8/26/2019 - Conservation Meeting

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8/26/2019 - Conservation Meeting

Postby Maria Lajoie » Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:47 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019
(Community Meeting Room)
7:00 PM

7:00 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0---) PUBLIC HEARING: 832 Northwest Main Street / WIEGELE, GEORGE & JOANNE
7:15 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0979) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 67 Walnut Street / PEARE, RAY
7:30 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING CONTINUED: 45 Lindberg Avenue / LEBEL, RONALD & GAIL
7:45 PM (NOI-DEP #143-0980) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 179 Wallis Street / WARD, DOUGLAS
8:00 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 25 South Street / DOUGLAS CAMP MEETING ASSOCIATION
Open session for topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours in advance of Meeting.

DISCUSSION
1. Douglas Renewables, 170 West Street: Wetland Crossing-Replication Bonds (#143-0967)
2. Request for Release of Covenant: North Village, North Street (DEP #143-0782)
3. Whitin Reservoir Estates: Request for Partial Certificates of Compliance w/Narrative (#143-0656)
4. Highway Department: Tree removal – Corner of West/Northwest Main Street
5. Voucher

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Minutes: 6/3, 6/17, 7/15, 8/5 _________________________________________________________________
Upcoming Meetings: 9/16, 10/7, 10/21
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Re: 8/26/2019 - Conservation Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:13 pm

CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019

A meeting of the Conservation Commission was held on Monday, August 26, 2019. Ms. Sharkey called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

ATTENDANCE:
PRESENT: Tracy Sharkey (Chair), Katiegrace Dudley, Michael Greco (Vice Chair), Eric Harris (Associate), Arthur Montminy
ABSENT: Mark Mungeam (Excused)
NON-VOTING: Stephen Zisk (Conservation Agent)

7:00 PM (NOI DEP #143-0--) PUBLIC HEARING: 832 Northwest Main Street/WIEGELE, GEORGE & JOANNE.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public hearing. Travis Brown of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. The area has an existing cart path with some gravel, an existing 12” pipe, and riverfront area. Bordering vegetative wetland (BVW) encompasses the work area. There will be no work associated with the culvert. A pipe will be added to maintain flow under the driveway. There will be minor grading. The septic has been approved by the Board of Health (BOH). The wetlands have been reflagged. The flag connecting 3-5 has been removed, and the next plan revision will show less riverfront disturbance.
The replication will run along a narrow area away from the proposed driveway. Mr. Zisk’s comments will be reflected on the revised plan, i.e. a stockpile area, profile of the driveway, cross section of the culvert, add the break in the wall, a construction sequence, reference the wetland bylaw, hydrology of the soils, and erosion controls. Mr. Zisk asked Mr. Brown to save the large trees in the replication area.
Mr. Brown will provide stormwater calculations for the next meeting.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to continue the public hearing for George and Joanne Wiegele, 832 Northwest Main Street to September 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Montminy seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.

7:15 PM (NOI DEP #143-0979) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 67 Walnut Street/PEARE, RAY.
Travis Brown of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. The limit of work has been pulled to 35’ from the wetland, and a row of boulders has been added at the 35’. A discussion was held.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to close the public hearing for (NOI DEP #143-0979) 67 Walnut Street, Ray Peare. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI DEP #143-0979) 67 Walnut Street, Ray Peare. Mr. Montminy seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.

7:41 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING CONTINUED: 45 Lindberg Avenue/LEBEL, RONALD & GAIL.
Mr. and Mrs. Lebel joined the meeting. Mrs. Lebel said that their builder gave all documents to the Building Inspector. Confusion remains as to whether a Building Permit comes first or a Conservation decision. Mrs. Lebel said that she was told that once the Commission grants permission, the Inspector would then deny them a permit, and then they would go to ZBA for a Special Permit. Ms. Sharkey explained that the Commission does not give a final decision until the ZBA has made a decision.
A deck is not planned at this time. The Lebels are asking to take down a tree and replace a window with sliding doors. A discussion was held.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue a negative RDA for Ronald and Gail Lebel, 45 Lindberg Avenue to remove a 50’ tall red maple tree and build an enclosed porch/room 13.6’ x by 12’, 38’ from lake with the conditions that there be no heavy equipment on the property, straw wattles need to be installed and inspected before work begins, no stockpiling, no more than 4 hand-dug sonotubes, and stumps to remain in place. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Aye-4.

7:55 PM (NOI DEP #143-0980) PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: 179 Wallis Street/WARD, DOUGLAS.
Bob Murphy of Murphy Associates Environmental Consultants and Douglas and Linda Ward joined the meeting. Mr. Murphy stated that the work will be within 50’ of an existing lake. Approval from the ZBA was received for a Special Permit. The BOH has approved the location of the tight tank. The house has been pushed back as far as it can go, which is 3’ from the tight tank. There is no additional disturbance and they are not encroaching any more on the wetlands than the existing structure. There will be gutters and the downspouts will be buried.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to close the public hearing for (NOI DEP #143-0980), 179 Wallis Street, Douglas Ward. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue an Order of Conditions for (NOI DEP #143-0980), 179 Wallis Street, Douglas Ward per the revised plans dated 8/7/19. Mr. Montminy seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.

8:09 PM (RDA) PUBLIC MEETING: 25 South Street/DOUGLAS CAMP MEETING ASSOCIATION.
Ms. Sharkey opened the public meeting. Charlene and Joe Gould joined the meeting. They are asking to replace an existing block foundation of a cottage with 12” sonotubes. Mr. Gould explained that they will hand dig down 42”, install 12” sonotubes, pour concrete inside the sonotubes, bring it up 8-10” above grade then build up from there with 6” x 6” pressure treated wood. Concrete will be hand mixed away from the stream. The work includes the wraparound porch.
The applicants were aware of a complaint that was filed 7/9/19 for piles of debris near a perennial stream.
No work is to be done on the other side of the cabin. Straw wattles should be installed before work begins.
Mr. Gould explained that the cabin next to this one needs a second egress. He was going to install 4 sonotubes for that one at the same time. This work is not in this request, therefore an RDA would need to be filed for that work.
The Commission confirmed that Ms. Gould would need to come before the Commission before dead trees could be removed.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue a negative RDA for Douglas Camp Meeting Association, 25 South Street with the condition that erosion controls be installed and inspected before any work begins. Mr. Montminy seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.

DISCUSSION:
1. Douglas Renewables, 170 West Street: Wetland Crossing-Replication Bonds (#143-0967). Mr. Zisk stated that the applicant has submitted a detailed letter regarding their construction phasing, along with a plan. They will start putting in the erosion controls, put some logging mats in the ditch so they can cross, and a wetlands scientist will flag the replication area. They will try to have the work done before the fall rains come.
The Commission has not received a bid from a contractor for the bridge. Julie Beauchemin joined the meeting and stated that they have a quote for the bridge for $75,000 that they forwarded to Mr. Zisk. Mr. Zisk will visit the site before the next meeting.
Mr. Montminy made a motion to accept the bond amount of $77,085 for the timber bridge and $7,935 for the replication for Douglas Renewables, LLC, 170 West Street (#143-0967) with the condition that the 12” sonotubes are to be installed as shown on the submitted plan. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.
2. Request for Release of Covenant: North Village, North Street (DEP #143-0782). Atty. Ed Taipale joined the meeting. The Order relates to a crossing and two replication areas. It was agreed in 2015 that they would execute a covenant in lieu of a bond for the crossing and replication areas. A partial release for phase 1 was approved a couple years later, because the crossing was done, but the replication areas were not yet stabilized. Last January, a Certificate of Compliance was issued on the Order of Conditions. Atty. Taipale was before the Commission today to ask for the release of the Covenant. Final topcoat of asphalt, which is within the 100’, and stormwater still remain to be done. The detention pond has been constructed and is stabilized. A discussion was held regarding whether or not the topcoat falls within the jurisdiction of the Commission.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to grant a partial release of the Covenant for phase 2 of North Village, North Street (DEP #143-0782) for the road work and the area under the Commission’s jurisdiction. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.
3. Whitin Reservoir Estates: Request for Partial Certificates of Compliance w/Narrative (#143-0656). Travis Brown of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting and presented a revised request for releases of the following: map 160, parcels 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21. The Commission does not want to grant any partial releases until the ABC material from the sidewalk project is cleaned up.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to issue the partial Certificates of Compliance for the following lots for Whitin Reservoir Estates, map 160, parcels 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 contingent on the ABC material being cleaned up. Mr. Montminy seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.
4. Highway Department: Tree Removal-Corner of West/Northwest Main Streets. Mr. Zisk showed a photo of the dead trees that the Highway Dept. wishes to remove in the intersection of Reservoir and Birch.
Mr. Montminy made a motion to authorize the Highway Department to remove dead trees that are a danger to cars, people and power lines. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.
5. Voucher.
6. Minutes: June 3, June 17, July 15, & August 5, 2019.
Approval of the minutes of the June 3 and July 15, 2019 Conservation Commission meeting was deferred to the next meeting.
Ms. Dudley made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 17, 2019 Conservation Commission meeting as presented. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 5, 2019 Conservation Commission meeting as amended. Ms. Dudley seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.

OTHER BUSINESS:
Mr. Zisk walked the Keevan Conservation property (across from 218 Southeast Main) Saturday. Clearing was done and an alternative access was created for the horses across the street. Open Space is working with the Highway Dept. to remove some boulders. The Commission may want to have the parking area surveyed and staked. Ms. Dudley will ask Open Space to help find someone to make signs for the area.

08:41 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Montminy made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:41 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4.

Respectfully submitted,


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