Friday, April 3, 2009
Conservation Commission shorts, March 26
• Camping guidelines. At its March 26 meeting, the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) approved guidelines for camping on conservation lands based on those used by the Town of Acton. Warren Lyman and Liz Bishop of the Land Stewardship Committee discussed whether and what fees should be imposed and whether they should be per person or a flat charge. Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard noted that processing each camping permit requires several hours of her time including checking the condition of the site after the event. Bishop will research what other communities and facilities charge and report back.
• Meetings with farmers. Farming agreements for conservation lands require a report of the previous season’s activities, a plan for the upcoming season and a meeting with the ConsCom. Dick Shohet, George Frasier and Mark Duffy attended this meeting; other farmers had come in previously. Shohet, who hays the lower part of Fox Hill, explained he does an annual cutting and spreads organic fertilizer. The hay is to feed his cattle, and about one-third of the beef is donated to a shelter. He noted that the upper portion of Fox Hill is planted with vegetables by John Bakewell and Kevin Brown. Frasier grows hay for his horses on the Bisbee Land. He indicated he has been clearing brush along the stone wall next to Concord Road to restore the vista. (For Duffy’s report see article, page 1.)
• 99 Davis Road. The commission opened a public hearing regarding Robert Skrivanek and Larissa Shyjan’s request to construct a pool, patios and retaining wall, and do associated grading near a bordering vegetated wetland. The lot is located in Priority Habitat under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. Presence of a rare species requires an impact assessment and permit from the state Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP). After Jonathan Bollen of Stamski and McNary described the project, the ConsCom encouraged appropriate design and fencing to prevent rare and other animals from reaching the swimming pool. Because a response from NHESP and a Department of Environmental Protection file number were still to be received, the hearing was continued to April 19 at 8:15 p.m.
• 383 and 389 River Road and Assessor’s Map 1 Parcel 8A. Willard reported that a letter had been received from Bollen, who on behalf of applicant Luciano Manganella requested that the continuation of the hearing scheduled that evening again be postponed. The matter of restoration of bordering vegetated wetland and the wetland buffer zone that had been altered by unpermitted landscaping was rescheduled for April 23 at 8:45 pm.
• Map 6 Parcel 1 off Berry Corner Lane. The commission issued a permit to applicant David Valchuis for construction of a single-family house and associated septic system, driveway and grading. Outstanding questions about the location of the wetland boundary had been resolved during a site visit. On a separate matter related to access to the lot, Willard asked Valchuis’ consultant, George Dimakarakos of Stamski and McNary, about compliance with the enforcement order the Commission had issued in May 2006 to the owners of Berry Corner Lane and Nashoba Paving Company. According to the order the work was: “Installation of approximately 128 tons of gravel, fine graded and compacted on Berry Corner Lane with work in the 100-foot buffer zone of a bordering vegetated wetland without a valid order of conditions or negative determination....” Dimakarakos indicated that the Planning Board’s consultant, LandTech, had reviewed a plan addressing the unpermitted work and the proposed plan was currently in the hands of Stamski and McNary. (See Carlisle Mosquito, April 25, 2008, “Berry Corner Lane feud nears resolution.”) ∆
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