2/13/2007 - Meeting Minutes

2/13/2007 - Meeting Minutes

Postby Maria Lajoie » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:39 am

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 PM.

ATTENDANCE
Chairman Richard Vanden Berg, Jr., Vice Chairman Ernest R. Marks, Mark Mungeam, Linda Brown, Roy Swenson, Stephen Zisk (Planning/Conservation Agent), Ann Marie Flanagan (Administrative Secretary)

ABSENT: William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Daniel Heney, and Joel Rosenkrantz

7:01 DISCUSSION
• Adelle Reynolds, Building Commissioner was present to discuss her letter dated February 1, 2007 regarding a Permit Application for Verizon Wireless. The permit application for Verizon Wireless does not deal with coverage therefore it is not a special permit. It is only a frequency change and capacity for Verizon.

7:03 PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: NORTHEAST WIRELESS SERVICES, LLC & OMNIPOINT COMMUNICATIONS
Application for a Proposed Wireless Service Facility
Located at 436-440 Northeast Main Street
• Bryan Wilson of Northeast Wireless Services, LLC was present to discuss this application. A new survey plan and site data were submitted. The waiver requests are as follows: waive the 300-foot requirement from a property line to 220 feet, and waive the requirement of being 300 feet from the zoning boundary.
• Desreal Hager, T-Mobile Engineer, presented information regarding the existing wireless facilities in the area and that there are no T-mobile facilities in Douglas. The two closest sites are the tower site in Uxbridge and the Hazel Street tower in Uxbridge.
• Zisk stated that after the first T-mobile presentation, the Board asked for more information on the Crown tower that has still not yet been provided.
• Wilson stated he would have that information for the next meeting. T-Mobile looked into the available towers and there were no towers available. Building a tower is a last resort for the company but is the best design choice and only option for T-Mobile. With regard to the frequencies that mobile phones use, T-Mobile needs more sited to provide the same or better service than Verizon Wireless or Cingular.
• Mary Sullivan (abutter) of 439 NE Main Street stated that she has concerns regarding the health effect of the electromagnetic field from the monopole and how this will emit into the surrounding residences. Her husband Jerry Sullivan expressed real estate concerns where an owner who wanted to sell his/her house would now have the potential buyer looking at a cell tower from the property.
• Ken Robbins of 447 NE Main Street (corner of Monroe) stated that he hopes the Planning Board is taking into account the health effects of this project and asked if the Board of Health has an impact on the zoning bylaws.
• Vanden Berg stated that the Planning Board is strictly concerned with zoning and land use, not Board of Health issues. The townspeople vote on the zoning bylaws.
• Zisk quoted the bylaw (section 6.5.3 #7) stating that the applicant must demonstrate that the project is the safest and least obtrusive application possible.
• Wilson stated that for approximately 10 years there has been research trying to make a connection between this technology and health effects. So far no study has proven any adverse health effects, even though there is much anecdotal information on the Internet.
• Zisk requested the applicant provide written proof of what he has stated concerning the studies and failure to find adverse health effects.
• Marks stated that medical concerns are not within the Planning Board scope; zoning and setbacks, etc are the Planning Board scope.
• Craig Bosma (son of property owner where tower is proposed) stated the his family has owned this property for 100 years and they need to generate income to offset taxes while still trying to keep the property a farm. He stated that Tom McIntyre has no problem with the property line issue and would gladly write a letter to help the application along.
• Marks stated that if there were going to be a waiver for a setback, he would rather have the tower closer to industrial and further away from houses.
• Vanden Berg asked for a general opinion from the Board members regarding the waivers:
• Swenson – the tower does not fit on the property without waivers – would not approve
• Marks – would approve
• Brown – no to both waivers; too close to VR.
• Mungeam – not opposed to the cell tower but concerned with the impact on VR and neighbors. If McIntyre (abutter) came forward with no problem, may change opinion.
• Vanden Berg asked if the applicant would have information on the Crown tower for the next meeting.
• Wilson stated that he would provide that information.
• Swenson asked the applicant to provide a copy of the federal guidelines regarding the safety of frequencies and that the T-mobile equipment would meet those requirements.
• Zisk suggested the applicant review Cundiff’s letter and address all concerns.
• A MOTION to continue the Public Hearing on February 27, 2007 at 7:30 pm was made by Marks; seconded by Brown. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

8:16 PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: WEBSTER DEVELOPMENT
Application for a Multi-Family Use Special Permit
(Two duplex units)
13 Charles Street
• Mike Yerka of Yerka Engineering was present to discuss this application. Conservation Commission suggested that some changes be made and they will be added to the plan.
• A MOTION to close the Public Hearing was made by Marks; seconded by Brown. VOTE UNANIMOUS.
• Zisk stated that two permits have been issued: 1. Units 15 and 17; 2. Units 11 and 13.
• Mungeam asked about the questions marks on page 3 of 7.
• Yerka added the information verbally concerning B and E.
• A MOTION to grant these special permits for Units 11 and 13, and Units 15 and 17 as amended per Zisk was made by Brown; seconded by Marks. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

8:23 PUBLIC HEARING: LEON H. MOSCZYNSKI
Application for a Scenic Road and Shade Tree Special Permit
60 Oak Street
• Mosczynski stated that the maples are declining and falling into the road and driveway. Mass Electric will remove the trees if approved as the trees are on town property.
• A MOTION to close the Public Hearing was made by Marks; seconded by Brown. VOTE UNANIMOUS.
• A MOTION to grant the special permit was made by Marks; seconded by Brown. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

8:30 DISCUSSION: Whispering Pines Road Acceptance at Town Meeting
• Marks recused himself from this discussion.
• Zisk stated there must be a Planning Board vote for this issue to be put on the article for the town meeting. According to road acceptance policies, the road is substantially complete except for permits, certifications and easement language. If these issues are not addressed by the town meeting, the Planning Board will not endorse the road.
• A MOTION to authorize Zisk to send a letter to the selectmen on the Planning Board’s behalf stating their position regarding Whispering Pines (as above) and providing the details on the outstanding issues was made by Swenson; seconded by Brown. VOTE UNANIMOUS.
8:35 DISCUSSION CONTINUES: KATHY AHRONIAN
Application for a Preliminary Subdivision Plan of Land
Entitled “Ahronian Family Subdivision”
Southwest Main Street
• Joe Marquedant was present to discuss this application. The applicant owns 60 acres of land on SE Main Street and proposes a smaller road (access to the lots) to be less devastating to the environment. The family would maintain the private roadway
• Mungeam asked if there were any wetlands or slopes and if the area is within 100 feet from the river or power. He also asked how long the original driveway was.
• Marquedant stated that there are two potential spots in the front of the property. The original driveway was 1432 feet. The applicant was hoping to build a smaller way and perhaps access the interior lots via a common driveway.
• Swenson stated that the Fire Chief has expressed concerns with long unreachable common driveways.
• Zisk asked if based on the last discussion, the applicant could do a 500-550 foot way to fit all of the lots.
• Mungeam stated his concern that a 500-550 foot driveway would not be sound planning.
• Swenson asked what kind of a plan the applicant could show with no waivers and suggested that due to the shape of the parcel, the owner may not get what she wants.

9:05 DISCUSSION: Rosenfeld Concrete
• Zisk stated that Rosenfeld must address conservation issues from the 1980s.

9:05 DISCUSSION: Evergreen Estates
• Zisk stated that there is easement language that needs revision according to the attorney.
• By CONSENSUS the Planning Board recommends that revisions be made according to Town Council.

ADJOURNMENT
At 9:01 pm, a MOTION to adjourn the meeting was made by Brown; seconded by Mungeam. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

Respectfully submitted,
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