3/17/2014 - Meeting Minutes

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3/17/2014 - Meeting Minutes

Postby Maria Lajoie » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:58 am

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm.

ATTENDANCE
Present: Linda Brown (Chairman), Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairman), Michael Greco (Member), Jeremy Manning (Member) and Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent) and Maria Lajoie (Administrative Secretary). Absent: Brandi Van Roo (Member).

7:00 PM (AMENDED NOI #143-0844) PUBLIC HEARING – 455 Northwest Main Street / EXXONMOBIL PIPELINE COMPANY
Neither ExxonMobil Pipeline Company nor their Representative was present. After discussion, a Motion was made by Ms. Sharkey to continue this hearing at 7:30pm this evening, seconded by Mr. Manning. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION:
1. 149 Maple Street. Ms. Brown said she saw that someone had gone onto this property with a plow through a wetland area and she contacted Mr. Zisk to go to the site and find out what was going on. Mr. Zisk reported that Daniel Heney, Builder, went into the buffer zone with a plow in order to have a well truck be able to access the property. After talking to Mr. Heney and informing him that he crossed over the wetlands, Mr. Heney created a new access road 100 feet from the wetland area that he disturbed and erosion controls were placed. The Commission asked Mr. Zisk to speak to Mr. Heney and have him spread wood chips and place straw wattles in the wetland buffer zone area near the road to re-establish growth and to contact Mr. Zisk when the controls are in place. The Commission asked Mr. Zisk to write Mr. Heney a letter regarding this.

7:15 PM (NOI: DEP #143-0866) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED – 22 Potter Road / KUIPERS, GEORGE
Present on behalf of the Applicant was his representative Seth Lajoie of Seth L. Lajoie & Associates. Mr. Lajoie submitted a revised plan dated 3/4/14 showing the inner and outer riparian zones. Mr. Zisk said that the plan looked good. A Motion was made by Ms. Sharkey to close the Public Hearing and issue an Order of Conditions, seconded by Mr. Greco. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION:
1. 41 Pine Street: 60 acre parcel. Present was Brian Keevan (son), Fred Pollard (Real Estate Agent), Michael Yerka (Civil Site Engineering) and Attorney Michael Kennefick (Town Counsel). There is frontage off of Pine and Southeast Main

Streets, which is a 14-foot access off of Southeast Main Street. This parcel is in Chapter 61A but Mr. Keevan said he has not done any cutting. 17.9 acres will consist of 5 lots and the existing farm house. The parcel will be taken out of Chapter 61A and into R/A. Mr. Yerka said there is an easement 25-feet into the property and enough for two car spaces. Attorney Kennefick suggested that the Commission have someone do a title search and said the access is fine. Mr. Zisk asked if there was a timeline on the easement and Attorney Kennefick said when you acquire property you have perpetuity and said that everything should be addressed in the deed. Mr. Zisk asked if the Commission should hire someone to look at the property for dump sites, and Attorney Kennefick said that is up to the Commission. Ms. Sharkey asked if the break in the wall is the access and Mr. Keevan said yes. Mr. Keevan asked the Commission if he could begin the process of Right of First Refusal and neither Attorney Kennefick nor the Commission had an issue with that. The Commission said they received an e-mail from Principal Assessor, Beth MacKay stating that the Keevan’s will have to pay a conveyance tax on the 5 lots but not on the gifted 60 acre parcel. Ms. Brown asked if there were stakes in the ground for the 60 acre parcel and Mr. Yerka said no but said he would have the parcel staked and it has already been surveyed. Mr. Zisk asked Mr. Yerka if he drew up a conservation plan and Mr. Yerka said he would draw up a plan which will consist of two sheets and however the Commission wants. Mr. Zisk said he wanted the plan to state “Under the Control of the Conservation Commission” and to separate the Book & Page Numbers. Mr. Yerka said he would show the 60 acre lot and easement without the other 5 lots. After discussion, it was agreed that a title search would be done and get title insurance. The Commission will continue to discuss what they want stated in the deed. The Commission will do a site walk when the snow is gone.

8:13 PM (AMENDED NOI #143-0844) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED– 455 Northwest Main Street / EXXONMOBIL PIPELINE COMPANY
Neither ExxonMobil Pipeline Company nor their Representative attended their Hearing tonight. After discussion, a Motion was made by Ms. Sharkey to continue this Public Hearing on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:30pm, seconded by Mr. Greco. Vote: Unanimous. Ms. Lajoie will contact ExxonMobil with the new date and time.

DISCUSSION / SIGNED:
1. Extension of Order of Conditions: Eveningside Realty Corp, Conservation Drive, Lot #11R (DEP #143-0703)
2. Mumford River 604b Water Planning Grant. The Commission received an e-mail from Mr. Peter Coffin, Coordinator for the Blackstone River Coalition asking the Douglas Conservation Commission to support this grant in order to assess the problem of low flow conditions in the Mumford River. The Commission unanimously supports obtaining this grant. Ms. Lajoie to write a letter of support.

ADJOURNMENT
At 8:15pm, a Motion was made by Ms. Sharkey to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Greco. Vote: Unanimous.
Respectfully submitted,

Maria D. Lajoie
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