ECO DEV Minutes

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Meeting Date: 
March 20, 2017

ECO DEV Minutes

March 20, 2017

Present: Jennifer Beck, Jackie Kahle, Chris Devine, Mike McGonegal, Tina Smith, Dick Putnam, Nancy Clark

Guest: Scott Butcher, Kermit Williams, Rowan McGonegal

5:30 – Reviewed Warrant Articles – all approved at Town Meeting. The fire dept approached us and wants to move the Veteran’s Memorial, asking if it could be located on the river walk. The team is looking at proactively re-locating to an appropriate location.

5:45 – We have 4 BRE Projects resulting from the UNH study of Wilton businesses. Project plans on each are due April 3. The BRE study volunteers have been invited to that meeting where we’ll review the projects in detail.

6:00 – Jackie Kahle gave an update on community communications. A press release was approved regarding the completion of Wilton’s BR&E survey project. We have almost 300 subscribers to the ECO DEV monthly newsletter. Jackie recommended using that channel to solicit volunteers for the Plan NH Charrette as well as a public posting.

6:15 – Plan NH is holding its preliminary meeting and doing its first tour of the target area on April 7 at 11:00AM. We will review the communities of interest list developed during the UNH study to ensure we have representation from all points of view in the charrette public sessions.

Dick Putnam gave a comprehensive history of the railroad, owners, users, and the tourist train. Legal action is underway to discontinue Leishman’s gravel train and Scott will look into the allegations and consult with town counsel on who we should put our support behind to serve two goals; keep the railroad in use and attract someone to bring back the tourist train.

6:30 – Chris Devine offered her parking lot on 101 for Wilton’s Farmer’s Market. Sandy LaFleur is checking with farmers to see what day we could agree on to bring it back to Wilton. Sun-Mon or Tues would be ideal.

In other real estate tracking’s; we’re getting closer to identifying and negotiating with the owners of the bank building at 27 Main St. Ben Star, broker for Santander Bank indicated the bank’s commercial property manager is making the first call to the owner. The Wilton Falls building, owned by Chuck Crawford, has two floors empty and could possibly be ideal for a restaurant/bar as it overlooks the river and there is ample parking across the street. JB to follow up with Chuck.

7:30 – Adjourn