Members Present: Dan Gaherty, Chair;
Judy Kinner, Vice-Chair; Laurie DiCesare, Clerk.
Members Absent: Bonnie Pease, Nathanial
Staff Present: Jeff Castle
Public Present:Spencer Lane, Henry Bonges
3. AGENDA REVIEW
following items were added to the agenda: AVCC Summit in September 23rd.
Bombardier Park Trails. Activities Fair. Hike with Colchester CC. Cold Spring
4. PUBLIC FORUM
Scout project at Lamoille River Walk
Lane has largely completed his Eagle Scout project installing bridges and a bench. The Conservation Commission greatly appreciates
the work. Spencer is going to try and chain the bench in place. The Commission feels
additional bridges would make great future Eagle Scout projects.
Bonges is the alternate to the RPC. CC submitted a letter to the RPC for areas
to be protected from renewable energy development. According to Public Service
Board, zoning needs to restrict development in order to have renewable energy
restricted. CC can work with PC to designate areas as protected from
development. The Conservation Commission can help Henry by coming up with
concrete examples where some low impact development, such as recreational
facilities are allowed in areas where other development is restricted. These
areas would not be appropriate for renewable energy development, but are not
currently completely restricted from all development. A small nature center is
an example of development, bridges, trail upgrades, signs kiosks, viewing
platforms, lighting, ect. Dan will follow up with Planning Commission.
Board unanimously agreed to table the election of officers until next meeting
to allow for all members to be present.
5(D).Sign Project at Town Forest
that would be good for a work day to install the Town Forest signs are September
9th or 10th? September 30th. Those present
will reach out to Nate and Bonnie about the proposed dates. Dan has purchased
posts and materials.
5(E).Town Forest Trail Improvement Project
updated the status of the Town Forest trail project. The project has received approval from the
Army Corp of Engineer for wetland impacts.
The State wetland permit is pending. The draft RFQ will be prepared by
Hamlin Engineering. The goal is to
conduct construction in the late fall. Staff will get the CC in the loop on the
Trail Project to aid with transitioning during staff turnover.
is Jeff’s last day. Victor will begin work on Monday August 28th. He
will be taking over the staff responsibilities for the Conservation Commission.
5(G).Municipal Day (Sept. 15)
is planning on attending Municipal Day. Dan will shoot Nate an email to see if
he is interested in attending the event.
Forest walk with Colchester Conservation Commission is scheduled for September
18th, Laurie, Judy, Bonnie can go.
Summit on September 23rd. 8:30 – 3:30. Dan would like to go.
Activities Fair: Thursday September 21st. Laurie would like to go.
Trails need to be moved off of private property.
Mountain kiosk has been painted. Dan will install the new Eagle Mountain sign.
6. Staff Updates: None
7. Approval of
minutes of April 25, 2017, May 23, 2017 & June
MOVED to approve the Minutes of April 25,
2017, SECOND by LD. APPROVED (3-0).
MOVED to approve with revisions the Minutes of May 23, 2017, SECOND by LD. APPROVED (3-0). Kinner MOVED to approve
the Minutes of June 27, 2017, SECOND
by LD. APPROVED (3-0).
Kinner MOVED to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 pm.
SECOND by DiCesare. Approved (3-0).