2/4/2019 - Conservation Meeting

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2/4/2019 - Conservation Meeting

Postby Maria Lajoie » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:43 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019
(Community Meeting Room)
7:00 PM


7:00 PM (ANRAD 143-0968) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: Thomas Circle / QUARTZ SOLAR, LLC
*Request for continuance: March 4, 2019 @ 7:15pm

7:05 PM: Deer Crossing Development, LLC, 45 Woodland Road / Minor Plan Change (DEP #143-0725)

7:15 PM DISCUSSION: NorthBrown, LLC / North Village / Request for a Certificate of Compliance (DEP #143-0782)

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

7:45 PM (NOI 143-0966) PUBLIC HEARING: 26 North Street / HAYWARD LANDING ASSOCIATES

8:00 PM (NOI 143-0---) PUBLIC HEARING: Southeast Main Street, Lot #7 / MBACON REALTY, LLC

8:15 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 12 Cottage Colony / COLLINS, DERMOT

Minutes: 11/5, 12/3, 1/7



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Re: 2/4/2019 - Conservation Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:33 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, February 4, 2019. Ms. Sharkey called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM.

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

7:05 PM (ANRAD #143-0968) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: Thomas Circle/QUARTZ SOLAR, LLC.
Ms. Sharkey stated that the applicant has asked for a continuance.
Mr. Greco made a motion to continue the public hearing for (ANRAD #143-0968) Quartz Solar, LLC, Thomas Circle to March 4, 2019 at 7:15 PM. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

7:06 PM (DEP #143-0725) DISCUSSION: DEER CROSSING DEVELOPMENT, LLC, 45 Woodland Road, Minor Plan Change.
Dave Marquedant and the owner of the property, Michael Berthiaume, joined the meeting. Mr. Marquedant outlined the plan that was approved in June, 2017. The project was started and then stopped for a number of months. Mr. Berthiaume and his wife bought the property in January, 2019, and a change is now proposed to move the shed out of the buffer, move the house, move the tanks, shorten and narrow the driveway, and change the limit of work. The only thing that would remain in the buffer is a tip of the house. They will be reducing the amount of impervious within the buffer from 168 sq. ft. to 115 sq. ft. The Board of Health had no objections. A pool outside the buffer zone has been added to the plan.
Ms. Sharkey asked to keep the existing treeline where there is no grading. Mr. Marquedant agreed.
Mr. Greco made a motion to consider the changes illustrated on the revised plan dated 1/21/19 for Deer Crossing Development, LLC, 45 Woodland Road (DEP #143-0725) as minor plan changes. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

7:13 PM (DEP #143-0782) DISCUSSION: NORTHBROWN, LLC, NORTH VILLAGE, Request for a Certificate of Compliance.
Neil Rybicki joined the meeting. Ms. Sharkey stated that she and Ms. Dudley visited the site and saw that the two replication areas were very well established. Ms. Dudley asked that the hay bale strings and plastic be pulled out when the ground is not frozen. The small trees planted in the wetlands should be checked in the spring to be sure they are surviving.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue a Certificate of Compliance for NorthBrown, LLC, North Village (DEP #143-0782). Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

7:30 PM (NOI #143-0967) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 170 West Street/DOUGLAS RENEWABLES, LLC.
Jeff Murphy of Beals and Thomas joined the meeting. He distributed some photos taken during the site visit of 1/18/19 and a copy of the most recent letter that addresses the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) comments.
The water flowing from the neighbor’s barn has been incorporated into the design. It starts at wetland flag #18. A culvert has been added for the proposed driveway, which will be coming off of West Street. The entrance was made wider to allow vehicles to turn. A culvert pipe has been added beneath the driveway.
A replication area of 780 sq. ft. has been added. Also, a replication area for the wetland crossing has been moved to the northern side of the wetlands and the replication ratio has been reduced from 1.5:1 to 1:1.
The Planning Board asked for a larger turnaround area for emergency vehicles outside the 100’, and because of that, an additional stormwater basin was added. The Town Engineer identified the need for a stormwater basin near the low point of the roadway.
The following have also been added to the plans: a larger view of the crossing, construction sequence phasing and notes, a parking area and a stockpile area. A temporary crossing consisting of timber mats is proposed.
BVW materials will not be stockpiled. All materials needed to construct the replication area will be brought in, and then the crossing will be constructed. The stockpiled material will be used at the outer periphery of the site. Mr. Zisk suggested that the materials excavated for the temporary crossing be used for the replication. Mr. Murphy agreed.
Mr. Murphy stated that the construction sequence for the temporary crossing is dependent on the bridge contractor’s schedule. Mr. Murphy feels that both the permanent and temporary crossings can be constructed at any time of the year, ideally during dry times. The temporary crossing is needed because the project needs to be accessed from both sides during construction.
Mr. Zisk suggested constructing the temporary crossing by building the permanent roadway right up to the bank, creating a temporary bridge out of timber mats on gravel pads, and then creating the permanent bridge. Timber mats should only be used during frozen or dry seasons. If timber mats are used only for a temporary bridge and not for a crossing, it simplifies things.
It was the consensus of the Commission that they are in agreement with the relocated replication area, however a revised plan adding a note for breaking down the temporary bridge and building the permanent bridge is needed, as well as a note that this work will be done during the dry season. The Commission asked for a more detailed construction sequence, not a phasing of events. The temporary bridge should be in place for no more than one month.
Ethan Childs of Douglas Renewables asked for clarification of the construction sequence and stockpiled materials.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI #143-0967) Douglas Renewables, LLC, 170 West Street to March 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

8:10 PM (NOI 143-0966) PUBLIC HEARING: 26 North Street, HAYWARD LANDING ASSOCIATES.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public hearing. Nancy Marshall of Ransom Consulting joined the meeting and presented photos of the site. Two retaining walls are starting to fail. The project itself is not in a wetland area, but is in a riverfront. The plan is to replace both sections of wall. The plan is to excavate behind the wall, backfill with geotextile wrap and compacted fill. Tie-backs will be installed into the wrap areas to support and to plumb the wall. The wall is being kept in place. The work is planned to be done from the parking lot.
At the toe of the wall, there will be a 4’ wide rip rap apron around the bottom of the wall in the riverfront area to help mitigate anything running down the front of the wall. No trees will be removed. There will be no machinery in the riverfront area as the slope is too steep to allow machinery to get there. Ms. Marshall will find out how and why the rip rap is being installed.
Ms. Dudley was concerned that the rip rap will erode. DEP commented that the plans were prepared using a 1982 FEMA map overlay, but the 2014 revised overlay must be used and no rip rap should be within the flood zone area.
Mr. Greco made motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI 143-0966) 26 North Street, Hayward Landing Associates to March 4, 2019 at 7:45 PM. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

8:29 PM (NOI 143-0969) PUBLIC HEARING: Southeast Main Street, Lot #7, MBACON REALTY, LLC.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public hearing. Margaret Bacon of Civil Site Engineering joined the meeting to request a permit for a wetland crossing on lot #7 for a 12’ wide driveway. She is looking to building a single-family home and septic outside the 100’ buffer. The 80’ crossing will be at the narrowest part of the wetland area. She has proposed a floorless three-sided box culvert. She is proposing to replicate 3,600’ sq. ft. The well will be in the buffer zone.
A discussion was held regarding the banks of the intermittent stream at the crossing. Mr. Zisk suggested Ms. Bacon stake the headwalls of the crossing. Ms. Bacon proposed plantings for the 2:1 slope stabilization. The Commission asked to know exactly how many plantings there will be and if there will be any utility poles or lines. Ms. Bacon may need two poles. The Commission also asked for a street address. Ms. Bacon will use natural stones from the site for the two retaining walls.
Lorraine Lague of 137 Southeast Main asked about the disruption of water flow during construction of the culvert. She is concerned that her yard will flood. Ms. Bacon replied that construction will not take more than one week during the low flow.
A site walk was scheduled for 2/9/19 at 9:00 AM.
Mr. Greco made a motion to continue the public hearing for (NOI 143-0969) Southeast Main Street, Lot #7, MBacon Realty, LLC to March 4, 2019 at 8:00 PM. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.

8:52 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 12 Cottage Colony, COLLINS, DERMOT.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Mr. Collins joined the meeting and asked to remove five trees. The Commission reviewed a video of the site. The shortest distance to the bank from the closest tree is 25’. Mr. Collins will hire an arborist to cut the trees.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue a negative RDA for Dermot Collins, 12 Cottage Colony with the condition that no machinery is to be parked within the 100’, only the five marked trees are to be cut, and the stumps are to remain. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
Mr. Collins was told to inform Mr. Zisk before the work begins.

DISCUSSION:
1. Minutes: November 5, & December 3, 2018 & January 7, 2019
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the November 5, 2018 minutes of the Conservation Commission as amended. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-2.
Approval of the minutes of the December 3, 2018 and January 7, 2019 Conservation Commission meetings was deferred to the next meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS:
Ms. Sharkey stated that Ms. Lajoie sent an email from MACC stating that they would like to be paid before they send the two handbooks. The Town will only pay after items are received. Ms. Sharkey sent an email to Town Counsel to ask if one handbook could be sent and then paid for.
Katherine Petersson of 229 Southeast Main joined the meeting. She stated that when they bought their house in the 90’s, they received permission from Tom Keevan to use his land behind their house for recreation. Mr. Keevan allowed them to clear the trails. Now that ownership of Mr. Keevan’s land has been transferred to the Town, she is asking for permission to continue.
The neighbors across the street would like to use the access lane to enter with their horses. Ms. Petersson asked for a clear delineation of where the path is and asked if she could be allowed to clear it to let the horses in the back. Mr. Zisk stated that there are two pins and a drill hole that mark the rectangle. Mr. Zisk suggested Ms. Petersson come up with a proposal. The Commission asked for clarifications on the negotiations regarding the parking area and sign and if there are any restrictions on the property. Ms. Sharkey asked for a map of the parking area and where the access is.
Currently, the Peterssons can clear and maintain the currently used paths.

9:14 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Ms. Dudley made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:14 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-3.

Respectfully submitted,

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