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(Adopted May 6,
Conservation Commission Members Present: Pallotta McDermott,
Martin, Rose, Taverna, Fairbairn, Bering
Present: Hayward, Collins
Members of the Public Present: See Sign-In Form
Public Hearing ? NOI ? 425 Charles River Road, for replacement of
an exiting marine railway built in 1957 with a new pre-fab railway system
constructed and installed by Cradall Drylock Corp. at the Watertown Yacht Club,
applicant, DCR, owner.
Ralph Levy, project manager for the Yacht Club, reported
that the project will be replacing a 1957 dock. The benefit of a replacement
outweighs the maintenance efforts and costs. He informed that the dock will be
built off site and welded on site. He indicted that the new dock will be placed
at the same location as the previous dock with a crane. He explained that any
material taken out of the river will be placed at the end of the yard instead
of removing off-site.
Pallotta McDermott said that any river sediments would have
to be removed. Levy responded that a licensed hauler like Clean Harbors would
be contracted to remove the sediment to a licensed location. He would identify
the contractor and the location 2 weeks before the begin date of the project.
He noted that the project timeline is limited to 90 days in the summer before
the boats are hauled out of the water.
Pallotta McDermott inquired where the painting would take
place. David Henneberry, 67 Franklin Street, responded that all painting will
be done off site before installation. Pallotta McDermott responded that it
wasn?t clear from the application.
Levy noted that welding will be done off-site, except for
any welding needed for the brackets.
Pallotta McDermott inquired if any rust removal would be
done. Levy responded that it would be done off site.
Rose requested that the 24? drain pipe closest to the site
be camera inspected before and after the project for the Yacht Club?s
Martin inquired about mitigation measures for truck drips
and the stockpile location. He requested that hay bales be indicated on the
plans. Levy noted that the material would be stockpiled in the area beside the
winch house outside the 50? no disturb area. Martin wants to see the curtain
length to extend to the bottom of the river to insure any disturbance materials
stay within the work area. Levy concurs.
Pallotta McDermott requested update drawings and
clarification of work to be done in the parking lot.
Hayward informed that he had discussed with the applicant
that he wanted the work done in the parking lot and that debris materials be
dealt with appropriately. Pallotta McDermott requested more detail information
with a map about how debris would be handled. Levy responded that he would get
quotes and work descriptions.
Rose suggested a separate plan be submitted with information
on the amount of debris in cubic yards, type of testing and remediation, and
information on the turbidity curtain. She was flexible about the length of the
turbidity curtain ? 1? from bottom or to the bottom.
David Larson, Yacht Club Commodore, stated that the dredging
would be done by a Yacht Club member who is a licensed contractor, not
Bering was not sure that the hay bales were sufficient.
Levy noted that he was not knowledgeable about handling dewatered materials.
Rose requested a material handling and removal plan. Pallotta McDermott suggested
that the applicant work out the details with Hayward. Martin noted that he was
not as concerned about the materials as he was about the handling of the
materials. Pallotta McDermott suggested a Continuance to address concerns
about the handling of the sediments.
Bering requested assurances for the dewatering and
containment of debris. Levy reported that MEPA and DCR were satisfied with the
proposed project. In fact, he noted, DEP gave guidance. He reported that he
was in the process to file a Chapter 91.
Pallotta McDermott requested an updated drawing.
Vote: Rose moved to continue the Public Hearing to
the May 6th hearing. Taverna seconded the motion. The motion was
Public Hearing ? NOI - 140 Pleasant Street, proposed demolition
of an auto shop and home, continuation and repair of retaining wall, site
grading and construction of 48 unit apartment building, work proposed in the
200 foot Riverfront Area to the Charles River and the 150 foot Watertown
Wetlands Ordinance buffer zone, Claudio Coppola, owner; Cresset Development, applicant.
Peter Gammie, representative of the applicant, requested in
writing a continuance.
Vote: Martin moved to continue the item to the May 6,
2009 meeting. Taverna seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously
Request for Extension-Order of Conditions- 20 Seyon Street,
Brian McCarthy, RJ O?Connell, representative for the
applicant, reported that the OOC expires August 2009. He informed that the
demolition permits in Waltham were held up. However, the project is ready to
proceed. He stated that the project is the same as in the OOC. He expected to
receive their permit from Waltham in June and contractors to be selected in
Vote: Bering moved to extend the OOC for 20 Seyon Street for three years. Taverna seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously
March Minutes ? approved.
Whitney Hill Report
Hayward to write the Manager requesting that the property
be delineated. A delineation was conducted in 1974 by the School Committee.
Recycling Center/Filippello Park
Item tabled until August.
Storm water Management Standards
CC awaiting Council update on Storm Water Advisory
Rules and Regulations
Meeting on 4/15/09 at 7pm to review Hammett?s updates.
Rivers Protection Act
Hayward to update the RPA areas on the Town?s GIS map.
Bering to continue investigation into EOEA grant
Hayward informed that an NOI for Nonantum Road Improvements
was scheduled for the May 6th CC meeting. He stated that 2000 linear
feet will be impacted. Hayward reported that the project is funded with
economic stimulus funding. He noted that LEC was the applicant?s
representative. He suggested an April 15 at 5:30pm site visit be scheduled to
walk the project. Members are to meet at Water Street and Nonantum Road.
Hayward reported that Dan Driscoll requested to plant low
shrubs and hydro seed behind the rip-rap at Watertown Landing. CC had no
Hayward reported that Pallotta McDermott and he attended a
DEP Enforcement meeting on the Wetlands Protection Act.
Hayward said that Pallotta McDermott and he conducted a
needs assessment at Arsenal Park to consider possible projects to be funded
($12,000). They identified pruning trees and using the Town?s landscape contractor.
Rose noted that the pavement is in bad condition. CC were asked to submit
Rose inquired about the status of the Pleasant Street
Improvement project. Magoon responded the project was to begin soon.
Meeting adjourned at 9:10pm.