November 18, 2015
Franklin Regional Hospital
Board Attendees: Alex Bernhard, Steve Darling, Tom Frantz, George Heaton, Craig Heim, Lindy Heim, Myra Mayman, Steve Rayno, Nita Tomaszewski, Jack Shields
Guests: Heather Deardorff, Ed Hiller, Ricker Miller, Prescott Towle
Meeting began at ; adjourned at .
Two presentations began the meeting: 1) milepost markers, from Ed Hiller; 2) vegetation control in Franklin, from Prescott Towle.
The discovery and reclaiming of granite milepost markers for the trail has been pursued avidly by Ed Hiller and others, and has involved considerable liaison with the State of New Hampshire. (See FNRT-MC News Release of November 16, 2015.) Last month, the State DOT agreed to release three mileposts, currently at a remote location. Ed Hiller has arranged to have the 3 mileposts trucked to the VA Cemetery in Boscawen for safekeeping until the spring, when they can be installed on the trail. (See further discussion of budget implications below.)
Prescott Towle presented a plan for vegetation control on a 12-foot swath on the trail in Franklin. The application proposed would be two herbicides – non-persistent – to eliminate both grasses and invasives. The need for this application is particularly strong in Franklin, and trail abutters seem in favor, making Franklin a test case for the remainder of the trail. If herbicide were applied, a DOA permit is required, but not abutter notification if the work starts by . Prescott’s estimate is $4800. (Note the action item below, authorizing additional quotes and the consideration of different possible approaches.)
After these presentations, and the exit of Ed and Prescott, various reports and items of business were covered.
Some motions were made, seconded and approved: