9/25/2007 - Meeting Minutes

9/25/2007 - Meeting Minutes

Postby Maria Lajoie » Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:53 am

The meeting was called to order at 6:45pm.

ATTENDANCE
Chairman Richard Vanden Berg, Ernest Marks, Linda Brown, Roy Swenson, Eben Chesebrough, William Cundiff (Town Engineer) and Stephen Zisk (Planning/Conservation Agent). Absent were Mark Mungeam and David St. George.


6:45 PM DISCUSSION: Update on Aquifer Map
Water/Sewer Commissioners
The Board received a letter dated 9/25/07 from the Water/Sewer Commissioners regarding the Plate IV Aquifer Map. They feel that if the Planning Board wishes to move forward with digitizing the Plate IV Aquifer Map, The Commission has no objections. The Board needs to place a Legal Notice within the next two weeks for a Public Hearing and to get an Article on the Special Town Meeting in November. A MOTION was made by Swenson to have Cundiff to place a Legal Notice for the Public Hearing in the newspaper for the Aquifer Map and the 43G Expediting Permitting Process, seconded by Marks. VOTE UNANIMOUS.


7:00 PM DISCUSSION: CMRPC Route 16 Corridor
(Resource Room)
Present was Steven Wallace and Suzanne LePage of CMRPC. A power point presentation was given.
Traffic Conditions. Several studies have been conducted in 1991, 2002 and 2005.
Traffic Volumes – Projected Growth. Travel speed vs. travel time. All discussion is focused on Route 16 Douglas area.
Land Use & Zoning Uses. What is allowed by right in V/R & V/B. What requires Planning or Zoning Board approval?
What would the Planning Board like to see? In tight areas, limit parking to one side to allow traffic to flow better and there are concerns over pedestrian traffic and tractor trailer trucks speeding through the downtown area. CMRPC will look into how the street scape in Northbridge has affected traffic speed and user friendly conditions. Do we want people to stop and shop downtown or just travel through? Discussed Mechanic Street and Gilboa Street as an alternative for traffic but the bridges on Mechanic Street and North Street are in need of repair.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 7:00pm at the Douglas High School Cafeteria.

8:30 PM DISCUSSION: Pyne, DeVries & Bedoian
Earth Removal Special Permit
James Pyne
Present was James Pyne of Pyne Sand & Stone Company. Pyne submitted a revised sequencing plan. A MOTION was made by Marks to approve the production protocol plan as e-mailed to Zisk and the Board members on 9/24/07 seconded by Swenson. VOTE UNANIMOUS.


8:45 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: HUE TIEU
Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit
44 Downs Road
The Board received a letter from Mr. & Mrs. Tieu requesting a continuance. A MOTION was made by Chesebrough to continue the Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at 7:15pm, seconded by Marks. VOTE UNANIMOUS.


8:50 PM ANR PLAN: ERIK, CURTIS R. & SUSAN MARTINSEN
Gilboa Court
Present on behalf of the owners was Rick Hathaway of Andrews Survey. This is a reduced frontage lot off of Gilboa Court. The plan meets all the ANR requirements. The driveway easement is indicated on the plan so crossing of wetland to gain access to a buildable portion can be avoided. Discussion: The land is not in common ownership prior to 10/25/04. Swenson thinks that the plan is inconsistent with the reduced lot frontage requirements. A MOTION was made by Chesebrough to endorse this ANR Plan, seconded by Marks. VOTE: YES-3, NO-1, ABSTAINED-1. VOTE PASSED.


9:00 PM ANR PLAN: CHARLES D., SR. & RITA M. PAGLICCO
46 Depot Street
Present on the owner’s behalf was Tim Callahan of Hawk Engineering. This lot pre-dates the Zoning Bylaw. There are two existing houses on one lot. The owners want to have two separate lots. Zisk checked with Don Schmidt at DHCD and Schmidt said because the lot was pre-zoning, it does not conform. A MOTION was made by Marks to endorse this ANR Plan, seconded by Chesebrough. VOTE UNANIMOUS.


9:15 PM EXECUTIVE SESSION NORTHEAST WIRELESS SERVICES, LLC and OMNIPOINT HOLDINGS, INC. et al v. THE TOWN OF DOUGLAS, et al
To discuss the strategy with respect to litigation (MGL Chapter 39, Section 23B)
Eben Chesebrough recused himself. At 9:15pm, a MOTION was made by Marks to go to Executive Session to discuss the strategy with respect to litigation for Northeast Wireless Services, LLC and Omnipoint Holdings, Inc. vs. the Town of Douglas, and to allow Cundiff and Zisk to remain, seconded by Swenson. The Board will not return to Regular Session.

ROLL CALL
Ernest Marks – Aye
Roy Swenson – Aye
Linda Brown – Aye
Richard Vanden Berg – Aye


ADJOURNMENT
At 9:45pm, a MOTION was made by Marks to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Brown. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

Respectfully submitted,



Linda Brown
Member


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