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Watertown Conservation Commission

Lower Hearing Room

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Adopted on July 15, 2009


Conservation Commission Members Present: Pallotta McDermott, Rose, Bering, Taverna


Staff Present: Hayward, Collins


Members of the Public Present:  See Sign-In Form


1.                  Public Hearing Continuance? NOI - 140 Pleasant Street, 321-0134/WWO-09-02 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.


The applicant did not appear.


Vote:  Taverna moved to close the item. Rose seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.



2.                  Public Hearing Continuance ? NOI- 175 North Beacon Street, 321-0138/WWO-09-05 for the installation of a new storm water management system for the new building and parking area which will be route drained into an existing pond on the Perkins School campus.  Perkins School, owner.


Stephen Garvin, Samiotes Consultant and applicant representative, reported that the 9? of parking will sheet towards the trees.  He noted that the stormceptor was sized according to the drainage outlet location.


Hayward informed that a meeting with the applicant and the DPW was held on June 1, 2009 as requested by the CC.  He noted that the Town is not responsible since the outlet goes into DCR infrastructure.  He said that DPW requires a particle separator be installed. He reported that the pond restoration was completed as by the OOC.  In addition, he noted that Magoon was concerned about the additional water infiltration created by the adjacent Perkins? water park.


Garvin responded that the five water parks are used on very hot days for approximately 1 to 2 hours and that the water goes into the water infiltration systems.  The parks are not used on wet storms days.


In response to Rose?s inquiry, Dan Dyer, the architect for the applicant, informed that the green roof would be 2000 sq. ft. of the total 40,000 sq? ft.?  Though not substantial, the roof is primarily educational.


Taverna inquired whether the 18? to a 12? pipe was selected and considered for a 100 year storm water event.   Garvin responded that the selection was based on the existing pipe profile and that the area is stable for a 100 year storm event.


3.                  May  Minutes ? approved.


4.                  Old Business



Update status

Whitney Hill Report

Hayward provided copy of letter to  the Manager requesting property be surveyed. No update on the property transfer request to TC.

Recycling Center/Filippello Park

Item tabled until August.

Storm Water Management Standards

Storm Water Advisory Committee representatives: Hayward & Rose.

Rules and Regulations

Hammett to attend July meeting.

Rivers Protection Act

Hayward working with Assessor to update the RPA areas on the Town?s GIS map.


No update.

EOEA Grant

Bering to continue investigation into EOEA grant process.


5.         Agent?s Report


Sawins Pond - Hayward reported that representatives for Max Haziliiades, owner of Sawins Pond, inquired about a proposed porous parking area in the area surrounding the pond.  No mitigation was proposed.  Pallotta McDermott suggested that proposed ideas for the property be brought before the CC and that no site visits be scheduled to discuss this.   Bering inquired where the bordering wetland vegetation boundaries were.  Rose was not supportive of a porous area where contaminates may be present.   Hayward noted that a proposed parking area will disturb the unstable landfill.  Pallotta McDermott noted that Haziliiades, as the owner of record, is responsible for the property.  Bering suggested contacting the Circuit Rider for further information.


UPS ? Hayward reported that the clean-up of urine bottles was only partially completed.  He met with UPS management requesting that they complete the job.


6.         OOC ? 140 Pleasant Street, 321-0134/WWO-09-02


Pallotta McDermott requested that a letter be sent to the applicant informing him that the item was closed and that a reapplication would be required.  The reason for the closure was lack of response.


CC requested that the Master List of the OOC be e-mailed to them.


7.         OOC - 175 North Beacon Street, 321-0138/WWO-09-05


Request that a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan be submitted before work begins.


Conditions: 18a, b, c, d, e, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41a, b, c, f, g, 42, 45? in March of each year, 46?as per observation, 53.  



Meeting adjourned at 8:53pm.