|In attendance: Freeland Abbott, Susan Caruso, Ralph
Elwell, Cathy Garnett, Brian Hasbrouck, Jane Howard, Elizabeth Karpati,
Ann LeRoyer, Laura Moore, Leslie Mayer, Lois Wainstock, David
The meeting was facilitated by Jane Howard. The minutes are by Elizabeth
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, November 17, 8 p.m. Town Hall Annex, 2nd
floor meeting room.
Update on draft of Consultant's Report by Freeland Abbott:
Website (thanks to David White!)
He isn't considering Cataldo Brook (which together with the Reservoir
outflow forms Mill Brook) at all! The June 1998 flooding was due to water
from Cataldo Brook, not from the Res. I.e., he is looking at the wrong
watershed area. Great Meadows is included in watershed. Even the Mystic
Lakes must be considered -- in a 10,000-year storm they'll rise enough
to back up Mill Brook.
There are [unspecified] methodological questions as well.
Regulatory problem: Looking at the dam in isolation because the question
that was raised was about the safety of the dam.
Planned meeting of Richard Bento and Alan McClennen with consultant
has not yet taken place (may be held next week).
R. Bento is making a copy of draft report, should be asked for another
copy for this committee.
Report needs to be final by end of this year so that the Town can respond
to the State. But no timeline yet for our response to the draft. The study
was delayed about 4 months until the Town found money for it, delaying
the original plan for community meetings in the fall.
What's the process? Oversight and communication = F. Abbott talking
to R. Bento about it every week or two. Process for Spy Pond study was
that consultant did a preliminary report, group members reviewed it, consultant
tweaked it, back and forth several times. But that was a more well-defined
We need a timeline, or at least a list of steps involved (who will draft?)
R. Bento should be asked about his expectations regarding a timeline.
Standard scope of such a study is that it must enable the Town to respond
to the State. This may not provide enough information for our needs, but
it is the Town that will determine when the report is acceptable (and the
consultant gets paid).
http://arlington2020.org/reservoir -- also accessible from Town's home
Contains a lot of information: issues, whom to contact, events (meetings,
bird walks), dam inspection report summary, article that appeared in Advocate,
topographical map, agendas and minutes.
Cathy Garnett will try to get a map with watershed boundary to add to
Res Survey by Laura Moore, Leslie Mayer, Lois Wainstock:
Two down, two to go. Res walk led by Karsten Hartel netted 54 species,
including glimpses. Only one person and NO interesting/unusual birds showed
up for Spy Pond walk in unpromising weather.
Remaining walks are at Res on Nov. 6 and Spy Pond on Nov. 13; they were
listed in Advocate.
Survey got 87 responses on Town Day. Was also distributed at Peirce
and Dallin Schools (to get responses from likely users of swimming area,
because it wasn't ready in time to be distributed at swimming area while
that was in use) and got 119 responses, i.e., maybe 20% of families with
children at these schools.
Replies were tabulated by Leslie Mayer (separately from Town Day and
from schools). Leslie produced an impressive multi-page report with graphs
as well as numbers.
Responses confirmed that the Res is viewed as a valuable resource by
many people. (Those who said yes to cutting trees may not have understood
how much cutting would be involved -- more public education seems to be
needed on this point.)
Strong sentiment against abandoning the swimming area.
Next step is for the survey committee to "digest and evaluate" -- try
to get some patterns and conclusions. Possible uses for more concise statement
Presentation at Nov. 10 meeting of Standing Committee?
Census mailing insert? (Would keep the Res question on front burner.)
Needs to go to printer by end of third week of December.
Post on website? (with abbreviated questionnaire?)
Mail to respondents?
Get it printed in Advocate?
Survey did not contain questions about access or safety.
"Questions we ask should be worded so as to educate."
Jane Howard will give Richard Bento a copy of the survey results.
Lois W. contacted respondents who said they wanted to work on issues.
69% of them want to stay informed, but only 32% of these have e-mail. We
can put interested people on mailing list; also post information on any
community bulletin boards like the one at Spy Pond Park, and at the Library.
Complete survey results should be put in Library.
Send survey results to people in Lexington, e.g. ConCom members?
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, November 17, 8 p.m. Town Hall Annex, 2nd floor
Planning through June was deferred to November meeting.
Planning for any community or visioning meetings delayed by delay in
Involve other interested parties in our meetings -- Recreation Dept,
ConCom, Lexington people (ConCom or any others who may be interested --
Ralph Elwell can get list of people involved in building playground at
Res.)? Invite Mr. Busa (owner of farm adjoining the Res)? Personal invitation
from anyone who knows such people would be best.
Safety concerns for both Arlington and Lexington people living near
the Res have been raised by the recent fatal accident on Lowell Street.
There will be a study of traffic patterns in the area. New police chief
Ryan wants our help in keeping the issue alive.