Conservation Commission Remote Meeting

Monday, September 13, 2021, 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm
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A meeting of the Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission Remote Meeting
Mon, Sep 13, 2021 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Meeting of Conservation Commission

Members: (Quorum)

  • Absent: Andrew Young
  • Remote: David Powicki, at 6:59 PM
  • Remote: Isaiah Robison, Chair, at 7:00 PM
  • Remote: Ralph Tiner, at 7:00 PM
  • Remote: Jono Neiger, at 6:59 PM
  • Remote: Gail Berrigan, at 6:59 PM
  • Remote: Joan Deely, at 7:00 PM

Also Present:

  • NOTE: Andrew Young was not absent. he resigned from the Commission on 7-12-21.
  • Tessa Dowling Conservation Agent (submitting minutes)
  • Macaylla Silver
  • Melissa Kaplan (BSC Group)
  • Kim D. (BSC Group)
  • Matt Boucher (Leverett Highway Dept)
  • Patricia Duffy
  • Mitch Mulholland
  • Julia Heminway

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 8:38 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Public Hearing

    • 7:02: Public Hearing for RDA for Eversource structure replacement

      General Discussion...
      Melissa Kaplan from the BSC Group (representing Eversource) shared her screen to show the Eversource pole structure replacement plan. She then described that one pole would be replaced within the riverfront area of a stream. No trees will be cut. The work will be completed in one day.
      Robison and Berrigan have visited the site.
      Per Kaplan, straw wattles will likely be used for the erosion control.
      Per Robison, staked haybales would also be acceptable.

      MOTION, moved by Isaiah Robison, seconded by Joan Deely: to accept a negative two determination for the determination of applicability for Eversource project off Montague Rd with the following conditions:
      1) Project will adhere to Eversource best management practices.
      2) Erosion control barriers will be placed between construction area and the wetland resource areas and be built from either staked straw wattles or staked straw bales.
      3) The Commission will be notified prior to the start of work.
      .

      Pass: Aye: David Powicki, Ralph Tiner, Gail Berrigan, Jono Neiger, Isaiah Robison, Joan Deely. Not Present: Andrew Young.

    • 7:11: Continued Public Hearing for RDA for Leverett Pond- manual weed management

      MOTION, moved by Isaiah Robison, seconded by Joan Deely: to continue the public hearing for the Leverett Pond weed management RDA submitted by the Friends of Leverett Pond to the October 4th Conservation Commission meeting.

      Pass: Aye: David Powicki, Ralph Tiner, Gail Berrigan, Jono Neiger, Isaiah Robison, Joan Deely. Not Present: Andrew Young.

    • 7:12: Continued Hearing for Leverett Pond Weed Management NOI (DEP # 200-0196)

      General Discussion...
      Mitch Mulholland (Friends of Leverett Pond), has sent the Commission updated files for the Notice of Intent and the Question and Answer Sheet submitted earlier in the hearing. SWCA has not submitted the report regarding the wildlife and vegetation studies to the Commission at this point due to a family emergency.
      Neiger will help Dowling to prioritize what files will go on the town website.

      MOTION, moved by Isaiah Robison, seconded by Gail Berrigan: to continue the Leverett Pond Weed management NOI (DEP # 200-196) to the October 4th Conservation Commission meeting.

      Pass: Aye: David Powicki, Ralph Tiner, Gail Berrigan, Jono Neiger, Isaiah Robison, Joan Deely. Not Present: Andrew Young.

  3. Administrative Matters

  4. Old Business

    • 7:24: 24 Putney Rd Restoration Plan/Hopley

      General Discussion...
      Dowling reviews the Enforcement Order that was sent to the landowners of 24 Putney Rd when trees were cut within 100ft of the lake shore. At this point the landowners have planted native herbaceous plants and shrubs on their property in areas where the trees were cut. Pictures were sent to the Commission and a outline of where the plants were put. Berrigan visited the site since plants went in.
      The Commission discusses next steps. They would like to see a more detailed restoration plan of what was planted and where. Berrigan and Tiner will write a letter to the landowners describing what the Commission would like to see in the restoration plan.

    • 7:38: Time for Public Permitting Questions

      General Discussion...
      No questions were asked regarding planned applications for the Commission.

  5. New Business

  6. Other New Business not considered as of the date of this notice

    • 7:40: Submitted RDA from town highway dept.

      General Discussion...
      Per Matt Boucher (highway dept), the proposed project would entail replacing a culvert and clearing sediment along a drainage ditch along Teawaddle Rd. The work is within the area currently under construction from a new approved waterline Order of Conditions, but was not part of the waterline project description.
      The Department of Environmental Project (DEP) as expressed their view that the work would not fall under a negative determination of applicability because it is within wetland resource areas.
      The Commission discusses whether the work could be added to the waterline project and want to ask (DEP) if this is possible.
      The Commission also discusses completing the work under an Emergency Certificate.
      Powicki volunteers to visit the site with Boucher and determine if the work could fall under an emergency certificate.

    • 8:13: Town Conservation Land Updates

      General Discussion...
      Conservation land bog bridges need repair and replacing. The money to complete this work could come from the CPA fund.
      The public donations from picking at the blueberry bushes at the Gordon King property has raised $800.

    • 8:15: Conservation agent position

      General Discussion...
      Per Robison, there are two new applicants for the conservation agent position. So far the town has not agreed to increase the hours or increase the hourly wage for the conservation agent position.
      The Commission will plan a meeting to interview the applicants after reviewing the submitted applications and resumes.

    • 8:34: Meeting type

      General Discussion...
      The Commission decides to hold the October 4th meeting remotely.

  7. Meeting Wrap-up

    • Next Meetings:
      1. Mon, Sep 27, at 7:15 PM "Conservation Commission Meeting" -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
      2. Mon, Oct 4, at 7:00 PM "Conservation Commission Remote Meeting" -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
      3. Mon, Oct 18, at 7:00 PM "Conservation Commission Remote Meeting" -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
      4. Mon, Nov 1, at 7:00 PM "Conservation Commission Remote Meeting" -- CANCELLED -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
      5. Mon, Nov 8, at 7:00 PM "Conservation Commisison meeting" -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
      6. Mon, Nov 15, at 7:00 PM "Conservation Commission Remote Meeting" -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
    • Published! Meeting Closed at 8:38 PM.

The listing of matters is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

Minutes prepared by Tessa Dowling

Minutes approved on Monday, Nov 15, 2021

Posted to: Conservation Commission