Meredith Conservation Commission
Minutes of the Meredith Conservation Commission Meeting.....September 21, 2006
Meeting called to order by Chairman John Sherman at 7:00 PM.
Peter Miller, John Sherman, Ralph Pisapia, Robert LeCount, Pauli Novicki, Barbara Smyth Alternate Members:
Dan Heyduk, Terry Lance. Guest: Bruce Bond.
In the absence of regular member Donald MacFarlane Chairman Sherman authorized alternate member Terry
Lance to vote as a regular member.
By motion of Smyth, seconded by Pisapia and voted affirmatively the minutes of the September 7 meeting were
approved as presented.
2007 Budget Treasurer Pisapia distributed a draft of the proposed 2007 Budget. This draft budget totaled $29,225
compared to the 2006 budget of $23,425. Several members questioned the increased amount. Treasurer Pisapia
pointed out that these figures would be modified as soon as unencumbered funds from the 2006 budget were
known. Discussion followed on the five items in the draft budget over $1000.
1. Printing:$1500 costs of printing new brochures for town lands, NRI printing of 2006 report, event
2. Conservation Land Costs $3,000 Lands and easements given to the town sometimes have costs.
Surveys are sometimes needed as are specific land value appraisals and miscellaneous legal fees.
Proposed 2007 funds would include hiring professional outdoor recreational specialist to develop
trails and other opportunities on the new town on the former Feltham property. ( Here discussion
concerned the need for professional help. Could this work be done within the Commission as has been
the case in Hamlin and Eames. It was pointed out that many of the potential trails in Feltham may
require extensive grading and other earth movement to eliminate and avoid wetlands and professional
help may be required.)
3. Survey of
southeast boundary of Hamlin.
4. Professional Services $15,000 Included consultant costs such as timber cruises, management plan
development, environmental impact advice and conservation management plan for one currently
owned Town property (Dockham) ($2,500 ea.) additional field work on the NRI ($10,000) and attorney
fees to help clear encroachment on the Feltham property.
5. Trail Improvements/Maintenance $5,000 Includes the planning and construction of new trails and
bridges, maintenance of existing trails and bridges and the development and printing of maps and
signs for new and existing trails. Proposed 2007 funds include $5,000 for the Hamlin Conservation
Treasurer Pisapia was urged to determine 2006 carry over funds showing their reduction of this proposed
2007 budget. Will be discussed at our next meeting.
2007 Goals The Commission has been requested by the Town Management to supply it with goals that the
Commission would support throughout the 2007 year. There was a question whether these should be Town
or Commission goals. By motion of Novicki, seconded by Lance and voted affirmatively the following goals
will be given to the Town Management: These are Conservation Commission goals:
Natural Resource Goal: Embrace Town policies and programs that assure the sustainable use of our
natural environment, water quality, open space and scenic views for the benefit of our residents and
Water Quality Goal: Surface waters of Meredith should support aquatic life, drinking water supply
after adequate treatment, fish consumption, wildlife and primary and secondary contact recreation.
Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Goal: Conserve at least twenty five percent of the land in
Town for a network of trails, parks, farms and forests where residents and visitors can contact with
the natural world and fish and wildlife can flourish.
Trail Work There is scheduled a work party September 23 to clear trails in Hamlin and Eames. Meet at the
Hamlin parking lot at 8:00 AM.
It was decided that the Commission should introduce more persons to the trail system in Hamlin and Eames.
Therefore it was decided to hold a public trail walks on October 14, 1 - 3 PM. Commission members will lead
groups throughout the systems. Newspapers to be contacted to publish notice of the event.
Dan Heyduk has agreed to write a grant for funds from the NH State Conservation Committee (SCC) and the
application would be for the Conservation Grant Program. Peter Miller has agreed to held in writing the grant.
Must be filed immediately to insure acceptance in the competition.
Meeting adjourned at 8:57 PM.
Next meeting scheduled October 5, 2006 at 7:00 PM at the Community Center
Robert A. LeCount, Secretary