April 2, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting

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April 2, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:10 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, April 2, 2018. Ms. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM.

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

7:05 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0935) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 58 Chestnut Street/DAPRATO, ALFRED.
Norman Hill of Land Planning, Inc. joined the meeting. The Board of Health has approved the septic design, and the ZBA awarded a variance to build the house 15’ from the setback line. The house has been moved 10’ further up the hill. The paved driveway has been moved so that it comes in over the septic system. There will be no work in the 25’ buffer. There is a second siltation barrier around the well. The wall is now gone. In its place is a plastic barrier. There will be no stockpiling on site. Straw wattles and silt fence will be used as erosion controls.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI-DEP #143-0935) Alfred Daprato, 58 Chestnut Street with the condition that there shall be no stockpiling on site. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

7:13 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0951) PUBLIC HEARING: North Street at Charles Street/TOWN OF DOUGLAS.
Ms. Brown opened the public hearing. William Cundiff, Town Engineer joined the meeting. He stated that the project is the result of a recent rain storm that caused erosion in the vicinity of the North Street bridge. There is an existing stone arch spillway adjacent to the stone arch bridge. The spillway is not utilized. Bridging over the spillway that was created when the road was widened has failed. Mr. Zisk presented photos. The area is adjacent to the completed North Street bridge retaining wall project. The existing spillway will be removed entirely, filled in with gravel, brought back up to grade and paved over. A section of the water line will be replaced. They will fill in the edge of the banking near the concourse and stabilize with rip rap at a 1.5:1 side slope. As part of that side slope filling, 5.2 cu. ft. of bordering land subject to flooding will be filled. The previous adjacent project had a net positive 4 cu. ft. of flood storage, therefore there is a net deficit of 1 cu. ft. of flood storage in this vicinity. For the 100-year floodplain, 7,000 sq. ft. of surface area of the river will be impacted from this work and would cause an increase in water elevation of 0.00017 ft. All of the work is within the 100’ riverfront area.
After the engineering was done, the Water/Sewer Dept. asked to be allowed to upgrade the diameter (8”-12”) of a section of water main along Gilboa Street while the road is closed. Ms. Van Roo asked that erosion controls be added alongside the road.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI-DEP #143-0951) Town of Douglas, North Street at Charles Street with the conditions that erosion controls be installed on both sides of the banks of the road. The Conservation Commission was in agreement that this work constitutes a negligible impact on the 100-year flood plain fill. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

7:22 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0945) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 60 Woodland Road/DEER CROSSING DEVELOPMENT.
Dave Marquedant joined the meeting. This site is lot 31A. He stated that the house, septic, driveway and lot lines have not changed since the March 5, 2018 meeting. The well and shed have been moved 5’ further away from the wetland. The split rail fence is behind the shed. The swale has been finalized and is solely on the property of 31B. The bottom will be lined 12” deep with rip rap. He showed the limit of work. There will be 1,484 sq. ft. less work in the buffer zone. The septic designs for the three lots (this hearing and the two below) have been approved by the Board of Health (BOH).
Rebekka O’Melia of 81 Old Farm Road is concerned that the septic is within the 50’ wetland buffer. She is concerned that a lot of water will be dumped at the lot line.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing (NOI-DEP #143-0945) for 60 Woodland Road, Deer Crossing Development to 7:45 PM this evening. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

7:39 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0946) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 64 Woodland Road/DEER CROSSING DEVELOPMENT.
Dave Marquedant joined the meeting. This site is lot 30B. The lot lines have not changed. The house, deck, footing drain, shed, septic, and driveway are all in the same location as the last meeting. The split rail fence has been relocated behind the shed. The stockpile is outside the buffer zone. There is a decrease of work in the buffer zone of 1,628 sq. ft.
Rebekka O’Melia of 81 Old Farm Road asked if anyone could comment on the part of the septic that is in the wetlands. Ms. Van Roo clarified that the no-build is 25’ from the wetland. Items can be within the 50’-100’ buffer if the Commission allows it. The function of the septic is under the jurisdiction of the BOH. Ms. Brown stated that a decision can be appealed to the Dept. of Environmental Protection within 21 days of the decision.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI-DEP #143-0946) for 64 Woodland Road, Deer Crossing Development. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

7:50 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0945) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 60 Woodland Road/DEER CROSSING DEVELOPMENT.
Ms. Brown reopened the public hearing.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI-DEP #143-0945) for 60 Woodland Road, Deer Crossing Development. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

7:51 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0947) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 68 Woodland Road/DEER CROSSING DEVELOPMENT.
Dave Marquedant joined the meeting. This site is lot 29B. The layout is now side load, right instead of side load, left. The stockpile is outside the buffer zone. The house has been moved about 7’ towards the street, the driveway is shorter, and the shed has been moved further away from the wetland. The detention basin is 13.5’ lower than the elevation of the house. They have maintained 6’ from the driveway to the start of the two-tiered wall. It was suggested that the septic be moved over to the 50’ to have more freedom in the approach to the house. Ms. Sharkey suggested reconfiguring the house.
Rebekka O’Melia of 81 Old Farm Road is concerned with water running off the driveway, heading toward the house and pooling in front of the garage. She is also concerned that the wall is unsafe. Ms. Brown stated that they asked Mr. Marquedant to reconfigure the driveway and the wall, which may eliminate those concerns.
Mr. Marquedant stated that the lots have not officially been signed off by the Planning Board. Town Engineer William Cundiff and Tim Nealon have reviewed the plans. Phase 6 has not been released by the Planning Board. Ms. O’Melia stated that the lots are on a road that is not yet completed.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143-0947) for 68 Woodland Road, Deer Crossing Development to April 17, 2018 at 7:50 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

8:12 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0948) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 42 Hough Road/JOHNSON, BONNIE.
Ms. Brown stated that the Commission was looking for a revised erosion control plan. Travis Brown of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting and presented the plan. He stated that they are not cutting any trees. A stockpile area is outside the 100’ buffer.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI-DEP #143-0948) Bonnie Johnson, 42 Hough Road with stockpiling outside the 100’, no grading, and erosion control as shown on the plan dated February 8, 2018 and revised March 28, 2018. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

8:15 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0950) PUBLIC HEARING: 64 Depot Street/HAAGSMA REALTY TRUST.
Ms. Brown opened the public hearing. Travis Brown of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting on behalf of the applicant, Les Stevens. There is a BVW towards the rear of the property. They are proposing a single family house outside of the 50’ buffer zone. There is town water and sewer. There are approximately six trees between the 100’ and 50’ to be removed. The stockpile will be outside the 100’.
Mr. Andrews was asked to stake the four corners of the house and the erosion control line as shown on the plan. A site walk was scheduled for April 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM. Mr. Brown will also stake 68 Depot Road, and the Commission can walk that site as well.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143-0950) for 64 Depot Street, Haagsma Realty Trust to April 17, 2018 at 8:30 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

8:29 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING CONTINUED: Southeast Main Street Dudley Pond/Blackstone Valley Beagle Club.
Jim Tusino and Denis Bouthiller of the Beagle Club joined the meeting. Ms. Brown stated that at the last meeting, the Commission asked for a plan stamped by an engineer and a sequence. Mr. Tusino presented a sequence. He stated that Bill Drexel from Northwest Engineering is working on complying with the inspection report and reclassification of the area to reduce it to a lower hazard so that reporting is not required to the Office of Dam Safety every five years.
Mr. Zisk asked what work they are doing to satisfy the Office of Dam Safety’s Notice of Noncompliance. Mr. Tusino replied that they were not doing any work because John Zifcak of the Beagle Club was told that their permit from May, 2010 had expired. Several items on the inspection report have been done. Because they did not continue making the repairs, the dam breached and created spots of failure. Once the repairs are complete, Mr. Drexel will notify Dam Safety and then file the application to reduce the hazard classification. Work needs to be completed no later than March 1, 2019.
The Commission asked Mr. Zisk to contact the Office of Dam Safety regarding the Commission’s jurisdiction in this case.
After a discussion, it was determined that the Beagle Club received a negative determination in May, 2010. A negative determination does not expire. Ms. Van Roo read the determination from May, 2010. As long as the scope of work fits within that description, they do not have to file a Notice of Intent. Ms. Van Roo suggested that the RDA now before the Commission be withdrawn. Mr. Tusino will find out if the scope of work needs to be expanded.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public meeting for (RDA) Southeast Main Street, Dudley Pond, Blackstone Beagle Club to April 17, 2018 at 8:35 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

9:00 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 26 North Street/HAYWARD LANDING.
Nancy Marshall of Ransom Consulting joined the meeting. It was determined that the meeting had not been advertised. Ms. Marshall said she was told by Ms. Lajoie that Ms. Lajoie was going to put the ad in the paper. This RDA was placed on the calendar for April 17, 2018 at 7:05 PM.

DISCUSSION:
1. Notice of Intent to Sell MGL Chapter 61, Section 8: Sale of Property of Estate of Alice Chase, Orange Street, Douglas, MA. A discussion was held. Ms. Sharkey made a motion to recommend that the Board of Selectmen waive the Town’s Right of First Refusal for the 4.43 acre parcel on Orange Street, Estate of Alice Chase. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
2. Lawrence Basile, 50 Southwest Main Street: Fines. A discussion was held. Mr. Zisk suggested issuing a fine when Mr. Basile comes back to the Commission. The Commission agreed.
3. Town of Douglas, North Street at Mumford River Bridge (DEP #143-0933). Mr. Cundiff stated that the project was built to specifications without any deviations. Ms. Sharkey made a motion to issue a Certificate of Compliance for (DEP #143-0933) for Town of Douglas, North Street at Mumford River Bridge. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
4. Kenneth Bernard, 306 Northwest Main Street (DEP #143-0902). The Commission reviewed photos and the as-built plans. Ms. Sharkey made a motion to issue a Certificate of Compliance for (DEP #143-0902) Kenneth Bernard, 306 Northwest Main Street. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
5. Wickstrom Morse, LLP/Audet Builders, Inc., 11 Manzi Way (DEP #143-0420). Mr. Zisk will ask them for an as-built. The dog kennel is in the buffer. He will suggest they take down the fencing of the kennel on three sides.
6. Blackstone River Watershed Association: Annual Earth Day River Cleanup-FYI.
7. Sign Vouchers.
8. Minutes: October 16, 2017, January 8, February 5, March 5, & March 19, 2018.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to approve the October 16, 2017 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to approve the January 8, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to approve the February 5, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
Approval of the 3/5/18 and 3/19/18 Conservation Commission meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS:
The Commission asked Mr. Zisk to find out about the progress at 32 Linden Street.

9:38 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:38 PM. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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