:  Alicia called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting was recorded.

Review and Approval of Minutes:  Peter moved to accept the October 3, 2022, minutes as written.  Laura seconded, and all voted to approve. 

Public Business

Report from the Chair:  Alicia reported that she talked to Christian Gowdy about the Ballam Farm.  He said he is working with NRCS to keep the hedgerows open along the edges of the fields.  Because he is certified organic he cannot use pesticides, so he is mowing to keep the invasives down.  Laura asked who owns the property.  Alicia answered that Gowdys own it and the town has a conservation easement on it.

Alicia announced she will not seek the position of Chair of the Commission for next year. She wants to remain a member but not serve as Chair. She asked commissioners to think about who would like to take over the role.

Treasury:​​Conservation Savings Acct.​ $191,583.69

​​​​​       Forestry       $23,449.01

​​​​​      Gateway         $1,983.56

​​                 Mason Non-Expendable       $18,003.20

​​​​ Mason Expendable     $383,487.87

New Business

2023 Budget: This year, taking out the $50,000 for consulting work that was not expended but expected to possibly be used in 2023, there was $8,473 budgeted but just $6,624 used. 

The Easement Monitoring Committee has discussed the possibility of hiring an intern to help with the monitoring.  Alicia asked Cheryl how the inclusion of a paid intern should appear on the 2023 budget. Cheryl said they could level fund, create a line item for the intern, and move money from another line item they do not expect to expend.  Peter stated a stipend of $2500 would be a reasonable amount for 225 hours of work over an academic year. Wendy also reminded commissioners they will receive the $1000 bond refund, which can be put back into the general fund.  Peter moved to create a line item in the 2023 budget for an intern to help develop a systematic easement tracking and monitoring program.  John seconded the motion, and all voted in favor. The motion carried.

Steven asked if the $1500 line item for Rail Trail maintenance would be added. Alicia said she already added that to the budget, asking for extra money, not level funding

Old Business

Hooper Forest:  Alicia has not received an update from Alex. Wendy asked if hiking and biking trails would be marked before cutting begins.  Alicia said trees to be cut are marked, as are clearly visible trails. Alex plans to have a public walkabout to explain the work to be done, and at that time, anyone who uses the trails can suggest alternate plans.  Peter said he walked the cut with Alex two weeks ago with his forest management class and said they did pretty good job.  They went to High Point where Alex suggested thinning and creating an overlook.

Lew was in touch with Rick Brackett of the Conservancy, which is planning to do some logging on the Skofield property.  They are interested to know what the Commission’s plans for logging the Hooper Forest are for timing and how the road landings might be shared.

Lew also mentioned that Rick found trails being leaf blown on that property and the Conservancy doesn’t want trails leaf blown on their properties.  He hopes to be in contact about the trails on that land, as well, and to know more about who has made them and maintains them.

Commission Website: Alicia said Kelli is waiting for pictures and content.  A few commissioners said they have had some difficulty adding comments. Steven suggested a new deadline of the December meeting for comments, pictures, and other information.  Steven said he would start writing a piece about the Trail Subcommittee.  Alicia said other information can be found on Google Drive;  Kelli has access to that. Alicia will invite Kelli to the January meeting, after Kelli has had a chance to see comments.

Other Business 

Trail Subcommittee Report:  Steven, Kara, and Becky cleared the Fanny Mason Trail. France took pictures.  It still needs some clearing near the old shed and parking area on the other side. 

Lew cut the big tree at the Mill Pond.

Wendy said she and Will walked the Rail Trail, and it looks good.  She said the Snowmobile Club has chainsawed two trees and Lew reports they brush hogged the trails last weekend.

Steven said a maintenance plan for next year will be discussed and scheduled at the next subcommittee meeting.

Easement Monitoring:  Alicia said the committee (Alicia, John, Laura, and Peter) met before the regular Commission meeting.  It was decided that 14 properties will be monitored each year using a template that has been created.  Four of the properties need to be monitored with other organizations’ forms;  they will start with those. They discussed hiring an intern to help grab all the information about the property.  They will check with Sarah Downing annually to see if there has been any change to the properties (ownership). If not, they will use existing paperwork as a starting point.  The committee will come up with a scope of work for the intern and advertise it.

Reservoir Dam:  Cheryl stated that it is her understanding they are looking into repairing the dam. The cost difference between repairing the dam and taking it down is not significant and they have secured 100% of the cost.

Other

Laura announced that the Hooper Institute Board needs 3-4 new members.

Cheryl has been asked for information about hiking, biking, and especially climbing trails behind the old Jiffy Mart.  There was a discussion about the many “unofficial” trails that exist and who owns the property.  The only trail the Commission has mapped is the Table Rock Trail.  Lew told Cheryl if she knows someone who wants to know more about climbing in that area, she can refer that person to Lew, who will direct them to the climbers he knows who climb there.

Lew announced that the new Fish and Game officer has moved into town.

The next meeting will be on MondayDecember 52022.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary

** These minutes are in draft form until approved at the December 5, 2022 meeting.