April 27, 2004  Meeting Minutes

In attendance:   Bryan Hasbrouck, Jane Howard, Elizabeth Karpati, Ann LeRoyer, Leslie Mayer, David White.  Facilitator:  Leslie Mayer.  Minutes: Elizabeth Karpati..

Next meetings:   7: 30 p.m.  May 25 (Town Hall Annex first floor), June 12 (2nd floor).

Public meeting on April 21:
The meeting went well, some Town Meeting members from precincts 20 and 21 attended, also Bill O’Rourke, new Con Com member, and Lindy Cassidy, our new contact from Lexington, and the Arlington Advocate sent its reporter.
The capital plan has $1.6 million in this year’s budget for the dam project. 
Plans for landscaping and tidying up after construction are not clear. Lindy Cassidy wants to work with the Res Committee on landscaping issues.  Lexington has a Friends of Rindge Park group;      Ed Boudrot, who lives on the Lexington line, could be asked to be the liaison with them.
One skeptical Town Meeting member is questioning whether the Office of Dam Safety can “make Arlington do” anything.  Maybe not, but the Town would be liable for a fine and/or lawsuits if anything goes wrong.  John Sanchez needs to be prepared to answer this question at Town Meeting.
A handout including a timeline should be prepared for Town Meeting. Leslie and Bryan will talk to John Sanchez about this.

Cleanup and Geese:
Arlington birders reported a goose nest on the berm.  [Subsequently five goslings were seen.]  Five residents are newly certified to addle goose eggs; they are needed at the Res as well as on Spy Pond.
The cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 9-12.  [Subsequently rescheduled to June 5.]       What to do:  collect trash, spread wood chips, go after Japanese knotweed.  Amount of wood chips   to be requested from DPW should depend on how many people sign up.
Publicity:  Flyers (distribute at Town Meeting).  Try to get Boy Scouts (contact Allen Reedy), high school students (Elizabeth to check).
Elizabeth will supply trash bags (still some left from what DPW gave for a Spy Pond cleanup).  We also need a wheelbarrow and some barrels (could Ed supply?) and refreshments.
Ed Boudrot suggested replacing broken pavement at entrance from Lowell St. with gravel.  This is a matter for Lexington.  Jay Kaufman should be involved.

Beach update:
Fees for children and seniors were not raised.  Season passes for residents are $35 for adults, $25 for children and seniors; non-resident passes are $60.  One-day pass $4 on weekdays, $6 on weekends.  Family season pass $100 for 2 adults + 2 children, $10 per additional child.
For non-residents these amounts are $180 and $30.  The Res committee’s input was considered in determining these fees.
Geese protection will include a fence on the berm, and dogs.
On Sunday, June 27,  12 – 4 p.m. the Recreation Dept. will hold an open house at the beach with free admission.  Opportunity to distribute the Res booklet.  Any additional ideas should be given to Leslie.  The Res bird list could be reprinted, updated if necessary.

Management Plan:
David White has drafted a plan as part of the Open Space Committee’s effort to have management plans for all major open spaces.
Menotomy Rocks Park has a maintenance permit approved by the Con Com which shows what the DPW vs. the Friends of the park will do; it includes reporting requirements to the Con Com.

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