Harrisville Conservation Commission
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Meeting Minutes

The Conservation Commission held a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at town offices and via zoom.

Members present: Harry Wolhandler, Les LaMois, Kathy Scott, Don Scott, Diana Shonk, Earl Horn

Members of the public: Winston Sims, Andrea Hodson Select Board

Members moved to approve the agenda as written. All voted in favor.

Minutes of previous meetings (June and July)
Members moved and voted in favor to approve the minutes as written.

Recycling Ambassador Program
Earl Horn reported that he spoke to the Select Board about HCC members/ambassadors only observing recycling behavior for now, until the Recycle Center Committee is up and running. The SB agreed that this makes the most sense. The RC Committee anticipates kicking off this fall.

Earl Horn will facilitate the shift schedule. Members discussed beginning the weekend of September 10. Casual observations to date include the need to emphasize pre-sorting and establishing efficient and safe traffic flow.  The HCC will print the recycling information posted on the website and share with visitors to the RC who request it.

Shoreland permit projects
The Chair noted that potential Shoreland Permit projects are coming down the pike, but nothing has been submitted to date.

Moose Plate grant opportunities
There was no update other than applications are due 9/10

Skatutakee Road spring
Members discussed requirements by DES regarding the posting at the spring that the “water is not potable”. This is required because the spring is not a permitted public water supply or municipal water source, and the town does not guarantee water quality. This has historically been the case.

Report of other boards and committees
The Planning Board is currently focused on updating the Master Plan and establishing Master Plan subcommittees for each topic.

ZBA – no applications pending

Historic District Commission – The HDC approved a rooftop solar installation at 3 Main Street.

Trails Committee – Earl Horn reported that 20 people walked the Zophar Willard Woods trail during the Historic Harrisville 50th celebration.  Don Scott noted he will update the map to include this and River Trail that loops into Zophar Willard Woods. Mr. Scott also noted interest in connecting the Meadow Trail to Marlborough Road.  The Trails Committee will consider the best plan of action for needed repair to the Eastview Trail bridge.

Historic Harrisville – Kathy Scott recommended the current exhibits in the granite mill, including history of bypass controversy and fight to block it coming through Harrisville. A commemorative book is coming out soon.

Community Power – The SB will review updated documents at its Thursday meeting.

Members moved to adjourn at 8:10 pm.