19.0107 Conservation Meeting

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19.0107 Conservation Meeting

Postby Maria Lajoie » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:45 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019
(Community Meeting Room)
7:00 PM

7:00 PM (ANRAD 143-0---) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: Thomas Circle / QUARTZ SOLAR, LLC

7:15 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 103 Ledgestone Road / RAMSBOTHAM, RICHARD

7:30 PM (NOI 143-0967) PUBLIC HEARING: 170 West Street / DOUGLAS RENEWABLES, LLC

7:45 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 211 & 213 Yew Street / SOCRAT, AARON

DISCUSSION:
1. Complaint/Inquiry: Richard Kohn, 219 Yew Street
2. 77 Maple Street: Minor Modification / DEP #143-0941
3. Request for a Certificate of Compliance: Milton Mota, 66 Southwest Main Street (DEP #143-938)
4. Request for a Certificate of Compliance: NorthBrown, LLC, North Village (DEP #143-0782)
5. Request For Project Review: Williams Court Douglas, located off Northeast Main Street
6. Sign: ASD Wallum MA Solar, 0 Wallum Lake Road (DEP #143-0964)
7. Request for Legal Size Files (2)
8. Conservation Commission Application: Paul Beckwith, 174 South Street


Minutes: 10/15, 11/5, 12/3


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Upcoming Meetings: 2/4, 3/4, 3/18

Open session for topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours in advance of Meeting.

Please be courteous and make sure all lights are shut off in the Municipal Center before leaving the building.
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Re: 19.0107 Conservation Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:29 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, January 7, 2019. Ms. Sharkey called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. She stated that the meeting is being recorded.

ATTENDANCE:
PRESENT: Tracy Sharkey (Chair), Katiegrace Dudley, Michael Greco (Vice Chair)
ABSENT:
NON-VOTING: Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent)

The Commission began their meeting with a moment to remember Jim Malley of the Douglas Board of Health.

7:01 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED (ANRAD #143-0968): Thomas Circle/QUARTZ SOLAR, LLC
Ms. Sharkey stated that the applicant has asked for a continuance.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to continue the public hearing for (ANRAD #143-0968) Quartz Solar, LLC, Thomas Circle to February 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

7:07 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 103 Ledgestone Road/RAMSBOTHAM, RICHARD
Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Rick and Sue Ramsbotham joined the meeting. They are asking to cut down two trees by Lake Manchaug. Mr. Zisk showed a video of the site. Mr. Ramsbotham stated that the white birch is shedding branches onto his roof. The tree is 10’ from the corner of their house. The Ramsbothams plan to leave the stumps. The black birch has a crack in it that winds around it. The Ramsbothams have had an arborist look at the trees.
Mr. Greco made a motion to issue a negative RDA for Richard Ramsbotham, 103 Ledgestone Road, with the condition that the stumps remain in place and no machinery is to be parked within the 100’ wetlands buffer. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

7:32 PM (NOI #143-0967) PUBLIC HEARING: 170 West Street/DOUGLAS RENEWABLES, LLC.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public hearing. Thaddeus Soule of Beals and Thomas joined the meeting. Mr. Soule disclosed that he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, but he is not present in a representative capacity, but as a wetlands consultant. Julie Bozeman was also present on behalf of the applicant.
This site is 61-acres with limited frontage. There are two wetland areas at the linear portion of the property. The applicant is proposing a 6.5 megawatt solar photovoltaic generation array at the back of the site on the south facing side. There will be no wetland impacts from the array, but an access road will need to be constructed and will need at least one wetland crossing. The entrance driveway may need to be changed to comply with Planning Board requirements. The property owners of 122 West Street have granted temporary access to the site from their property. The alternative access was only for exploratory investigation and is not a legal access.
Mr. Soule will investigate possible additional wetland resources area to the north identified by Mr. Zisk. The Commission reviewed photos of the site.
A parking area will be created on site for use during construction.
6,900 sq. ft. of replication area is planned. The Commission would like to see less replication to ensure a 0’-25’ no disturb buffer and less impact to the slope. The Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Mr. Zisk asked if the replication area could be built on the opposite side than what is proposed. Mr. Soule explained that the site was chosen for hydrology. Mr. Zisk explained that the amount of disturbance created by clearing 10’ of slope is greater than the amount of linear replication. Mr. Zisk suggested putting the replication on the opposite side so that it can be constructed before constructing the crossing so that the area is not disturbed twice. Mr. Soule will look into doing that.
The following items are missing from the plan: detail on the short span timber bridge. a construction sequence, provision for dewatering, detail on the wetlands crossing, and how the hydroflow of the wetland will be kept in the BVW. Mr. Soule stated that the hydrology from the stream will be used to keep the hydroflow in the BVW. Mr. Soule will add the missing items to the revised plan. A discussion was held regarding the hydrology of the site. Mr. Soule will have the engineer write a report on how the hydrology will be impacted.
Three types of erosion controls will be used: silt fence, staked straw wattles and mulch-filled socks. Ms. Sharkey suggested installing orange construction fencing around the temporary contractor parking.
Mr. Soule stated that the project does not trigger wildlife review.
Regarding excavation in the southern portion of the project for stormwater management, Mr. Soule explained that excavation would be done if material was needed to build the crossing. Mr. Zisk feels that the construction sequence is unclear. It would be best to not construct/use a temporary crossing at all.
Ms. Dudley gave Mr. Soule contact information for the Blackstone Valley Watershed Association.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI #143-0967) Douglas Renewables, LLC, 170 West Street to February 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

8:17 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 211 & 213 Yew Street/SOCRAT, AARON.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Aaron and Nick Socrat joined the meeting. Ms. Sharkey stated that there have been two complaints/inquiries regarding this project from the abutters at 215 and 219 Yew Street regarding road construction off Yew Street, tree removal in wetlands and removal of a stone wall. Aaron Socrat explained that they are not constructing a roadway. The path was made to provide access to the site in order to harvest rocks for sale. A bobcat was used to move the rocks.
Nick Socrat removed 6 cords of wood (10-12 trees, not counting the ones that were already dead) for use in his woodstove. Everything was hand cut.
The Socrats did not feel they needed to file for this work because of the DEP guidelines they were following. Erosion control barriers were used. They will maintain a walking path, but all the work in the area is finished, however there is still 100’ of rock wall left to be removed and sold.
Aaron Socrat said that material was brought in at the street to create an apron so as not to break the curb. The Commission reviewed a video of the site.
Richard Kohn of 219 Yew Street joined the meeting. He stated that 140 yards of gravel has been dropped at 211 Yew Street. He asked that this path be blocked so that it cannot be accessed by vehicles. Aaron Socrat agreed to place large rocks across the entrance.
Mr. Kohn stated that the stone wall is the dividing line between 211 and 213 and therefore, cannot be removed by State law. Nick Socrat stated that the property boundary is beyond the wall. Ms. Sharkey stated the the Commission can only speak to matters within their jurisdiction.
Rosana Hutchins of 215 Yew Street stated that she spoke with Aaron Socrat a few times and he mentioned running sleds, cross country skiing, horses, small tractors, and today hayrides, on his property. She thought perhaps the wetland was being filled in order to have access for trucks. Aaron Socrat explained that the path was made as a tool to get the rocks out, not for public access, truck access or parking. All the work was done while the land was frozen.
Mr. Zisk explained that work was done within the Commission’s jurisdiction without knowing what was planned. Mr. Zisk had told Aaron Socrat that, moving forward, he would have to file for work to be done.
The RDA is for removal of selected trees for use to heat the Socrat home. The trees will be hand cut. No more rocks will be removed from the site, unless they are moved without using machinery.
Mr. Greco made a motion to issue a negative RDA for Aaron Socrat, 211 and 213 Yew Street for the removal of selected trees by farmer, with the condition that no machinery be brought into the resource area, no more of the rock wall will be removed, and boulders will be placed across the entrance where the gravel apron was installed using a Kabota tractor. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

DISCUSSION:
1. Complaint/Inquiry: Richard Kohn, 219 Yew Street. See 8:17 PM Public Meeting (RDA).
2. 77 Maple Street: Minor Modification/DEP #143-0941. Margaret Bacon of Civil Site Engineering joined the meeting to request a minor modification of the issued Order of Conditions for 77 Maple Street. The original proposed house was 44’ x 38’ and now they are proposing 36’ x 24’. Instead of a raised ranch, the house will be a Cape. The driveway will be on the side instead of in the front. Everything is staying within the same erosion control limits. There will be 30% less square footage of pavement.
Mr. Greco made a motion to declare that the changes presented tonight by Margaret Bacon are a minor modification to the Order of Conditions for DEP #143-0941, 77 Maple Street. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
3. Request for a Certificate of Compliance: Milton Mota, 66 Southwest Main Street, (DEP #143-0938). The Commission reviewed the as-built.
Mr. Greco made a motion to issue a Certificate of Compliance for Milton Mota, 66 Southwest Main Street, (DEP #143-0938). Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
4. Request for a Certificate of Compliance: NorthBrown, LLC, North Village (DEP #143-0782). Neal Rybicki and Art Allen of EcoTec joined the meeting. Mr. Allen stated that in 2015 he monitored and documented the construction of the replication area and the crossing. Both replication areas are larger than was proposed. Mr. Allen presented copies of his original report. No bonds are being held for this project.
The Order expires in February. The applicants were advised by their attorney to ask for an extension. A written request was presented. A site walk was scheduled for January 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM.
5. Request for Project Review: Williams Court Douglas, located off Northeast Main Street. Mr. Zisk stated that there are no wetlands on the project and therefore, not within the Commission’s jurisdiction.
6. Sign: ASD Wallum MA Solar, 0 Wallum Lake Road (DEP #143-0964).
7. Request for Legal Size Files (2). Ms. Dudley made a motion to authorize the purchase of two legal size files or two legal size file cabinets. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
8. Conservation Commission Application: Paul Beckwith, 174 South Street. Mr. Beckwith has withdrawn his application.
9. Minutes: November 5, & December 3, 2018
Approval of the minutes of the November 5 and December 3, 2018 Conservation Commission meetings was deferred to the next meeting.

9:07 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Greco made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:07 PM. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3.

Respectfully submitted,

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