A Land Trust in the Bloomfield Connecticut area promoting perservation, improvement, protection and conservation of the natural resources.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Wintonbury Land Trust Meeting Notes - 5/13/2015
WINTONBURY LAND TRUST – May 13, 2015, Seabury Retirement
Caspersson, JimTrail, Dale Bertoldi, Kevin Gough, Paula
Jones, Vikki Reski, Vic Herson
1.Minutes for the April
8,2015 Board Meeting were approved.
2.There were no additions to the agenda.
3.The 2015 draft Budget was approved (see below) with one change; $5,000
of additional funding for Thrall stewardship was removed and will be deferred
to the 2016 Budget.
4.The Board approved a proposed Bylaw Amendment regarding the Land Trust’s
Conflict of Interest policies and procedures.The Board will recommend to the membership that this amendment be
approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting on June 10th.
1.Hawk Hill Property – The
closing was April 23rd.We
discussed launching a “Save the Barn” campaign; Dale estimates we’ll need at
least $40,000 to $45,000.Sten, Dale,
Vic, and Chip will form a Committee to begin work on this initiative.Dale also reported that our 1772 Foundation
Grant application for stabilization funds for this barn was rejected.
1.Updated insurance will
include Hawk Hill, with the additional cost paid from general operating
funds.Vikki applied for a 2014 (990
form) tax filing extension to August 15th.
2.April 30, 2015
balances:$13,308.70 in checking; $39,429.11
in savings; $39,047.63 in restricted funds.
3.There was general
discussion about the Treasurer duties as described in the Bylaws.There was general agreement that the
Treasurer should not be responsible for maintaining the membership
forms/dues are sent to the Treasurer, but we do not yet have a Membership
Committee Chair for the Treasurer to hand the information off to.We do not have a solution at present, but
will collectively work to keep the database updated until we have a Membership
Chair.Kevin and Paula offered to help
as best they can in the interim.
4.Board members and
Committee Chairs are responsible for managing their expenses for projects to
the amounts budgeted in the approved 2015 Budget, attached below.
1.Annual Meeting on June
10th – Paula will submit articles to the Hartford Courant’s MyTowns and to the Bloomfield Messenger publicizing the
meeting.Seabury has generously agreed
to provide the refreshments (and space) at no charge.
Seabury on May 9th –Paula, Chip, and JimTrail’s
presentation on the Land Trust was well received.Our host was Seabury’s In Support of
Democracy (ISOD) group, whose members asked many thoughtful questions about our
properties and activities.
3.Celebrate Bloomfield (5/30 to 6/7)
– The Land Trust is set for our Trails Day hikes in conjunction with Celebrate
Bloomfield week.Sten offered to staff
the Land Trust table at the SacredHeartChurch
concert on June 5th.
1.Board positions – We
will follow up with Sharon Mann regarding her interest in serving a trial
2.Membership Drive – We
will run an article in our May newsletter reminding people to renew their
memberships if they have not done so this year.We will also have copies of our new membership brochure available at our
upcoming public events.
Fields:Pending confirmation with John
Stout and Pat Sullivan, a field maintenance work day will be held on May 30th.
2.Lisa Lane:The Community
Garden opened on Mother’s Day.All plots
have been rented.
3.The annual NRCS
inspections of Lisa Lane
and Stout Family Fields are due in June.
a)Next meeting date:Annual Meeting, June 10, 2015, (2nd
Wednesday of the month), 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Seabury Retirement Community.
Hawk Hill Farm lease – A selection committee including community members and
farm experts will be formed to review the lease applicants for the 2016
season.Dale reported that we may have
an opportunity to sign a short-term lease for the 2015 season.
c)Community Question and
Answer – Sten suggested the Board consider undertaking a “post-it” exercise
session – what is the Land Trust currently as an organization, and what is the
organization that we want.