07/14/2014 - Meeting Minutes

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07/14/2014 - Meeting Minutes

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:21 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, July 14, 2014. Ms. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM.

ATTENDANCE:
PRESENT: Linda Brown (Chairman), Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairman), Michael Greco, Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent)
ABSENT: Jeremy Manning, Brandi Van Roo

DISCUSSION:
1. Douglas School Project: Maintenance Plan: Mr. Zisk reported that the site walk was done for the Certificate of Compliance Request about a month ago. The School Dept. wants to start fertilizing within 100 feet of a vernal pool. They have submitted a Landscape and Management Plan. Mr. Zisk has reviewed the plan. The plan states that they will not fertilize within 100 feet of the vernal pool. Mr. Zisk has not reinspected the area where the erosion controls have been moved.
Cortney Keegan, Business and Operations Manager, and Jeff Kollett, Facilities Manager, joined the meeting for the School Dept. William Cundiff, Town Engineer, also joined the meeting. The erosion controls have not yet been removed from the southwest corner of the upper athletic field by CTA.
Mr. Kollett talked about his normal operating procedure for the last 14 years. He is proposing that same procedure for the remaining fields. The fields are three weeks beyond requiring fertilization and the areas are showing stress. Mr. Zisk showed Mr. Kollett where the fiber logs should be placed to protect the vernal pool from fertilizer run off. He asked Mr. Kollett to get LEED certification and let him know when the fiber logs have been placed. The Order of Conditions requires that no pesticide or herbicide be applied within 100 feet of a vernal pool, but fertilizer is okay.
Mr. Kollett stated that if he uses a new product on the field, it is posted for five days at a central location at the school and any new product is added to the IPM. Mr. Zisk asked for a list of what is used inside the 100 foot buffer of the vernal pool and outside the 100 feet of the vernal pool. The 100 foot buffer only affects the lower field. Mr. Kollett will make the areas clear to the people that do the applications.
Ms. Keegan, Mr. Kollett and Mr. Cundiff left the meeting.

1. 7:20 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0872) PUBLIC HEARING: 34 Peters Cove Road/WEBB,CARRIE.
Mike Weaver of Guerriere and Halnon joined the meeting. Mr. Weaver presented paperwork not related to the public hearing. He stated that the previous owners had come in to take down the existing structures and build a new house and septic, etc, however the parcel has been sold and the new owners do not want to do any of that. The Order of Conditions has not been issued yet. They are requesting a Certificate of Compliance to state that they are not doing any of the previous work listed on the Order of Conditions, except for the well. The original is close to its expiration date.
The public hearing could not be opened because legal notice was never placed and abutters were not notified. The public hearing will be placed on the August 4, 2104 agenda at 7:15 PM.

DISCUSSION (Cont.):
2. NextSun Solar Farm, Northeast Main Street: Update. Mr. Zisk spoke about the erosion controls that are ready to be taken down. Ms. Brown asked Mr. Zisk to check to be sure the fence has been raised 4” above the ground for turtles to crawl under.
3. Suzanne Gagnon, Potter Road: Mr. Zisk stated that Ms. Gagnon received an Order of Conditions 7-8 years ago to build a bridge across the intermediate stream to access her easement. Erosion controls were placed this past week. The extension is up this fall. Ms. Gagnon was present at the meeting.
Ms. Gagnon needs to acquire replication cost to get a Performance Bond. Mr. Zisk explained the process. Ms. Gagnon presented the plans and an estimate of $130,000 for the project. A discussion was held. The Commission was supportive of a bond for that full project amount. As parts of the project are completed, the bond may be reduced. A discussion was held regarding the parking of construction vehicles. Ms. Gagnon left the meeting.

2. 7:57 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0873) PUBLIC HEARING: 192 Maple Street/ANDREWS, ERIN
Ms. Brown opened the public hearing. Steven Donatelli of Shea Engineering and Surveying joined the meeting. The plan is for a septic repair. The existing leach field will be removed and replaced. All materials will be trucked off site. The Commission asked that straw wattles be used.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions, with the Conservation Commission’s standard conditions, for NOI-DEP #143-0873, 193 Maple Street/Andrews, Erin. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

3. 8:04 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0874) PUBLIC HEARING: Davis Street/EXXON MOBILE PIPELINE COMPANY
Ms. Brown opened the public hearing. Eric Runstrom from Roux Associates, Inc. joined the meeting. Exxon needs to go in and trench some areas they missed when they trenched the areas several years ago. The abutters have been notified. A right-of-way violation within the work area was noticed at 169 Davis Street. Mr. Zisk will set up a site walk with Exxon.
Mr. Runstrom described the work to be done to protect the three wetland work areas. They propose to set up a barrier to divert flow during the work. They will put in a temporary cofferdam. The work needs to be done by the end of August. They will segregate the stream bank and the streambed materials. The length of the most sensitive section is 30 feet long. There is a temporary culvert. A basic pump-around will be used in the third area.
The fourth area is a longer area and has no wetland portion.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for NOI-DEP #143-0874, Davis Street/Exxon Mobile Pipeline. Mr. Greco seconded the motion.

DISCUSSION (Cont.):
4. Richard and Deborah Morse, 79 Mumford Street, Request for Wetland Replication: Mr. Morse joined the meeting. Mr. Zisk stated that Mr. Morse would like to take down the erosion controls. The crossing was done, but no replication was done. Everything is stabilized throughout the site. It was the consensus of the Commission that Mr. Morse can remove the erosion controls. Mr. Morse left the meeting.
A discussion was held regarding a bond for replication.
5. Hemlock Street Bridge: Update. Mr. Zisk stated that the project is going to start this week. Mr. Zisk will take pictures during the process.
6. Request for a Certificate of Compliance: Theresa (Glidden) Arpin, 362 Southwest Main Street (Schedule Site Walk). Mr. Zisk stated that Ms. Arpin came in last meeting to ask to remove erosion controls. The Commission gave her permission and she now needs to fill out the Request for a Certificate of Compliance. The Commission may need an As-Built and a copy of the original plan. It was decided to leave this item on the agenda for the next meeting.
7. Sign: Order of Conditions: David Adam, 12 Shady Lane. There was no discussion.

MINUTES:
Approval of the April 7, 2014 Conservation Commission meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

OPEN SESSION:
Ms. Brown stated that dues are due for MACC. The Commission signed the dues for MACC. It was questioned why the Conservation Commission is paying for the Town Engineer.
Mr. Zisk stated that the Douglas State Forest Project looks good.

8:44 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:44 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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