4/15/ 2022 Minutes by Vice President, Jim Lombardi
Emergency/Special meeting of the Friends of Carlton Reserve was attended by Jim Bencivenga, Beth Branson, Jean-Louis Dumaine, Dan Hamari, Jim Lombardi, Linda Lovallo, Steve Roberts, Terri Roberts and Sherm Stratton. (Jim Lombardi acted as secretary. A quorum was present.)
The only item on the agenda was to have an election to re-fill the position, after resignation, of FCR Secretary/Treasurer.
Dan Hamari had offered to step into the office for the rest of this term.
A short discussion followed including the need for FCR officers to meet with Meghan as soon as possible, an eventual review/revision of FCR’s By-laws and the upcoming Giving Challenge from noon, April 26th until noon, April 27th.
A motion was made to elect Dan Hamari as FCR Secretary/Treasurer. He was voted into office unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 am.
The next regular meeting of FCR will be in the Fall of 2022.
Thank you for your continued support!
Linda, Jim and Dan
Friends of the Carlton Reserve Officers:
Linda Lovallo - President,
Jim Lombardi - Vice-President,
Dan Hamari - Secretary/Treasurer
3/15/2022 Minutes by Secretary/Treasurer, Martin Siesta
The March 15, 2022 meeting of the Friends of Carlton Reserve (FCR) was attended by Jim Bencivenga, Paul Carlson, Jim Courtright, Donna Day, Jean-Louis Dumaine, Russ Johnson, Jim Lombardi, Linda Lovallo, John Lunger, Sally Meyers, Jeff Povolny, Chris Rioux, Steve Roberts, Terri Roberts, Martin Siesta, Art Smith, Sherm Stratton, Robin Switzer, Danny Williams and Ernie Winn.
Jim Courtright led the meeting. Because of an active fire, Meghan Meyer was unable to attend.
Art Smith reviewed the “You Are Here” sign program. The current number of 12 maps is being increased to 18. The request for six more electronic files of maps has been submitted to County GIS and is in process.
The election of officers then began. Linda Lovallo asked that her name be added to the list of candidates as President and that she be allowed to make a short presentation. After the short presentation, paper ballots were distributed and subsequently tallied. The results are as follows:
President – Linda Lovallo
Vice President – Jim Lombardi
Secretary/Treasurer – Martin Siesta
The Wildlife Monitoring Program (Camera Program) is running well. However, the equipment is aging, and new features make replacements desirable. A motion was made and unanimously approved to authorize spending up to $1,500 on needed new equipment.
Donna reviewed some aspects of the Giant Air Plant program. In general progress is being made. Previously, $2,000 had been approved to replace the cage lost in the fire. The holdup has been in finding good plans for the next cage. It was agreed that FCR volunteers would create such a plan for the next cage. When the plan is agreed upon, regular FCR volunteers, paid carpenters or volunteer schools or boy scouts might build the cage.
Art said that the Tuesday Tasking crew had worked to minimize pig damage on the trails. There is no major problem to attack right now. The County (particularly Igor) had more than stayed on top of day-to-day issues. With limited tools to use and the rainy season coming, each week will be questionable for the Tuesday Tasking crew in the near future.
Sherm also complimented the County on its work in the Carlton. The volunteers and visitors provide eyes on problems. When those problems are identified, they are passed on to the County and usually handled quickly. Sherm passed out a packet of seven pages of pictures and activities listing accomplishments. The teamwork is producing results.
After the regular meeting, Linda was asked if she had anything to add. She said that she had been working on the “Z” bulletin board in front of the cabin. Moisture inside the bulletin board (likely caused by condensation and not a leaky roof) had destroyed the cushions on the stick pin side. The corrective plan for the entire unit would include buying thin carpeting in rolls. A motion was made and unanimously passed to spend up to $500 on supplies for repairing the bulletin board.
No future meeting was planned at this time.
11/22/21 Minutes by Secretary, Russ Johnson
The November 22, 2021 meeting of the Friends of Carlton Reserve (FCR) was attended by Pam Cooper, Dave Cottrill, Mary-Ann Cottrill, Jim Courtright, Jim Cranston, Donna Day, Jean-Louis Dumaine, Dan Hamari, Russ Johnson, Brooke Langston, Jim Lombardi, Linda Lovallo, Meghan Meyer, Martin Siesta, Steve Simon, Art Smith, Sherm Stratton, Robin Switzer and Ernie Winn.
Jim Courtright led the meeting and asked us all to introduce ourselves. Meghan Meyer then brought us up to date on repairing the fire damage. The Kubota shed, the tool shed and the GAP storage cage between them as well as the pole barn were all completely destroyed by the fire that was started by lightning. The pole barn will not be replaced. A single new building having a footprint roughly the same as the combined previous buildings is planned. It will be separated from trees by the space that was occupied by the pole barn (plus some tree cutting) and be a sturdier building. The Kubota has been replaced as well as some of the tools. They are currently being stored at the maintenance shed on the Wellfield Road. There is also some minor sign, bench and culvert damage to be replaced.
With respect to damage caused by traffic in connection with Brian Laundrie, time and Mother Nature have pretty much solved the problem. Planning is underway for Fire Fest on 1/29/22. The Fire Department is bringing the pre-packaged food (following Covid protocols). The location will be the overflow parking field. A discussion followed regarding the reduction of pigs in this park and other parks. Today, the USDA prohibits marketing products obtained from wild pigs. Therefore, the pigs are slaughtered and their remains left to decompose at secluded spots. This process occurs in just a few days.
Art Smith reviewed the “You Are Here” sign program. It has been very popular and successful in helping people find their way in the park. He was looking at five or six more spots for signs. A motion was made and unanimously approved to authorize spending up to $1,000 on such additional signs.
The Wildlife Monitoring Program (Camera Program) was affected by the Brian Laundrie search. All memory storage cards in cameras were turned over to police. The cards were then returned, contents saved, and clean cards returned to the eleven cameras. Donna and Ernie used the new Kubota to do this work.
Donna brought a mature Giant Air Plant to show us how big and healthy they can be. The process of saving the plants is complex. One of the cages was lost in the fire, and other improvements may be necessary. A motion was made and unanimously approved to authorize spending up to $2,000 on needed cage(s) and equipment.
Art explained that the Wednesday Crew (trail maintenance and other park support) has been delayed by the loss of the Kubota and tools. He tossed out some ideas for additional projects including a Native Plant Demonstration Garden in the Public Use Facility (PUF). The County has several assignments on Wednesdays. Tuesday is a better day for such a support team, and Art will consider making the team a “Tuesday Tasking” crew.
Sherm reviewed the website status. The search for Brian Laundrie can only be described as “explosive” as far as the website is concerned. He read off numbers of “hits” and how they grew. There still is residual activity. Actually, there are two websites – www.carltonresrve.org and www.facebook.com/CarltonReserve/.
With respect to the election of officers for FCR, a nominating committee will be formed, and a slate of candidates will be submitted for members to vote on at the January 2022 meeting.
Our next meeting is anticipated to be prior to Fire Fest on 1/29/22.