The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 3, 2000


ConsCom seeks names for Curve Street parcel and O'Rourke Farm trail

The Wang-Coombs agricultural property purchased by the town last year is slated to receive a new name soon. The Carlisle Conservation Commission recommended and the selectmen approved formation of an ad hoc committee to seek public input as to an appropriate title for the land also sometimes referred to as "the Curve Street corn fields." The committee, which will include a representative from the Carlisle Conservation Foundation, the trails committee and ConsCom, will give taxpayers, who voted the money for the acquisition, an opportunity to give it a worthy designation. More information about the process will be forthcoming.

In a related matter, the commission has suggested that the trail which runs from Foss Farm through the O'Rourke Farm and on to the Greenough Land, should by rights be named by the trails committee. At the board's February 17 meeting, temporary ConsCom chair Thomas Brownrigg said, "That committee and their volunteer crews put a lot of work into it and they should have the honor of naming it." All agreed.

Foundation member present

The commission welcomed a former colleague, Steve Hinton, as the first of what is expected to be a regular representation from the Carlisle Conservation Foundation at ConsCom meetings. Hinton said that various foundation members will attend future ConsCom sessions "to assure better understanding of problems facing the board and to improve communication" between the public and private groups. The foundation also stands ready to offer volunteers to serve on land management subcommittees as requested.

Few options for Partridge Lane septic system

Construction on tight lots requiring board of health variances and considerable work within the 100-foot buffer zone of wetland resources is becoming ever more common, and so it was at ConsCom's February 17 meeting. First on the agenda was a Notice of Intent from Theodore and Barbara Paccione of Partridge Lane, represented by engineer Bert Hamill of H-Star Engineering. Repair of their failed septic system had required six variances from the board of health and brought the leaching pits within 30 to 40 feet of a 300-acre wetland. Grading was impossible because of the presence of steep ledges, and therefore Hamill proposed a clay barrier to keep any effluent out of the resource area. The plan also called for hay bales surrounding the work space, but conservation administrator Katrina Proctor insisted that a silt fence be added for increased security.

When commissioner Sylvia Willard inquired about the life expectancy of the new system and whether there was a reserve area for the future, Hamill replied in the negative, explaining that there is no such state requirement for older houses, only new ones. With no alternatives possible, the board approved the plan, adding a special condition that required subsequent approval of a planting plan for the steep slopes involved.

Concord Street well location

The second application for approval of a replacement septic system was also submitted by Hamill on behalf of Joergen Lemmerman, owner of the property at 106 Concord Street. This plan had also called for four variances from the board of health. The requirement that the system be located at least 100 feet from all neighboring wells forced location of the owner's well close to a wetland. Proctor and commissioners Eric Jensen and Willard were concerned about access to the well site by the heavy drilling rig. Therefore, erosion controls were tightened up and a sump pit specified to prevent sediment caused by drilling from spilling into the wetland. The order of conditions also prohibited cutting of trees or other vegetation without the express approval of the administrator.

The board accepted a report, prepared by consultant Mickey Marcus, which found the resource area delineation for the development at 314 East Riding Drive to be complete and accurate. The report, submitted for developer William Costello and the town of Carlisle, listed the presence of Bordering Vegetative Wetland, Areas Subject to Flooding and Bank. Marcus also felt there could be uncertified vernal pools. However, if they are to receive protection, certification must occur before an official Notice of Intent is filed. Also outstanding is a mandatory approval by the state's Natural Heritage Program.

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