Chichester Parks and Recreation Commission
Minutes 7/22/15 Meeting
Present: Zack Boyajian [Chair], Ansel Sanborn [Secretary], Tom Jameson, Joe Montambault
Absent: Tara Blaney, Philip Hitchcock, Ewen McKinnon
Public: Doug Hall
Meeting came to order at 6:40 P.M. at the Town Offices.
1] A MOTION to approve with minor corrections the minutes of June 17, 2015 was made by Tom and seconded by Joe. The MOTION passed with all in favor.
2] Doug Hall provided an update on the walking path initiative:
A] The Lane Road to Dover Road section property owner permissions expire in July. In addition to the six property owners who had previously responded, three additional permissions were received: one extended permission indefinitely, one extended permission for one year, and one allowed usage but will not sign a permission. Doug will follow up with the owner who had previously declined and the owner who has not yet responded.
B] The proposed path from Lane Road to the Spaulding lot was discussed. Letters describing the initiative had been sent out inviting property owners to the July 22 Commission meeting to discuss the walking path initiative. Though no property owners attended, two property owners had completed signed permissions for one year.
A second letter will be sent to non-responding property owners inviting them to the next Parks and Recreation Commission meeting and including information on RSA 508:14 which limits the liability of property owners who permit their property to be used without charge for recreational purposes.
C] Future issues to be discussed include coordination with snowmobile clubs for trail marking and signage.
Doug’s volunteerism in organizing the walking path initiative is well appreciated.
3] Joe reported on progress on the Community Building. He met the septic designer on site to review the project requirements. The designer planned to discuss the preliminary concept with the Department of Environmental Services regulatory staff.
4] Zack had attended the Selectmen’s meeting of 6/23/15 to discuss the issues of community building materials bids and the disposal of the log cabin.
The Board of Selectmen had approved the award of the bid for community building materials to Big Jims and to be paid from Parks and Recreation Capital Reserve Funds.
The Board of Selectmen approved the transfer of the log cabin at the park as requested by Mr. O’Connor.
5] Zack provided an update on park maintenance activities:
-the fence installation above the rock slope will require power equipment. Joe will investigate possible donations for this work.
-the playground equipment relocation to the Highway Department was completed on Saturday, June 27.
-options for continuing trail maintenance will be discussed at the next meeting.
6] A request for the use of the pavilion for August 22 was reviewed and approved.
8] With no further business, Ansel made a MOTION to adjourn with a second from Tom. With all in favor, the MOTION passed and the meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.
Ansel Sanborn, Secretary
Approved at Meeting August 12, 2015
Zachary Boyajian, Chair