1/6/2020 Conservation Meeting

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1/6/2020 Conservation Meeting

Postby Maria Lajoie » Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:34 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2020
(Community Meeting Room)
7:00 PM
A G E N D A

BUSINESS:

7:00 PM (NOI-#143-0985) PUBLIC HEARING: 24 Shady Lane / MAYNARD, ERIC -Possible Votes

7:15 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 251 Southwest Main Street / DORVAL, BRENT & CAROLYN - Possible Votes

7:30 PM (ANRAD-#143-0---) PUBLIC HEARING: 45 Oak Street / BWC WHITIN RESERVOIR, LLC c/o BLUEWAVE SOLAR - Possible Votes

Old/New Business:
1. 144 Southeast Main Street /
2. Approve Minutes: 11/4, 12/16 - Possible Votes


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Future Agenda Items:
Upcoming Meetings: 2/3, 3/2, 3/16







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Re: 1/6/2020 Conservation Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:24 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2020

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, January 6, 2020. Ms. Sharkey called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

ATTENDANCE:
PRESENT: Tracy Sharkey (Chair), Michael Greco (Vice Chair), Paul Beckwith, Katiegrace Dudley, Eric Harris (Associate), Arthur Montminy, Mark Mungeam
ABSENT:
NON-VOTING: Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent)

BUSINESS:

7:00 PM (NOI #143-0995) PUBLIC HEARING: 24 Shady Lane, MAYNARD, ERIC-Possible Votes.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public hearing. Kristen LaBrie of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting and presented plans that were revised per comments she had received from Mr. Zisk. The plans show a stockpile location and details regarding planting six trees. There is an existing home with a wood deck facing the reservoir. The applicant is proposing a 9’ x 28’ addition to the left of the deck and a new 13’ x 33’ deck on the same footprint as the old deck.
Ms. LaBrie agreed to push the erosion control inside the 25’, on the other side of the well. Dennis of D&B Home Improvements agreed to not park machinery within the 100’ buffer. There will be no stockpiling. The Commission reviewed a video of the site.
A discussion was held regarding the number of trees being removed and the number being replaced. Ms. LaBrie stated that they are planning to plant three single conifers and three clusters of 3-4 river birches. Ms. LaBrie agreed to plant two more conifers at the edge of the 25’ buffer line, for a total of three clusters and five conifers. The other trees can be moved closer.
Mr. Montminy made a motion to close the public hearing for (NOI #143-0995) Eric Maynard, 24 Shady Lane. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI #143-0995) Eric Maynard, 24 Shady Lane with the conditions that there will be no parking or refueling of equipment within the 100’ buffer, three clusters of trees will be planted at the two edge, two additional conifers will be planted at the 25’ buffer line, stockpile at the 100’ buffer, erosion controls will be moved to line up with the 25’ buffer, and construction notes will be added to the plan. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.

7:23 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 251 Southwest Main Street, DORVAL, BRENT & CAROLYN-Possible Votes.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Mr. Dorval joined the meeting. He is asking to replace a deck with a sunroom and two flanking decks. The existing footprint will not be expanded. There will be no excavation or machinery; only hand digging. The sonotubes will be towards the house, not towards the water. The Commission reviewed a video of the site. The Commission asked that no dirt be allowed to go on the other side of the wall.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue a negative RDA for Brent and Carolyn Dorval, 251 Southwest Main Street with the conditions that there will be no machinery, the wall will remain as it is, and no structures shall be any closer to the water than what already exists. Mr. Montminy seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.

7:33 PM (ANRAD-#143-0986) PUBLIC HEARING: 45 Oak Street, BWC WHITIN RESERVOIR, LLC c/o BLUEWAVE SOLAR-Possible Votes.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public hearing. Andrew Gorman from Beals & Thomas joined the meeting. Also present was Matt Parlon of Bluewave. Mr. Gorman stated that the applicant is seeking an ANRAD for the purpose of confirming where the wetlands lie on the property. He described the six resource areas that were identified. The site has been walked by Art Allen of EcoTec and changes have been made according to his comments, such that the wetland boundary expanded at flag A-22 and the bank of an intermittent stream was flagged on the westerly side. Mr. Zisk made the applicant aware that there is a wetland on the left, but it could not be shown because it is not on the property.
Ms. Sharkey and Mr. Zisk described the ANRAD process. Mr. Gorman stated that Mr. Allen said that the swale was a non-jurisdictional feature. A discussion was held.
Charla Kroll of 78 Torrey Road in Sutton stated that water comes off the applicant’s property onto her property. She has placed six loads of 20 yards of chips to control erosion, which is why the area might be wet. Stephen Kroll of 78 Torrey Road, Sutton joined the meeting, and he is concerned that water flow will increase if vegetation is removed from the slope. Mr. Zisk stated that, regardless, that area is now flagged as a wetland.
Mr. Kroll stated that he is in the process of having his property certified as an organic farm. Any chemicals coming downstream will go into Stevens pond.
Lisa Mosczynski of 60 Oak Street asked the Commission’s policy on wetlands delineation in the winter. Ms. Sharkey stated that they do not have a policy. The delineation was done in October and was reviewed December 24. Ms. Mosczynski does not feel that those are appropriate times for wetlands delineation, and she feels more wetlands exist on the property than are shown. Mr. Zisk will ask Mr. Allen to come to the next meeting to explain his delineation.
Lori Hout of 41 Oak Street concurs with Ms. Mosczynski.
Michael Zwicker of 46 Oak Street asked that the culvert be added to the map. He stated that the concrete cap is a well, and he believes there is another well in the middle field. He pointed out the direction of the flow of water on the map.
Shirley Mosczynski of 60 Oak Street had logging done on her property in the fall two years ago, going down towards Lake Manchaug, and the loggers had trouble getting in because it was so wet.
Mr. Zisk asked that the locations of the transects be added to the plan. Mr. Gorman agreed. Ms. Sharkey stated that the Commission’s area of concern is between flags A-19 and BF-1, and whether or not the wetlands expand toward the roadway. Mr. Gorman will ask Mr. Allen to look again at that area. Mr. Gorman is willing to have more transects done.
The field in the bottom left corner of the map was missing from the plan. Ms. Hout said that that area is grown up with plants most of the year.
Roy Swenson of 565 Northwest Main Street asked who has jurisdiction over wells. Ms. Sharkey replied that it is the Board of Health and the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Mr. Zisk explained that if a well is in a wetland, it is covered jurisdictionally by the Commission. Ms. Dudley explained what a wetland resource is. Ms. Sharkey asked that the applicant look at the wells to make sure there are no wetland indicator plants, etc.
Mr. Beckwith made a motion to continue the public hearing for (ANRAD #143-0986) BWC Whitin Reservoir, LLC c/o Bluewave Solar, 45 Oak Street to February 3, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Montminy seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.

DISCUSSION & DELIBERATION:
1. 144 Southeast Main Street. A Notice of Intent was filed this morning for the 2/3/20 meeting.
2. Request for a Certificate of Compliance: Paul Stanhope, 220 Perry Street. Mr. Stanhope joined the meeting. He is selling his house on 1/21/20, and he recently learned that there is an open Order of Conditions for his septic that was done twenty years ago. The Commission reviewed the as-built, which was completed in November of 1999. The area is well established and stable. The Commission reviewed photos of the site.
Mr. Montminy made a motion to issue a Certificate of Compliance for Paul Stanhope, 220 Perry Street. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.
3. Minutes: November 4 & December 16, 2019-Possible Votes.
Approval of the above meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS:
Regarding 42 Hough Road (Discussion item 5, 11/4/19), Mr. Zisk spoke to Ms. Johnson, who said she had a solution for the hose. Mr. Zisk asked for a letter from an engineer and for her to come back before the Commission for approval.

Mr. Montminy asked, in the event that someone from another town has taken measures to create a wetland in Douglas, how is the situation adjudicated? Mr. Zisk stated that he would speak with the town’s Conservation Agent. DEP may need to get involved. A discussion was held.

Mr. Greco asked about procedures regarding ANRADs. A discussion was held. Mr. Zisk will email the process for reviewing an ANRAD to the Commission.

8:29 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Greco made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:29 PM. Mr. Montminy seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.

Respectfully submitted,


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