HANCOCK CONSERVATION COMMISSION

MEETING MINUTES

March 9, 2010

Meeting Location:                                Daniels Room, Hancock Town Library

Meeting Called To Order At:                7:00 PM

Members Attending:                            Ron Mack, Stephen Froling, Paul Faber, Mark Ellingwood, Francelia Clark, Lee Baker, Pierce Rigrod

Alternates Attending:                           Dick Warner

For the Hancock Select Board:             John Jordan

Others Attending:                                 Warren Sponsler (Contoocook River Advisory), Nahida Sherman, David Carney, Dennis Rossiter     

 

INTRODUCTION / MINUTES

- Ron called the meeting to order at 7:00PM EDT.

- Meeting minutes from February 9, 2010 were approved with the correct that the Savings Special Places event is April 10th not the 14th.

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE

We reviewed a 2010 financial report. It appears that bills paid to the Monadnock Ledger and Upton Hatfield should have been paid from the current-use account not the budget, as they pertain to the Rhines transaction. The expenses will be reimbursed from our SPNHF grant.

 

We approved a $350 invoice from Upton Hatfield for title review on the Rhines land, but a portion of the bill (.20 hours) is for Nahida's RSA 91-A request for information. This portion of the bill should come from the Town's general budget.

 

PERMIT COMMITTEE REPORT

See attached report.

 

PUBLIC OUTREACH:

We have not yet received the title work for the Rhines transaction

 

We discussed warrant article #9 for Saturday's town meeting that would rescind 50% of the land use change tax, up to a maximum of $6,000, to be placed in the conservation land use change fund. Members discussed their concerns including that this was not a temporary proposal that would restore funds for conservation in future years.

 

A report from the NH Association of Conservation Commissions indicates that Hancock would become the only CONVAL town that did not allocate land use change tax for conservation. Stoddard is the only nearby town that does not allocate such funds.

 

Stephen read NH 79-A-25-b IV (a) which indicates that when rescinded; any surplus funds in this account ($13,284) shall be deemed general fund revenue. John stated that the select board did not intend to take the surplus funds. We will ask Barbara to review this with the State and obtain a D.R.A. ruling.

 

FORESTRY COMMITTEE

None. Although it was noted that there were skidder tracks up a steep slope in the Juggernaut watershed area in connect with the New England Forestry Foundation logging operations. Lee and Ron will review the easement in the town hall and report back to the forestry committee.

 

EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE

Pierce has agreed to coordinate a future lecture series, and Francelia has been working on a Hancock Happenings article about the Welch Farm beavers.

 

TRAILS COMMITTEE:

None

 

MONITORING COMMITTEE:

It appears that there has been some heavy equipment activity at the Valley Farm easement property, which Ron and Lee will investigate.

 

NRI/OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE:

None


OTHER BUSINESS:

Dick reports that the DES has agreed to do a weed survey of Norway Pond in late summer. We now have a 2009 Norway Pond report, which Nahida may be able to link from the Town's website.

 

Warren reports that River Advisory Committee is successfully moving forward.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Faber, Secretary

Hancock Conservation Commission

 

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE HANCOCK CONSERVATION COMMISSION

WILL BE HELD ON: TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 AT 7 PM EDT

IN THE DANIELS ROOM OF THE HANCOCK TOWN LIBRARY

 

 

PERMIT REVIEW FROM 1/13/10 THRU 3/9/10

 

Paula Kozak – R7 L55C – 69 Peterborough Rd. – INTENT TO CUT – MINIMUM WETLAND IMPACT RECEIVED AUTHORIZING WORK TO PROCEED.

Ron and Lee walked site with owner and noted that wetlands were not being impacted by cut.

 

Charles Forsten – R10 L17 – 89 Longview Rd. – BUILDING PERMIT – Converting existing deck to screen porch. NO WETLAND IMPACT ANTICIPATED.

 

Jeff Dixon – R2 50A – 143 Middle Hancock Rd. – BUILDING PERMIT – Sun room addition to existing residence. NO WETLAND IMPACT ANTICIPATED.

 

Bruce Mellion – R10 – L 13 – Depot Rd. – WETLANDS AND NON-SITE SPECIFIC PERMIT (DREDGE & FILL) RECEIVED. Approval to construct a 13,572 sq. ft. pond on existing Palustrine Forested Wetland.

 

 

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