Town of Pelham, NH
Pelham Conservation Commission
Minutes – Meeting of April 11, 2001
Members Present: Members Absent:
Robert Yarmo, Chairperson None
William McDevitt, Selectmen Rep.
A meeting of the Pelham Conservation Commission was held on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at the Pelham Town Hall. The Chairperson, Robert Yarmo, called the meeting to order at 7:26 p.m.
Mr. Yarmo explained that there would be no one presenting tonight. The board would be reviewing two plans and forwarding letters of their recommendations and comments to the Planning Board. There was no public present for either discussion.
Map 7, Lot 4-180-14, 8 lot subdivision
Benoit Ave. Ext., Rolling Stone Development
The Chairperson, Bob Yarmo, explained that he had been on a site walk to the property the previous Saturday with the Planning Board. He described the subdivision on the proposed plan to the other board members, noting that the parcel abutted prime wetlands with drainage into that area. At Lot 4-180-17 there is a crossing of the wetlands to create a buildable area for the lot. Bill McDevitt asked if the wetland area was designated as prime and Bob answered yes. Mr. Yarmo added that Jim Gove, of Gove Environmental Services, was also present at the site walk and had delineated the area.
Bob Yarmo had questioned Mr. Gove on the site walk about the legal edge of prime marked on the proposed plan as opposed to the actual extent of the edge. The legal edge was the result of a vote whereas the actual extent was the practical position. Ron Bourque asked about the shape of the lots. Bob Yarmo responded that the configuration of lots was a Planning Board issue. Mr. Yarmo stated that the Planning Board had taken jurisdiction. He added that Benoit Ave. Ext. went uphill to Station 800. There is a stump dump on the property with collected water, which he believes the Planning Board will take action to remove. Bob remarked that a resident attended the site walk to note her concerns over the stump dump.
Mr. Yarmo stated that he had serious concerns about the drainage into prime wetland area. Bill McDevitt inquired as to how the drainage would be treated. Bob Yarmo answered that there were two catch basins and a proposed treatment swale (typically grass). The Chairperson stated his recommendation that the subdivision be reviewed by Frank Richardson of the state Wetlands Bureau in Concord, NH regarding any adjacency issue. Bill McDevitt asked for clarification of adjacency. Mr. Yarmo responded that it pertained to the sensitive nature of the prime wetlands but that he had received no clear answer as to the distance involved. Mr. Yarmo believes it is handled on a case to case basis with consideration given to the quantity of water and the treatment of drainage.
Bob Yarmo stated another concern regarding this subdivision, which was the wetland crossing for the driveway at Lot 4-180-17. He explained that there would be two options: bridging or culvert. On the site walk, an engineer said he did not believe a dredge and fill application was necessary. Mr. Yarmo disagrees, as access to both sides does not seem apparent.
The Chairperson, Bob Yarmo, explained that there was Town owned land (E. G. Raymond Memorial Park) abutting this subdivision on one side and another parcel owned by the Town on the opposite side (appearing to be landlocked). There is some very steep and wet land in the area in-between the Town owned parcels. Mr. Yarmo recommends that there be an easement to join the Town owned parcels. Bill McDevitt proposed that it be a 15-foot walking easement. Mr. Yarmo said that it would be environmentally beneficial to join the two Town owned parcels. It was noted that the subdivision contained a portion of Tennessee Gas Pipeline easement. Ron Bourque inquired about the ownership of the easement land area. Mr. Yarmo believed it would be beneficial to ask the soil scientist for recommendations. Bob stated that the WCD area was no cut zone and generally labeled with Conservation markers by the developer upon recommendation from the board.
Mr. Yarmo stated his belief that it was important to designate the actual location of the prime wetland along the edge of the parcel as it requires a 100-foot buffer. Bill McDevitt stated that former board members had concerns over culverts that were not installed at correct depths; accordingly, a bridge might be preferable. Bob Yarmo noted that a dredge and fill permit was a timely endeavor now and consequently developers were going with bridges more often. Ron Bourque asked who would be responsible to maintain the bridge. Bob Yarmo answered that it would be a driveway bridge and therefore, the responsibility of that homeowner. Mr. Bourque asked who determined if a dredge and fill would be necessary. The Chairperson explained that it was specified in the wetland and zoning regulations. Ron Bourque asked if there had been any concerns from the public at the last board meeting regarding this subdivision. Mr. Yarmo responded that there had not been. Mr. Bourque asked when the Planning Board would review this plan. Bob Yarmo responded that it would likely be at their next meeting.
Bob Yarmo reviewed the concerns of the board as follows:
1.) Prime wetland adjacency question.
2.) Conservation area to link town owned parcels on either side of subdivision, which should include the right to traverse.
3.) Driveway crossing at Lot 4-180-17; need for dredge and fill permit.
4.) Designation of prime to physical location.
A Motion was made by Brenda Jensen that the board sends a letter to Planning with the recommendation of contacting Dr. Frank Richardson to review the prime adjacency issue. Sanjay Kakkad seconded the motion. A vote was had. All in favor. Vote is 4-0-0. The motion passes.
A Motion was made by Brenda Jensen that the board send a letter to Planning with the recommendation of creating a conservation area to connect Town owned property behind Lots 4-180-21, -20, -19, -18 and a portion of –17 to the Town owned property behind Lot 4-175; this should include the right for a walking path possibly on or near the Tennessee Gas Pipeline path/easement. Sanjay Kakkad seconded the motion. A vote was had. All in favor. Vote is 4-0-0. The motion passes.
A Motion was made by Brenda Jensen to send a letter of comment to Planning regarding the need for a dredge and fill permit at Lot 4-180-17 for the driveway crossing, whether a bridge or a culvert is constructed. Sanjay Kakkad seconded the motion. A vote was had. All in favor. The vote is 4-0-0. The motion passes.
A Motion is made by Sanjay Kakkad to send a letter of recommendation to Planning regarding the need to designate physical location of prime wetland which would provide a line of protection, in the event that the area adjacent to prime is not included in a created conservation area. Brenda Jensen seconded the motion. A vote was had. The vote is 4-0-0. The motion passes.
The board moved on to discuss a second plan which was not included on the agenda. Bob Yarmo began the discussion of a proposed plan (Map 21) for a 7-lot subdivision on Currier Road, which Planning Board had reviewed. Mr. Yarmo stated that there was very little WCD area involved other than on the following three lots, noting what he would like to recommend to Planning:
Lot 3-102-39: A 50-foot buffer has been established. The silt fencing should be relocated at the WCD buffer and not at the edge of the wetland.
Lot 3-102-18: At Tall Oaks Drive and Partridgeberry Lane. The silt fencing should be relocated at the WCD buffer and not at the edge of the wetland.
Lot 3-102: A 10-acre parcel, which has some wetlands. The location of the proposed home is far enough away as shown on proposed plan.
Ron Bourque asked if this property was downhill from the high and dry area. Bob Yarmo responded affirmatively and added that there appeared to be no need for siltation but that he would like the WCD area(s) designated. Mr. Yarmo added that he would like to see markers placed at WCD areas and perhaps recommend site specific on two lots (39 and 18).
Mr. Bourque inquired whether the builder is likely to move the home to another location other than is shown on proposed plan. Mr. McDevitt responded that the home could be moved if it were not site specific. Bob Yarmo stated that he would like to recommend a buffer zone at the northwest corner of Lot 3-102.
A Motion was made by Brenda Jensen that the board send a letter of recommendation to Planning for the silt fencing to be moved to WCD designations on Lots 3-102-18, Lot 3-102 and 3-102-39. Sanjay Kakkad seconded the motion. A vote was had. All in favor. The vote was 4-0-0. The motion passes.
A Motion was made by Sanjay Kakkad that the board sends a letter of recommendation to Planning that Lots 3-102-18 and 3-102-39 be site specific to establish and maintain distance from WCD areas. Brenda Jensen seconded the motion. A vote was had. All in favor: Bob Yarmo, Brenda Jensen, Sanjay Kakkad. None opposed. Abstained: Ron Bourque. The vote was 3-0-1. The motion passes.
A Motion was made by Brenda Jensen that the board send a letter of recommendation to Planning that the appropriate WCD boundary be added to northwest corner at Lot 3-102. Sanjay Kakkad seconded the motion. A vote was had. All in favor. The vote was 4-0-0. The motion passes.
A Motion was made by Brenda Jensen that the board send a letter of recommendation to Planning for WCD markers to be placed on Lots 3-102-39 and 3-102-18 along WCD boundary at 50-foot intervals; also on Lot 3-102 along driveway location at 50-foot increments and at 100-foot increments at the southern portion of Lot 3-102 at WCD area. Sanjay Kakkad seconded the motion. A vote was had. All in favor. The vote is 4-0-0. The motion passes.
Bob Yarmo stated that he would like to review the February and March minutes with former board members who were present. They would be voted on for approval at the next board meeting.
It was agreed that Ron Bourque and Sanjay Kakkad would do a site walk for the Benoit Ave. Ext. property on the upcoming Saturday.
The Chairperson welcomed the new members and the new Selectmen representative to the Conservation board.
There being no further business to come before the board:
A Motion was made by Brenda Jensen to adjourn the meeting. Sanjay Kakkad seconded the motion. All in favor. The vote was 4-0-0. The motion passes.
The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Kathleen A. Carr,