Conservation Commission Minutes

Nov 032017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission

Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary

 

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

 

  1. minutes approved
  2. No Public comments
  3. Focus area discussions:

 Clean Water: Sandy commented that there are no funds now available for Clean Water projects – funds have all been allocated.
-– For Braintree culvert funding – Jeff has applied for funds, particularly for West Street and Bear Hill where there is lots of erosion.
— Joan commented that these are not a “road issue”. Heavy rain causes brooks to make a new path and this has happened repeatedly. But there may not be funds available. Tom noted another one on West St. and that culvert replacements are very expensive

Invasive species – Joan has reviewed a State of VT report on the use of herbicides and did not think that the report was useful or provide new information. Other issues were: danger of use of glycophosphate., including human health
ACTIONs:

  • Joan will write up her notes and provide feedback to the State
  • Tom will contact the Vermont Center for Ecodiversity to learn more about the effects on biodiversity
  • Based on further information the BCC will make recommendations to the Select Board on whether the Town should go ahead with use of this pesticide.

Renewable Energy – Joan has a copy of the revised plan if anyone wishes to review.  

 

4  BCC Budget for 2019: Ideas included:

  • Workshop on Vermont Black bears. Ideas included retaining Sue Morse, the expert wildlife tracker; that could include inviting the VT Dept. of Natural Resources expert. Another idea was to invite other towns to participate, e.g. Randolph and Brookfield. An amount of $250 was suggested.
  • $500 was suggested as next years budget.

5   Other business:
Online newsletter  – about 70 online newsletters are currently being sent out via email

Check out of tools – there have been Braintree residents using weed puller
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm
Next Conservation Commission meeting: Wed., November 29, 7pm at Town offices.

Oct 032017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Submitted by Tom Cooch   Present:  Tom Cooch, Joan Richmond-Hall, Paul Shriver   No public comment August minutes approved Focus area discussions:   Water – Tom read Sandy’s report on the most recent Water Quality Discussion at TRORC in September, which he attended. The list of … Read more >>

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   May minutes approved Invasive species – Tom noted that he is seeing wild parsnip, identifiable by yellow … Read more >>

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 >>