March 19, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting

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March 19, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:08 pm

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, March 19, 2018. Ms. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM.

PRESENT: Linda Brown (Chairman), Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairman), Brandi Van Roo
NON-VOTING: Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent-Absent)

7:03 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0---) PUBLIC HEARING: 56 West Street/VAN REED, CLIFF.
Ms. Brown stated that the applicant has asked for the hearing to be rescheduled to Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143-0---) Cliff Van Reed, 56 West Street to April 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

7:04 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 43 Southeast Main Street/LAFAVE, RAYMOND.
Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. The ZBA has continued their hearing for a request for a variance. Mr. LaFave joined the meeting. He presented the plan submitted to the ZBA, as well as a plan that shows the wetlands and the location of the proposed garage. He plans to take down the existing garage and construct a new one. The old garage is within the 50’ wetlands buffer. The new garage (40’ x 30’) would have the same amount of square footage within the 50’. Mr. LaFave plans to put in a new foundation. The current garage has a poured concrete foundation. It would be backfilled within three days. Erosion controls and a stockpile are shown on the plan.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to issue a negative determination for Raymond LaFave, 43 Southeast Main Street, with the condition that the Conservation Agent review the straw wattle, silt fence and stockpile placement before work begins, per the plans submitted (revised 3/19/18). Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

Ms. Brown opened the public meeting. Two members of the Beagle Club, Denis Bouthiller and Jim Tusino of Guaranteed Builders joined the meeting. Mr. Tusino stated that the dam has not been well maintained. The Beagle Club now has a plan to maintain the dam going forward. There has been damage from erosion. Mr. Tusino presented a history of the dam, planned repairs, and use of the pond.
Ms. Van Roo stated that adjusting a dam is an impact to the wetland, and there should be a control plan submitted to the Commission as a Notice of Intent. Today’s request includes removing mature trees and downstream tow within 10’ of the dam area, monitor rotting stumps, fill with suitable material as needed, add impervious fill, seed the crest of the dam to create an erosion resistant grass surface, and place 3” of sacrificial surface crushed stone on footpath. The applicant stated that the previous negative RDA expired on 5/4/2017. Mr. Tusino stated that in the fall, they would repair cracks in the concrete spillway. A discussion was held.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public meeting for an RDA for the Blackstone Valley Beagle Club, Southeast Main Street, Dudley Pond to April 2, 2018 at 8:20 PM. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

7:43 PM (Wetland Restoration Plan) DISCUSSION: 50 Southwest Main Street/ BASILE, LAWRENCE.
Ms. Brown opened the discussion. MaryAnn DiPinto of Three Oaks Environmental joined the meeting. She stated that the wetlands in the area are fed by groundwater and by runoff from the street that flows through a pipe from the roadside. The function of the wetland is primarily prevention from pollution, protection of the groundwater supply, and wildlife habitat. She had Patrick Conlon from MA Fisheries and Wildlife come to the site. Mr. Conlon took notice of the invasive species and he recommended an herbicide.
David Feist of McClure Engineering joined the meeting. The proposed restoration includes removal of some of the manmade infrastructure and seeding. There will be no impermeable liner, and the basin area will be re-loamed and replanted. 8”-12” of 50/50 lawn compost mix will be placed on top of the existing permeable fabric and sanded substrate, mimicking the existing curve of the pond, and mixed with sandy substrate. The pond is lower than the wetland. The pipes would be removed. Mr. Feist has met with William Cundiff, Town Engineer. A discussion was held.
Art Allen of EcoTec asked for more information regarding the control of the invasive species. Ms. Van Roo is not in favor of spray. Cutting and treating is fine.
Ms. Sharkey asked if the filter fabric could be removed. Ms. Van Roo suggested that the applicant pull sand up to remove the fabric and then present a proposal as to how much sand will be mixed back in to make the soil. Not all the sand should be going back in the pond. A discussion was held.
Mr. Feist stated that much of the sand and debris in the pond is from the Town, not from the applicant. Part of this project will help fix this issue.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the discussion for the wetland restoration plan for 50 Southwest Main to April 17, 2018 at 7:15 PM. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
Mr. Feist stated that Mr. Basile has not received anything in writing regarding his denial. Mr. Basile can request a copy from Ms. Lajoie. Ms. Van Roo asked for Ms. Lajoie to provide the Commission with a confirmation of the ANR denial, which was voted on at the 1/8/18 meeting. The denial was signed on 3/5/18. At the 4/17/18 meeting, a decision will be made about the fine for the violation.

1. 40 Crescent Lane: Updated Plan with Underground Utilities. Ms. Brown and Mr. Zisk went to the site and took pictures. The homeowner wants to get rid of some trees before they put up a silt fence. They want to remove the stockpile area first so they can install erosion controls. Ms. Brown suggested that the Commission allow the homeowner to take one day to move the stockpile enough to be able to install the erosion controls. Ms. Van Roo asked for a plan in writing, and allow the pile to only be moved 3’from the driveway. A discussion was held. It was decided that the homeowner can remove up to 10’ from the staked erosion control line, but not within the 50’ buffer.
The homeowner is putting in underground utilities, which was not on the original plan. It was decided that this is a minor change to the plan.
2. Sign Vouchers.
3. Minutes: October 16, & December 4, 2017, January 8, February 5, and March 5, 2018.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to approve the December 4, 2017 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
Approval of the 10/16/17, 1/8/18, 2/5/18 and 3/5/18 Conservation Commission meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

The Commission decided that a checklist of action tasks will be kept.

Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:54 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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