TOWNSEND — Selectmen have defined the makeup of an Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee sought by the Conservation Commission to a nine member group.
The committee’s purpose is to update the town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan over the course of the next year.
Membership will include one from the Planning Board, one from the Conservation Commission, one from the Historic District Commission or Historical Society, one from the Recreation Commission, one from the Water Department or Water Commission, one from the Board of Health and three citizens at large.
Volunteers are sought who have experience, involvement or interest in any of the following areas: open space; land use planning; recreation and playgrounds; managing environmental and natural resources; rare and endangered species; trail development and use; preservation of community character and landscape; or agricultural resources.
Interested residents are asked to submit a volunteer response form to the commission or town clerk. Those with questions may call Karen Chapman at 978-597-1723.
The Open Space and Recreation Plan is critical to land use planning because it establishes goals for use of natural resources while allowing for population growth, protection of habitats, parks and outdoor recreation facilities.
In short, the planning “provides the opportunity to assess where we are, where we would like to go and how we might get there,” Conservation Commissioners wrote in a recent memo to selectmen.
Although the update might take as long as one year, all volunteers might not be involved in all aspects. The committee may meet once or twice each month as work requires and there could be subcommittees formed.
In other business last week, selectmen:
* Announced that they and the Library Board of Trustees will appoint a library trustee to fill an unexpired term that will end with the April 26 election.
* Voted to allow Janet Levitt to provide temporary administrative assistant support to the Building Department to cover for a medical leave. The vote of the board was necessary because Levitt would therefore be working in two departments.
* Authorized town administrator Greg Barnes to notify the property owner at 17 Balsam Drive that the two unregistered vehicles on the property are illegal. Town bylaw allows one unregistered vehicle on private property provided it rests no closer than 75 feet from a public way.
* Renewed a common victualler’s license for Kirsten Pacaro of MPAC4FOdds, Inc. doing business as Cliff’s Café and Catering, and approved a Class II license for Richard Koivu of Country Auto Sales & Service Inc. of Bayberry Hill Road.
* Accepted a $400 reimbursement grant from the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Group for an upgrade to the police/communications Bapern Radio Channel.