Friday, September 28, 2001
Shorts from the Carlisle Conservation Commission
· Bog House apartment. Town administrator Madonna McKenzie, acting in her role as chief procurement officer for the town, informed the commission that she had rejected two submittals received in answer to the Request for Proposals (RFP) concerning a three-year lease of the third floor of the Bog House in exchange for repairs. The two bids, one from Carlisle Cranberries president Mark Duffy and the other from developer Charles Boiteau, were deemed to be incomplete. Consequently the RFP must be reissued. The start date for the lease, originally July 1,2001, will be moved up to January 1, 2002. Commissioner John Lee took the occasion of the rebid to suggest that the new document state expressly that the apartment cannot be sublet.
· Dam assessment contract. A contract with Stevens Associates Consulting Engineers for assessment and engineering specifications for the deteriorating Greenough Dam was endorsed by the commission despite the reservations of town counsel that the contractor would not be responsible if issues arose over a matter that did not involve deliberate negligence. He suggested that Stevens sign an addendum. The contractor refused to do so on the basis that he was being hired to come up with plans, but that he would not be doing the actual construction.
McKenzie had informed the commission that, if they were comfortable with the contract as it stood, the town would sign it. Lee pointed out that ConsCom had evaluated a number of firms before choosing Stevens, that the firm had received strong recommendations from knowledgeable citizens and that Stevens "has a very good reputation." The vote to accept the wording of the contract as presented was unanimous.
· Cross Street improvements. Department of Public Works (DPW) superintendent Gary Davis received a green light for resurfacing and installation of catch basins for collecting silt on Cross Street near the junction with South Street. Noting that silt from winter sanding operations was going into a small pond just off the road, Davis explained, "Anywhere we can improve drainage into a wetland, we do it." The commissioners were surprised to learn that the DPW routinely cleans out about 500 catch basins each year.
· Russell Street septic system. The commission approved a Notice of Intent to replace a failed septic system at the home of David and Barbara Boardman on Russell Street. The new tanks and leach trenches are being relocated outside the 100-foot buffer zone in an area requiring a minimum of tree removal. A cart path already exists to allow equipment to come in the back with very little resulting disturbance within the buffer zone. A standard order of conditions was issued.
· Acton Street appeal withdrawn. Developers Cote and Foster have withdrawn their appeal of the commission's denial of a proposed project at 834 Acton Street. The owners sought a Superseding Order of Conditions from the Department of Environmental Protection to allow them to construct a single-family home accessed by a 1,000-foot driveway that crossed a large wetland in two places. Classified as a "limited project" because the construction would have required 7,800 square feet of wetland fill, considerably in excess of the 5,000-square-foot limit, the owners had claimed a "hardship" condition on grounds that there was no alternative route to their upland lot. In its denial the commission had cited extensive wetland alteration, the large amount of fill required and a "hardship" claim that appeared to be "self-imposed, in that it was caused by division of an originally larger lot. Neighbors had also objected, fearing that bisecting the wetland would exacerbate annual springtime flooding problems.
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