Minutes of August 11, 2009

Present:  Christa Patterson, Randy Smith, Roger Sweet, Eric White, Hilliare Wilder and Becky Cummings.

Minutes of the June meeting were accepted as read.  There was no July meeting.

Randy said that DES is now requiring that all perennial streams have an open bottom culvert, basically a bridge over them.  This will be extremely expensive for towns.

The DES still wants more information concerning the applications submitted in April 2008 for certain town culverts.  Randy has spoken with them and said it is very frustrating and wonders what more can they want?  Roger suggested the town request a DES representative to come to Sullivan, view the culverts in question and tell us what additional information they might want and what to do.  The Meetinghouse Brook culvert has rotted and needs attention soon.  That procedure began around Thanksgiving of 2007.

Eric will contact Scott Lake (Trustee of Trust Funds) to set up a meeting about the Town Forest management program.

Roger gave a report from the Ashuelot River Advisory Board.  Several test sites are set up along the 64 miles of the river.  Water tests are taken once a month May through September.  Ann&Roger have been out testing and Jeff Brooks will take a course in the spring to become certified to test the water. 

NRI news:  Invasive species are now in bloom.  Eric has been taking photos.

September 19th has been tentatively set as the date to clean Jewett Park from the ice storm damage.  Mark Paquette (a knowledgeable logger&selectman) will help.  Randy said the town road crew would pick up the wood and deliver it to needy families. 

The Current Use Change Tax has deposited $3540 in the conservation account so far this year. 

Hilliare and Eric both used the Kill-a-Watt and it turned out to be a bit more complicated than they originally thought.

Roger said at the next meeting of the Energy Committee the group will make recommendations for improvements to town buildings to the Selectmen.  Members of the committee include:  Jeff Brooks, Jim Forrest, Karen Haynes, Christa Patterson, Ann&Roger Sweet and Bob Switzer. 

Roger will serve on the ZBA as a representative of the conservation committee.

Christa, Elise & Eric have attended 6 meetings of the Community Conservation Partnership (CCP).  This is a program to assist communities to reach out to landowners and others in the community to create awareness and understanding of land conservation. 

The commission also discussed ideas to get people and children outdoors to appreciate the natural resources in our community.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Becky Cummings