Commission Memberscc: Selectboard and Public Notice
T. Spencer, Chair
Minutes of the Commission Meeting held 18 March 2004 at19:00 in the Town Hall (Note the
change in the meeting day. This was done to avoid conflict with the Town School
Date:5 April 2004
of February meeting minutes—approved as distributed
welcomed Paul Weston and Sam Laverack to the meeting.Sam will be the Selectboard contact for
the commission, as Barbara will be the contact for the Planning Board.
Chair and commission noted to Paul and Sam as to how helpful Barbara had
been while serving as the contact.
next with respect to the Pemi Fish and Game gravel pit project?
The commission went over the questions asked in the
Selectmen’s memo of 1 March 2004.These questions were:
explain your concern about the effects of aerosols from the gravel
excavation. Answer:In excavating the materials there may
be harmful substances in the dust associated with the digging and the
crushing of the materials. Airbone mateials can cause significant health
hazards, e.g., lead from lead fuel, salt from road salt, and just plain
dust (silicosis in the lungs of miners, etc.). Therefore composition of
the dust is important and questions as to how far it might travel also.
Paul also noted conversations with Barbara Dorfschmidt at the Air
Bureau.No permit required unless
permanent crusher ( 150 tons/hour) was being used. Paul noted that
tonnage at this cite would be very small at any one time.
information do you seek by requesting a written analysis of the
materials to be excavated?What
type of analysis do you suggest, and why? Answer:What
materials are associated with the sands and gravels? For example, what
are the lead levels in the materials? There are some tests that can be
run at low cost to determine these features. The adjaceny of the area to
the firing range may indicate materials from the firing range getting
into the gravel pit area, particularly lead from the lead shot. Could
that material get into the water table more rapidly because of the
exposed gravel surface at the working pit?
permit are you referring to when you state “Reclamation of previously
excavated areas has not been done although required by the permit.”
Which permit do you reference here requiring reclamation. Answer:Permit of 2001 for gun range specified
reclamation. Site specific permit of 1996 for excavation to expand range
required all top soil to be saved and spread on slope and seeded.
Previous excavations of materials on the Pemi Fish and Game club have
not been fully reclaimed.
are sensitive to your request, but must understand the need to spend
time and money responding to your questions and concerns. Response: How much of a hurry is
the town in to begin using materials from the Pemi Fish and Game
Club.Has the town done a
cost/benefit analysis of using materials from the Club as compared to
obtaining a long term contract with material suppliers such as Campton,
Sand and Gravel? Why does the town need its own gravel permit?
The commission members, Sam Laverack, and Paul Weston then
discussed more fully the above issues and looked at visual materials supplied
by Paul and the Chair (GIS map of wetland, aerial photo of property,
engineering map of proposed gravel pit with noted phases. Paul provided memo
from DES (Josselyn Degler) and from engineer (Sweeny) as to whether a wetlands
permit should be required. DES memo indicated that they would abide by whatever
decision the local commission made as to a permit. Engineer indicated in his
memo no major environmental concerns. Map and photo analysis seemed to indicate
that the gravel pit site was more than 150 from wetland.Group still agreed that a site visit would be
extremely helpful. Discussion also centered of question of the elevations of
the wetland and the proposed gravel pit. There did seem to be an elevation
difference between the wetland and the pit, but according to the map and photo
there is a “bunker” like region between the two.Paul mentioned that loam and duff will be
reclaimed, only one area will be opened at a time (about one acre at a time).
There will be three phases. Previous phase will be reclaimed prior to
initiation of next phase. That site specific approval was done on 13 March 2003, but would be meeting
with the ZBA on the 13th of April to gain approval. Another question
came up about wildlife corridors. Chair indicated that since there were no
“physical barriers” such as roads or fences, animals could move to either side
of gravel pit.
After more discussion four items were agreed upon.
town should test for lead in the soil in the proposed pit area (Note:We would like to have a commission
member present when those soil samples are collected)
should attempt to minimize the exposed area of sand and gravel at any one
time and either temporarily reclaim or permanently reclaim if at the end
of phase as stated in site specific approval.
town should use best practices to minimize aerial dust when the portable
crusher is working and to also minimize the possibilities of fuel and oil
first season of excavations and processing, an environmental assessment
will be made jointly by the commission and the selectboard so as to insure
that no major environmental degradation is occurring to the site or to the
Other items that came out of this discussion included:
board should require Pemi Fish and Game to follow through with required
reclamation of range pit with top soil and re-vegetation with native
really needs to have someone on staff trained in how to use the GIS system
purchased for the town tax map.Chair noted that the ARC View GIS system is a important tool in
managing town matters (zoning, wetlands, roads, etc.) and that the town is
wasting money unless they take full advantage of what they have purchased.
One thought was to have the chair provide a hands on demo for the
selectboard in the near future.
and Town Administrator should work very closely with “Road Agent” to see
that he and town workers minimized the amount of sand and salt being
spread on town roads. It was noted that public saftety needs to be keep in
mind, but at the same time, too much salt and sand can have detrimental
affects on the local environment.
at the pit on 175 N should be investigated by the Town Compliance officer.
Most of the pit is in Campton, but the southern boundary is in Holderness.
That wall has not be contoured or re-vegetated.
The Commission then continued with the other items on the
with Bob Snelling about the SquamLakes Watershed Comprehensive
Mapping Project. Bob couldn’t be at our meeting, but he supplied the chair
with a map set from southern NH.The maps were co-occurrence maps and could prove quite useful not
only to the conservation commission, but also to the master plan committee.All maps were examined and discussed.
on meetings and committees
meeting of Selectmen, Planning Board, ZBA, etc. on “buildout”—Chair
discussed briefly what happened at that meeting.The maps supplied by Bob Snelling were
related to this meeting.
and other matters (TBD—to be determined by visit to mail box)
will now require permits for areas of 1 acre or larger.
request for Little Squam Project was granted by DES.
from the last meeting
house on March 13th—Cancelled because of lack of snow and death
with land owners about trail from CentralSchool to TownForest—Jacque has arranged
for the 14th at the CentralSchool at .She
will contact the property owners and will run the session.
trail work by HoldernessSchool
students—Reggie and I will try to find some time before summer comes to
make a site visit so a list can be made of possible work projects.
of Standard dredge and fill permit from the State of NH
for the Holderness Plymouth bridge.Commission examined the maps supplied by the DOT. Paul will
contact DOT about Holderness side underpass.
schedule of meetings, events and jobs:
Work Day—24 April—Possible work includes:Pick up at PemiPark
and movement of picnic table to bluff, pick up at LivermoreFalls, and trail work on the
Pilote Property.Chair will make
arrangements with PSU.
mentioned conversation with Wayne Verril of DOT.Runoff across from the Post office
drainage is running into septic system of adjacent home.Needs to be bermed to prevent backup of
from Earl as to towns that had voted funds for property purchases. Some
towns, particularly those in the southern part of the state are doing
much better than we in provided funding for conservation land purchases.
members—Paul will call Sandra Jones to see if she is interested in
joining the commission.Lynn
indicated via e-mail that due to other duties she doesn’t have time to be
a faithful member of the commission and therefore has resigned.
CC members in attendance
Reggie, Anne, Jacque, myself+ Paul Weston and Sam Laverack.
2003 Holderness Conservation
Commission Members:Reggie Pettit, Lynn Morrison,
Anne Packard, Jacque Jewell, Larry Spencer, Chair