In attendance: Elizabeth Karpati, Ann LeRoyer, Leslie
Mayer, Oakes Plimpton, David White.
The meeting was facilitated by Leslie Mayer. The minutes are by
Next meetings: 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 22
(note change of date from Nov. 16). 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December
15. Both meetings in Town Hall Annex first floor conference room.
September 29 meeting on dam project:
· The meeting included John Sanchez (DPW), Mark Mitsch (Weston &
Sampson), David White (Con Com) and Bryan Hasbrouck, Jane Howard, Leslie Mayer
and Sharon Stafford from the committee. Bryan took detailed notes and e-mailed
them to the committee.
· Much of the discussion dealt with needed permits and the design for the
bridges over the emergency spillways: they should be simple and
unobtrusive while meeting safety and accessibility codes.
· The plan is to go out to bid as soon as possible and do the construction in
January to May 2005. If it must be done in two phases, do the
reinforcement first and the new spillway the next year.
· The tree survey found that 55 trees over 5” diameter must come down to
make room for the new emergency spillway near the Hurd Field bridge, plus 15
more for work in the “toe drain” area crossed by the side path along
Cataldo Brook, where heavy seepage was observed when the Res was full.
These trees need to be replaced, preferably by trees planted in the Res / Mill
Brook area. There will also be some damage to branches of remaining
trees by the machinery used to pound the iron plates.
· Leslie created an information sheet about the planned work, posted it at
the Res, and handed out copies to the committee.
· There will be a training session for Tree Stewards at the Harvard Forest in
Petersham on Nov. 12-13. Joey Glushko sent information by e-mail.
· Students from the “Workplace” (alternative education program at the
high school) took down the goose fence from the berm: seven students did
it in about two hours.
· Weeds seen in the Res have been identified as a species called Naiad, i.e.,
the water chestnuts are gone (some were harvested in the summer of 2004).
The Naiad will need to be checked next summer to see if any control is
· Possible areas for dog runs were discussed: using the grassy area
above the Res beach in the off-season has been suggested, but runoff would be
a problem, and a Town bylaw prohibits dogs on the beach.
· An article in the Arlington Advocate about upcoming work at the Res is
needed before any trees come down. Leslie plans to draft a guest column
for the next (11/16) meeting.