May 5, 2015 Conservation Meeting

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May 5, 2015 Conservation Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:08 pm

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Ms. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:07 PM.

PRESENT: Linda Brown (Chairman), Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairman-arrived 7:19 PM), Brandi Van Roo, Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent)

William Cundiff, Town Engineer joined the meeting. Mr. Cundiff stated that this is the annual submittal for a Request for Determination for highway paving projects throughout the town. Three areas are being submitted: two are on Southeast Main Street, the third is on Vine Street. Ms. Brown read the public meeting notice. The work will be performed by the Highway Dept. One location on Southeast Main Street has a perennial stream. They will contact Stephen Zisk before they do the work to identify the areas to protect with straw wattles. One area on Vine Street does not have any protected areas in the vicinity of the paving work.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to issue a negative RDA for Vine & Southeast Main Streets, Douglas Highway Department. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. Mr. Cundiff reviewed the history of the project since 1997. Two consecutive Orders of Conditions have expired and there is no current Order. The Board of Selectmen (BOS) has received a gift of funds to pave an access way up to Martin Road Park. Good gravel will be placed and 3.5” of paving 500’ into the site. The paving will be 20’-24’ in width. The resource areas on the plan are as they were in 2001 when the Commission issued an Order. The stream is not mapped as intermittent or perennial. Mr. Cundiff explained the proposal. A new pipe and a catch basin will be installed. This work would stabilize the entire driveway and eliminate the need to excavate sediment by hand from the detention pond every other year.
A discussion was held regarding how the plan will stop erosion. Gravel and rip rap will be used on the shoulders. There is a stockpile of ground asphalt within the 100’. Ms. Van Roo wants to be assured that no asphalt runoff will go into the wetland. Mr. Cundiff will add erosion controls to the plan along the entire edge of the banking to the stream. The pipe and catch basin can be moved to the bottom corner, however he has not discussed this drainage system with John Furno, Highway Dept. Superintendent. Ms. Brown stated that a rip rap swale is needed on both sides. Ms. Van Roo asked if the roadway could slant to one side, away from the left side, instead of crowning the roadway. Mr. Cundiff will submit an updated plan.

Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public meeting for an RDA for 115 Martin Road, Douglas Highway Department to May 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. Mr. Evanoff joined the meeting. He would like to remove seven trees that are a danger to his house and wires to the house. Mr. Zisk visited the site. All the trees are leaning away from the brook and towards Mr. Evanoff’s home. He has a tree service that will be doing the work. He can stump the oak tree. He will leave the stumps for the trees that are taken down in the wetlands.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to issue a negative RDA for 70 Depot Street, Kevin Evanoff . Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Evanoff will file a permit for some roofing work after the trees are taken down.

7:40 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 16 Cottage Colony Drive/TUSINO, LOUIS
Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. Ms. Sharkey recused herself. Bill Pybas joined the meeting on behalf of Louis Tusino. He stated that the existing septic situation has failed and a tight tank needs to be installed on the property. The only place it can be installed is in front of the house, between the shoreline and the house. The proposed well is the same situation. No trees have been taken down. Mr. Pybas stated that Mr. Malley of the Board of Health has approved the plan. Straw wattles and silt fence are being used for erosion controls. Mr. Zisk will check the erosion controls before the work begins.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to issue a negative RDA for 16 Cottage Colony Drive, Louis Tusino with the condition that the applicant calls Steven Zisk once erosion controls are up prior to beginning work. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

1. Request for Certificates of Compliance: Lisa Cellucci, 122 Walnut Street. Ms. Sharkey rejoined the meeting. Margaret Bacon of Civil Site Engineering joined the meeting. She stated that they did a vegetation inventory this year. There is a lot of wool grass, sphagnum moss and pepper bush. The applicant tried to preserve the large hemlocks and graded around them. Those spots are still void of vegetation. A bottomless structure was installed instead of a four-sided box culvert. The replication area was done in 2005. Ms. Van Roo does not feel there is sufficient establishment. Mr. Zisk has not heard if the crossing was engineered correctly. Ms. Bacon will speak with Ms. Cellucci and let her know that more planting needs to be done. Ms. Brown would like a certification that the crossing has been done.
Jesse Bourque and Kristen Bourque were present at the meeting and are thinking of purchasing this parcel of land. Ms. Brown stated that the plantings need to go through two growing seasons before the Commission can sign off on the Certificate of Compliance.
The Commission would like to go with the original planting plan, as best as can be done.
Mr. Bourque would like an assessment of the wetlands area. Ms. Brown stated that he would have to re-file. Mr. Zisk stated that the area that was proposed for the house is fine because that area was approved.

Margaret Bacon of Civil Site Engineering joined the meeting. She presented the updated plan.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for NOI-DEP #143-0888, 269 Southeast Main Street, Leonardo, Joseph & Rosemary. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

2. Update: ExxonMobile Pipeline Properties (Requests for Certificates of Compliance). Mr. Zisk stated that he received a filing from ExxonMobile for six to eight Certificates of Compliance for filings they have done over the years. His plan is to check them all and if there are any issues, he will report back to the Commission.
3. VFW Soccer Field. Mr. Zisk walked the site with the soccer people and talked them into putting the shed outside of the riverfront area and outside the 100’ from across the pond so that the area is outside the jurisdiction of the Commission. National Grid will put in a utility pole. They will put in a trench from the pole to the shed.

Ms. Brown opened the public hearing. Seth Lajoie joined the meeting. He has moved the well outside of the 50’ buffer zone. He has staked the area. He added a proposed 16’ x 16’ shed and some boulders spaced 10’ on center with high bush blueberries to demarcate the 25’.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for NOI-DEP #143-0887, Yew Street, Lot #4, Fierro, Daniel. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Tim Barlow, Neil Rybicki of North Village, LLC and Art Allen of EcoTech joined the meeting. Ms. Brown stated that three weeks ago she noticed that the drive in had been excavated out and there was material put on the base. Mr. Rybicki said that it was 6” rip rap stone, double washed and now it is covered with natural material. The crossing was excavated out because it was too muddy for the logging trucks. The material was stockpiled for the replication. A base of stone was laid down.
Mr. Allen stated that he is on board to monitor the area. A temporary crossing is in and it is stabilized. There was water flowing through the crossing and it was discharging clean. He has approved the subgrade. He will go out and witness the finish grades in the first area and the subgrades in the second area. The stockpile is the material excavated from the crossing. The second stockpile is where the logs are stored that will be used to build the stormwater basin.
Mr. Allen feels that the old log crossing should be removed. Ms. Brown would like to look at it. No heavy equipment should be stored within the 100’. Mr. Rybicki stated that the logging should be finished by tomorrow afternoon, and all the logging equipment will be removed. The heavy equipment for excavation is stored outside of the 100’. Ms. Van Roo stated that the equipment within the 100’ is in violation of their conditions. Ms. Brown will check on that tomorrow evening.
Mr. Rybicki will check to be sure that Exhibit A has been recorded.

Mr. Zisk stated that a violation notice and an emergency certificate were issued at the last meeting. Mr. Zisk met the owner on site. Mr. Zisk contacted the DEP, Bureau of Waste Management, and they were not giving any orders. Jim Hallahan, owner, and Art Allen of EcoTech joined the meeting. Mr. Allen said that the remaining spoils was material from sand blasting in the building. Lead was involved. It was removed from the site today under manifest. Mr. Allen sent Maria Lajoie electronic copies of the intent package and she will review those documents and give Mr. Allen a date and time for a public hearing.
Mr. Zisk gave Mr. Allen 7:45 PM on May 18, 2015 for the public hearing. Mr. Allen will be filing a Notice of Conditions for after the fact, cleaning and restoration. Mr. Hallahan stated that the testing came back for the soil and it was okay.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to issue a fine of $100 for the violation. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

4. Voucher: Civil Site Engineering. This item was signed. Mr. Zisk stated that there is a small section of land at the farmhouse in Chapter 61. It was supposed to be discussed at the BOS meeting tonight, but that meeting was canceled.
5. Schedule Site Walk: Kenneth Linder/Francis Beaupre, Cliff Street (Requests for Certificates of Compliance). The Certificate of Compliance is for the detention ponds. The owner got rid of the subdivision and is doing a scrap yard outside the jurisdiction of the Commission. Mr. Zisk will visit the site and take pictures. He said that the work done at the site is impeccable.
6. Vote: Conservation Re-Appointments (Linda Brown, Brandi Van Roo & Michael Greco). Ms. Sharkey made a motion to recommend to the Board of Selectmen to re-appoint Linda Brown, Brandi Van Roo and Michael Greco to the Conservation Commission. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
7. Request for Project Review: Pyne Sand & Stone (Earth Removal Special Permit, Phase 2), Northeast Main & Davis Streets. Mr. Zisk stated that Mr. Pyne is expanding his gravel pit, and he is staying right outside the jurisdiction of the Commission. The Commission would like verification that they stay 100’ away from the resource area.

Russ Gray, 206 West Street will speak with Mr. Zisk to get some input on some projects.

MINUTES: 4/6/15 and 4/21/15
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to approve the April 6, 2015 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Approval of the April 21, 2015 Conservation Commission meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

Ms. Van Roo made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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