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Conservation Commission Members Present: Pallotta McDermott,
Martin, Bering, Rose, Taverna
Present: Magoon, Collins
Members of the Public Present: See Sign-In Form
Public Hearing ? NOI - 175 N. Beacon Street, to initiate an
Aquatic Restoration Program at a small pond, Perkins School for the Blind,
owner; Rich Falzone, applicant; Aquatic Control Technology, Inc,
Marc Bellaud, Senior Biologist for Aquatic Control
Technology, Inc and representative for the applicant, reported on the proposed
pond restoration at Perkins School for the Blind. The pond, presently, is overgrown
with tree growth and button bush and is surrounded by a chain link fence. He
noted that Aquatic Control Technology has been hired to remove the growth so
that ultimately access can be gained to the pond. The project proposes to
remove shoreline overgrowth of button bush and remove aquatic vegetation and
organic debris with a hydro rake. According to Bellaud, this method is
effective to restore open water. Bellaud noted that the raked button bush
material will be allowed to drain along the shore and then composted at the
Perkins compost area located along North Beacon Street.
A Master Plan is being prepared by VHB for extensive
restoration for the pond are which will be presented in a future NOI.
The hydro raking is expected to take place in February or
March before peak ground maintenance season.
Pallotta McDermott inquired about button bush. Bellaud
stated that it is a plant that creeps out and over takes 2?-3? depth ponds. He
said that the removal method proposed is a long term one which is effective for
approximately 10 years.
Pallotta McDermott noted that button bush is a good food
source for duck wild life.
Pallotta McDermott commented on the ugly fence surrounding
the pond and was concerned about the safety and protection of the children at
the Perkins School during the project.
Ric Falzone responded that the safety concern is a factor.
He reported that Perkins School wants to proceed to rake the pond to be ready
for the Master Plan. The Master Plan will propose restoring the pond area into
a boating, ice-skating, smell sensation and quiet area resource. The Master
Plan will be developed with private funding. Presently the pond is hard to
find because of overgrowth. Martin concurred.
Pallotta McDermott inquired when will theVHB Master Plan be
ready. Falzone said in spring, implementation is dependent on successful
Bering inquired about the Maintenance Plan. Bellaud
reported that there is none since it is a one-time activity. Pallotta
McDermott inquired why the NOI was for multi years. Bellaud explained that the
time period is standard for Order of Condition period and as a contingency if
the project is unable to proceed.
Bering inquired if there was a lot of drainage expected.
Bellaud did not expect so.
Martin inquired what drained into the pond. Falzone noted that
an overflow pipe and roof runoff drains into the pond. He noted that an 18?
pipe needed repairs.
Rose inquired if the pond was a man made pond. Bellaud said
yes. He believed it was an enhanced flood plain area.
Taverna inquired how the hydro rake will be transported to
the site. Bellaud said that it would be brought to the site in a trailer and
that it floats in the area with paddle wheels powered by diesel oil. The hydro
rake has different size rakes that take out ¼ to 1/8 yard of material.
Taverna inquired if there was risk of the hydro-rake?s diesel
oil getting into the pond. Bellaud said that they are prepared with spill booms
and soaking pads on side.
Bellaud indicated that the debris material would be taken to
the school composting facility located at the NW corner of the property along
North Beacon. The dewatered material will consist of woody, leaf material
debris that will be separated and place in a tub along the shore. They will
not stockpile by the pond. Only the dewatering will take place at the edge.
Pallotta McDermott inquired about the long-term management
plan. Bellaud indicated that a long term management plan will be part of a
Steve Magoon submitted an Agent?s Report, on behalf of Hayward, dated 1/7/2009 with questions about the project (attached). CC members felt that
the questions raised by Hayward were answered in the presentation.
December Minutes ? Approved.
Whitney Hill Report
Magoon reported that he spoke with Pallotta McDermott
and Hayward about proceeding with the conservation designation to TC for
consideration. Hayward and Magoon will craft the request to be placed on TC
agenda. K&P should record the existing survey of the site. If it does
not exist, CC funds could be used for the survey.
Recycling Center/Filippello Park
Pallotta McDermott research further the issue of the
relocation of the recycling center.
Stormwater Management Standards
Rose & Hammett presented at the TC?s DPW
Subcommittee to discuss the establishment of a SWAC. Item was tabled until
the January meeting. If the SWAC is approved, Rose will provide Ordinance
samples for DPW. Rose reported that new Draft rules are pending for large
TC discussed item in Executive Session in December
2006. No update.
Rules and Regulations
Hammett submitted scope of services she could provide to
update the rules and regulations. Staff to develop a MOU stating hourly rate,
timeline, and begin/end date for signatures.
Rivers Protection Act
Options are 1) to hire a consultant to id areas under
the RPA, 2) for Rose to assist in identifying the RPA areas using existing
Town technology and data. Hayward to contact the PB about the RPA and its
possible impact in their review process.
Pallotta submitted a letter to the new commissioner at
DCR regarding the CC position and history on the GSA site.
State Funding for Open Space
Members discussed possible grant ideas for funding ? the
purchase of land to relocate the recycling center off Filippello Park, the purchase of Sawins Pond. Bering will pursue for more information. Members are to
e-mail comments and ideas to Pallotta McDermott.
Vote: Bering moved to pursue a grant for Open
Space. Martin seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.
$12,000 in Arsenal Park Account
$12,000 remains from $15,000 from donations for Arsenal Park. Pallotta McDermott suggested that the monies could be used for landscaping,
upkeep, maintenance and beautification. She proposed a discussion for the
allocation of funds.
OOC for 175 N. Beacon Street ? Perkins School Pond
Dewatered cuttings produced from the hydro raking shall be taken
to the Perkins School?s composting site located at the north west corner of the
property along N. Beacon Street.
All protection precautions will be available on site and taken to
prevent vegetable diesel fuel spillage from the hydro rake.
18b, d Erosion
controls, consistent with USDA Soil Conservation Service
Guidelines, and as detailed on a plan to be submitted to the
Conservation Agent, e, 22, 23, 24, 26,
27, 36, 39, 40, 41a, 41b
Magoon announced that Collins had been promoted to Senior
Planner. Pallotta McDermott expressed appreciation for her services.
Meeting adjourned at 9:05pm.