ORDER:The meeting was called to order at by Chairman Spencer.
PRESENT:Larry Spencer, Barbara Currier, and Janet Cocchiaro.
PRESENT: Steve Walker of NH Office of State Planning,
June Thomas, and Anne Abear (municipal secretary)
Minutes of the January
15, 2007 meeting
were unavailable for review and will be discussed at the March 2008 meeting.Mr. Spencer will request the minutes from Ms.
Office of State Planning (LCIP Stewardship) –
Steve Walker of the Office of State
Planning attended the meeting to discuss the three (3) properties that funding
had been received from the NH LCIP program to acquire properties for
Mr. Walker presented preliminary folders
for each parcel to assist in the filing necessities for the easement and
explained how his office handles their easement files.Mr. Walker advised reports are received from
the Town (annually) and every 5 years a site visit of the properties is
conducted by his office.
Holderness properties holding
easements through the LCIP program include Morrill, Crawford and the Pilote
properties.Mr. Spencer advised the
Pilote (and Morrill) property is (ies are) owned by the Town while the Morrill
and (delete Morrill and) Crawford properties are easements given to the Town
for conservation preservation.
Mrs. Cocchiaro questioned where the
State gets their information in order to map the wetlands?Mrs. Spencer advised the State would have
used the prime wetlands maps (submitted to DES when the town adopted the Prime
Mr. Walker advised reminders of
reports due to the State will be sent out in March or April.Further, Mr. Walker discussed the need for
the Commission to contact each owner who has given an easement to the community
to reassure that they understand the requirements of the easement and what the
Commission may have for plans for the property. Mr. Walker advised the Commission
has a responsibility to also contact any new land owner who may purchase a
property which holds an easement.
Ms. Cocchiaro discussed the need to
educate the community in the importance of conservation easements and to let
them know the easements that are available for their use.Mr. Spencer recommended a handout be prepared
for the upcoming Town Meeting which will contain information on all of
Holderness’ easements and maps will be available to the easement locations.
and other matters -
Mr. Spencer discussed the NH DES minimum impact permit application
for map 231 lot 012—001.The work
is for the placement of 2 boardwalks to be built totaling 845 feet.
A notice was received from NH DES regarding the Taylor Family’s
intent to cut filed for lot 242-005.The notice indicated the property owner may start work provided all
of the conditions have been met.
A bill from NHTOA was received
for membership dues in the amount of $55.The Board authorized this payment.
meetings and courses
The watershed conference will be held in
April of 2008
Town Energy Committee Meeting –
Mr. Spencer updated the Board on the energy audits that had been completed
by Mr. Johnstone of NHEC of the town buildings.The committee expects to meet the
beginning of March to discuss the audits.
Status of Warrant Articles for Planning Board – The Board reviewed the
warrant articles for the 2008 Town Meeting warrant and Mr. Spencer will
write a letter asking for support on two of the articles that pertain to
will discuss the need for the Board of Selectmen and other committees who
are recommending warrant article to stand up and discuss the warrant
articles at Town Meeting.
Status of the conservation fund
– Ms. Currier advised that the fund currently holds $45,055.14 and the
request for 2008 will be for $5,000.The Board discussed the request of $25,000 that had been asked for
this year and it was not recommended by the Board of Selectmen.
Update of Royea’s – Ms. Currier
advised the Town Planner (David Lorch) will be meeting with Mr.
Royea to discuss the status of the renewed junkyard license of last year.
Schedule of 2008 Commission
Meetings and Mailbox – The next meeting of the Conservation Commission will be held on 3/18/08 at
Planning for spring vernal
pools workshop – Tentatively scheduled for 4/12/08 with a snow date of 4/19/08.Mr. Spencer moved and Mrs.
Cocchiaro supported to authorize the expenditure of $60 for the production
and disbursement of fliers for the vernal pools workshop.Vote was unanimous.Motion passed.
June BioBlitz – Mr. Spencer
advised this event is still in the planning stages, but the dates have
been set for 6/6/08 – 6/7/08 beginning at
and ending at respectively.Anyone wishing to be part of this event
should contact the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, Squam Lakes
Association, or Mr. Spencer.
Plans for April 3rd
meeting – A meeting will be held at the SLA regarding the new Shorelands
Protection Act.Members of the
Commission recommend trying to get additional meetings set up in June,
July and/or August to try to get the information to the summer residents.
Open House at Pilote and TownForest – The Board discussed holding
an open house at the town conservation properties after Town meeting.The Board decided to announce an open
house will be held on March 15 beginning at Mr. Spencer will create a flier to be
handed out at Town Meeting.
Possible future easements – Mr.
Spencer advised he spoke with Mr. Larochelle regarding acquiring
additional land for conservation purposes off of Perch Pond Road.
ADJOURNMENT:Mr. Spencer adjourned the meeting at
submitted, Anne M. Abear Municipal Secretary