In attendance: Cathy Garnett, Martine Gougault, Jane Howard,
Elizabeth Karpati, Matthew Paquin, David White.
Facilitator: Jane Howard Minutes: Elizabeth Karpati
Next meeting: TBA.
Vandalism at the Res:
. Trash cans have been overturned, broken bottles at the new spillway, porta-potty
tipped over. Leslie has reported it to the police; they will have the new
PACE (Pro-Active Community Enforcement) team pay more attention to the Res,
and the porta-potty has been moved to the bikepath.
. Cathy suggested that there is usually less dumping where there are no
trash barrels. But dumping of household trash hasn't been a problem, and
barrels are needed so that responsible people can dispose of incidental
trash properly; just don't put them where they are more likely to be
vandalized, e.g at the spillway.
Plans for Habitat Garden:
. Proposed location: the two triangles on either side of the new spillway.
But would the plantings be trampled? The former stump dump could be used;
it is sunny enough, per Cathy, but at least some of the area is apparently
used by kids for games. There is also the triangle next to the bulletin
board at the parking lot, but that has Japanese knotweed in it. We should
probably check for patterns of trampling before deciding.
. We decided to do a walk-through at the site on Sunday, May 23 at 8:15 a.m.
. Where to get plants: Try to get the "bones" of the garden from wholesale
nurseries; try the New England Wildflower Society (Martine has connections);
ask for donations.
WALK-THROUGH AT THE RES May 23, 2010
. We looked at the area around the new spillway and at the old stump dump,
and agreed that a part of the latter, away from the area favored by the
kids, could be used along with the triangles flanking the spillway
. A couple of benches, or large rocks suitable for sitting on, flanking the
bridge over the spillway and overlooking the Res would be a desirable
. Once the habitat garden is planted, it would need maintenance to keep it
from being overrun by weeds, so a group of "Friends" would need to be