The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 4, 1999


Concord Street landowner fined for wetlands clearing

The Carlisle Conservation Commission levied a $25 enforcement fine against Concord Street landowner J. C. Pettit, because developer John Ducette, purchaser of one, or potentially two, lots on her property, began tree clearing within 100 feet of Isolated Land Subject to Flooding (ILSF) prior to a scheduled hearing on the project. They then moved on to consideration of Ducette's Request for Determination as to whether or not a formal application would be required for construction of a common drive to serve Lots 2 and 3 within the buffer zone of an ILSF.

Ducette and his engineer Russ Wilson attempted to narrow the focus to delineation of the wetland and to work on Lot 2, which would not impinge on the resource area. However, commission members pointed out that the application as submitted specified a common drive to both lots, and that was the proposal to which they were legally bound to respond. Further, if they were to consider a common drive accessing both lots, they would need to know the proposed location of the road, and this vital information could not be forthcoming until the planning board acted on a specific proposal.

In sum, the applicant was informed that he would have to file an abbreviated Notice of Intent (NOI) detailing his proposal as finally approved by the planning board and board of health. Meanwhile, he will be free to clear trees outside the100-foot buffer zone of the flagged wetland.

Abutter Allen Dewing appeared "just to find out what is going on," but expressed the suspicion that Lot 3 might not be permittable in any case. The enforcement order remained in place.

Curve Street delineation

Paul Hart and his engineer Joseph March fared better on a return visit seeking acceptance of wetland delineation on property off Curve Street. March stepped through a series of map changes made in response to recommendations from ConsCom consultant Carro Frost of New England Environmental. Commissioner Tricia Smith at first expressed unwillingness to accept the delineation until she saw topographic maps covering the entire site. She felt that the flatness of the area demanded accurate topography. March agreed to supply the information later if his delineation were accepted.

There was some discussion of the three certifiable vernal pools in the wetland area. Conservation commissioner Katrina Proctor noted that they contain yellow-spotted salamander eggs even during this dry spring. March said he had so informed the Massachusetts Natural Heritage Program, but he felt the flatness of the terrain should allow free flow of wildlife through the larger lots. The delineation was accepted.

DPW road work

The board also okayed work described by department of public works supervisor Gary Davis in line with a recent agreement to upgrade environmental facilities as part of the department's repaving operations. Davis has scheduled construction of catch basins at three sites on Meadowbrook Road and Partridge Lane. A culvert on Carlisle Pines Drive will be cleared as part of routine maintenance. When asked by Elliot Weisman of Partridge Lane if the department would also consider increasing pipe size to alleviate annual flooding, Davis replied that the installation of catch basins would help. "It won't flood as much and it will decrease faster," he advised, but it won't totally solve what is an area-wide problem.

Approval for Nowell Farm

Two new NOIs as presented by engineer Scott Hayes received fast approval. The first, submitted by Robert Hall of Nowell Farm Road, called for site-grading and installation of a sewer within the 100-foot buffer zone of a wetland. He was concerned that he might have to tear out 30-year-old landscape features to put in protective hay bales. The commission waived that requirement and accepted the plan pending board of health approval.

The second NOI involved construction of a single-family dwelling, sewage disposal system and site grading within the buffer zone. The engineer reported that owner David St Onge was not interested in a lawn extending down toward the wetland, and would be glad to submit a landscape plan later. The footprint for the Hillside Drive house was generic, but St. Onge assured the board that the final design would not be any larger. A standard order of conditions was issued with a special condition requiring submission of a planting plan before any work was done outside the hay bale line.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito