Friday, April 18, 2008
Conservation Commission shorts, April 10
• Beaver dams. In the first of three cases involving septic systems, Florence and David Reed came before the Conservation Commission (ConsCom)seeking an Emergency Certification to protect their newly completed replacement system at 90 Page Brook Road from rising water caused by beaver dams in Pages Brook. The Reeds said that water levels have steadily risen over the 37 years they have lived near the brook as more and more dams are built. One beaver lodge, Mr. Reed stated, “now has a penthouse on it.” Their former septic system was flooded out. To prevent this from happening again, they propose to lower water levels about one and one half feet by installing a series of pipes in the dams. The Commission issued an Emergency Certification to allow the work.
• 59 Nowell Farme Road. A public meeting relative to grading for a new septic system was continued at the request of applicant Pietro Ventresca until April 24.
• 500 West Street. Engineer Benjamin Ewing of Stamski and McNary appeared relative to replacement of a failed septic system at the home of Jan and Lloyd Burke (who were present at the public hearing). The Commission found the design of the new system to be sound but, lacking a file number from the Department of Environmental Protection, could not issue a permit. Because a previously issued Emergency Certification allowing work to begin had expired, a new Certification was issued. The hearing was continued until April 24.
• 779 West Street. David Crossman of B & C Associates apeared on behalf of homeowner Gregory Bruell. Unpermitted work in wetlands and the buffer zone had been discussed at the March 27 meeting after Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard reported that she had observed a violation. Crossman indicated that the wetlands have been delineated as the Commission had requested, and that in at least one area the wetlands are larger than on a site plan for work some years ago. Referring to the extensive area that had been altered, Willard said: “the site is badly disturbed.” After some deliberation as to the best way to repair the damage, the ConsCom decided to require a restoration plan within one month as part of an Enforcement Order.
• 180 Concord Street. Ewing also represented applicant Sue Wolfe regarding relocation of a driveway partially in the 100-foot buffer zone of a wetland. Most of the work is more than 70 feet from the wetland. The Commission issued a permit.
• Hanover Hill. At the ongoing public hearing for the 35-lot Hanover Hill subdivision off Westford Street, Engineer George Dimakarakos of Stamski and McNary noted that new plans have been submitted, and they hope to have the hearing closed at the next Commission meeting. The ConsCom indicated that a “pretty good job” had been done to minimize wetlands impact from this project. Biologist John Rockwood of EcoTec has been observing potential vernal pools on the site to determine if breeding populations of amphibians are present, and will continue to monitor through May. Some pools seem to be more likely to support amphibian populations than others. It was also indicated that signs will be placed where building envelopes abut the protected adjacent Carlisle Conservation Foundation land.
Owner Grant Wilson’s representative, Rob West, discussed a proposed footpath on easements running along the Westford Street property within the town right of way. The path would continue generally on the right of way as it approaches Virginia Farme and extends to Munroe Hill, where it would then move to the other side of Westford Street along the Towle Conservation Land. The hearing was continued to April 24 at 8:45 pm. ∆
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