January 25, 2006 - Meeting Minutes

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

Next meeting: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb 27, Town Hall Annex, First Floor Conference Room.

  • The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as presented.
  • Planting plan:  Cathy hasn’t been able to do the plan because she has not yet received the necessary detail maps from DPW.  She is thinking of doing a handicapped-accessible wildlife garden related to the constructed wetland.  Once the plan is done, it will have to be reviewed by Park & Rec.  Cathy will try to get a meeting with John Sanchez; Leslie and Elizabeth should attend if possible.
  • Cathy has obtained a grant from the Arlington Arts Council for paintings to get inspiration for the restoration; these will be exhibited in the fall.  Jane suggested an exhibition in connection with Town Meeting.
  • The Open Space Committee has been working on management plans for Arlington’s main open spaces.  The plans are currently being edited.  A draft is on the Res website but it is obsolete; David will update it.
  • The Environment Task Group and Standing Committee are presenting a warrant article for a fund for maintenance of the Town’s water bodies.  We have to prepare to justify it before the Finance Committee and Town Meeting – try to list past and projected expenses to show that sporadic crisis management tends to be more expensive than ongoing maintenance.
  • The new Open Space plan is due in late 2007;  questions related to it may be included in the January 2007 census survey.
  • The Spy Pond Committee meeting on Monday, March 13 will feature a video on the preservation of the “Lost Pond Sanctuary” on the Brookline/Newton border.  It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Robbins Library Community Room, and other environmental and “Friends of” groups will be invited.