7/22/2008 - Meeting Minutes

7/22/2008 - Meeting Minutes

Postby Maria Lajoie » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:15 am

A meeting of the Planning Board was called to order on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 7:03 PM.

ATTENDANCE
Present: Richard Vanden Berg (Chairman), Ernst Marks (Vice Chairman), Mark Mungeam, Linda Brown, Roy Swenson, David St. George, Eben Chesebrough, William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Stephen Zisk (Planning/Conservation Agent), Lisa Lannon (Recording Secretary).

7:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: COOPERTOWN REALTY TRUST APPLICATION FOR A WATER RESOURCE DISTRICT AQUIFER PROTECTION SPECIAL PERMIT
The Public Hearing was continued for the Coopertown Realty Trust Application for a Water Resource District Aquifer Protection Special Permit. The outstanding information requested from the last meeting was reviewed.
Mr. Gary Vecchione reviewed the updated plan noting culverts and basins and showing percentages of permeability and natural area retained. Some discussion held. Mr. Vecchione also discussed the impact on private wells noting that only two abutters have wells and the remainder has Town water.
Mary Sullivan, 439 NE Main Street, asked that the Board consider the impact on potential wells of undeveloped abutting property. Patrick Blake, 8 Monroe Street, asked if there is any guarantee that project will not impact wells. Mr. Vecchione indicated that should it be proven that the project impacts wells they will pay to replace or tie into Town water. Gerald Sullivan noted concern that applicant has not provided requested information to date. David Gjeltema, 19 Monroe Street expressed similar concerns. Jeremy Flansburg, 63 Monroe Street, noted that all the Flansburg properties are serviced by wells also noted concern of not knowing where the water table is. Some discussion held. It was noted that community members are welcomed to visit the Community Development Office for further information.
Letter from hydrologist was noted which indicates further monitoring should be taken to determine high ground water. Mr. Cundiff noted that the prepared list of comments outlines the Bylaw and where additional information is needed. It is hoped that written response would be forthcoming. Need to focus on what the issues are that applicant is applying for was noted. It was suggested that applicant meet with Mr. Cundiff and Mr. Zisk to review outstanding information. Some discussion held regarding the monitoring wells. It was questioned if copies of plan have been forwarded to other Town agencies. Mr. Cundiff will confirm.
Mr. Marks made a motion to continue Public Hearing to August 12, 2008 at 7:00 PM. Mr. St. George seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

7:59 PM ANR PLAN: NANCY L. PORTER
The ANR Plan for Nancy L. Porter on the corner of Maple and Martin was reviewed. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to endorse the ANR Plan for Nancy Porter on 77 Martin Road. Mr. Marks seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

8:06 PM PUBLIC HEARING: TOWN OF DOUGLAS APPLICATION FOR A SCENIC ROAD SPECIAL PERMIT
The Public Hearing was opened for the Town of Douglas Application for a Scenic Road Special Permit. Mr. Cundiff explained that this is a two town project involving Douglas and Sutton. Funds have been made available through a DEP State Grant 319. The purpose is to improve storm water quality prior to discharge. Plan reviewed in detail. Discussion held. It was noted that there is a lot of water in the road that misses the catch basins. This issue will be brought to the attention of the Highway Department. The Town of Douglas will absorb the cost of the project and maintenance. Grant money was used to pay for the design of the plans.
Mr. Marks made a motion to close the Public Hearing for the Town of Douglas Application for a Scenic Road Special Permit. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Marks made a motion to endorse the plan as presented. Mr. Swenson seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

8:41 PM DISCUSSION: CMRPC DOWNTOWN CORRIDOR STUDY
Ms. Trish Settles was present from CMRPC and reviewed the Draft Final Report of the East Douglas Village Route 16 Corridor Study. She indicated that she would provide a digital format of the study with applicable links.
Mr. Chesebrough noted a letter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding Commonwealth Capital Program and questioned if CMRPC helps to complete these forms. Some discussion held. Ms. Settles noted that each community receives a number of hours that could be used for this purpose in addition they can contract hours. Mr. Cundiff noted that CMRPC assisted with the application in the past and would support using those hours for this. Ms. Settles will check to on the number of hours available to Douglas and let Mr. Cundiff know and he will report back at the next meeting. It was suggested that the community comments be included in the report.
Ms. Brown made a motion to extend the agreement with CMRPC from June 30 to September 30. Mr. Marks seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

8:50 PM CORRESPONDENCE
A letter was noted from Joseph and Tedeschi Construction regarding the release of their Bond for Hilltop Estates. Mr. Cundiff noted that the work is done however, the Selectmen will be discussing road acceptance at their next meeting. Members agreed to consider after that meeting.
Mr. Cundiff distributed letter from Town Counsel to Frontier Insurance Company regarding Shady Knolls Estates requesting further information.

8:55 PM REVIEW OF JUNE 24, 2008 MEETING MINUTES
The minutes of the June 24, 2008 Meeting were reviewed. Ms. Brown made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Chesebrough seconded. Vote: Yes – 6, Abstained – 1.

8:58 PM OTHER BUSINESS
A letter from Attorney William Hovey regarding the ANR Application of Suzanne Lussier was noted.
Vouchers and Accessory Apartment Special Permit: Russell and Heather Carlson, 121 Wallum Lake Road were signed.
Mr. Cundiff discussed the proposal to restore the Gravel Pit on Northeast Main Street with “manufactured topsoil”. He suggested that Mr. Tom Christopher, Resource Management, Inc. come to a meeting to make a presentation. It was suggested that he bring samples. Mr. Cundiff will arrange.
The ZBA for Timothy Bacca, Cottage Colony Drive was reviewed. Board has no objection.
The ZBA for Mr. and Mrs. Guertin, Peter Cove Road was reviewed. Board has no objection.
Mr. Chesebrough noted article that discusses fastest growing communities and lists Douglas as 27th out of 60 communities in Worcester County.

9:16 PM AJOURNMENT
Mr. Marks made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 9:16 PM.

Respectfully submitted,



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