Conservation Commission Remote Meeting

Monday, November 15, 2021, 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm
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A meeting of the Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission Remote Meeting
Mon, Nov 15, 2021 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EST)

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Meeting of Conservation Commission

Members: (Quorum)

  • Remote: David Powicki, at 7:02 PM
  • Remote: Isaiah Robison, Chair, at 7:04 PM
  • Remote: Ralph Tiner, at 7:07 PM
  • Remote: Jono Neiger, at 7:04 PM
  • Remote: Gail Berrigan, at 7:03 PM
  • Remote: Joan Deely, at 7:04 PM

Also Present:

  • Tessa Dowling Conservation Agent (submitting minutes)
  • Kathleen Lafferty
  • Tanya Cushman
  • Detra Sarris

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:04 PM

Meeting closed: 8:46 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Public Hearing

    • 7:11: Hearing for septic system RDA at 83 North Leverett Rd

      General Discussion...
      Sarris submitted the septic system replacement RDA for the landowners at 83 North Leverett Rd. Per Sarris, the septic requires replacing to meet Title 5 requirements and to fix one of the pipes. The project area is within the Riverfront Area of the Sawmill River, with the septic tank planned to be placed 35ft from the river. The old septic tank will be placed directly on a truck so there will no wetland impacts. The timeline would be to have the work start on November 21st and have the septic tank installed on November 22nd.
      Powicki visited the site and did not see an area further from the river that would be appropriate for the septic system.
      The Commission then discussed conditions to protect the river from erosion. Deely visited the site before work started.

      MOTION, moved by Isaiah Robison, seconded by Ralph Tiner: to issue a negative two determination for the septic system RDA for 83 North Leverett Rd with the following conditions: 1) Erosion control shall mark the extend of the work area and will be placed down grade, between the septic system and the wetland resource areas. Erosion control barriers shall consist of silt fencing and either staked haybales or straw wattles.
      2) The Conservation Commission will be contacted before work begins, but after the erosion control barriers are in place, in order to conduct a pre-construction site visit.
      3) The staked haybales or straw wattles will remain in place until June 2022. The silt fence may be removed after the work has been completed.
      4) Construction areas with bare soil will be covered with mulch after construction has been completed.
      5) The Conservation Commission will conduct a site visit by June 2022 to check the stabilization of the soil within the construction area.

      Pass: Aye: David Powicki, Ralph Tiner, Gail Berrigan, Jono Neiger, Isaiah Robison, Joan Deely.

  3. Administrative Matters

  4. Old Business

    • 7:31: 412 Long Plain Rd permitted project –time for questions from the public

      General Discussion...
      The two abutters to 412 Long Plain Rd attended the meeting to confirm that the Commission can check with the town assessors, who create the abutter list, that the list covers abutters for all parcels that are part of the permit applications in the future.

    • 7:46: 24 Putney Rd Restoration Plan/Hopley

      General Discussion...
      Dowling shared the Hopleys' letter and updated restoration plan for the trees that were taking down within the 100ft pond buffer zone with the Commission. The new plan shows all the plants (herbaceous and woody) that were used to stabilize the area including the name and number of each species used.
      Berrigan visited the property in July 2021.
      Berrigan screen shared photos of the site. The area is very steep. The tree stumps remain in place. A site visit was conducted by other Commission members before this meeting in November.
      After discussion, the Commission accepted the plantings. They plan on a June 2022 visit to check the viability of the plants and whether there are any erosion issues. Berrigan will reach out to the Hopleys to let them know of the Commission's decision.

  5. New Business

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

    • 8:10: Conservation agent position

      General Discussion...
      The conservation agent position description is ready for posting. Robison will send the description to the town administrator. The Commission discussed other places to post the description besides the newspaper posting placed by the town administrator.

    • 8:33: Conflict of Interest

      General Discussion...
      The Commission reviewed the general information and advice regarding conflict of interest laws and regulations received from MACC when Berrigan asked about the conflict of interest process.

  7. Meeting Wrap-up

    • Next Meetings:
      1. Mon, Dec 6, at 7:00 PM "Conservation Commission Remote Meeting" -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
      2. Mon, Jan 10, at 7:00 PM "Conservation Commission Remote Meeting" -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
      3. Mon, Jan 31, at 7:00 PM "Conservation Commission" -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
      4. Mon, Feb 7, at 7:00 PM "Conservation Commission" -- Call-in virtual meeting (Go-to-Meeting)
    • Published! Meeting Closed at 8:46 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 Sunday, Jan 2, 2022

Posted to: Conservation Commission