HAMPSTEAD – Conservation Commission Chairman Tim Lovell asked commission members to watch for erosion on the Town’s trails as the snow melts.
Member Paul Carideo is particularly concerned with the run-off expected from the new police station site and is worried that it will be so much that the trail in the vicinity of the Stage Road parking area and the police station will become unusable.
There is no plan in place on how to deal with this situation.
During last week’s meeting, it was noted that many new trails have been cut throughout Hampstead Conservation land, largely by mountain biking groups, and the plethora of unmarked trails is proving troublesome even to those familiar with the main trails. The board decided to have new trail rule signs made and posted, and emphasized that no new trails should be cut without first getting approval from the Conservation Commission. There will be efforts made to cover some of the new, unmarked trails with brush and logs. The commission said it has more trails than it can handle.
In other business:
• Carideo told the commission the Planning Board is going through a review and update of its policies and procedures as well as site plan and subdivision regulations. One of his goals is to have the Conservation Commission involved with application submissions and to provide input on the applications. To that end he said the intent would be to get copies of applications to the Conservation Commission in time for it to make comments, suggestions, and recommendations to the Planning Board, prior to that board’s taking jurisdiction of an application.
• The commission will meet April 15, and at that time members are asked to have reports on trail conditions and erosion issues.
• The Commission decided not to distribute seedling trees for Earth Day this year but will be providing blue bags for roadside trash pick-up as usual on Fishing Derby Day.
The roadside trash levels are expected to match the snowfall amounts, and the commission hopes residents will take the blue bags and do routine roadside clean-up in the area of their homes at a minimum, or venture further away if possible.