August 7, 2017 Conservation Commission meeting

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August 7, 2017 Conservation Commission meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:42 am

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, August 7, 2017. Ms. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

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

7:00 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0924) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: Gilboa Court Extension/GOGOLINSKI, CAROL, A. & COGLEY, WILLIAM S.
No one was present to make the presentation.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143-0924), Gilboa Court Extension, Carol Gogolinski and William S. Cogley to August 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:25 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0906) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 439 Northeast Main Street, 34 & 36 Davis Street/JMT SLEEPY HOLLOW, LLC, & FITZPATRICK, JAMES.
Bruce Williams of Guerriere and Halnon joined the meeting. He stated that since the last meeting, they have staked the locations of the water main and the temporary retention basin. During the staking, a configuration was changed due to a number of large trees. The basin has been moved to the edge of the trees. The earth removal plans have been broken into a subdivision set for a total of three plans. Those plans do not contain any new information.
Mr. Zisk presented photos of the site. Mr. Zisk asked Mr. Williams for a narrative of what they are proposing and a sequence for the water line in the resource area. The work will be conditioned that it must be done when the brook is dry, with no rain in the forecast.
Jeremy Flansburg, 63 Monroe Street asked for clarification on whether or not the applicant will be trenching across or direct drilling underneath the cold water fishery. Mr. Williams replied that they will be trenching beneath the culvert that carries the brook. Mr. Flansburg does not feel that his concern regarding thrust blocks located in the wetlands has been addressed. He would like to know how the applicant intends preserve the wetlands without installing thrust blocks. Mr. Williams stated that thrust blocks are below grade and have nothing to do with the wetlands above it. Ms. Brown stated that the work will be done when the brook is dry. A discussion was held.
Dennis Michalik, 415 Northeast Main Street asked for the date that the trout will be breeding in the brook. Mr. Williams replied that he does not know.
Mr. Flansburg asked if the peer review had started. Ms. Brown stated that the peer review will not be done because the applicant has satisfied the Commission, and the work on the crossing will be done when the brook is dry.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143-0906) 439 Northeast Main Street, 34 & 36 Davis Street, JMT Sleepy Hollow, LLC and James Fitzpatrick to August 21, 2017 at 7:15 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:47 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: Cross & Walnut Streets/TOWN OF DOUGLAS HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT.
Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. William Cundiff, Town Engineer joined the meeting. He stated that the Highway Department is looking to reclaim and pave Walnut Street between Wallum Lake Road and Winter Street and reclaim Cross Street in its entirety next month. The roads will not be widened. The existing wetlands are approximately 400’ from the roads. Erosion control barriers will be installed. Mr. Zisk will be contacted in advance of the work.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion issue a negative determination for Cross and Walnut Streets, Town of Douglas, with the condition that Mr. Zisk is notified before work begins so that he can walk the site and identify areas that need erosion control. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:52 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 35 West Street/KLATT, ERINN.
Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. Brian Klatt joined the meeting. He presented architectural drawings. They would like to close in the carport to create a garage and use a garage bay as an entry into the house. They are staying within the original footprint of the carport. There is a stream 100’ from the house. They are not going beyond the boundary of the existing carport. They will be installing some footings. Mr. Zisk stated that the front of the garage is at the 100’.
The RDA is for the possibility that the applicants may put in an underground trench for utilities. Mr. Klatt explained that a small excavator will be used to dig the trench. Straw wattles will be used for erosion control. Ms. Van Roo asked for exact measurements relating to placement of the utility trench and how close the work is to the wetland.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to issue a negative determination for Erinn Klatt, 35 West Street with the conditions that the trenching be run from the pole that is 45’ away from the culvert on the house side, that straw wattles be staked at the light pole between the culvert and pole in the area of work across the driveway, and Mr. Zisk be called to inspect prior to the start of any work. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

8:25 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0924) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: Gilboa Court Extension/GOGOLINSKI, CAROL, A. & COGLEY, WILLIAM S.
No one was present to make the presentation.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143-0924), Gilboa Court Extension, Carol Gogolinski and William S. Cogley to August 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION:
1. Dick Skinner, 174 South Street (DEP #143-0923). Mr. Skinner joined the meeting. He lives in Mendon but is building a home in Douglas. He currently funds two scholarships by selling daylilies. The best time to split and replant the daylilies is at the end of August. He needs to plant the daylilies in Douglas now without them being trampled during construction, and that puts him very close to wetlands. He needs 50’ square. He presented the plans prepared by Margaret Bacon.
The Commission stated that a garden can go right up to the lot line. The Commission showed Mr. Skinner where equipment can be parked and where the daylilies can be planted.
2. Alfred Daprato, Colonial Road, Lot #10 (DEP #143-0875): Violation. Mr. Daprato and Mel Cote of Cote’s Home Improvement joined the meeting. Ms. Brown stated that an area has been cut and cleared. There are wetland flags on the plan from 2014, but no flags in the field, except for one. Ms. Brown issued the violation notice because work has not been done according to plan. The Commission was not notified that work was starting. The width of clearance is 104’ and it should be 75’. In the back, it is cleared 95’ and it should be 70’. They have also gone beyond the property line. An impervious surface has been created over three quarters of the lot. The wetlands need to be flagged.
Mr. Daprato stated that he was out of the area and hired Mr. Cote as the general contractor. Mr. Cote hired Mr. Tetreault. Mr. Daprato agreed that the work was not done according to plan. He is willing to cease all operations, and he was present at the meeting to address the issue in order to come into compliance. The Commission reviewed photos of the site.
Mr. Cote stated that the original engineer is no longer in business. Mr. Tetreault contacted Andrews Survey and Engineering last week.
The Commission asked for the wetlands to be reflagged and a new plan to outline the following: an as-built showing separately the total square footage of disturbance within the wetland and within the 25’ and 50’ buffers, the existing conditions, the encroachment onto the adjacent property, a mitigation plan, and a new house plan that proposes less damage to the wetlands. The permanent barrier along the 25’ buffer should be included on the new plan.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to issue a $400 fine for Alfred Daprato, Colonial Road, Lot #10 (DEP #143-0875). Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
The Commission informed Mr. Daprato that an extension to the Order of Conditions must be requested in writing.
David Ryan of 6 Colonial Road asked if the plans are publicly available. The Commission referred him to Ms. Lajoie in the Community Development Office.
3. Designate Board Member to Sign Vouchers. Mr. Zisk stated that Ms. Lajoie asked that one Commission member be designated to sign vouchers in lieu of needing every member’s signature. The Commission disagreed.
4. Request for a Certificate of Compliance: Orbison Corp., 251 Yew Street (DEP #143-0916). Dan Heney joined the meeting. The Commission reviewed photos of the site and the as-built. The grass was not established along the edge of the wetland. The Commission will re-address at the August 21, 2017 meeting.
5. Request for Return of Funds: Randy Stein/Pine Oak Homes, Northwest Main Street, Lot #1 & Lot #2 (DEP #143-0543). Mr. Zisk explained that Certificates of Compliance were issued for Discussion items 5, 7, 8 and 9, but remaining funds were never claimed. The funds should now go back to the original poster of the bond.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to grant the return of funds for Northwest Main Street, Lot #1 and Lot #2 (DEP #143-0543), Northwest Main Street Lot #6 (DEP #143-0544), South Cove Way, (DEP #143-0716), and Shady Knoll Estates II (DEP #143-0529). Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
6. Request for Return of Funds: Fatima Afonso/D & F Afonso Builders, 100 & 102 Perry Street (DEP #143-0482). A Certificate of Compliance was not issued.
7. Request for Return of Funds: Clealand Blair/Heritage Hill Finance, Northwest Main Street, Lot #6 (DEP #143-0544). See Discussion item #5.
8. Request for Return of Funds: Paul Boutiette, South Cove Way, (DEP #143-0716). The subdivision was never built. See Discussion item #5.
9. Request for Return of Funds: John Manoog/Fidelity Financial, Inc., Shady Knoll Estates II (DEP #143-0529). See Discussion item #5.
10. Minutes: June 19 & July 17, 2017
Approval of the June 19, 2017 and July 17, 2017 Conservation Commission meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS:
Mr. Zisk contacted someone about mowing the Conservation fields last Saturday, but it was raining. He will contact them again.
Ms. Sharkey asked Mr. Zisk to find out about the interest on the cash bond account. It seems to have gone down drastically over the years.

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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