11/3/14 Meeting Minutes

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11/3/14 Meeting Minutes

Postby Mary Wright » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:12 pm


A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, November 3, 2014. Ms. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM.

PRESENT: Linda Brown (Chairman), Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairman), Michael Greco, Brandi Van Roo, Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent)
ABSENT: Dwight Bristowe (Unexcused), Jeremy Manning (Unexcused)

1. 7:04 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0883) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 283 Southwest Main Street/CICCONE, ANTHONY.
Ms. Brown continued the public hearing. Mr. Ciccone joined the meeting. Mr. Zisk stated that the site walk has been done. The plan has been modified to include the blacktop. Mr. Ciccone had the key for the plantings. He will use New England Conservation Mix and plant 18 trees. The Conservation Commission asked that Mr. Ciccone eliminate the white pine and red oak and add witch hazel or low bush blueberry. The 2” caliper saplings should be spaced 3-4’ apart. The fine has been paid.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to issue the Certificate of Compliance, 283 Southwest Main Street, DEP #143-0717. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to close the public hearing and issue the Order of Conditions for 283 Southwest Main Street, Ciccone, Anthony (NOI-DEP #143-0883) with the condition that the white pine and red oak be replaced with witch hazel and/or low bush blueberry bushes and the trees be at least 2” caliper. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Ciccone left the meeting.

Ms. Brown continued the public hearing. Margaret Bacon of Civil Site Engineering joined the meeting. She stated that the chain link fence has been extended so that the entire backyard is enclosed. She added erosion control. Trees that are to be removed have been marked. The revised plan is dated November 1, 2014.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI-DEP #143-0882) 10 Smith Hill Way/Frankel, Steven. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Mr. Zisk stated that the Town Engineer sent him a notice of a complaint regarding 69 Oak Street. The residents removed a stone wall. Vegetation was removed. A Cease and Desist was issued from the Planning Board. George Hendricks, 69 Oak Street joined the meeting. The wetland has been flagged.
Mr. Hendricks is grading, filling, re-loaming and seeding. He took the wall down because he could not bring in loam over the septic system. He is planning to re-establish the wall and establish an opening. He will install straw wattle erosion controls tomorrow.
A site walk was planned for Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM. Mr. Hendricks left the meeting.

3. 7:34 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0884) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 49 Lindbergh Avenue / SOCRAT, AARON & PATRICIA
Ms. Brown continued the public hearing. Byron Andrews of Andrews Survey & Engineering and Aaron and Alaina Socrat joined the meeting. Per the discussion last meeting, the plans have been reconfigured to include a retaining wall. Mr. Socrat is planning on putting 2’ of crushed stone, 6’ deep, on the inside of the wall towards the driveway. They are proposing biodegradable “sausage” and fabric for erosion controls.
Ms. Van Roo made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI-DEP #143-0884) 49 Lindbergh Avenue/Socrat, Aaron & Patricia. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Once the Order is signed and recorded, Mr. Socrat can give a copy to Mr. Zisk and proceed with the erosion control barrier and trees. Mr. Andrews and Aaron and Alaina Socrat left the meeting.

Ed Taipale, Manager of North Brown, LLC joined the meeting. This is an affordable housing project supported by the Town as a local initiative project. The ZBA issued a Comprehensive Permit in 2009. The Order of Conditions was issued in February of 2010. It is designed as a low-impact project. They started clearing the playground area at the street to provide a staging area. No work has been done in the buffer zone or wetlands area. Art Allen of Eco-Tech has been hired as a wetlands scientist.
There a wetlands crossing comes into the project. Tim Brownlow, contractor for the project, stated that all 124 units, 62 buildings are outside the buffer. There is a double barrel road accessway that has 800 linear feet of roadway, 4,300 sq. ft. of fill, inside the buffer. There would be 4,800 sq. ft. of disturbance. No work on the buildings can be done until the crossing is completed.
Mr. Zisk stated that he filed a Disclosure Form, but he could be a liaison to monitor the crossing. Mr. Zisk cannot inspect the property because he is an abutter. A third party will need to be hired. The Commission would like BSC Group to be hired. The applicant has satisfied the 401 Water Quality conditions. There was a discussion regarding what part of the project is under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission and whether or not a bond is required for the crossing and replication area. The Special Conditions were reviewed.
Mr. Taipale would like to start clearing trees in the next two to three weeks. He reviewed the order of events. They would be doing the crossing before the replication. The Commission asked for proof that bonding is not needed for the crossing and replication area. Mr. Brownlow stated that, in the hearings to obtain the Order of Conditions, it was discussed that a surety would be held with property. Building Permits on units would be held as described in the Comp. Permit.
The Commission will review the original documents and would like to talk to Town Counsel about procedure. Mr. Brownlow will resend the Construction Schedule and an estimated cost for the crossing. Mr. Zisk will send the Order of Conditions to Jay Talerman, Town Counsel, and ask him to attend the next meeting.
The Commission agreed that erosion controls can be placed and trees begun to be cut, after the Commission has checked the erosion controls. Mr. Brownlow plans to use straw bales and silt fence within the buffer and wattles outside the buffer.
Mr. Taipale and Mr. Brownlow left the meeting.

1. 436 Northeast Main Street Solar Project: Proposed Gates. Kevin Donegan of Gehrlicher Solar joined the meeting. Ms. Brown stated that the original Condition requested that the fence be a minimum of 4” from the ground. Mr. Donegan explained that a mistake was made, and he was not provided with that information. Mr. Donegan discussed that cutting the entire fence line would be very expensive. The whole length of the fence would need to be re-twisted. Documents were reviewed and a discussion was held.
Mr. Donegan will do his best to raise the fence, but there are sections that are difficult to raise, particularly in corners. The Commission asked to have an update by the next meeting; either the raising is completed or it is known when the raising will be done. Mr. Donegan left the meeting.
2. Whitin Reservoir Association: Request for Extension to Order of Conditions. Ms. Van Roo made a motion to confirm that the permit is good until December 5, 2018. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
3. Whitin Reservoir Association: Water Table Schedule. Mr. Zisk stated that under the original permit, they are required to submit monthly stream flow data updates. They are asking if they can do this quarterly. Stream flow data was reviewed. A discussion was held.
The data submitted needs to be reviewed every month. The data needs to be converted to cu. feet/sec. and inputted into a spreadsheet. Use of flow meters was discussed.
4. 169 Davis Street Update. Mr. Zisk went to the site and measured 50’ from the area. He will work with the owner to establish a woodchip buffer zone line.
5. Minutes: 9/2, 9/15, 10/6, 10/20. Approval of the meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.
6. 2015 Meeting Schedule. The Commission decided to change July 6, 2015 to July 20, 2015, and add August 17, 2015. Ms. Sharkey made a motion to accept the 2015 Douglas Conservation Commission meeting schedule as amended. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

1. 283 Southwest Main, Anthony Ciccone.
2. 10 Smith Hill Way, Steven Frankel.
3. Extension Permit Whitin Reservoir.
4. 49 Lindbergh Avenue, Aaron & Patricia Socrat.

Mr. Zisk will bring a Cutting Plan: Best Management Practices for next meeting. He will check on the mowing of the French property.

Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:17 PM. Ms. Van Roo seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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