Minutes of December 19, 2017

SULLIVAN CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Sullivan Town Hall
Dec. 19, 2017

Present:  Wendy Pelletier, Eric White, Hilliare Wilder, Chip Woodbury and Becky Cummings.

The minutes of the October meeting were accepted with one amendment concerning the warrant article statement – it should read, “Roger and Eric both said they would like to have an article on next year’s warrant to put $1,000 in the Capital Reserve Fund for Land Conservation”.  The word “another” should read “an”.  

Stoddard has been in touch about their perambulation.  They will request the money at this year’s town meeting, which is in May (alternate Town Meeting).   People in Stoddard who do the perambulations are paid.  In Sullivan volunteers do the perambulations. 

Hilliare drafted a resolution about the Beaver Deceivers to present to the Board of Selectmen and wondered if the Conservation Commission would support it.  After some discussion, those present agreed to have Hilliare present the following to the selectmen:  Beaver, being valuable to our ecology, the Conservation Commission asks the Select Board to consider the flow-through device known as the Beaver Deceiver, when dams may impact culverts or roads.   

Shortly after the Sullivan October meeting, the Stoddard Conservation Commission emailed Eric to see if the commission would sign a petition to support HB1343 which would change the wording of RSA 210:9 to require there be a reason to remove beavers out of season and/or dismantle their dams.  Those present voted to support it, if it is not too late.  

Eric was notified that the NH Dept. of Environmental Services Land Resources Management Program recently conducted an inspection of the James Price property, where the installation of a new cell tower is taking place.  They observed and documented to following: 
Erosion and sediment controls were not properly installed.
A streambed and side slopes were disturbed before and/or during the process of installing an open-bottom arched culvert.  NHDES has no record that a permit was issued for this work.
The disturbed streambed and side slopes caused sediment-laden runoff to flow downstream and into adjacent wetlands.  
The above is a condensed version of the full report which is on file and may be viewed in the Sullivan Selectmen’s Office.  The full report also includes recommendations for correcting the deficiencies mentioned.

Eric received the annual survey from the NH Assoc. of Conservation Commissions and will complete same with information on Sullivan’s goals, trails and perambulations.  

Meeting adjourned at 8:03 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Becky Cummings