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December 14, 2005 Minutes
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Date:   December 14, 2005

Location:       Melrose School House, Route 140

I.      Attendance
A.      Members Present:  George Grant (Chairman), Mike Kovalcek, Doug Wilson, Albert Grant
B.      Members Absent:  Jim O’Donnell, Barbara Smigiel, Linda Kehoe (Secretary),
C.      Guests:  None
II.     Call to Order
A.      G. Grant called the meeting to order at 7:42 PM
III.    Meeting Minutes
A.      Motion by A. Grant to accept meeting minutes of November 9, 2005 as read; Motion passed all in favor.
IV.     Unfinished Business
A.      Membership Recruitment
1.      D. Wilson reported that the Conservation Commission voted in favor of our request for two (2) alternate positions, but that they forwarded the request to the Board of Selectmen (BOS) for consideration/creation of the positions.  The BOS meeting is next Tuesday, December 20, so that we will be unable to have alternates until January, 2005, and then only after BOS appointments.  L. Kehoe has been selected as the CC Chairman, but we do not know if she has resigned her position with the NRPC.  Therefore, we are unable to elect a new secretary at this time.  Janice Warren will join the NRPC as the CC liaison following L. Kehoe’s resignation.
B.      Referendum on Bonding
1.      G. Grant reported that the BOF has the information they need on how bonding would work (an endorsement of future bonding); the NRPC still needs to advocate the advantages of open space/development right acquisition.  A. Grant & G. Grant reported on the cost of community services.  A previous calculation was that the Town spent $420 more per year on one (1) house than the tax provided by that house.  A significant portion of that money was for education (estimated at $8,907 per year per student by the Town Treasurer).  The Town Annual Report can be used to calculate some of the cost.  G. Grant to address the BOF in either December or January.  A. Grant noted that there is now a separate recording fee that is set aside for open space, but the community must go back to the State for the money.  
C.      Open Space Plan
1.      D. Wilson reported on a scheme for a five category scoring system. The categories are:  Farmland, Wildlife Habitat, Passive Recreation, Public Water Supply Protection, and Multiple Value Land.  The criteria for each category are still being edited, as are the open space inventory plan and the open space criteria plan.
D.      Revisions to P&Z regulations
1.      D. Wilson reported that there are no draft regulations to review at this time.  The PZC is holding meetings that NRPC members are encouraged to attend.  The next PZC meeting is Monday, December 19, 2005.
V.      New  Business
A.      Calendar of Meetings - 2006
1.      A. Grant made a motion to establish a meeting schedule for 2006 as follows:  meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Melrose Schoolhouse (Route 140) at 7:30 PM; motion passed 3 to 1.
VI.     Close of Meeting
A.      D. Wilson made a motion to close the meeting; motion passed all in favor.
B.      Meeting closed at 8:59 PM.