Antrim Open Space Committee
June 14, 2005
Committee Members Present: (Those who signed in.)
Melissa Chapman Linda Bundy Charlie Levesque Eric Tenney
Community Members Present:
Peter Moore Walter Neff Anne Truslow Shelley Nelkens
Randy Barsanti Andy Chapman Stephen Ullman Ron Haggett
Mike Genest Rich Block Martha Pinello
Marsha Morrow (Monadnock Ledger) Jeremy Solliere (Villager)
Charlie opened the meeting, welcomed everyone, and brief introductions were made. He reviewed the evening’s agenda and explained the charge by the selectmen given to the committee. One selectman requested that the surveys be available for summer residents to complete.
Melissa instructed the audience about the information on the displayed maps.
People then had the opportunity to closely view the maps, with the idea of first considering the kinds of land they considered to be important to preserve as open space, and secondly thinking about specific places.
Charlie reconvened the group to record opinions.
Open Space Type Preferences
(* indicates more than one person had this response)
Wetlands and watersheds
* Farmland in river valley
* Forest for wildlife (larger game and travel corridors) accessible to people
Higher elevations- for vistas and as corridors and links between conserved lands
South facing slopes
Large blocks of undeveloped land (with no large structures in view)
Mountain tops (as energy spots)
Large blocks of forest for forest management
Cellar holes, mill sites, and other historical sites and accessibility to those sites
It was also stated that:
growth should be near town to allow other areas to be protected
land should be protected to attract business and recreation
Specific Sites in Antrim
Meeting House Hill
Area around Gregg Lake (the watershed)
West side of Antrim (rural conservation area)
Contoocook River corridor land
North Branch corridor
Girl Scout property at Gregg Lake
Lovern Mills, white cedar swamp
North Branch Village
Education property/ North Branch (former college)
Route 9 business corridor
Whiting’s property on Route 202
Peter Moore’s backyard
When all responses were recorded, Charlie thanked those in attendance and adjourned the meeting.
The next meeting will be a public meeting at 7:00 on Tuesday, July 12, 2005. The maps and aerial photo will again be displayed and the committee will be seeking to inform and gain further input from community members.