Vol. III No. 11 6/1/2022
Notes from the Conservation Commission (ConCom), May 24, Hybrid Meeting
- Sally Underwood-Miller, Acting Chair
- Jamie Minacci
- Joe DeGiorgis
- Lisa Bozzuto
- Michael Canales, Town Administrator via Zoom
- Minutes of May 10 meeting approved as written
- John McCarthy, 2A Interlaken Road, application to remove trees. Site visit scheduled
- Steve Averbuch and Rachel Rivert (sic), owners, and Shannon Boomsma for White Engineering. Sixteen trees to be removed and 20 trees planted. Site visit scheduled to see erosion control. (Address inaudible)
- Certificate of Compliance (COC) requested for 212 Old Stockbridge Road Attorney Jeff Lynch and Foresight Land Management on behalf of property.
- Underwood Miller explained the property was clear cut and that created consternation with neighbors.
- Planted "71 healthy trees 21 feet apart"
- Eliminated a pond which they apparently had a right to do since it was less than 10,000 sq. ft.
- No COC until work done — evidently Order of Conditions issued 9/2016 — complied with — need COC for that work and then move forward with more work
- Difficulties: The property spans Lenox/Stockbridge line; Scenic Mountain Act is engaged depending on work; length of driveway exceeds Stockbridge limit of 500 ft (although driveway may be in Lenox); Underwood-Miller "rumor has it there will be a kitchen in the barn" — that requires Building Inspector approval; apparently a host of other issues
- ConCom Chair Ron Brouker is away and member John Hart is sick — matter continued
- Boomsma of White Engineering for Sandra and Eric Berkowitz, owners, 206 Old Stockbridge Road for proposed house
- To tear down a 1130 sq. ft. house and build a 1409 sq. ft house.
- That would constitute 13% coverage of lot; zoning allows 10% coverage
- Bozzuto said 13% unacceptable especially 35 feet from Lake
- Boomsma argued that somehow it was not a new build but an upgrade
- It would use "Perc—Rite" sewage disposal system with a pre-treatment system
- When asked, "why are they increasing size and lot coverage?" Boomsma replied "because they can"
- Canales reported that the Town is tackling the water chestnut problem — divers will remove by hand the plants and seedlings. Should be done now while seeds still attached
- Underwood-Miller shared an email from Alison Dickson, Housatonic Valley Authority (HVA). It said, a Greenagers crew observed Japanese knot weed — a highly invasive weed — at the culvert on Glendale Road. "It will take over" if not removed. Canales said he would discuss with Hugh Page, Superintendent, Highway Department.
- John McCarthy joined via Zoom and they discussed site visit.
Editor's Note: 1. Perc-Rite is a unique fluid handling system for the dispersal of septic tank effluent wastewater into soil. The system incorporates filtration, time dosing, and low-rate drip distribution tubing. 2. Perc-Rite is a new waste disposal system for land that otherwise does not perc or does not have space for septic system field. It allows building on lots formerly unbuildable.
Photo: Jay Rhind