4/1/2019 - Conservation Meeting

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4/1/2019 - Conservation Meeting

Postby Maria Lajoie » Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:23 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019
(Community Meeting Room)
7:00 PM

7:00 PM Discussion Regarding 64 – 68 Depot Street: Leslie Stevens

7:15 PM (AM.NOI 143-0906) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 34 Davis Street / JMT SLEEPY HOLLOW, LLC

7:30 PM (ANRAD 143-0968) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: Thomas Circle, off South Street / QUARTZ SOLAR, LLC

7:45 PM (NOI 143-0___) PUBLIC HEARING: 64 Woodland Road / DEER CROSSING DEVELOPMENT, LLC

DISCUSSION
1. Request for a Certificate of Compliance: Kathryn Comptois, 19 Laurel Glades (DEP #143-0307)
2. Cancel Meeting of 4/15/19 (Holiday /Patriots Day) / Next Meeting 4/22/19
3. Sign – Douglas Renewables, 170 West Street
4. Sign – Vouchers
5. North Village: Future work


Mail
Minutes: 12/3, 1/7, 2/4

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Upcoming Meetings: 4/15 (Meeting Cancelled-Holiday), 4/22, 5/13, 6/3, 6/17


Open session for topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours in advance of Meeting.
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Re: 4/1/2019 - Conservation Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:43 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, April 1, 2019. Ms. Sharkey called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

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

7:00 PM DISCUSSION REGARDING 64-68 DEPOT STREET: Leslie Stevens
Mr. Stevens of 31 Brookside Drive joined the meeting. He stated that originally, 64 and 68 Depot Street were considered two lots. He bought all three lots (lots 64, 66, and 68) and filed a DEP on each of the three lots. The DEP for lot 66 has been closed. There are four DEP numbers on three properties: lot 64 is #143-0950, lot 66 is #143-0947 and is closed, lot 68 is #143-0953 and the old permit is #143-0885. Mr. Stevens asked the Commission to close out the old permit #143-0885 from 2014.
Ms. Sharkey explained that Mr. Stevens needs to show that the clearing is consistent with the plan for #143-0885, and then he can file a request for a Certificate of Compliance. A discussion was held.
The current lot has issues with the erosion controls. Mr. Zisk said that the person living there may be doing work outside the erosion controls. Mr. Zisk presented photos of equipment parked outside the erosion controls. Mr. Stevens stated that the equipment is not being used, just parked as the equipment is the owner’s personal equipment. Mr. Stevens described the work that remains to be done on the property.
Before Mr. Stevens starts work on lot 68, he needs to call the Commission to do a site walk and post the DEP number.
Mr. Stevens plans to construct a 12’ x 16’ deck rather than the proposed 12’ x 12’ deck on lot 68. Ms. Dudley stated that the Commission needs to see what he is actually doing.

7:15 PM (AM.NOI #143-0906) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 34 Davis Street/JMT SLEEPY HOLLOW, LLC
No one was present to present.
Mr. Greco made a motion to continue the public hearing for (AM.NOI #143-0906), JMT Sleepy Hollow, LLC, 34 Davis Street to April 1, 2019 at 7:46 PM. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

7:35 PM (ANRAD #143-0968) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: Thomas Circle/QUARTZ SOLAR, LLC
The applicant has asked for a continuance.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to continue the public hearing for (ANRAD #143-0968) Quartz Solar, LLC, Thomas Circle to April 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

7:45 PM (NOI #143-0728) PUBLIC HEARING: 64 Woodland Road/DEER CROSSING DEVELOPMENT, LLC
Ms. Sharkey opened the public hearing. Dave Marquedant of JD Marquedant & Associates and John Nealon of Deer Crossing Development joined the meeting. Mr. Marquedant stated that the Commission issued an Order of Conditions for #64 in April of 2018. Deer Crossing has created a different plan that makes the house smaller, turns it 90 degrees, and moves it 23’ toward the street. The house is now 113’ from the wetland flag. The driveway is now on the left and 98’ shorter with an overall 12.9% reduction in impervious area. The well is in and the lot has been cleared and stumped.
Rebekka O’Melia of 81 Old Farm Road stated that this site has been stripped. She does not feel that the grades on the plan exist at the site, and 4’ has been removed all the way to the well. Giant boulders at the edge of the wetland buffer were hammered down into 2’ pieces, hauled off site, and new material hauled in. She lives across the street from the site and has had to deal with horrible noise and blasting over the summer. She does not feel that the applicant complies with zoning.
Ms. Sharkey stated that the applicants have an active permit. She asked Ms. O’Melia if she had any concerns with items within the Commission’s jurisdiction.
Ms. O’Melia stated that she was informed that this was a minor revision, and she does not consider this to be a minor revision. Ms. Sharkey stated that she does consider the changes to be a minor revision as there is less impervious area and activity is farther away from the wetlands. Ms. Dudley agreed.
Ms. O’Melia stated that neighbors are having issues with water coming off of newly constructed sites into their yards. She does not feel that the rock wall in the back is appropriate, nor is the garage facing the street. The swale dumps water from one site to the other and the septic is too close to the neighbor’s yard. She does not feel that the site plan that was presented represents what exists on the site, and she does not feel that the Commission should evaluate the plan without a site walk.
Mr. Marquedant stated that the Board of Health has not yet seen the new septic plan.
Ms. O’Melia stated that she does not believe that “you” understand the nature of what wetlands protection bylaws are supposed to be protecting and the essence of what those bylaws are supposed to accomplish. Her opinion is that the whole project is within the 100’ buffer zone. Ms. Sharkey reiterated that the applicant has a permit. Ms. O’Melia replied, “That was a huge mistake.”
Mr. Zisk stated that he goes by the site almost every week and has pictures going back to last fall. The site is very rocky. Two lots are being cleared simultaneously.
Mr. Greco made a motion to close the public hearing for (NOI #143-0728) 64 Woodland Road, Deer Crossing Development, LLC. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue an amended Order of Conditions with the plan dated 3/25/2019 for (NOI #143-0728) 64 Woodland Road, Deer Crossing Development, LLC. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

8:05 PM (AM.NOI #143-0906) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 34 Davis Street/JMT SLEEPY HOLLOW, LLC
No one was present to present.
Mr. Greco made a motion to continue the public hearing for (AM.NOI #143-0906), JMT Sleepy Hollow, LLC, 34 Davis Street to April 22, 2019 at 7:31 PM. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

DISCUSSION:
1. Request for a Certificate of Compliance: Kathryn Comptois, 19 Laurel Glades (DEP #143-0307). Mr. Zisk stated that the Order of Conditions was approved by the Commission in 2000-2001. Mr. Zisk showed photos of the site. The only item within the Commission’s jurisdiction is the driveway and some associated grading. Everything looks stable.
Mr. Greco made a motion to issue a Certificate of Compliance for Kathryn Comptois, 19 Laurel Glades (DEP #143-0307). Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
2. Cancel Meeting of 4/15/19 (Holiday/Patriots Day)/Next Meeting 4/22/19. Ms. Dudley made a motion to cancel the meeting of 4/15/19 because it is Patriots Day and to schedule the next meeting for 4/22/19. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
3. Sign: Douglas Renewables, 170 West Street. Mr. Zisk said that the plan has been straightened out, and he added special conditions under 1 a, b, & c.
4. Sign: Vouchers. The voucher for EcoTec is coming out of the applicant’s funds. Mr. Greco made a motion to authorize the purchase of a computer mouse and keyboard in the amount of $59.02. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
5. North Village: Future Work. Ms. Sharkey stated that this item is on the agenda so that everyone involved is clear that if any work is to be done within the Commission’s jurisdiction, the applicant needs to file.
6. Minutes: January 7, February 4, & March 18, 2019
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the January 7, 2019 minutes of the Conservation Commission meeting as amended. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the February 4, 2019 minutes of the Conservation Commission meeting as amended. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to approve the March 18, 2019 minutes of the Conservation Commission meeting as amended. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

OTHER BUSINESS:
Ms. Sharkey suggested Mr. Zisk drive by Thomas Circle to check on the erosion and the catch basin filters discussed at the 3/18/19 meeting. Mr. Zisk will visit the site tomorrow.
Mr. Zisk will check with Town Counsel regarding Wetlands Protection Act exemptions for utilities.
Mr. Zisk spoke with Katherine Petersson of 229 Southeast Main Street to schedule a time to walk the site and see what type of work she wants to do on the trails. The property line is staked out. Ms. Sharkey asked about the opportunity for a parking area. Mr. Zisk stated that that work would need to go out to bid. He will ask about a cost for making signs.
Regarding activities allowed on Conservation land, Mr. Zisk has not heard back from Town Counsel.

8:06 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Greco made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:06 PM. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3.

Respectfully submitted,

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