June 10, 2014 Planning Board Meeting

June 10, 2014 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:23 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Mr. Chesebrough called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

ATTENDANCE:
PRESENT: Eben Chesebrough (Vice Chairman), Ken Ballou, Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey, Michael Zwicker, William Cundiff (Town Engineer)
ABSENT: Ernest Marks (Chairman), Robert Werme, Jr.

DISCUSSION:
1. Letter of Complaint from Jessica Leaver, 4 Cobblestone Lane: Placement of Centralized Mailbox. Mr. Cundiff gave an overview of the project. Mr. Cundiff stated that the developer, Kevin Rafferty, was invited to attend tonight’s meeting, but could not attend. He did speak to Mr. Rafferty who stated that he was approached by the Post Office about installing the centralized mailbox unit. Mr. Rafferty thought it was within their authority to do so. The unit and pad was installed by the Postal Service around the first week of May. Mr. Rafferty feels the mailbox unit is in an appropriate location.
The Leavers are concerned that the placement of the unit will cause all the traffic to stop near the area where their children play. Ms. Leaver presented pictures of the area where she feels the unit should be placed.
Carol Bloniasz, Post Master, stated that she has spoken with Ms. Leaver and told her the reason the location was chosen was because Cobblestone falls before Old Carriage and it makes sense for the mailbox to be on resident’s way home from the center of Town and not beyond where they live. She had approached Mr. Rafferty over a year ago about putting in a central mailbox unit. Mr. Rafferty did not want to pay for it. The Postal Service offered to pay for it. The boxes need to be off the street for safety reasons. Ms. Bloniasz did not know that this was something that had to go before the Planning Board.
When asked why Ms. Bloniasz moved ahead without receiving unanimous consent, she stated that she should have stated “majority consent” in her letter to residents.
The original plan was approved assuming individual mailboxes. A discussion was held.
It was decided to not make a decision until Mr. Rafferty can attend a meeting. Mr. Cundiff will contact him to attend the July 8, 2014 meeting. The board asked Ms. Bloniasz to work with Mr. Rafferty before the July 8 meeting to come up with a proposal.
Ms. Bloniasz and the Leavers left the meeting.
2. Whitin Reservoir Estates. Mr. Cundiff presented an email from Lori Funari of Funari Site Development. Lenard Engineering, Inc. goes out to the project to do inspections. Mr. Cundiff told the developer that they should plan on Lenard coming out at least once a month to do an inspection until the project is substantially complete. The last inspection was done over a month ago. Ms. Funari was supportive of Lenard coming out on an “as needed basis”. Mr. Cundiff is not comfortable with periodic inspections because monthly inspections can better catch small issues before they become large issues. Ms. Funari stated that they are finishing up the sidewalks on Saturday, and after that, there would be nothing to inspect. A discussion was held.
It was decided that after the sidewalks are done, have Lenard due an inspection, then have inspections performed every other month, as long as the project is progressing smoothly. Specific items can be inspected as they are completed upon request.
In response to Ms. Funari’s question, the $1,700 from Dooley’s account was never put into the Inspection Account because Town Counsel said it was not able to be done. The board would like to see Town Counsel’s decision in writing. Mr. Cundiff will produce the document.
Ms. Funari left the meeting.
3. Upton Site Remediation, 466 Northeast Main Street: Surety. Mr. Cundiff presented an email from Mr. Gene Bernat of Upton Site Remediation, who disagrees with the cost of $50,000 for the stabilization of the slopes. Mr. Bernat would also like to do a letter of credit from a bank in lieu of surety, however Town Counsel has said that he cannot do that. A discussion was held.
The board agreed that $50,000 surety in the proper form is needed.
4. Summerlyn Estates Subdivision: Remaining Work & Spring Inspection: Included in the packet for informational purposes was a note from Dan Heney.
5. Deer Crossing: Spring Inspection: Included in the packet for informational purposes was a note from Tim Nealon.
6. Request for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Darryl & Sharon Hiltz, 78 Pine Street. There were no issues. Taxes are current.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to approve Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension, Darryl & Sharon Hiltz, 78 Pine Street. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
7. Request for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Donald Desjardin, 14 Shady Lane. There were no issues. Taxes are current.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to approve Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension, Donald Desjardin, 14 Shady Lane. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
8. Minutes: April 8, 2014 and April 22, 2014
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to approve the April 8, 2014 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4, Mr. Zwicker abstained.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to approve the April 22, 2014 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

SIGN:
1. Apartment Special Permit Extension: Darryl & Sharon Hiltz, 78 Pine Street.
2. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Donald Desjardin, 14 Shady Lane
3. Voucher.

OPEN SESSION:
There was nothing to discuss.

8:01 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:01 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

The meeting was reconvened by Mr. Chesebrough to discuss two ZBA applications.

DISCUSSION (Cont.):
9. ZBA Application, Patricia Ferreira, 5 White Avenue. The applicants want to place a shed closer to the setback. They want a 10’ setback instead of a 20’ setback. The board did not have any objections to the application.
10. ZBA Application: Glen Campbell and Jacqueline Boucher, 291-7 South Street. The applicant wants to modify their existing kitchen and provide wheelchair access. It is a single-family trailer. A discussion was held. The board did not have any objections to the application.

8:18 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:18 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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