WINTONBURY LAND TRUST March 25, 2012,
52 Duncaster Road, Bloomfield
Present: Kevin Gough, Dale Bertoldi, Vikki Reski, Paula Jones, Tamara Hochman, Vic Herson
1) Committee Reports –
a. Acquisitions - Stouts Fields: Fundraising is going well; the NRCS Grassland Grant exceeded our expectations. We're working on the stewardship fund, which is essential to protect and maintain the property. We expect closing to occur in the next couple of months. The Land Trust will own the land and the DEEP will hold a conservation easement, written by the NRCS, which insures that the fields will stay as grassland in perpetuity.
Lisa Lane: Closing
is expected in June 2012. An escrow
account for the septic systems will be set up as part of the sale of the
property. Sonski Estate: Work is proceeding on the closing of that
b. Financial – D&O quotes: We received a revised quote of $1,350 for $1 million coverage from Chubb. We have a second quote of $900 from Berkshire Hathaway (USLI). The recommendation was to go with the USLI quote, and the Board approved doing so. Bank Account: The Board voted to move its account to Simsbury Bank from TD Bank. Simsbury Bank has represented that we will receive better interest and that our funds would be invested locally.
c. Events – Earth Day Hike: This is scheduled for April 21st, and will include the La Salette Trail and Hawk Hill. Highlights will include the 1834 Greek Revival stone Captain Oliver Filley House, Wades’ agricultural fields in spring season, panoramic views of
from Hawk Hill on the La Salette
Trail, the conjunction of two sub-watersheds in the North Branch Park River
Watershed, and the LaSalette Trail connection through Hawk Hill Farm. This is a
family friendly outing and an easy hike lasting about an hour and a half. All
ages are welcome. Rain date is April 22nd. Trails Day Event: June 2nd,
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Bloomfield Ridgeline Trail. The 3.5-mile hike will
start in Hartford Bloomfield’s Wilcox
Park and travel west to the
ridgeline. We will proceed south through Bloomfield-Simsbury Talcott Mountain Wilcox
Park and ,
enjoying the gorgeous views as well as some interesting natural and historic
sites on the Metacomet Trail (part of the New England Scenic Trail). Finally,
we will drop back down to “civilization” through Wintonbury Land Trust’s new
property, Stouts Fields—a wonderful grassland tract. Meet at the Penwood State Park Wilcox Park
parking lot on Hoskins Road
in . Bike Tour: The second annual “Tour du Land” will be held
on June 10th at 9:30 AM (rain date June 17th). The bike route begins and ends
at Bloomfield Farmington River
Park and takes riders through
on a gentle 18 mile tour. The route highlights important land trust open space
properties. More hard core riders may opt for an additional 20 mile route to
the Thrall property in Bloomfield . GPS Workshop: Wintonbury Land Trust GPS basics workshop led
by Cary Henderson, GPS extraordinaire, will meet at La Salette Open Space, Windsor 120 Mountain Ave by
the Oliver Filley House on Thursday May 3rd at 6:30 P.M...
d. Stewardship – Skipped
e. Marketing – Dale Bertoldi will be doing a presentation to the Rotary Club at Duncaster.
f. Spring Newsletter – Submit written summaries and pictures to Tami to facilitate her work putting the newsletter together.
2) Fundraising Projects –
d. Rain Barrels – We will check with Aimee Petras (Farmington River Watershed Association) on their rain barrel program stats – cost, profit, volume, etc.
3) Special Projects/Events –
Duncaster Scenic Road: The date this is taken up by Planning and
Zoning could change (from the 27th.)
Kevin Gough and David Mann will be working on the designation for Adams Road and
possibly Hoskins Road.