10 September 2007
To:† Holderness Selectboard
From:† Larry T. Spencer,
Chair, Holderness Conservation Commission
Copies to:† Members,
HCC; Walter Johnson, Town Administrator; Jake Partridge,
Chief of Police
Subject:† Items for tonightís meeting
Owl Development:† We apologize that
the town was not copied the letter we sent to NHDES. It is our policy to
copy not only the town, but also our website with relevant documents. In
this instance, we were under the pressure of time to submit a letter to
NHDES with respect to the Snowy Owl development project. In our rush to
get that document in on time, we neglected to copy the town and to post it
on the website. I should note that we have been dealing with the issue for
at least two years and all documents we have written in the past have been
endorsed by the commission. This particular document really didnít say to
much different about the issues at hand.
done by e-mail: It is not the intent of the Commission to be secretive
about our work. It at all possible, most of our work is done in open
meetings. It is particularly difficult during the summer time when the
volunteer members of the Commission have many other duties, for us to meet
on a regular basis, particularly with respect to items that have deadlines
for submission. As noted above with respect to the Snowy Owl Development,
the commission needed to make a response to the report submitted by Mr.
Reynolds to the NHDES. Before we could do that, it was necessary for some
of the commission members to travel to Concord
to view the relevant documents on file at the NHDES. This was done by
commissioners Packard and Jewell. Since Commissioner Packard has been
following this matter very closely, she wrote the document and submitted
it to the other members of the commission for input. After a few minor
comments, the document was submitted to the NHDES. There was no time for a
formal meeting to act on this and in fact, our submission was actually
late. (Note in passing. I actually talked with Mr. Reynolds at Hanna fords
and mentioned that we were going to submit a letter to the NHDES. At that
time I believe the letter had not been written, but I did mention some of
the points that we were going to make in the letter).
Beach. It was brought to my
attention that the Selectboard was concerned about conditions at the Livermore
Beach property. I called Chief
Partridge and we agreed to cooperatively do a clean up. I think called the
PSU Office of Community Service and arranged for a team of volunteers from
the University. On August the 29th, the chief and I, four
volunteers from the University and some beach goers worked for two hours
cleaning up the beach property. Our main accomplishment was the
destruction and clean-up of the fire pit in the middle of the beach. Some
of the volunteers also cleaned up the trails leading away from the beach.
Five full sacks of glass, cans, etc. were hauled to the Holderness
Transfer Station. A stringer from the Laconia Citizen was present during
the early part of the clean-up. He not only assisted in the clean-up, but
also I believe wrote an article for the paper.
Saga of the Elm Tree. Iím not sure whether Peter Hoag has submitted an
invoice for the work he has done, but the initial injections have been done.
Two items have clouded the work on the tree. The first is/was a debate
about when to prune. Peter had planned to prune early winter. In
consultation with other arborists, it was determined that immediate
pruning should be done to prevent the spread of the disease. This has
tentatively been scheduled for Tuesday the 11th of September.
Doug McLane is doing the fund-raising for this aspect. The other matter
deals with cabling the tree.† During
a recent windstorm, a new crack appeared on the Holderness side of the
tree. Again, in consultation with a number of arborists, it was determined
that the tree should be cabled immediately.† I believe that this will be done when
the pruning takes place.