4/7/2014 - Meeting Minutes

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4/7/2014 - Meeting Minutes

Postby Maria Lajoie » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:36 am

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014

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

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

7:00 PM Discussion:
1. Ron Wence, 53 Bigelow Road. Mr. Wence present to request permission to install a seasonal boat lift to the left side of his 36-foot dock at 53 Bigelow Road. This lift will not be permanently anchored and will be removed for the winter months. No machinery is required or alterations to the shore area and the four pipes will be installed by hand. No electrical work is required because the unit is solar powered. He will not be purchasing a canopy for the lift. The Commission agreed and said they had no problem with this request.
2. Proposed Conservation Land, 41 Pine Street. Ms. Brown and Mr. Zisk did a site walk and in one area of the property they saw six old tires and other debris. No logging was ever done and there are stone walls throughout the property along with an old stone bridge. Mr. Zisk said that the Commission can vote to accept the land now or wait until the owner goes through the Chapter 61A process. Mr. Manning asked about the plans and Ms. Sharkey said that Civil Site Engineering will be drawing up two plans- one for the conservation land and one for the ANR lots and they also did a survey of the land. Mr. Zisk was asked to contact Michael Yerka regarding the cost of the plans and survey. A Motion was made by Ms. Van Roo to accept 60 acres of land at 41 Pine Street and go forward with the procedure to accept the land, seconded by Ms. Sharkey. Vote: Unanimous.

7:15 PM (NOI: DEP #143-0867) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED – near 325 South Street over Tinkerville Brook / TOWN OF DOUGLAS
Present were William Cundiff, Kim Armstrong of Greenman-Pederson and Henry Nover of Nover-Armstrong Associates, Inc. The Commission received a letter from William Cundiff, Town Engineer, dated April 4, 2014 requesting that this Notice of Intent DEP #143-0867 be withdrawn because it will be combined with the new Notice of Intent DEP #143-0868 for the entire South Street bridge project. A Motion was made by Ms. Sharkey to accept the withdrawal of DEP #143-0867, seconded by Ms. Van Roo. Vote: Unanimous.

7:15 PM (NOI: DEP #143-0868) PUBLIC HEARING – near 325 South Street over Tinkerville Brook / TOWN OF DOUGLAS
Present were William Cundiff, Town Engineer, Kim Armstrong of Greenman-Pederson and Henry Nover of Nover-Armstrong Associates, Inc. The scope of work includes rehabilitating the South Street Bridge stone arch and walls and reconstructing the roadway including installation of monument slabs, guardrails and curbing. Ms. Armstrong said they went to look at the bridge in October and saw how bad the scour was due to flooding and that a tree had fallen and damaged a part of the bridge during a storm. Rip rap will be used to fill the scour hole which will be tough working with uneven rock. Mr. Greco asked if the water would be protected from debris and Ms. Armstrong said yes that the stones have been removed and sand bags have been placed and also said that it is the responsibility of the contractors. Mr. Manning said that the contractors are not to leave any material on-site when the work is completed and asked if this would be a lifetime fix and Ms. Armstrong said that it should be. Mr. Cundiff said that the bridge was built in 1928 and was the last stone bridge built in Massachusetts. Ms. Armstrong said that the sand bags are in place and the work will be done during the dry season. Mr. Zisk asked about DEP’s comment regarding stormwater management and Ms. Armstrong said that it wasn’t necessary and is also too expensive. Precautions were taken and Mr. Nover agreed and said that the swale will be paved at the low point and will help any runoff and also rip rap will be placed. Mr. Cundiff said they would like to get moving on this project by summer and that bids would go out within the next few months. Mr. Zisk asked how long the project would take and Ms. Armstrong said is should be completed by 10/13/2014 and the bridge has to be staged because the road cannot be shut down. After discussion, a Motion was made by Ms. Van Roo to close the Public Hearing and issue an Order of Conditions, seconded by Ms. Sharkey. Vote: Unanimous.

7:30 PM (AMENDED NOI: #143-0844) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED – 455 Northwest Main Street / EXXONMOBIL PIPELINE COMPANY
Present was Eric Runstrom of Roux Associates on behalf of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company requesting permission to do trenching to a depth of approximately 5-feet and an area up to 20-feet in length by 10-feet in width to facilitate preventative maintenance of a petroleum pipeline and dewatering may be necessary. The work will be done to the west of the property and will not be within the stream or resource areas. Wattles will be placed for erosion control. Ms. Brown asked that the dewatering be kept in the easement area. Mr. Runstrom said that the dewatering is down gradient of the work area and up gradient from the stream. Mr. Zisk said that when he went to the site an abutter was upset that he was walking the property and he does not want to be accused of trespassing. Mr. Runstrom said he could provide copies of the deed. Ms. Brown said that the abutter wanted to be notified. Mr. Runstrom said this was not necessary when walking property easements but said he would speak to Jim at ExxonMobil to ask what to do to grant Mr. Zisk and the Members access to their properties. Mr. Zisk will also check with Town Counsel. A Motion was made by Ms. Van Roo to continue the Public Hearing on May 6, 2014 at 7:00pm, seconded by Ms. Sharkey. Vote: Unanimous.

7:45 PM (NOI: #143-0869) PUBLIC HEARING – 81 Main Street / GUIOU, JOYCE
Ms. Brown recused herself. Present on behalf of the Applicant was Arthur Allen of EcoTec, Inc., and Eric Bazzett, Engineer of Heritage Design Group. The scope of work consists of the removal of 96 cubic yards of silt and sand sediment which has washed into pond from upstream areas. Sediment removal will restore flood storage volume and habitat connectivity. Re-grade 1,430 square feet of buffer/riverfront at pond outlet to increase flood storage and prevent flooding of existing home. Mr. Allen was in to see the Commission last fall to discuss the pond and the silt and sediment that wash into it. Mr. Allen said the sediment is 2-feet high in some areas and the house at 81 Main Street gets flooded out and the insurance company would not cover the damage. The sediment dredging work will be done during the dry season from July to September 30th. Ms. Van Roo asked if they had a plan for the future and Mr. Allen said that this is 30 to 40 years of sediment accumulation. Ms. Sharkey asked if they had a diversion plan and Mr. Allen said that Mrs. Guiou is providing a service for all abutters along upstream. Mr. Zisk asked if the work will alleviate the issues upstream and Mr. Allen said that the work could have a benefit upstream. Ms. Sharkey said she wasn’t sure if it is a benefit and she also asked who was going to do the work and Mr. Allen said Mrs. Guiou’s son Rob and his friend Mr. Porter. Mr. Allen said he would provide documentation on soil that is removed and the before and after grades. A Motion was made by Ms. Van Roo to close the Public Hearing and issue an Order of Conditions, seconded by Mr. Greco. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION / SIGN
1. Robert Josey, 36 Ridge Trail. Mr. Zisk said that Mr. Josey wants to demolish and re-build a single family house using the same footprint. The property is 140-feet from the Whitin Reservoir. There is an area that fills with water when it rains and is trapped by the road down gradient. Ms. Brown said that Mr. Zisk already signed off on the Building Permit and she asked if it was a wetland. Mr. Zisk said he didn’t think so. Ms. Sharkey asked if there were wetland plants and Mr. Zisk said no and also said that when it rains it will accumulate 1-inch of water and drops down gradient. Ms. Van Roo asked if the Commission should hire someone to check if the area is wet or not. Ms. Brown asked if the wet area was close to the construction area and Mr. Zisk said it was 75-feet away when he measured. Ms. Brown suggested that Mr. Josey file an RDA. Ms. Van Roo felt that a consultant should be hired. Mr. Zisk said that the construction was not going to impact anything.
2. Meeting Minutes of 3/3/14. After review, a Motion was made by Ms. Van Roo to approve the Meeting Minutes of March 3, 2014, as amended, seconded by Ms. Sharkey. Vote: Unanimous.
3. Meeting Minutes of 3/17/14. After review, a Motion was made by Ms. Ms. Sharkey to approve the Meeting Minutes of March 17, 2014, as written, seconded by Mr. Greco. Vote: Yes-4, Abstained-1 (Ms. Van Roo). Vote Passed.

ADJOURNMENT
At 8:40pm, a Motion was made by Ms. Van Roo to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Sharkey. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,


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