August 20, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting'

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August 20, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting'

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:49 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, August 20, 2018. Ms. Sharkey called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. She stated that the meeting is being recorded live for broadcast and future rebroadcasting.

ATTENDANCE:
PRESENT: Tracy Sharkey (Chair), Katiegrace Dudley, Michael Greco (Vice Chair), Gary Vecchione
ABSENT:
NON-VOTING: Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent)

7:00 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: All Local Streets/WOJCIK, MATTHEW, TOWN OF DOUGLAS.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Town Engineer William Cundiff joined the meeting. He stated that the Highway Dept. projects for the coming year are as follows: replace a failing 12” culvert with a 12” plastic pipe on Northwest Main Street between Wallis Road and Douglas Hill Way, reclaim and pave Wallum Lake Road, south of Cedar Street, and crack sealing on a number of streets. The filing is technically for authorization to do all local roads so that the Town does not have to come back to the Commission every year. Mr. Cundiff stated that straw wattles are typically used for erosion controls. Mr. Zisk will be notified before work in resource areas begin.
Ms. Sharkey asked for updates for discussion twice a year. Ms. Dudley asked how it is known that a 12” pipe will be sufficient. Mr. Cundiff stated that the culvert is currently functioning. Mr. Cundiff will ask the Highway Dept. Superintendent about using a 15” pipe.
Mr. Greco made a motion to issue a negative determination for all local roads, Matthew Wojcik, Town of Douglas with the condition that the Town work with the Conservation Agent on erosion control issues. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3.

7:10 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 121 Maple Street/MURPHY, CYNTHIA.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Ms. Murphy and Richard Fenner joined the meeting. Mr. Zisk presented a video of 121 and 125 Maple Street. The limit of work has been flagged. The damage goes back as deep as 200’ from the house.
A gentleman in the audience (Matt) who would be clearing the trees, explained how the work would be done. The skidder will not be operated in the wetlands. Matt will be using shuttle loggers. The machine will stay between the 100’ and 75’. No machinery will be stored in the wetlands.
Mr. Zisk suggested that some slash be left to provide shelter from the sun.
There will not be any stumping, except for one tree near the house. Chips will be hauled off site.
Ms. Murphy has spoken with the Highway Dept. regarding the proposed tree cutting within the Town of Douglas roadway. Matt and the Superintendent are comfortable taking those trees down. Ms. Sharkey stated that if a machine needs to be in the wetlands, swamp mats should be used.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue a negative determination for 121 Maple Street, Cynthia Murphy with the conditions that swamp mats be used following best practices for working in wetlands, work is to be done according to the plan presented tonight, machinery is to be used between the 100’ and 75’ and machinery parked outside the wetlands at end of day. Mr. Vecchione seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3.

7:33 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 125 Maple Street/FENNER, RICHARD. Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Mr. Fenner and Cynthia Murphy joined the meeting. Matt stated that the plan is the same as for 121 Maple Street except that Mr. Fenner’s material will be dragged closer to the chipper. There will be only one staging area.
Mr. Greco made a motion to issue a negative determination for 125 Maple Street, Richard Fenner with the conditions that swamp mats be used following best practices for working in wetlands, work is to be done according to the plan presented tonight, machinery is to be used between the 100’ and 75’ and machinery parked outside the wetlands at end of day. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3.

7:37 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 260 Southeast Main Street/GENGA, ANTHONY.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Mr. Genga joined the meeting. He stated that the wall near his pool was damaged and he would like to replace it and the fence around the pool. He would also like to remove a dead tree on the right side of his property and clear the brush behind the fence. Mr. Zisk showed photos of the site. A discussion was held.
Mr. Genga will reuse the fencepost holes. All the remaining work will be done by hand.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue a negative determination for 260 Southeast Main Street, Anthony Genga with the condition that the erosion controls stay in place and no machinery is to be used behind the fence. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3.

7:45 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 227 Southwest Main Street/ALEXANDER, JASON.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Mr. Alexander and another gentleman joined the meeting. Mr. Alexander is asking to add a second means of egress from an existing dwelling and add a 6’ x 6’ landing. The closet point is 25’ from Bad Luck Pond. The center tubes will be hand-dug.
Mr. Greco made a motion to issue a negative determination for 227 Southwest Main Street, Jason Alexander with the condition that no machinery will be used. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3.

DISCUSSION:
1. Evan Turner joined the meeting to present preliminary plans to build a solar farm. Ms. Sharkey stated there is a restrictive covenant on the existing subdivision. Mr. Turner will be filing a Notice of Intent. There are wetlands around 3/5 of the property. Mr. Zisk stated that the Commission scrutinized the original ANRAD. Mr. Zisk suggested that the original ANRAD be superimposed over the changes that Mr. Turner envisions. A discussion was held.
2. Sign: Order of Conditions: Richard Hehir, 65 Bigelow Road.
3. Sign: Determination of Applicability: Russell Shine, 153 Manchaug Street.
4. Sign: Determination of Applicability: Richard Hanson, 113 Ledgestone Road.
5. Sign: Voucher, EcoTec, Inc.
6. Minutes: June 4, June 18, and August 6, 2018.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the June 4, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as amended. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Aye-3. Ms. Dudley and Mr. Vecchione were not members of the Commission at this meeting and are voting so as to approve the minutes.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the June 18, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting minutes as presented. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Aye-3. Ms. Dudley and Mr. Vecchione were not members of the Commission at this meeting and are voting so as to approve the minutes.
Approval of the August 6, 2018 Conservation Commission meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

8:17 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Greco made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:17 PM. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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