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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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5.1 MACC Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners 10/20 - noted
5.2 Mass DEP “roundtable” discussion on Tuesday, September 18 at 4:00
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.