WINTONBURY LAND TRUST November 25, 2012,
52 Duncaster Road, Bloomfield
Present: Dale Bertoldi, Paula Jones, Vic Herson, Kevin Gough, Zellene Sandler, Chip Caton
1. Special Projects/Announcements. In addition to announcements a) to d) below that were listed in the agenda, there was one additional announcement. See e) below.
a) CLCC Regional Land Trust Round Table is Tuesday, December 11, 7-8:30pm,
, 15 No. Granby Senior Center Granby Rd., Granby, CT. http://www.ctconservation.org/clcchostsregionaldirectorssummitseries
b) Vita Nuova LLC announces the next in its Sustainability Series Webinars, "Moving RCRA Sites toward a Sustainable Future: A Case Study," on November 30. Webinar presenters include Mary Sanderson of the U.S. EPA, Office of Site Remediation Restoration; J. Monz, of Updike, Kelly Spellacy, P.C.; and Russell Downey of Pfizer Inc. This webinar will focus on the approach used at the Pharmacia and Upjohn site in
North Haven, now under remediation. Register at http://bit.ly/S2XrIX
c) CLCC’s 2013 Land Conservation Conference scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at Wesleyan. The theme is “Can Open Space Be Permanently Protected?”
d) New England Trail Fellow: a new one-year National Park Service internship will be based in the Appalachian Mountain Club's (AMC) New England Trail office in
. Student Conservation Association: http://www.thesca.org/, Internship Title: NPS RTCA Amherst - National Scenic Trail Fellow, Position # PO-00196202 Amherst, Massachusetts
e) Other: 1. Zellene announced that the Connecticut Ornithological Association has $1500 available for small grant awards to improve bird habitat. See http://www.ctbirding.org/minigrantguide.htm 2. Dale announced that
and Park Association (CFPA) had helped relocate a trail on Bloomfield Fish and Game Property so that it’s clear of the hunting area. He reported CFPA had done a great job. Connecticut Forest
2. Organizational Assessment and Strategic Plan- CCLC Challenge Grant
a) Standards for Action – Paula reported no progress since last month.
b) CCLC grant update – Chip reported he had one $1,000 contribution, and one $1,000 pledge. Vic reported he has made a number of contacts.
3. Committee Reports
a) Acquisitions: Stouts Fields was held up by NRCS’ computer program change. Funds have been issued and the new closing date should be in the next couple weeks. DEEP is commenting on the
Lisa Lane survey and the Land Trust is pricing a new appraisal for the NRCS portion of the funding. Hawk Hill has NRCS grant and is awaiting DEEP announcement.
b) Financial: Current account status: Checking $169.84; General Liability insurance paid in November, includes $50,000 on building at 490 Old Day Hill Road; general savings $16,852.89 and restricted savings of $168,028.56. Stout closing will use $81,250 for land purchase and $2000 for legal closing costs. Stout restricted funds are $93,000. Taxes due will be $3300 due in January 2012, again in July 2012, with final payment in January 2013. Vikki will start a letter requesting the fields be returned to 490 status and coordinate this with the assessor and John Stout.
c) Events: The Lisa Lane Farm celebration (hosted by farmer Desmond) was very good. Relatives and friends of Desmond from
Queens who help Desmond with the planting attended the celebration. We agreed that we should also offer to help Desmond with the planting next spring.
Wintonbury Wine and Dine- Chip will check with Patrick Sullivan to firm up a date.
Stouts Fields Celebration – We discussed various ideas of how to showcase this soon-to-be latest acquisition.
Events Calendar – The idea of publishing an events calendar on our website was discussed.
d) Stewardship: 1. Thrall Barn roofing quote is just under $10,000; current stewardship funds are $2,174 with an additional $10,000 pledged. We have funding up to 50% of the cost in Historic Barn Grant; we’ve received $4,500 of that grant money. If the roof is completed prior to year end, we will be short on cash by about $3,000 to pay the contractor. A motion was made to provide bridge funding from general savings if this scenario occurs. The Thrall stewardship fund will be replenished by the $10,000 pledge payment in early 2013. The motion passed unanimously. Paula and Kevin reported that there is a meeting with
staff on November 27th to provide an update on the Thrall Farm project. Vikki will also participate in that meeting, along with Judi and Donald Sedor of Newgate Farms. 2. Van Otterloo needs some trail maintenance. Dale will schedule a date and send an e-mail asking for volunteers. 3. Speer Preserve also needs some maintenance work. 3. Stouts – Our expectation is that after the close, NRCS will suggest a management plan. Butterfly surveys could be done there; turkeys have been nesting in the wet area on the property. Mowing should be done at specific times. Zellene would be happy to be a technical resource for the management of the property. Windsor Town
e) Membership: No new memberships
f) Grants: We have applied for a $49,999 Ag Viability Grant from the Farm Viability Program. The funds would be used for capital improvements to Thrall Barn.
g) Board Positions and subcommittee positions
a. Additional members, community outreach – not discussed
b. Need Membership chair – not discussed
c. The board thanks Tami Hochman for all her enthusiasm and hard work.
4. Next meeting Date: Sunday, January 20.
Recorded by Paula Jones