Present: Rachel Calabro, SRPEDD, Jim Ross, Rayham, presiding; Nancy Durfey, SRPEDD and Somerset; Bob Davis, Raynham and TRWA; Bill Taylor, Middleboro; Maryon Nowak, Taunton; Alex Houtzager, Berkley, John Torgan, Save the Bay; Joan Kimball, Riverways; Jamie Forsburgh, National Park Service; Ray Brierly, Raynham; Burke Fountain, Raynham; Richard Ashcroft, Somerset; Louis Bousquet, Raynham; Bill Napolitano, SRPEDD.
a. At the last meeting suggestions were made to amend the Stewardship Plan. All the things have been added except for the interstate compact that Steve will write. Bill filled in with a piece on the Somerset Trail, on projects we funded and the Ag commissions. Burke suggested that we remove the wording referring to bylaws and overlay district on the page across from the barn. Jamie’s changes in the introduction have been made.
b. Jim is most interested in having the plan be in shape for town meetings and City Council. These governing bodies will be approving the plan. The draft plan should be sufficiently complete so that there will be no big surprises in the final. We want it to look good for the outreach tool. Bill and Rachel feel that the text is complete. Maisie will be back the last week in October to help with the formatting including the picture captions. Once we get it web ready, we can print out hard copies. For the TRWA meeting on the 27th, Rachel can print out a nice copy with a color cover, but the captions will not be ready. Each section should have a roman numeral heading.
c. Jim feels that we should work to get the plan ready in black and white with a color cover. At the town meeting, there could be some maps on easels—inside display.
d. Each section will be four pages so there will be no blanks.
e. Jamie suggested that people read the plans and make sure there are no red flags, just as Burke was concerned with overlay district. Jim said that questions came out about landowners’ rights when he met with the planning board.
Jim said that the
g. We should have one plan for each board. There also should be a one page summary, brochure, and fact sheet.
h. Jamie will update the Q&A with the outstanding values and other information from the study. The Q&A is longer than the small description on the new fact sheet and anticipates landowners questions. Nancy, Bill, Nancy and Jim will work with Jamie.
i. Rachel asked people to check out the maps and make corrections. Some maps do not have pictures. Agriculture will have photos, some, such as the landscape inventory, won’t have pictures.
With Jim’s great planning and outreach, the Raynham selectmen are submitting--and speaking to--Warrant Article 33 at Town Meeting on November 15. The selectmen agreed to put Wild and Scenic Article first after the money articles to ensure that there would be good attendance. Jim also met with the Conservation Commission and Planning Board and will be meeting on November 2 with the Park and Recreation Committee. Jim thanked Burke for paving the way with the Planning Board where good questions were asked. Jim has written letters to Historical Commission and Society. (Warrant article language and sample letter will be included as appendix with these minutes.) Jim’s work will be a great pilot for the spring town meetings. Jim did great outreach with Rayham Pride Day, and plans to continue with information on the Forge River Kiosk and TRWA’s Annual Meeting on October 27th .
Before the Town Meeting, Jim wants a completed plan (1 per board) and fact sheets tailored for Raynham. The generic Fact Sheet presented at this meeting could easily be tailored for Raynham by adding words such as “Vote yes on Article 33, Raynham Town Meeting” and by adding Raynham pictures. The Raynham Fact sheet can placed on the kiosk, given to the press and town. The main purpose for the Fact Sheet will be at Town Meeting. Jim suggested that Stream Team members will hand out the fact sheets before Town Meeting. Burke suggested that there be a cable TV show. Lou will approach Cable TV.
The committee hopes that both
Save the Bay will put in a press
release about the
So that it is clear that designation will be wanted by the lower communities, it would be great if the Somerset Selectmen agree to endorse this for spring town meeting.
Jamie said that several of us met with the Congressional Delegation. They were very interested that towns are voting on designation this fall and spring. They will begin to write the legislation once the new Congress meets in January. Thus they will be ready to go as the towns vote in the Spring Town Meetings. We said that we would have our report ready to go to Congress when spring town meetings occur. Jamie said that it would take 6 months to get through the process—so we will hope that we are ready to go in a year.
b. Updates on funded projects
Rotating Tributary Study: Bob Davis reported that Kevin has reported on his previous work monitoring the watershed using funds from TU. The Rotating Tributary Study is 95% complete; this is the study that is funded by Wild and Scenic.
Synthesizing Data: Bob has been looking for a candidate to work on the synthesizing of existing data. He has found someone who can do this. Brian Brodeur recommended candidate highly. She has an excellent background. Jamie strongly suggested that it be formatted so data can be entered as it is gathered.
Small Grants: Chris Wordell would like signage on brooks
and streams in
Heritage Landscape Inventories: Jessica Rowcroft from DCR will be meeting with towns in fall and plan surveys in the spring.
V. Next Meeting will be Tuesday, November 16.
VI. Adjourned at
Warrant Article 33 for
To see if the Town will endorse the Taunton River Stewardship Plan developed by the Taunton River Wild and Scenic River Study Committee, together with its recommendation to seek Wild and Scenic River Designation through act of the United States Congress.”
Sample letter to town Boards sent by Jim Ross
“As you may know, Raynham and 9 other riverside communities
have been working together for more than 3 years now as the Taunton River Wild
and Scenic Committee. Funding through the National Park Service has enabled us
to research and draft a “stewardship Plan” for the entire 40+ mile
The following article, Warrant Article 33, submitted by our
Selectmen will appear on the warrant for Raynham’s
“To see if the Town will endorse the Taunton River Stewardship Plan developed by the Taunton River Wild and Scenic River Study Committee, together with its recommendation to seek Wild and Scenic River Designation through act of the United States Congress.”
I hope that you will endorse the work of the Taunton River
Wild & Scenic Study Committee by voting your support of the article prior