August 1, 2016 Conservation Commission meeting

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August 1, 2016 Conservation Commission meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:47 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2016

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, August 1, 2016. Ms. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

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

DISCUSSION:
1. 14 Franklin Street (DEP #143-0904). Dan Heney joined the meeting. Mr. Zisk stated that two lots were created from one. There is a wetland on the south of lot 2. The Conservation Commission previously signed an Order of Conditions, but it was tied to the existing house. Mr. Heney wishes to sell the house. Mr. Zisk suggested issuing a Certificate of Compliance on 14 Franklin, lot 1 and submitting a duplicate Order of Conditions, but with the new address of 16 Franklin Street. All site work is being done on 16 Franklin Street.
The Commission had no objection, however they want to see new paperwork at the next meeting. Mr. Heney will obtain a letter from his attorney saying that 14 Franklin Street is not associated with this DEP number.
2. Removal of Mobile Home: 66 Depot Street. Jim Haagsma joined the meeting. He would like to demolish the mobile home using a Bobcat. There is no foundation; it is on cinder blocks. The mobile home is within the 100’ buffer. There will not be any excavation. All debris will be removed and all work will be done in one day. No trees will be removed. A discussion was held.
The Commission had no objection.
3. Site Walk at 12 Gilboa Street. Ms. Brown stated that she and Ms. Van Roo visited the site. North of the pool into the woods, there is skunk cabbage 30’ from the edge of disturbance. The property owner was told to put a tarp over the loam for the time being. The pool is also within the 100’. The property owner wants to bring in more loam and seed the back. Ms. Brown and Ms. Van Roo suggested that he file a Notice of Intent. Mr. Zisk believes that he is in the process of filing.
Mr. Zisk will check that the loam pile is covered with a tarp and that the back edge of disturbance has a wattle around the back of it towards the garage. The pile of old wood chips does not need to have erosion control around it.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to issue a $100 fine for a violation at 12 Gilboa Street, Joseph Lafrance. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
The property owner has a plot plan. Ms. Van Roo has told the property owner that as long as he has measurements from the back of his pool, everything could probably be done from the plot plan he has.
4. Minutes: March 21, April 4, May 3, May 16, June 6, June 20, and July 18 2016.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the March 21, 2016 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Ms. Brown seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2, Ms. Van Roo abstained.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to approve the April 4, 2016 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to approve the May 3, 2016 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Ms. Brown seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2, Mr. Greco abstained.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to approve the May 16, 2016 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended, with the condition that the meeting video be checked for the language used during the 42 Main Street, Ed Carpenter public hearing. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the June 6, 2016 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as presented. Ms. Brown seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2, Ms. Van Roo abstained.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to approve the June 20, 2016 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to approve the July 18, 2016 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:18 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0905) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 208 Yew Street, GUARANTEED BUILDERS & DEVELOPERS
Bill Pybas of Guaranteed Builders joined the meeting. BSC Group and Karen Keegan walked the site. The two proposed alternate crossings and the proposed replication area were evaluated. Mr. Zisk stated that the lower area was tricky. He feels the original crossing may have to be revaluated. During the site walk, it was discussed to have a 1:1 slope ratio to try to limit the number of tress taken down and to move the replication area up towards the road where it is more flat.
Ms. Van Roo suggested a 30” pipe, buried 6” with sediment on the bottom of the pipe. Mr. Pybas will have Karen Keegan contact Mr. Zisk.
The driveway will be gravel. A discussion was held regarding where the driveway runoff will go.
Mr. Zisk will ask BSC for comments regarding where the replication area should be and if a buried pipe can be used.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to continue the public hearing (NOI-DEP #143-0905) Guaranteed Builders & Developers, 208 Yew Street to August 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

OPEN SESSION:
A representative from Children’s Haven has volunteers interested in doing some stream cleaning coming to Town next week. She said that they would have six people for three days. She does not know what streams they will be cleaning. Mr. Zisk suggested she contact the Blackstone River Coalition. She has spoken with the Town Administrator, Michael Guzinski and Kerry VandenAkker.
Ms. Van Roo stated that Purgatory Chasm could use clean up. She gave the woman some contact information. Ms. Brown suggested she also contact the Douglas Open Space Committee.
Ms. Van Roo suggested the Commission work on a list of things that need to be done, such as doing wildlife/ habitat surveys on the Commission’s properties. She asked if the Commission would want to pay a professional to do the surveys or work with a volunteer group. A discussion was held. It was decided to bring in a professional to look at the invasive plants on the properties. Mr. Zisk will ask BSC.
Ms. Brown presented a letter from Town Counsel, Atty. Jay Talerman about the Mass. Highway’s claim for exemption from Town bylaws. The letter states that the Commission can ask for more information and condition the work, however they cannot inhibit their work. It was decided that Mass. Highway should come to the next meeting and provide the Commission with the details of their proposed work at the level of an RDA.
Mr. Zisk will check 42 Main Street, to see if Ed Carpenter has installed straw wattles.

8:27 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:27 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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