Borden Colony Advisory Committee
Attention: Erika Ueberbacher, Staff Liaison
Town Office Building
53 Orchard Street
Raynham, MA 02767
Final Minutes from Borden Colony Advisory Committee meeting on May 24, 2006
Robert Spencer, Apple D’Or
Robert Smith, Park & Recreation Dept.
John Lucier, Park & Recreation Dept., Representative
Donald McKinnon, Board of Selectmen, Representative
David McRae, Conservation Commission, Representative
Therese Galligan, Council on Aging, Representative
Chris Gallagher, Town Resident
Louis Bousquet, Jr., Town Resident
Peter Bumila, Town Resident
No reply or designation of membership:
David Caron, Raynham Youth Soccer
Robert McCabe, Raynham Youth Baseball & Softball Association
Louis Pacheco, Historical Commission
Erika Ueberbacher, Staff Liaison to the Borden Colony Advisory Committee
Time Meeting Opened: 5:03 pm
Time Meeting Closed: 6:10 pm
I. Introduction of Members :
All members and guests introduced themselves.
II. Organization of Members
The Selectmen had indicated that the Chairmanship of this Committee would be
shared between a representative from the Conservation Commission and a
representative from the Park and Recreation. Therefore, the designees
as co chairman are: John Lucier and David McRae.
III. Introduction to Apple D’Or Staff, Olsen’s Greenhouse Staff
Mr. Spencer was present and represented Apple D’Or.
IV. Discussion of History of Borden Colony
There was some discussion of the history of Borden Colony and its former status as a farm run mainly by the state. Chris Gallagher had worked on a plan for the realignment of the roads and the field layout. The Advisory Committee encouraged anyone present to bring in historical data so that it can be archived. Ms. Ueberbacher indicated that she would ask the Town Planner, Richard McCarthy, if he could obtain an aerial map from the GIS information on the Town Assessor’s Maps. Mr. Spencer indicated that he has some interest in forming an educational component to his five year plan and would be interested din any data that was acquired. The Advisory group members would be willing to work with a representative from the historical commission at putting together a history of the Borden colony.
There was some discussion that it could be used as a promotional item.
V. Review of Five Year Plan with Apple D’Or Staff Update from Mr. Spencer regarding Borden Colony farm fields:
Apple D’Or has entered into two sublease agreements. The first agreement is for Mr. Reed to continue farming and he will be on a year to year agreement. The Olson Greenhouse lease agreement is to continue farming the land that they have been using currently with additional acreage. The additional acreage contains an area that would be utilized more effectively if it is leveled. After discussion, the Borden colony Advisory Committee asked for an opinion in writing to be provided by the USDA in order for them to agree to this request. The Committee surmised that the APR restrictions as written do not allow for earth to be removed or for existing topography to be changed.
MOTION MADE BY LOUIS BOUSQUET JR. AND SECONDED BY CHRIS GALLAGHER , UNANIMOUS VOTE (no abstentions) TO SEND A LETTER TO THE SELECTMEN APPROVING THE REED’S AND OLSON’S AS SUBTENANTS SUBJECT TO THE LEASE AGREEMENT AND THE APR RESTRICTIONS.
VI. Update from Site Visit conducted on May 17, 2006:
Pictures were presented by Bob Spenser for the records. There is a
substantial amount of debris tilled into the earth. This is to be noted in the file and
in the minutes.
VII. Notification of Biodiversity Day Cleanup:
Due to the debris, Biodiversity Day Cleanup on June 3rd has been extended to the Borden Colony.
VIII. MOTION TO ADJOURN AT 6:10 PM BY LOUIS BOUSQUET JR. SECONDED BY TERESA GALLIGAN. UNANIMOUS VOTE (no abstentions).
IX. Next Meeting Date and Time:
To be announced.