Minutes - 19 May 2009
Webster Conservation Commission met on May 19, 2009 at the Town Hall at 7:30 .
Present: Chairperson, Mary Jo MacGowan. Members: Nancy Clark, Betsy Janeway, Robert Quinn, Susan Roman, and Nancy Van Loan.~ Guest: Susan Rauth.

Mrs MacGowan opened the meeting at 7:37.~
1. Mrs Janeway appointed secretary.

2. March meeting minutes were not available for review and acceptance.

3. Correspondence:~
~~~~~ ~~~ A letter on a shoreland impact project on Dustin Road (Webster Tax Map/Lot Page 7, Lot 54-2, 4.3 acres on Warner River). Owners Mark & Rose Stevens of 79 Tyler Rd.~ propose work that would impact 1680 square feet within the protected shoreland with a single-family dwelling. Project has been partially approved by the DES.
ACTION: Mrs. MacGowan will call DES and ask why it has been partially approved.
~~ ~~~ ~A Notice of Violation on Deer Meadow Road where sand was placed in the Brook below the high water line, which is illegal.
~~~ At Swetts Mills, on the Blackwater River lot just North of the salt shed, owner Kelly Q. Lineberry has allegedly cut down trees by the River, and filled wetlands.
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4. May Bird Walk Report: Mr. Quinn said Webster is the most significant town in New Hampshire for old and new records of birds. Records cover more than a hundred years of historic and scientific data.~ The May walk and drive took participants to significant wildlife areas of Webster and saw and/or heard more than 62 bird species in one morning.

5.Spring Bird Walk: scheduled Sunday, June 14, 7:00 to 10:00 A.M., Bob Quinn leading.

6. Currier & Ives Scenic Byway: Susan Rauth described this project of the CNHRPC (Central NH Regional Planning Committee). It is a corridor management plan which would benefit people living along the route, which follows Route 127 (Battle St.) through Webster. A “big project,” it will involve representatives from all the affected towns (Salisbury, Henniker, Hopkinton, Webster). There will be three more public meetings between May and January. A Cultural and Resource Inventory will be completed for each town. Discretionary grant money is available (federal funds) and may be used to buy conservation easements on the route’s buffers.~ The next public meeting is in September and may be held in Webster (date to be determined). Deadline for funding is March, 2010.

7.~ Webster Agriculture Commission: Ms Roman reported that Sue Roberts and Robert Drown want to work with the WCC to preserve agriculturally-valuable land.

8. Monitoring of Webster’s Conservation Lands and Easements: Janeway and Clark will complete the monitoring work on June 8th.

9. New Business: What roles are appropriate for the municipalities in regulating groundwater withdrawal?~ Ms Roman urged us to look at web site at NHgroundwater.com. Input from the towns is wanted.

10. Meeting adjourned at 9:12 P.M.~ Next meeting will be on June 16th.

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Betsy Janeway