Friday, May 16, 2008
Conservation Commission shorts, May 8
• Hanover Hill. The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) closed the public hearing on May 8 for the 35-lot Westford Street subdivision where the proposed work includes construction of a roadway and three common driveways with associated grading and drainage systems. At its May 22 meeting, the commission will discuss permit conditions and vote whether to approve the project.
• Concord Street. Landowner Fortunato Rotondo sought permission to remove construction barriers and siltation controls at the now defunct Coventry Woods 40B site. Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard had walked the site with Rotondo to evaluate the stability of disturbed areas and the impact of barriers on the migration of vernal pool species. The commission approved a letter clarifying which areas are sufficiently stable for barrier removal and recommended that Rotondo take steps to close out the permit for work on the site.
• 500 West Street. The commission closed the public hearing and issued an Order of Conditions (permit) for a replacement septic system to Lloyd Burke. Because the old system had failed, an additional Emergency Certification was issued to allow work to begin immediately.
• 59 Nowell Farme Road. Engineer George Dimakarakos of Stamski and McNary appeared with applicant Pietro Ventresca at a continued public meeting relative to grading associated with installation of a septic system. Because of the minimal impact of the proposed work on wetlands, a Negative Determination of Applicability (no permit required) was issued. The proposed system is one of the alternative designs allowed by the state Department of Environmental Protection and its mound is smaller and lower than that for a conventional system.
• 1022 North Road. Homeowners Mary and Richard D’Agostino came before the commission to request removal of ten trees located within the 100-foot buffer zone of a bordering vegetated wetland. The trees will be cut at ground level. The commission issued a Negative Determination of Applicability.
• Foss Farm. A conservation land use permit was issued to the Old North Bridge Pony Club for May 17 and 18 for “mounted games” by groups of ten young riders. It was noted that the club has helped offset costs to maintain the property over the years through mowing of parts of the field, restoring fencing and giving cash donations. ∆
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