12/6/2010 - Meeting Minutes

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12/6/2010 - Meeting Minutes

Postby Maria Lajoie » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:54 pm

The meeting was called to order at 7:08pm.

Vice Chairman Michael Yacino, Linda Brown, Leon Mosczynski, Brandi Van Roo, Ralph Dudley, David Windoloski, Kelley Donley (Associate Member), Tracy Sharkey (Associate Member), Stephen Zisk (Planning/Conservation Agent), William Cundiff (Town Engineer) and Maria Lajoie (Administrative Secretary). Absent was Chairwoman Marylynne Dube.

1. Enforcement Order: 67 Pine Street. Present was Rhonda Feriguetti, daughter of the owners. She told the Commission that at the time Zisk came out to the property some of the pine trees had been taken down and said she wanted to build a house in the future. The owners did not apply for a forest cutting plan through the state but was told to do so. The Commission will do a site walk. A Motion was made by Brown to ratify the Enforcement Order, seconded by Mosczynski. Vote was unanimous. A Motion was made by Van Roo to issue a $100 fine and to cease & desist all work until the Commission receives a copy of a forest cutting plan, seconded by Brown. Vote was unanimous.
2. Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor: Blackstone National Park. The Commission received a letter from BRVNHC stating they may no longer be in operation as of October 2011. The options are: 1) you’re on your own plan; 2) assign national park personnel to Slater Mill, Slatersville in North Smithfield and the Ashton Mill area in Cumberland and Lincoln National Park Service sites; 3) Take option #2 and add Mass villages in Whitinsville and Hopedale – create a nonprofit organization to assume responsibilities of the current Corridor Commission; 4) Make the Slater Mill site in Pawtucket part of the National Park Service system; or 5) a limited federal role of providing matching funds for the region but leaving most of the work to volunteers. After discussion, a Motion was made by Van Roo to support Option #3 as a Commission, seconded by Mosczynski. Vote was unanimous. Lajoie was asked to write a letter of support and have Chairwoman Dube sign it.
3. Hemlock Street Update. Zisk said he did a follow-up to a complaint on Hemlock Street and said that the trees are flagged and Zisk received a copy of the plan. Zisk also spoke to the owners about what can and cannot be done on their property regarding wetlands and the owners understood.
4. Uxbridge Court Hearing: Whitin Reservoir Watershed District. Zisk said that there will be a hearing on 12/15/10 @ 3:00pm. Yacino said he would go with Zisk and Zisk said he would call Bob Sullivan at the Water/Sewer Department to see if he is going.
5. Received an e-mail dated 10/22/10 from Les Stevens regarding the Wind Farm Project on Webster Street. FYI
6. Vote: 2011 Meeting Schedule. After review, a Motion was made by Van Roo to approve the 2011 Meeting Schedule, as amended, seconded by Brown. Vote was unanimous.
7. Project Updates. Zisk submitted a copy of a list of projects and the status and said he would continue to update the Commission.
8. GPS Equipment Quotes. Cundiff submitted quotes from Maine Technical Source ($10,219.00), Trimble Navigation ($10,329.00), Duncan-Parnell, Inc ($11,290.00) and Waypoint Technology Group ($11,685.00). Discussion held about sharing the GPS with other town staff but the Commission had concerns. A Motion was made by Brown approve the purchase of GPS Equipment not to exceed the amount of $11,685.00, seconded by Van Roo. Vote was unanimous.
9. Forest Stewardship Program. The Commission agreed that there should be a ten year plan for the conservation properties. A Motion was made by Van Roo to have Zisk proceed with enrolling in the Forest Stewardship Program, seconded by Windoloski. Vote was unanimous.
10. Executive Session Meeting Minutes for 34 Davis Street. These minutes will not be voted and released at this time.

Peter Coffin, Coordinator for the Blackstone River Coalition present. This is a non-profit organization concerned with improving water quality in the Blackstone Watershed. Coffin said that water is being trucked from area ponds to businesses and is harming the water levels. His objective is to see the four towns work together with an engineer (Whitinsville, Douglas, Uxbridge & Sutton) to figure out how to manage flows and agree on a plan to manage flows at times of low water. Cundiff thought it was a great idea because it impacts the Blackstone and Mumford Rivers and said that “once you draw water you alter the resource area”. Yacino said that the Mumford River should be even more protected and agreed that it was a great idea because we need a plan. After discussion, the Commission agreed to be a part of the planning.

The Executive Session Meeting Minutes of 9/20, 10/4, 10/18 and 11/8 (2) are on hold until the issues are resolved and then they can be voted and released.

After review, a Motion was made by Brown to approve the Meeting Minutes of October 4, 2010, as amended, seconded by Van Roo. Vote was unanimous.

After review, a Motion was made by Mosczynski to approve the Meeting Minutes of October 18, 2010, as amended, seconded by Windoloski. Vote was unanimous.

After review, a Motion was made by Brown to approve the Meeting Minutes of November 8, 2010, as amended, seconded by Van Roo. Vote was unanimous.

1. Open Space Committee. The Commission received a memo from Sue Perkins regarding the Titopa Farm property on Orange Street dated 11/10/10. The Open Space Committee is asking if the Commission is interested in pursuing this property. Yacino said that he would contact the owner Thomas Schwartz and report back to the members and the Open Space Committee.
2. Yacino received a letter from the Attorney General’s Office requesting additional information regarding the complaint by Eben Chesebrough. Lajoie was asked to forward the requested information.
3. School Project. Cundiff said the project is moving forward and will be having a working meeting to get review and input from Committees, Boards and Departments and asked the Commission to attend. A date has not yet been set.
4. Green Communities. Cundiff said there would be working sessions to get Douglas to join this Act.
5. NPDES. Cundiff said that the EPA is pursuing NPDES in other towns.
6. Meeting Room Location. Cundiff said that he is looking into using the Resource Room for all meetings because it will provide more space for the members.
7. Donley said that she spoke to Chris Pastor regarding the conservation projects for Pack 134 Webelos. The project entails a 5-year plan to: Year 1) clean up the roadways and conservation land sites, Year 2) place trail markers, Year 3) survey work, Year 4) species kiosks and clean up (same as year one) and Year 5) implement species kiosks. The Commission told Donley that she is doing a great job with this project. Donley will keep the Commission informed.

1. Vouchers (2)
2. Order of Resource Area Delineation: Douglas Camp Meeting Association, 25 South Street

At 8:35pm, a Motion was made by Van Roo to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Brown. Vote was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Maria Lajoie
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