June 1, 2020 Conservation Commission Minutes

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June 1, 2020 Conservation Commission Minutes

Postby Mary Wright » Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:48 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, June 1, 2020. Ms. Sharkey called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM and she announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting is being streamed live on YouTube, broadcast through Zoom, and recorded for future rebroadcasting. Participants were invited to join the meeting remotely (Zoom).

ATTENDANCE (all remote):
PRESENT: Tracy Sharkey (Chair-left 8:09 PM), Katiegrace Dudley, Michael Greco (Vice Chair), Eric Harris (Associate), Arthur Montminy, Mark Mungeam
ABSENT: Paul Beckwith
NON-VOTING: Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent), Evan Turner, Maria Firstenberg, Jacqueline Firsty, Aaron Socrat, Michael Hughes, Teresa Matteson, Jeremy Flansburg, and others.

BUSINESS:

7:03PM 34 CONSERVATION DRIVE.
Mr. Zisk stated that he sent the property owner the ad a few weeks ago, but it may not have gotten posted. Neighbors have complained that the property owner is dumping materials on his yard. Mr. Zisk visited the site. The owner is not within the Commission’s jurisdiction and has submitted an RDA. This item will be on the agenda for June 15, 2020.

7:10 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED (AMENDED NOI-DEP #143-0973): 49 & 53 Woodland Road/ DEER CROSSING DEVELOPMENT, LLC-Possible Votes.
Mr. Zisk stated that they have asked for a continuance because they have not received confirmation from the owner.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI DEP #143-0973) 49 & 53 Woodland Road, Deer Crossing Development, LLC to June 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Montminy seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Katiegrace Dudley-Aye, Michael Greco-Aye, Eric Harris-Aye, Arthur Montminy-Aye, Mark Mungeam-Aye.

7:32 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0989) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 45 Oak Street/BWC WHITIN RESERVOIR/c/o BLUEWAVE SOLAR-Possible Votes.
The applicant has asked for a continuance.
Mr. Montminy made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143-0989) 45 Oak Street, BWC Whitin Reservoir, c/o Bluewave Solar to June 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Katiegrace Dudley-Aye, Michael Greco-Aye, Eric Harris-Aye, Arthur Montminy-Aye, Mark Mungeam-Aye.

7:47 PM (NOI-DEP #143----) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: Southwest Main Street, Lot #1/ HENDRICKS, GEORGE-Possible Votes.
Jude Gauvin from Andrews Survey & Engineering, Aaron Socrat of 49 Lindberg Avenue, and George Hendricks joined the meeting remotely. The Commission reviewed the Conservation Plan, which shows flags 1-40 and both lots. Mr. Andrews does not have the wetland data sheet. Approval has been received from the Board of Health.
Mr. Zisk stated that he is still waiting to receive payment for the EcoTec peer review. Mr. Hendricks will forward the check as soon as he knows the amount. Mr. Gauvin will forward that information to Mr. Hendricks.
A site walk will be scheduled at the next meeting. Mr. Zisk stated that the sites (see 8:00 PM below) need to be staked.
Mr. Montminy made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143----) Southwest Main Street, Lot #1, George Hendricks to June 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Katiegrace Dudley-Aye, Michael Greco-Aye, Eric Harris-Aye, Arthur Montminy-Aye, Mark Mungeam-Aye.

8:00 PM (NOI-DEP #143----) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: Southwest Main Street, Lot #2/ HENDRICKS, GEORGE-Possible Votes.
Jude Gauvin from Andrews Survey & Engineering, Aaron Socrat of 49 Lindberg Avenue, and George Hendricks joined the meeting remotely. A discussion was held - see 7:47 PM discussion above.
Mr. Zisk asked that Mr. Hendricks call him when he drops off the check for the EcoTec wetland peer review.
Mr. Montminy made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143----) Southwest Main Street, Lot #2, George Hendricks to June 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Katiegrace Dudley-Aye, Michael Greco-Aye, Eric Harris-Aye, Arthur Montminy-Aye, Mark Mungeam-Aye.

**At 8:09 PM, Ms. Sharkey left the meeting and the Commission called a recess. The meeting resumed at 8:25 PM. Ms. Dudley took over as chair.**

8:30 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED (NOI-DEP #143-----): 93 Davis Street/93 DAVIS REALTY TRUST-Possible Votes.
Mr. Zisk stated that the stormwater management needs to be reviewed by the Commission. Karen Keegan of Guaranteed Builders joined the meeting and stated that the Planning Board will be reviewing the stormwater for site plan review. Mr. Zisk asked Ms. Keegan to be sure that the third party stormwater review satisfies the Dept. of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Wetlands Protection Act criteria. The Commission should also review the stormwater review.
Mr. Mungeam asked if the clearing is different from the previous plan. Ms. Keegan stated that the clearing will be pushed back another 25’ to incorporate the new building configuration, which is perpendicular to the road.
Mr. Mungeam asked if an L-shaped building had been considered. Ms. Keegan replied that an L-shaped building would allow parking behind the building, which is not allowed under the Cannabis Commission’s rules and regulations. Teresa Matteson of Z&T, Inc. joined the meeting and explained that they don’t want anyone to hide behind the building after hours, and an L-shape would not allow police to see behind the building.
Ms. Keegan explained that all the water from the parking area will flow into the infiltration basins at the front right of the building, drain through the gravel, and into the ground. A pipe exits out 25’ from the wetland. Mr. Zisk asked Ms. Keegan to calculate the velocity of the water exiting the pipe, if it must be located at the 103.7 elevation.
Ms. Keegan will find out what type of control is at the end of that pipe. Ms. Dudley stated that she prefers rain gardens over rip rap. Ms. Keegan will see if the pipe could drain towards the swale on the right side of the plan, outside the parking area.
The Commission asked that the third party consultant doing the stormwater review come to a meeting after their review is completed. The Commission would prefer that the Planning Board and Commission review the stormwater concurrently. Ms. Keegan will look into that. Ms. Matteson stated that Lenard Engineering will be doing the stormwater and wetland review. They should have some preliminary reviews soon. They are going before the Planning Board on 6/11/20.
There will be 50 parking spaces, which is the minimum requirement determined by the size of the building. There will be one-way traffic on the site.
Jeremy Flansburg of 73 Davis Street asked if the Commission has done a site walk and the response was that they have not. Ms. Keegan will have the site staked Wednesday, and the Commission will walk the site at their leisure. Mr. Zisk asked that the grade be marked on the stake at the right-hand corner of the building.
Mr. Flansburg asked if the taxes have been paid on the property and Ms. Matteson replied that she paid them last week.
Mr. Flansburg does not see how a well, septic, and interceptor system will all fit on the site. He asked if all catch basins will be going into the interceptor and how will the pond be affected. Ms. Keegan stated that all catch basins go to the interceptor. The pond is 100’ from the property line. Ms. Keegan will get more information on the stormwater design criteria.
Mr. Montminy made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI-DEP #143----) 93 Davis Street, 93 Davis Realty Trust to June 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Mungeam seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Michael Greco-Aye, Eric Harris-Aye, Arthur Montminy-Aye, Mark Mungeam-Aye.

9:12 PM (NOI-#143-0992) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 0 Wallum Lake Road/ASD WALLUM MA SOLAR-Shade Tree Cutting-Possible Votes.
Maria Firstenberg of TRC and Evan Turner of AMP Solar joined the meeting. Mr. Zisk stated that he and Mr. Montminy walked the site with Ms. Firstenberg. On the walk, they spoke about future plantings, restoration, no stumping, and height of stumps for habitat. Ms. Firstenberg stated that they propose plantings of native woody vegetation that does not grow as tall as the trees, but has high wildlife value.
Ms. Firstenberg and Mr. Turner presented two plans: one showing what the shading would look like with no cutting and the other showing the shading with the proposed cutting. A discussion was held.
Mr. Zisk stated that the DEP asked to know if this shade tree project is modifying the stormwater permit that was approved by the Planning Board. Mr. Turner stated that they are going before the Planning Board on 6/11/20, and he was hoping to have the Commission’s approval for this plan so that the Town Engineer can coordinate his review with the stormwater work.
The comment from the DEP was reviewed. Mr. Turner stated that they are creating a wildflower meadow (UMass Amherst). He will ask Mr. Cundiff about the “open space question.” They are not using herbicides. Mr. Zisk asked to be copied on the Planning Board’s approval as there is additional work in the Commission’s jurisdiction. Mr. Mungeam and Mr. Zisk do not think that the runoff coefficient would change.
In answer to Mr. Montminy’s question, Mr. Turner clarified that there would be no stumping.
For the next meeting, Mr. Turner will have a list of proposed plantings within the planned 75’ tiers, and approval from the Planning Board that the stormwater question has been answered to their satisfaction regarding the additional cleared acreage.
Mr. Montminy made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI DEP #143-0992) 0 Wallum Lake Road, ASD Wallum MA Solar, Shade Tree Cutting, to June 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Mungeam seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Michael Greco-Aye, Eric Harris-Aye, Arthur Montminy-Aye, Mark Mungeam-Aye.

OLD/NEW BUSINESS:
1. Sign Vouchers-Possible Votes. Mr. Montminy made a motion to authorize the Chair to sign the previously approved EcoTec voucher on the Commission’s behalf. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Katiegrace Dudley-Aye, Michael Greco-Aye, Eric Harris-Aye, Arthur Montminy-Aye, Mark Mungeam-Aye.
2. Minutes: March 2, April 6, & April 27, 2020-Possible Votes.
Approval of the March 2, 2020 Conservation Commission meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting, pending review of the March 2, 2020 recording.
Approval of the April 6, 2020 Conservation Commission meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.
Approval of the April 27, 2020 Conservation Commission meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting, pending review of the April 27, 2020 recording.

OTHER TOPICS:
Upcoming Meetings: Mr. Zisk suggested that all hearings be scheduled at 7:00 PM, with a cap on the number of hearings per meeting. The only concern is that applicants may have to wait some time for their hearing. A discussion was held.
The next meetings will be June 15 and July 13, 2020.
Mr. Zisk stated that he received a complaint that a property owner on South Street had taken down 3-4 trees in a wetland. He gave the owner a verbal cease and desist, he is writing up a Violation Notice, and he will have them come to a meeting.
Shore Road dewatering is going well.
The solar farm construction on West Street is going well.
Ms. Dudley asked why a lot of flagging has been done in the State forest this spring. Mr. Zisk was notified before the COVID pandemic that the entire trunkline trail was flagged with the intention of perhaps paving it.
93 Davis Street-waiting for stormwater review and updated plans.

9:36 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Montminy made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:36 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Michael Greco-Aye, Eric Harris-Aye, Arthur Montminy-Aye, Mark Mungeam-Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


Mary Wright
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