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Friday, September 18, 2009

ConsCom shorts, September 10

Foss Farm activities. At its September 10 meeting, the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) approved two Land Use Permits for the Foss Farm Conservation Land. Cub Scout Pack #135’s model rocket launching event will take place on Saturday, November 7. The Old North Bridge Pony Club will hold its fall lesson series on Wednesdays and Saturdays from September 16 through the end of November (except November 7). The Town purchased the 57-acre Foss parcel in 1971 for conservation and recreational use. Over the years, in addition to farming activities and community gardens, Foss Farm has been used for a variety of activities including sled-dog training, the Colonial Muster, and horse shows and riding lessons.

Wetlands permit for 155 Woodridge Road. The ConsCom approved an Order of Conditions under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Carlisle Wetlands Bylaw for homeowner Brian Wells. Jonathan Bollan of Stamski and McNary Engineering represented the applicant relative to the installation of a bituminous concrete half basketball court. The board urged but did not require a pervious surface that would minimize additional storm water runoff. Wells said he would explore the potential of such a surface, and choose it if it would work for basketball and children’s play activities – and if the cost is reasonable.

Other wetlands decisions. The board voted to issue a negative Determination of Applicability to Tatyana White of 36 Aberdeen Drive for a project converting an existing deck to a porch (with a slightly larger footprint). No permit is needed because the work in the 100-foot buffer zone will not affect the adjacent bordering vegetated wetland. Also, deeming a long-finished house addition project at 29 Bingham Road complete and built according to plan, the ConsCom voted to issue a Certificate of Compliance.

Further continuations. Several scheduled public hearings or public meetings were postponed at the request of the applicants.

The public meeting for the Carlisle Fire Department’s Request for Determination of whether a permit is needed for proposed work near the Fire Station and Town Hall was continued to September 24 at 8:15 p.m. A proposed water cistern adjacent to the station would provide fire protection for the surrounding area. An additional section would be paved near the fuel tanks behind the station to ease snow removal, and several trees near the Town Hall would be removed to improve air circulation around the building. (See “Shorts from the Conservation Commission, August 27” Mosquito, September 11.)

The public hearing for Nancy and Edward Hofstetter’s Notice of Intent to install a new sewage disposal system at their home at 98 Wolf Rock Road was continued until September 24 at 8 p.m. The hearing on a Notice of Intent from Barbara and Thomas Bjornson of 38 Prospect Street was continued until January 28 at 8:30 p.m.; their project includes removal of approximately 60 trees in the wetland buffer zone. ∆

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