WOODBURY The Inland Wetlands Company heard a number of new functions, accepted draft resolutions and mentioned enforcement measures at a gathering on Monday, April 24.
Vince LaFontan, government director of the Flanders Nature Heart and Land Belief, offered a brand new software to put in an out of doors post-and-beam pavilion to be used throughout the middle’s environmental education schemes. The pavilion will likely be inside a regulated space at 5 Church Hill Rd.
The pavilion, which Mr. LaFontan defined has the identical dimensions and elegance because the pavilion in Hole Park, will measure 20 by 60 ft and sit on a concrete slab. Photo voltaic panels put in on the south aspect of the roof will produce sufficient electrical energy to successfully take three of the middle’s buildings off the grid.
He mentioned the pavilion is a part of the board’s deal with enhancing environmental schooling amenities for kids given the rising variety of kids collaborating in applications.
The company requested about building automobile entry, which is feasible by way of the present stage yard path, and drainage situations, akin to roof runoff and numerous drainage ditches on the property.
The company agreed to request a draft decision for a vote on on the subsequent assembly with the situation that crushed stone be added underneath the periphery of the roof overhang to forestall pooling after heavy rains.
Ron Wolff of Wolff Engineering offered an software proposing the set up of a brand new nicely and septic system and abandonment of the present programs inside a regulated space at 334 Weekeepeemee Rd., owned by 334 Weekeepeemee Highway Realty LLC.
Sir. Wolff mentioned the home has been vacant for some time and the present leach area has collapsed. The present nicely is positioned underneath one nook of the home.
The proposed web site for the septic system, leach area and related tanks will likely be positioned outdoors the regulated space, whereas the nicely will likely be positioned inside the regulated space to keep up 75 ft between the nicely and the septic system and 10 ft between the septic system and the property line. The plan has not but been accepted by the Housatonic Valley Well being Division.
Company chairwoman Mary Tyrrell warned Mr. Wolff that the applicant may have to maneuver the nicely additional again from the home, given the age of the home and the potential for chemical substances leaching into the groundwater. She mentioned a number of different wells within the Weekeepeemee space have been contaminated.
Company member Earl Gillette requested about tree clearing that had occurred on the property. Sir. Wolff mentioned the work was to scrub up lifeless bushes mendacity on the bottom. It was famous that the property proprietor had additionally cleaned up some particles near the wetlands.
The board requested a proposed decision for a vote on the subsequent assembly.
Mr. Wolff additionally offered a brand new software to construct a driveway and culvert and set up underground utilities on a property on Higher Grassy Hill Highway owned by David and Victor George. One in every of two areas of upland croft on the location is positioned close to the entrance of the property the place a small stream runs.
The stream would circulate underneath the proposed driveway by means of an 18-inch culvert with two flare ends.
Company member Don Richards expressed concern that the culvert was massive sufficient, to which Mr. Wolff mentioned the dimensions was calculated in line with measurements of the stream. After some dialogue, the company prompt doubtlessly including rip rap downstream of the rock drain to assist stop blockages.
Though not a part of the wetlands software, the plan additionally features a single-family residence, storage, pool, underground infiltration system for runoff alongside the driveway, a septic system with a curtain drain and a nicely.
The company requested a draft decision that could possibly be voted on on the subsequent assembly.
The company reviewed an software to amend an open allow for building web site staff inside a regulated space at 48 Outdated Sherman Hill Rd., owned by Jeffrey and Karen Miller. The company held a stroll of the property the day earlier than, following an expert survey of the property that delineated wetlands and property strains.
In keeping with the property line mapping, work that had occurred alongside a stream financial institution, together with the addition of two flat areas of pea gravel proper subsequent to the stream, was truly on the neighboring property, owned by Cornerstone Skilled Park.
Mr. Miller mentioned he had not beforehand identified that a part of the creek was not on his property.
The board agreed that the pea gravel must be faraway from the world as a result of it might be washed into the stream throughout a heavy storm. Nonetheless, the company can not require Mr. Miller to make any enhancements to what’s not his property.
The company referred to as on Mr. Miller to contact Cornerstone Skilled Park to debate whether or not they can mutually organize for the issue to be remedied. In any other case, the company must take enforcement motion towards Cornerstone.
Mr. Wolff recognized himself as a consultant of Cornerstone, and Mr. Miller prompt making an appointment with Mr. Wolff and different Cornerstone representatives.
The company additionally advised Mr. Miller that drainage from gutters that had been put in should be addressed to forestall erosion.
The company adopted draft resolutions approving a number of functions: set up of a generator at Quanopaug Path 192, Algonquin Archers, Inc.; the set up of a further septic system and water important at 20 Judson Ave., owned by Gary and Pamela OConnor, and the set up of a sawmill pavilion constructing at 5 Minortown Rd. for Nonnewaug Gymnasium.
Every draft decision listed situations akin to stopping erosion throughout building and never storing supplies or automobiles within the regulated space.
A draft decision had been ready concerning a subsequent software for work finished to scrub a levee on Transylvania Highway by Jeff Burmeister on behalf of Woodlake condominiums. Nonetheless, the company postponed the vote on the choice as a result of uncertainty about who truly owned the dam.
Whereas the state Division of Vitality and Environmental Safety had required Woodlake to scrub the dam, the dam file lists the town of Woodbury and one other close by property proprietor as a substitute of Woodlake.
The company has rescheduled a visit to 922 MainSt. North, owned by Amanda Soucy, for enforcement for unauthorized work in a regulated space. The final deliberate stroll didn’t happen as a result of a clerical error. The location stroll is now deliberate for 9 o’clock on Sunday 7 Could.
Michelle and Dan Fusco had been current for enforcement actions for unauthorized actions on the web site, together with the set up of a second entry driveway in a regulated space with no allow at 197 Minortown Rd., owned by Michelle Fusco.
Mr. Fusco defined that the property shares a gravel driveway with one of many neighbors and parking has been restricted. As well as, the house has a walk-out basement the place two members of the family dwell. The brand new driveway with second entry curves behind the home to the exit basement to permit one of many older members of the family to depart the home with out utilizing stairs.
He mentioned that the opposite member of the family had pushed down behind the home and parked there for 17 years. Yearly he laid down supplies to make it simpler to drive there. He solely lately formalized the driveway as a part of finishing the set up of a permitted pool.
He mentioned the shared gravel driveway additionally had erosion issues.
Mrs. Tyrrell famous that when the properties within the space had been constructed as a part of a subdivision, solely a shared driveway was allowed for these two explicit properties to guard a wetland. She mentioned the company couldn’t approve something that was not included within the unique subdivision necessities and the driveway should be eliminated.
Metropolis planner Will Agresta additionally identified that the unique zoning plan had referred to as for the shared driveway to be paved even earlier than the home was to be constructed.
The company mentioned attainable options akin to putting in a walkway with a railing for the aged member of the family and determined to schedule a web site stroll on Sunday, Could 7, following the stroll on Ms. Soucy’s property.
The company opened an enforcement listening to for unauthorized exercise on the web site, together with the set up of a brand new driveway at a property on Minortown Highway owned by Raymond Hardisty and Janet Lawson.
Mrs. Tyrrell famous that nobody was current on the listening to and the company had not obtained any software or correspondence in favor of the exercise from the property’s proprietor or brokers.
The company affirmed the stop and desist order and left it in impact. The company additionally voted to ahead the case to the town lawyer for assessment and additional motion. Company member Ernest Werner abstained from each votes as he was absent from most discussions on the problem.
Mrs. Tyrrell famous that enforcement motion towards a Chohees Path property remained on the agenda to make sure the elimination and cleanup of logs within the space.
Mr. Agresta knowledgeable the company on the request of the city lawyer that state regulation now not permits timber harvest restrictions to be regulated by zoning commissions, as is at present the case in Woodbury. Logging can as a substitute be regulated by wetland regulatory our bodies or not regulated by the town in any respect, as there are state rules for timber harvesting. He requested if the company could be curious about regulating it.
Mrs. Tyrrell mentioned the company is the appropriate physique to control timber harvesting as a result of wetlands are most affected when it happens. The opposite members agreed.
Mr. Agresta mentioned he’ll go on their curiosity, however that in the end the Board of Selectmen will decide on the matter.