September 21, 2015 Conservation Meeting

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September 21, 2015 Conservation Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:10 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, September 21, 2015. Ms. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM.

ATTENDANCE:
PRESENT: Linda Brown (Chairman), Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairman-arrived 7:15 PM), Michael Greco, Brandi Van Roo, Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent)
ABSENT:

1. 7:01 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0892) PUBLIC HEARING – 16 Cottage Colony/ GUARANTEED BUILDERS & DEVELOPERS, INC. (GBI).
Ms. Brown opened the public hearing. Karen Keegan of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. The applicant plans to demolish the existing structure and reconstruct a single-family dwelling in the same footprint. All work is within the 100 foot buffer. They have proposed placing straw wattles, starting at each property corner and wrapping around the lot. The stockpile area is outside the 25’ buffer and surrounded by wattles, but the well is within that buffer. The resource area is the edge of the reservoir where there is a concrete wall. There is a perimeter drain that flows into the reservoir, which will be used as part of the construction. They propose to replace the tight tank. The existing wood deck is within the footprint.
Mr. Zisk stated that this same property was before the Commission this summer for the well. Ms. Keegan stated that the plan has been approved by the Board of Health, and they will be going before the Zoning Board (ZBA) on October 7, 2015. Ms. Brown would like to wait for ZBA approval before they make a decision.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to continue the public hearing, NOI-DEP #143-0892, 16 Cottage Colony, Guaranteed Builders & Developers, Inc. to October 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

2. 7:15 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING – 21 Conservation Drive/DOUGLAS HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT.
Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. William Cundiff, Town Engineer joined the meeting. He stated that drainage pipes were installed alongside the edge of the road. Some are on private property. The soil settled at the driveways that cross over the drainage pipes, causing a hump. This property should be the last instance where the Town has to deal with this issue. The plan is to excavate the existing HDP pipe, put in good backfill around a new pipe, and bring everything up to grade. The project was requested by the homeowners. Wattles will be used as erosion control.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to issue a negative RDA, 21 Conservation Drive, Douglas Highway Dept. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

3. 7:21 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING – Chestnut Street, Wallis Road, Wallum Lake Road, Northwest Main Street, Monroe Street, Northeast Main Street, Gilboa Street, Oak Street, South Street & Grove Street/DOUGLAS HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT.
Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting to present the RDA. He stated that this plan is for sealing cracks in the above mentioned roads with rubberized asphalt. John Furno, Highway Dept. Superintendent, would like to repave Grove Street from West Street to Mumford Road. The only drainage work will be to install one catch basin with a dead end pipe. The pipe will have an outlet on a low point on 59 Grove Street. They will be working with that property owner for easements. A discussion was held regarding the runoff. Mr. Zisk requested that traditional erosion controls be placed on Grove Street towards West Street to protect the small area of wetlands.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to issue a negative RDA, Chestnut Street, Wallis Road, Wallum Lake Road, Northwest Main Street, Monroe Street, Northeast Main Street, Gilboa Street, Oak Street, South Street and Grove Street, Douglas Highway Department with the condition that erosion controls be used along either side of Grove Street where wetlands exist. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

4. 7:30 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING – near 15 South Street/DOUGLAS HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT.
Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting to present the RDA. He stated that the project is located where Dudley Brook crosses South Street and discharges into Dudley Pond. The existing 36” corrugated metal pipe culvert is not stable and voids are being formed in the asphalt. The Highway Dept. wants to replace the entire pipe before the fall rains begin. It is a safety issue.
Mr. Cundiff stated that Mr. Furno would prefer to do the work when there is little to no flow. In the event that there is flow, he will put up sand bags to keep the flow out of the work area. The goal is to store the flow in the high area. Mr. Cundiff feels that there is plenty of room on the shoulder for asphalt debris. The head wall will not be affected. A discussion was held.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to issue a negative RDA, near 15 South Street, Douglas Highway Dept. with the condition that they use sand bags and pump to lower the levels of the water during the replacement of the pipe within two days for completion. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

OPEN SESSION:
Jack Pruitte, 54 Cottage Colony joined the meeting. He is requesting a Certificate of Compliance for his property that was never requested when his house was built 11 years ago. Mr. Zisk has been to the property, and he took some pictures. The property owner filed for his tight tank initially in 2002 and then filed to modify the Order of Conditions in 2003 to demolish and rebuild the cottage. Mr. Pruitte bought the property in 2004. Mr. Zisk stated that everything looks good.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to issue a Certificate of Compliance, 54 Cottage Colony, Jack Pruitte. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION:
1. North Village: Update. Neil Rybicki with Northbrown, LLC joined the meeting. He presented a letter from Art Allen of Eco-Tech outlining how the bottom of the culvert was going to be re-established. Ms. Brown stated that she signed off on the building permit. Mr. Rybicki will put in the footings next week. He has started to put in the retaining walls. By the last week of October, the culvert will be in, as well as the area put back to its natural state. Mr. Rybicki left the meeting.
2. Town of Douglas/School Project, 21 Davis Street (DEP #143-0833): Request for a Certificate of Compliance. Mr. Zisk stated that some silt fence near the track still has not been removed. He will speak with Mr. Cundiff and Adelle Reynolds , Building Commissioner, about it tomorrow. Mr. Zisk did not see any reference in the minutes regarding removing the silt fence. Maintenance is mowing 1-2 feet away from the fiber logs. A discussion was held.
3. John Hill, 106 Walnut Street: Planning Board Request for Project Review/ Accessory Apartment Special Permit. Mr. Zisk stated that the addition is within the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission. The applicant is before the Planning Board. By consensus of the Commission, it was agreed that the applicant needs to file with the Conservation Commission.
4. Minutes: August 3 and August 17, 2015
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to accept the minutes of the August 3, 2015 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to accept the minutes of the August 17, 2015 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3, Ms. Van Roo abstained.

5. 8:05 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0---) PUBLIC HEARING – 24 Locust Street/VAN REED, CLIFF.
Ms. Brown opened the public hearing. Mike Yerka of Civil Site Engineering joined the meeting. He stated that the property is approximately 2.75 acres. The back part is wetland. The applicant is proposing a 44’ x 28’ single-family home with a deck off the back, a drive-under, a well and septic system. The area is flagged. Mr. Zisk provided comments and Mr. Yerka presented the revised plan as of today. The driveway and siltation basin for the well have been moved. The erosion control will be on the low end of the wall. The proposed deck is out of the 50’ buffer zone. Mr. Yerka showed where the spoils area will be on the revised plan.
Ms. Sharkey is concerned about the short distance between the activity and the wetlands. The Commission would like the plan to show something to block lawn creep, such as plantings and boulders at the back line. They would like some trees marked to not be removed. Ms. Sharkey may do a site walk on her own time.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing, NOI-DEP #143-0---, 24 Locust Street, Cliff Van Reed to October 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION (Cont.):
Regarding North Village, Ms. Brown stated that, three weeks ago, she received a blueprint of the culvert and asked Mr. Cundiff to review it. Mr. Cundiff stated that it needed a structural engineer’s stamp. Ms. Brown received the blueprints back tonight and they have that stamp. The Commission asked Mr. Zisk to ask Mr. Allen for a timeline, sequence of events and completion for restoration in writing, which was requested at the August 17, 2015 meeting. Mr. Zisk will contact Mr. Rybicki.

8:30 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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