Friday, March 20, 2015

Bethany Conservation Commission

March 12, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 8:20 by Bruce Loomis.  Also in attendance were Brian Eitzer and Cathy Rives.  Bruce welcomed Matthew Popp to the meeting as a prospective new member.

The minutes of the February meeting were reviewed.  Bruce moved to accept them as written, Cathy seconded and the minutes were accepted unanimously.  The only correspondence came from the Aquarion water company which was discussed later in the meeting.

Conservator of the Year discussion was tabled.  Further discussion is needed regarding a candidate and to confirm criteria proposed earlier.

Regarding the Community Garden: the IWC has not made any decisions yet.  P&Z will not act until IWC does.

The Woodward subdivision was discussed.  In a preliminary review, the map comes in low in the area designated for Open Space.  Unless we hear from the applicant, P&Z will be notified that the applicant has not complied, nor contacted us to discuss this issue.

The Aquarion Water Company is seeking "Environmental Champions" to be recognized for outstanding volunteer efforts to protect or restore Connecticut's natural resources.  The committee discussed possible candidates but will need further discussion.  The deadline for offering candidates is May 6.

Regarding the Carrington Preserve: the Board of Selectmen has set a Board meeting for March 26 for approval.

Ash trees in Bethany have been significantly damaged by the Ash Borer.  Ray Pantalone (tree warden) has a list of roadside trees around town that need to be removed as they pose a potential hazard.  The power company will remove some if the town will haul them away.  Ray has tentatively agreed to attend the Commission's April meeting to discuss a maintenance and planting program.  The Commission should be ready to apply for grants to assist with this program.

Finally, Bruce reminded the Commission of our initial effort to clean out and reorganize the closet with Conservation Commission documents.  This needs to be completed so that concise records can be maintained.

Brian moved to adjourn the meeting, Cathy seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:00.

Respectfully submitted,

Cathy Rives, Secretary pro-tempore