Dec 042021

DRAFT Minutes of the Special Meeting of the


Town Clerk’s Office

November 29, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque, Kate Threlkeld, and Betty Lord, Members; Tim Higgins, Road Foreman; Jon Jickling, Town Forester; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant to the Board; A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.


C: PUBLIC COMMENTS: Mr. Jon Jickling appeared before the Board to report that the emerald ash borer has been identified in Allis State Park. Mr. Jickling asked if an ad hoc committee should be formed to map out a process for public safety and public education. Mr. Benson suggested that Mr. Jickling should reach out to the State for help as well as contact local loggers to find out if there is a market for ash trees. Mr. Benson stated that proactive steps should be taken by removing ash trees while they have value instead of waiting for them to die before being taken down. Mr. Jickling was advised to contact the Public Safety Advisory Committee as well as the Conservation Commission. Mr. Laroque asked about the best time put up traps for EAB. Mr. Jickling said May and June were the best months. Mr. Jickling will keep the Board posted as to what is being done.

D: OPEN ROAD CREW POSITION: The Board interviewed three candidates separately for the vacant road crew member position. After discussion, the Board decided it will contact each of the candidates regarding offer(s) for the position.

E: Meeting Minutes – 8 November, 2021 – Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the minutes of November 8, 2021 as presented. Ms. Threlkeld seconded the motion which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.


G: ADJOURNMENT —There being no further business Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion and the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.: 5-0-0.