Conservation Commission Minutes

Sep 192017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission

Approved Minutes– Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary

 

Present:        Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse

Absent:          Paul Shriver

Guest:            Jeff Masterson, Town Roads Dept., Gerald Kinney, Supervisor VTrans

 

  1. May minutes approved
  2. Invasive species – Tom noted that he is seeing wild parsnip, identifiable by yellow blossoms, and that they are flowering now. He contacted Randolph to learn whether they have this invasive plant. Also discussion on Japanese Knotweed – Tom met with Doug Johnson about the use of Roundup. He confirmed that repeated cuttings will not work, but need to apply glyphosate at the end of summer. Property owners can use it, but not in Town or state RoW. Town has to get a permit for usage and the person has to be certified. Gerald Kinney noted that there is a specific time for local application; it will be successful during flowering, but not after. Other methods include fogger application. The exam for qualifying is very hard. Gerald could work for Braintree, if relicensed as a businessman, or could be on loan to Braintree from VTrans. Tom asked about the best approach to the adjacent landowner. Tom moved that there be a test case this summer. Seconded by Sandy and approved unanimously. Town ownership of road and right of way was clarified – it is 24’ 9” from centerline of road. Jeff agreed to talk to residents, as Town will be required to notify adjacent landowner. It was noted that the resolution should be sent to the next Selectboard meeting.
  3. Sandy reported on the Clean Water program. Danielle of the Clean Water program would like to meet with Commission. She will be invited for July or August meeting. It was noted that the Ayers Brook Management plan is on the web.

 

  1. Newsletter – No comments on the first issue. It includes a picture of wild parsnip. We ask people to contact the BCC if it is seen. Tom requested content for next issue, including on energy planning

 

  1. The meeting was adjourned to reconvene as a joint meeting with the Braintree Planning Committee on the energy planning being done by TROQ.

 

 

Next Conservation Commission meeting:

Wed., July 26, 7pm at Town offices.
 

 

 

Sep 142017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:  Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse, Paul Shriver   No public comment July minutes approved Focus area discussions: Water – Sandy and Linda agreed to do an article on water for Sept. newsletter. Ideas included fish access … Read more >>

Aug 022017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:  Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse, Paul Shriver Guests:  Mary Russ, White River Partnership; Danielle Owezarski, Watershed Coordinator for White River Water Partnership June minutes approved Focus area discussion on White River Basin with Danielle Owezarski: – … Read more >>

Jul 252017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission – DRAFT Minutes -Meeting of May, 31, 2017   Present: Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse  Absent: Sandy Stephen Guests:   Jeff Masterson (Town Roads Dept.), Larry Benoir (Braintree Tree Warden)   Minutes Public Comment – None April BCC minutes –Approved Arbor Day Workshop – Attendees – Jeff Masterson, Larry Benoir, … Read more >>

May 022017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:        Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Linda Morse Absent:          Joan Richmond-Hall, Sanders Stephen   Public comment – none BCC Minutes for March 23, 2017 – Approved Focus area discussions: Invasive Species – Japanese Knotweed has been the main focus in this … Read more >>

Mar 312017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Thursday, March 23, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:        Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Paul Shriver, Linda Morse Absent:          Joan Richmond-Hall   Election of officers: Chair – Tom Cooch; Secretary – Linda Morse Discussion of current issues identified by the Commission as carrying forward into this year and assignments. … Read more >>

Feb 272017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission – Minutes of Meeting of Feb. 22, 2017   Present: Linda Morse, Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Sandy Stephen Absent: Joan Richmond-Hall   Minutes Clarifying BCC minutes – Use agenda as outline for minutes; include sufficient detail to understand nature of discussion and actions by Commission; post to Town website as soon as … Read more >>

Oct 052016
 

Braintree Conservation Commission 28 Sept. 2016   Attending:          Tom Cooch, Sandy Stephen, Linda Morse, Paul Shriver, Joan Richmond-Hall   Meeting commenced at 7:05 pm.   Minutes of the August meeting were approved.   Knotweed mapping: The map has been expanded a bit by Tom.   Tom has proposed a resolution to authorize the CC and … Read more >>

Sep 132016
 

Braintree Conservation Commission meeting of 24 August 2016   Attending: Sandy Stephens, Linda Morse, Joan Richmond-Hall   Public: Tom Cooch   Convened at 7:04 pm   July minutes?   Knotweed mapping progress Tom has been in touch with Pete Fellows @ TRORC who suggested Google fusion tables: when you enter latitude & longitude map the app will … Read more >>

Sep 132016
 

Braintree Conservation Commission of 27 July 2016   Attending: Linda Morse, Sandy Stevens, Paul Shriver, Joan Richmond-Hall   Convened at 7 pm.   Knotweed: Members of the conservation committee spent a morning battling some patches of knotweed with pick and shovel. The knotweed was moved to the gravel pit and covered with a tarp. One … Read more >>