Friday, June 4, 2010
ConsCom shorts, May 27
• Foss Farm Community Gardens. Garden Manager Jack O’Connor consulted with the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) about violations of the rules for use of garden plots. The rules, adopted earlier this year following meetings with the gardeners, say that plots must be attended primarily by the household assigned - unless the Garden Manager has been informed of extenuating circumstances. (See also “Board of Health shorts, May 25,” above.)
According to O’Connor there are four plots regularly being tended by other than the “assignees.” As they reported at the meeting, neither O’Connor nor Assistant Garden Managers Ed Humm and Carol Foster have ever seen the “assignees” at the gardens. O’Connor will notify them of the apparent violations and determine whether there are extenuating circumstances that explain why others are working their plots.
• Benfield Farms affordable housing, South Street. Civil engineer Mark Beaudry described recent plan changes relative to wetlands for the 26 senior rental units proposed on the town-owned Benfield parcel. The project also includes a public water supply well, sewage disposal system, stormwater management structures and other site work. The well and portions of the septic system are proposed to be located on the conservation land at the rear of the parcel.
Representing the applicant, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), Beaudry explained that the revised plan shows the delineated riverfront area along Spencer Brook and the wetlands boundaries as adjusted by Mason Associates. The wetlands are now more extensive and this had led to reconfiguring a stormwater basin to accommodate drainage modifications. Also, part of the existing trail to the conservation parcel will be relocated in order to accommodate the well-drilling rig. Some portions of the trail that pass through the wetlands are in poor condition and will be restored. To compensate for wetlands loss, replication areas will be created.
The public hearing was continued to June 10 at 8:45 p.m. All parties expressed hope of closing it at that time. The location of the well has yet to be finalized and additional information about the recently documented vernal pool may need to be submitted to the state Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Commissioner Tricia Smith commented that the ConsCom now sees a “much nicer plan than what we started with.”
• 127 Carleton Road. The ConsCom approved an Order of Conditions (permit) for Charles Blake. His project includes removal of 15 trees that are dead, compromised or preventing adequate air circulation around his house, as well as replacement and enlargement of the driveway and creation of a drainage swale. Most of Blake’s property lies in a wetland buffer zone.
• 125 South Street. A “friendly” Enforcement Order” was issued to George Lohrer to enable continued remediation of oil spill damage after the Emergency Certificate expired. The spill occurred and spread toward Fifty Acre Way when a landscaping crew inadvertently cut a pipe running from a basement tank to a swimming pool heater. (See Mosquito, April 16, “Fifty Acre Way oil leak triggers emergency response.”)
• 625 Rutland Street. A Negative Determination of Applicability was voted for David Newman. While the work to replace a deck and driveway and remove two trees will occur in a wetland buffer zone, it will not alter an area subject to the ConsCom’s jurisdiction.
• Chestnut Estates, 400 Rutland Street. A Certificate of Compliance was approved for the wetland boundary delineation for the Chestnut Estates development. The project is a 25-acre conservation cluster with eight acres to be set aside as common land. (See Mosquito, March 26, “Conservation Commission meeting shorts, March 18.”)
• Private session. At the end of the evening the board went into Executive Session to discuss “a matter of potential litigation.” ∆
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