Layout for new food truck concession discussed
A grateful Cindy Kelly attended the Land Trust meeting on Monday, March 10, to both express her thanks to the trust for allowing her to use its K&H Property along West Side Road for her new food truck business, Pots ‘N Kettles, as well as to iron out some details.
Kelly proposed that the truck enter the property and pull around in a circle so that the side serving windows face the road. Trustee Harold “Turtle” Hatfield noted that doing so would increase the area that would need to be laid out with gravel (so that the area wouldn’t become rutted and muddy) and suggested that less gravel would be necessary if she backed the truck onto the property and then swung it around. He also noted that the top soil would need to be removed first or else the gravel would just disappear into the soil.
Kelly agreed with the plan, noting that she would work on her backing up skills.
As far as what to do with the top soil, the trustees felt that it could be carted off to the Solviken property for use there.
Previously, Kelly had offered to have she and her husband, Gene Hall, perform the brush clearing along one wall of the property and she wanted the trust to look at the trees in that area to see whether they were salvageable, or whether they had been compromised by the briars.
Hatfield said he would take a look at the trees, and later was authorized by the trustees to work with Hall on a plan for the brush clearing, soil removal and stone wall repair.
In another request, Kelly expressed the desire to utilize an electrical pole that had a transformer on it to get power to the truck via a heavy duty extension cord. She said that she had approached the Block Island Power Company for permission to do this, but was told that she needed to have someone from the Land Trust sign off on it, as owners of the property. After some brief discussion on the matter, the trust authorized Chair Barbara MacMullan to sign any necessary papers.
Trustee Denny Heinz asked Kelly if she were going to put in any picnic tables and Kelly said that she didn’t want to at this point in time but that she did have an old church bench that she would like to have there, stressing that the business was to be for take-out only. Heinz countered that she would probably be attracting bicyclists and walkers as well as those in cars. Kelly indicated that she might send those wishing to sit and eat to the nearby Legion Park, adding that she would be “super vigilant” in looking for trash from her business in that area.
Kelly hopes to open for business on May first, and before leaving the meeting, again expressed her thanks, saying: “I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your openness.”
The Land Trust also approved a request from the Peabody Museum to look for lignite samples on a few of the Trust’s properties at some point in April. MacMullan explained to the group that a paleobotanist studying at the museum had noticed that some specimens of these fossilized plants in the museum’s collection had come from Block Island and they would like to look for more.
Noting that the Block Island kindergarten class makes an annual spring time field trip to the museum, MacMullan had asked the scientists if they would “entertain” the kindergarten for 10 to 15 minutes (a time frame suggested by kindergarten teacher Deborah Hart) and they had said yes. It was suggested that she also contact high school science teacher Sue Gibbons if some of the teens might be interested and MacMullan agreed to contact her.
During the Stewardship portion of the meeting, the trust was presented with two applications to the CRMC that were ready for signing, and briefly discussed signage for the new beach access path on their Spring Street property near the Ocean View.
Then they turned to the Solviken property on Corn Neck Rd. MacMullan reported that she had met with Town Manager Nancy Dodge, First Warden Kim Gaffett, Building Official Marc Tillson, and Landscape Architect Derek Van Lent, who is also a member of the Block Island Conservancy, which is a co-owner of the property.
MacMullan told the trustees that they would not need to go through the zoning or planning boards to fill in the foundation to a depth of 30 inches as well as temporarily delineate a parking area. She also noted that Tillson was eager for them to “get going.” She said that she would follow up with Van Lent on CRMC approval.
Bill Comings, who is also on the Block Island Conservancy and who was in attendance, noted: “Temp stuff is our fail-safe.” He also noted that Sven Risom of the Committee for the Great Salt Pond is working on the application to the zoning board for the construction of a 10 by 20 foot platform to be used by the committee for educational purposes.
The platform has to go through zoning before going to the CRMC approval, and then will need to go through other various approvals.
While some expressed frustration with the length of the process, MacMullan said: “We just have to grit our teeth and go through it.”