Conservation Commission Meeting
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at by Chairman Spencer.
PRESENT: Larry Spencer, Jackie Jewell, Nancy McDonald, Anne Packard, and Betsy Whitmore.
MINUTES: Minutes of
PERMITS & OTHER MATTERS:
a. Renzi Property –
b. Peck Property - Mr. Spencer discussed an expedited permit that was signed for the Peck
c. Binnley Property Map 102 lot 028 – Mr. Spencer announced an access notice had been received for a boathouse on this property.
d. Intents to cut – Mr. Spencer discussed intents to cut that were copied to the Commission.
e. Right to know workshop – Mr. Spencer announced a training workshop on the right to know law being held in Moultonborough.
Recognition was received from Governor Lynch for the support of the
h. Municipal Law Series - Mr. Spencer discussed the municipal law lecture series schedule for September 19 – September 24.
i. NH Timberlands Association - Mr. Spencer advised a letter had been received advising the dues to this association had not been paid for in two years. Mrs. Abear was requested to check on the status of this membership.
Spencer announced the next meeting of the NHACC will be held the first Saturday
in November in
Watershed Meeting – Mr. Spencer advised the annual
watershed meeting will be held on the 2nd Saturday in November in
Change Conference – to be held on
Spencer discussed the need for members of the
Wetlands Subdivision Application and Wetlands Permit Appeal: A draft letter to the NH Wetland’s Council
was reviewed and amended. This letter is
an appeal to a decision of the wetlands board which granted a dredge and fill permit
to the property of Mr. & Mrs. Reynolds for a subdivision. The
a. the current plan not showing a drawing of the existing non-developed road across the property to the brook,
b. the timeline for input by the
c. the applicant’s agent had submitted a notice of not finding vernal pools on the property in June. Members of the Commission advise pools are present on the property in April and are dried up by late May. Additionally, much noise indicative of peepers and frog active in April was noted.
d. The revised wetland delineation map shows the delineations were redrawn.
e. Flooding issues have not been adequately addressed, and
Board identified erroneous statements within a letter of
After this letter was modified a
vote was taken on sending the letter to NH
The Board moved on to review a
letter written to the Holderness
a. the Commission has
requested a reconsideration with NH
b. the corridor along Owl Brook has been identified on the wetlands maps provided by LRPC as an important water recharge area and the lack of an impact study would be a gross disservice by the town in ensuring protection of this resource,
c. the proposed subdivision is located on an area of steep slopes; the guidelines for the protection of steep slopes consider lots of 25% or more to be unsuitable for development,
d. 15% of the natural habitat would be impacted by the augmenting of the roadway, and
e. Owl Brook has shown signs of loon nesting downstream and could be affected by the upstream activities.
After this letter was modified a vote
was taken on sending this letter of denial request
Mr. Spencer authorized Ms. Abear to
sign the letters of the Commission after they
were modified and to send the letter to NH
Signs for Conservation Easements – Ms. McDonald advised the signs are still in need of being cleaned.
Energy Committee – Mr. Spencer advised a meeting will
be held for this committee in late September, early October. Members of this committee will be
of Vernal Pool Matters - Mr. Spencer advised a graduate
student of PSU is working on a
The Board was advised that a junkyard permit has been issued by the Board of
Selectmen for this junkyard and a slab has been poured for the new garage. Additional deadlines for this property are
expected from NH
a. Elm Tree on Route 175 - Mr. Spencer discussed an elm tree that has had some work done to save it along Route 175. The cost to date appears to be about $1,400 and the recent wind/rain storm has created additional damage. Mr. Spencer discussed payment for the work done and advised donations are being accepted for this expense.
c. Pilot Trails - Mrs. Jewell advised many trees have fallen and need to be removed from this trail.
d. Policy on commissioner/abutter matters under the Commission’s purview – The Board reviewed a policy discussing the need for a commissioner who is also an abutter of a property being voted on by the commission for matters within the commission’s control to recuse themselves. Mr. Spencer moved and Mrs. Whitmore supported approval of the policy as presented. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.
e. Policy of submitting documentation to the Town Office - The Board discussed a policy of submitting copies of all letters and documentation to the Town Office for their files. Mr. Spencer moved and Mrs. Jewell supported this policy. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.
of Commission Meetings –
A discussion was held about the lack of summer meetings. It was decided that the commission would
schedule summer meetings and cancel them if there was not business for
discussion. Further, members of the
Commission will take the responsibility of checking the mailbox at the for
items needing attention. Ms. Jewell
moved and Ms. McDonald supported scheduling monthly meetings of the Commission
on the second Thursday of each month year-round.
Vote was unanimous.
Motion passed. [LS1]
Ms. Packard reviewed the proposed steep slopes regulation that will be going to
Ray’s Property - Mr.
Spencer has had a
continuing conversation with Mr. Ray regarding possible easements on his
abutting properties (to the Pilote Property).
He also has had communication with William Russell, owner of 40+ acres
at the end of
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Spencer adjourning the meeting at Vote was unanimous (5-0). Motion passed.
Anne M. Abear