September 21, 2005 - Meeting Minutes

In attendance: Brian Hasbrouck, Jane Howard, Elizabeth Karpati, Leslie Mayer, Jeremy Picard, David White. Facilitator: Leslie Mayer Minutes: Elizabeth Karpati

Next meetings: Wed. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Senior Center (enter from Maple St. driveway);
Wed. Nov.16, 7:30 p.m. Town Hall Annex, Second Floor Conference Room;.
Tues. Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. Town Hall Annex, First Floor Conference Room.

Town Day (postponed to Sept. 24):
For display we have a poster made by Leslie and pictures of the dam project; for handouts we have the brochure and copies of the Advocate article on the project.

Dam Project:
Tour on Sept. 1 was led by Mark Mitsch. The dam reinforcement is complete, the old and new overflows are nearly done; the new outflow gate remains to be installed.
Jeremy Picard, a hydrogeologist, came to the meeting because of his concern about the pile of dirt on the dam (from excavating the new overflow and the wetlands replication area). It must stay on site because it contains wood and coal ash and would be costly to dispose of elsewhere. It will probably be covered with clean soil and planted over. Leslie will ask how bad the contamination is and how it was determined. The necessary tests cost abut $350 per sample, per Jeremy.
Cathy Garnett is still working on the tree plan and landscape plan. The ash may affect what can be planted (it makes soil more alkaline). It will be necessary to monitor the site and pull out invasive plants as they arrive, before they can take over.
Brian reported that the Hurd Field bridge did get repaved.
We want another tour after the work is done and before it gets too cold, possibly on Oct. 15, depending on John Sanchez.

Beach news:
Because the beach had to close early this year, Park & Rec is considering giving a discount to this year’s tagholders if they buy tags early next year.
The beach may need capital improvements soon. The Reservoir Committee wants to be kept informed and involved.

Other matters:
A spring project of improving the Cataldo trail was suggested.
The trail around the Res has a tree fallen across it near Busa Farm.
We need to think about whether we want to put anything about the Res in the next census insert.