The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 12, 2001


ConsCom enforces property lines, fill standards

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) covered a large number of small items at its four-hour meeting December 7. The first concerned two apparently inadvertent incursions onto town property by new homeowners in the Buttrick Woods conservation cluster. At present, no monuments mark the dividing line in the flat, open terrain behind several of the new homes.

Trespassing on town property

In one case, the turf had been removed to provide a better gradient for drainage runoff from the lot, resulting in a pool of standing water with a high concentration of iron oxide and an arresting reddish hue. The second case involves a homeowner who found a convenient spot for piling unwanted rocks outside his property line. Both will be informed politely that they are technically trespassing.

Commission administrator Sylvia Willard warned that this will probably be a continuing problem in cluster developments, unless a clear boundary is indicated. Commissioner John Lee volunteered to meet with the planning board to explore the issue and consider a possible future solution in developments where there is a juxtaposition of town land and cluster property.

Fill specifications and jurisdiction

The ConsCom discussion and the planning board will discuss the type of fill to be used in a construction site adjacent to a wetland. Three weeks ago Willard reported the presence of fill that did not meet ConsCom specifications in the Hart Farm development. Developer Michael Kenny immediately removed the offending material from the buffer zone, although the selectmen had found that it met planning board standards. Commissioners pointed out that in wetland crossings and buffer zone activity, ConsCom regulations supersede those of the planning board.

Kenneth Bedrosian of Bedford Road returned to bring the commission up to date on his plans for correcting an unauthorized change in construction specifications for his property. He readily admitted having violated his Order of Conditions by allowing fill to spill over the siltation barrier and into the no-work zone. Explaining that the illegal fill had been pushed there by a Bobcat during his absence, he told them, "It was a mistake, and I want to fix it." An amended NOI (Notice of Intent) will be filed covering that work and a change in the line from the well.

Unfinished replication area

Also asked to meet with the board were Theodore Treibick and his engineer David Crossman to explain a raw, open replication area at a construction site on Maple Street. In August the board had conditioned a wetland crossing with the construction of a replication area. The order had specified that the wetland replacement be accomplished over a 30-day period and be completed prior to November 1.

Treibick insisted that the work had been completed by the deadline, except that the area had not been reseeded as required, because the growing season had ended. To questions as to what would be done to protect the "raw" replication zone over the winter, Crossman proposed installing a siltation barrier to prevent erosion from the two-foot slope on the upland side. Then in early spring, the bank will be seeded, and if there is insufficient "colonization" from the abutting wetlands, appropriate native species will be planted in the new wetland patch.

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