In attendance: Jane Howard, Elizabeth Karpati, Ann
LeRoyer, Leslie Mayer.
Facilitator: Gene Benson. Minutes: Elizabeth Karpati..
Next meetings: Tuesday, October 19; Tuesday, November
16; Wednesday, December 15. Oct. and Dec. in
Town Hall Annex first floor conference room, Nov. in Jefferson Cutter House,
Town Day was successful, with good attendance. Having a
“one-stop shopping” table for information about the various Vision 2020 activities
· Lowering of the water level was delayed by culvert work at Peirce Field.
The gates around the beach have just been opened.
· There is a built-in problem with the playground. Gates around the
beach area must be kept closed in the summer to limit admission to tag
holders. With the playground in the beach area, people without tags are
locked out of it in the summer. But relocating the fence to exclude the
playground would create an access problem for tag holders who want to use both
the beach and the playground.
· Water chestnuts have been seen in the Res, especially near the Rindge
playground opposite the beach. There are also other weeds, more visible
now that the water is lower. If they are milfoil, they could have been
spread by the churning involved in water chestnut harvesting. Leslie
will e-mail David White of the Con Com to ask for an expert determination of
what the weeds are, and whether anything should be done about them now rather
than next year and whether any money is available.
· Ann reported that some abutters on the Lexington side have been clearing
brush on the water side of the path, apparently to improve their view of the
Res. On David White’s advice she notified the Lexington Con Com but
has not had an answer yet.
· The plan to reinforce the dam with steel plates instead of getting rid of
the trees was approved by the Office of Dam Safety on September 17.
· The Con Com wants to make sure that any trees removed, e.g. for the new
overflow spillway, are replaced (this may have to be done somewhere other than
at the Res). The consultants have not yet specified what trees will have
to be removed.
· John Sanchez has asked for some representatives from the Res committee
(just a few people, not the whole committee) to meet with him and the
consultants soon about issues like the bridge over the overflow and tree
· We need to keep in touch with DPW about the progress of the project.
We need a timeline (John Sanchez doesn’t have one yet), and abutters and
users such as walkers and birdwatchers need to be notified.
· The snow fence on the berm, which has been put there for the last few
summers for goose control, needs to be removed to provide access to the berm
outside the swimming season, e.g. for birdwatching. Removing just the
ends of the fence would provide enough access and would require much less
work. Leslie will check whether students are available to do this as a
· Leslie will also ask if the cross-country team, which uses the Res path,
would be willing to do a cleanup.