Vol. III No. 15 8/1/2022
Notes from the Conservation Commission (ConCom), July 12, Hybrid meeting
- John Hart
- Lisa Bozzuto
- Jaime Minacci
- Tom LaBelle
- Sally Underwood-Miller
- Chuck Kohrer (alternate)
- William Loutrel (alternate)
- Ron Brouker, Chair via Zoom
- Hart called the meeting to order (Brouker bad connection)
- Minutes accepted as corrected
- Vincent Park was seeking permission to remove trees. Park not present, so the matter was continued
- Bernard Hahn seeking a Certificate of Compliance (COC). Hahn was not present, so matter continued.
- Gregg Wellenkamp was not present, so the matter not present
- Annie Selke submitted Notice of Intent (NOI) and was seeking (COC). Selke was not present, so the matters were continued. Underwood-Miller said Selke withdrew NOI.
- Sarah Mnookin and Mike Parsons for One Dugway — Role of ConCom
- Determine potential negative impact on wetlands — the river is across the road, but work proposed is inside buffer zone — outside 100-foot buffer but inside 200-foot buffer
- Brouker recommended plans impacting buffer/river front/intermittent stream be sent to the new wetland consultant for review and recommendations to ConCom
- Consultant is David Cameron — formerly of Department of Environmental Protection - DEP)
- Repair/replacement of septic — Mike Parsons presented plans for new septic
- Lisa Messinger (owner) and Greylock Design for 37 Mahkeenac
- Permission to remove trees
- Trees on someone else's property — Con Com must have written permission from property owner
- Are trees danger to her property or individuals?
- Continued for site visit — Have map of area, mark trees to cut and obtain written permission from property owner for site visit and cutting
- Public Hearing: Foresight Land Services for 3 Ice Glen Road. NOI — restoration of the weir and building patio including tree removal
- Delay work until "dewatering" unnecessary, that is, in a low-flow month
- Bozzuto hoped they would save the "big old" hornbeam because it is beautiful. She disagrees that it is a hazard
- Are they adding to impervious surface? Evidently not
- Are they within 200-foot wetland buffer zone? Evidently not
- Public Hearing closed. ConCom deliberation. NOI approved
- Lake and Pond Overlay District (LPOD) currently overseen by Planning Board. Suggestion to transfer jurisdiction to ConCom as more in line with their other responsibilities.
- Moved to transfer, passed.
- Now might have to go to Town Meeting (will ask Town Counsel - TC)
- ConCom Performance Standards
- TC reviewed, added to, and approved
- LaBelle suggested several edits
- Underwood-Miller suggested some wording changes to make more accurate — "remove ambiguity"
- Moved to accept Performance Standards as corrected — passed
- Hart attended Stockbridge Bowl Stewardship Commission (SBSC) as ConCom rep
- He wondered if it should be disbanded as it is duplicative
- White said since it was established in a bylaw approved at Town Meeting; it would have to be repealed by voters at Town Meeting
- Underwood-Miller and LaBelle said SBSC was established to include Town in lake matters at a time when Stockbridge Bowl Association (SBA) was leading efforts with respect to the lake
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