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CONSERVATION COMMISSION

78 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749

(978) 562-2020



Paul Byrne, Chairman W. Minot Wood, Vice Chairman David Esteves, Member
Terrence Joyce, Member Leif Longtine, Member Joseph Rodrigues, Member



Minutes

September 6, 2007

7:00 P.M.


  1. Preliminaries

1.1 Chairman Paul Byrne opened the meeting at 7:00PM

1.2 Roll Call: Chairman Paul Byrne, Vice Chairman W. Minot Wood, Joe

Rodrigues, Dave Esteves and Terrence Joyce. Also in attendance was Judy

Sabourin

1.3 Additions or deletions to the agenda: RDA for 21 Zina Road


  1. General Business

    1. Minutes tabled

    2. Vouchers

      1. ConCom 03-08 $199.42: Reliable $36.94, Reliable $162.48

    3. Correspondence

2.3.1 Request for Review and Comments: Starbuck’s and ATM Kiosk, 256 Washington Street - noted


2.3.2 Request for Review and Comments: RK Hudson Realty Associates - noted

2.3.3 1 Glendale Road DEP 190-489


    1. Issue Permits

2.4.1 Signed Order of Conditions 190-497

2.4.2 Signed Certificate of Compliance 190-475


  1. Hearings and Appointments


3.1 Continuance of Notice of Intent 190-504

Applicant: Niel Fossile

Owner: Niel Fossile

Location: 43 Brigham Street

Project Description: The owner/applicant proposes to construct a single family home, with on-site sewage system, well and driveway. The driveway construction will require the alteration of 7,600 sq. ft. of bordering vegetated wetland.

Judith Schmitz performed a Wildlife Habitat Assessment. The driveway cuts through an area containing mostly alders and high bush blueberry. There are 3 man made ditches, 1 ditch is a drainage ditch from the high school. The “yellow area” is herbaceous wetland. The replication area in the middle part will be lower vegetation with several inches of water for wildlife. The revised replication will show replication in kind with similar characteristics. Some smaller alders can be moved, there will be no transporting in the emergent areas. The vegetation between the driveway and the pond should not be trimmed or removed so the pond edge will remain the same. The soil with loosestrife will be moved and disposed of under DEP process. Septic plan has not been submitted yet.

Conditions to be met: 100’ buffer zone, 50’ buffer zone from replication area, 50’ from the back of the house and lawn area must be clearly marked. Homeowner must be informed that the woods are dry and that the property is under the WPA. Straw bales and/or silt fence must be used.

Minot motioned to close the public hearing and issue Order of Conditions. Motion was seconded by Joe with a 3-2 vote.

3.2 Continuance of Notice of Intent 190-506

Applicant: Mike Miele

Owner: Jennet Curtis

Location: 129 Lincoln St.

Project Description: proposed residential building and associated grading, public water and public sewer.

It has been determined that there is not an intermittent stream on the property. No flood insurance is needed, the house is at 240’, and the basement is at 232’. The foundation of the old milk barn will be removed with small equipment and replaced with wetland plants. Soil and plants will be hand planted. The existing driveway will be removed and replaced with lawn. 36’ pipe will not be damaged (made of reinforced concrete). Pest control will be done.

Conditions to be met: straw bales and silt fence (buried) must be used. Buffer zone must be clearly marked. Call when siltation is in place prior to work beginning.

Paul motioned to close the public hearing and issue Order of Conditions, seconded by Dave with all in favor, 5-0.


3.3 Continuance of Notice of Intent 190-507

Applicant: Mark Gionet

Owner: Jennett Curtis

Location: 4 Third Street

Project Description: proposed residential building and associated grading. Public water and public sewer.

12 pines will be removed with a 2:1 replication with 6 deciduous trees of a 3” caliper, 6’ and up. Stones will be placed along the chicken wire fence. 10’ wide anti tracking pad for equipment parking will be on Third Street. Minot questioned why only 1/10 of the affected area was considered when the habitat study was performed.

Conditions to be met: Anti tracking pad must be 15’ wide. Straw bales must be used. Call when siltation is in place prior to work beginning.

Minot made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions, seconded by Joe with all in favor, 5-0.


3.4 Notice of Intent 190-508

Applicant: Steven Goldberg

Owner: Steven Goldberg and Patricia Papernow

Location: 175 Brook Street

Project Description: Addition to existing residence of 2 car, 1 story garage, located 120’ from brook. Current land use is paved driveway.

Garage to be built is in front of the existing garage. It should be 200’ from Fort Meadow, but will only be 120’. The brook is 10’-12’ lower than the driveway. Paul mentioned that a Wildlife Habitat Study should be done. Judy Sabourin called for the use of discretion.

Conditions to be met: Steve must submit a letter stating that there is no wildlife habitat under the existing hard top driveway. There is no less invasive alternative. Silt fence must be used in place of hay bales. Call when fence is in prior to the beginning of work.

Paul made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions, seconded by Minot with all in favor, 5-0.


3.5 Notice of Intent 190-509

Applicant: Basha Baldyga

Owner: Basha Baldyga

Location: Basha’s Natural Marketplace, 190 Washington Street

Project Description: Construction of a parking lot, other site improvements, utilities and associated site grading within 100’ of a bordering vegetated wetland.

Scott Hayes, the engineer represented Basha... Property is currently a single family home in a C6 commercial zone in the buffer zone. The proposal is for 20 parking spaces with 1 handicap space. Catch basins will be installed. The closest point of the parking lot is about 37’ from the wetland. 2 oak trees will be removed and the front of the property will be maintained. Concrete pad on current property to be removed if possible. Joe is concerned about salt being used in the winter which will filtrate into the wetland area.

Conditions to be met: a 6’ fence with signage stating that snow must not be dumped beyond the fence. A silt fence must be used. Call when the silt fence is in prior to the beginning of work.

Paul made a motion to close the public hearing and issue an Order of Conditions, seconded by Minot with all in favor, 5-0.

3.6 RDA HUD 340

Applicant: Michael Hinckley

Owner: Michael Hinckley

Location: 21 Zina Road

Project Description: Replace existing septic system

Complies with Title 5 and has Board of Health approval. It is within lawn area, 54’ from wetland.

Conditions to be met: Silt fence must be installed. Call when silt fence is in place prior to the beginning of work.

Minot made a motion to find a negative determination, seconded by Joe with all in favor, 5-0.




3.7 Paul Davis

Evaluation of lot at Brigham Street/Chapin Road

Mr. Davis wanted input from the Commission on whether to move the house lot from 3A on Brigham St. to lot 3 on Chapin Road. Lot 3A has already been clear cut. Dave wants lot 3A repopulated if lot 3 is used. Mr. Davis will not make any changes.



3.8 Request for Determination of Applicability HUD 343

Applicant: Martin Moran

Owner: Town of Hudson

Location: Danforth Lot

Project Description: Repair damage to trails and drains

Joe Rodrigues is managing the property. Project will improve drainage. Dave motioned to close the public hearing and issue a negative determination. The motion was seconded by Terrence with all in favor, 5-0.





  1. Pending

  2. Advertisements and Conferences

5.1 MACC Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners 10/20 - noted


5.2 Mass DEP “roundtable” discussion on Tuesday, September 18 at 4:00

Old Stow Town Hall -noted

5.3 MACC Conservation Commission Day 9/19 - noted

5.4 OAR’s 20th Annual River Cleanup - noted

5.5 Invasive Plant Identification Saturday, 9/8 - noted

5.6 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program - noted


  1. Commentary

6.1 DEP Inquiry regarding 10 Lakeshore Drive DEP 190-500 – noted

6.2 Judy Sabourin would like a fence installed on Wheeler Road on the river side of the guardrail to protect the spotted turtles. Minot suggested that Judy ask Tony Marques about the possibility of a fence installation and come back to the Commission for more discussion.

  1. Adjournment

    1. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50PM

Minutes respectfully submitted by,

Debbie Craig

Conservation Commission Assistant



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