PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
The meeting was called to order at and the following members were present:
Gary Girard Andrew Kallfelz – arrived at
Betty Hubbard Jean MacGregor-Brown
Lisa Bryer,AICP – Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk
Steve Goslee – Director of Public Works
Michael Gray – Town Engineer and Deputy Public Works Director
Don Bunker - Fay, Spofford & Thorndike.
A motion was made by Commissioner Holland and seconded by Commissioner Hubbard to amend the minutes with the following changes:
Pg. 1 strike Barry Holland as present and list as not present.
Pg. 2 first paragraph of Jacks Electric, 3rd sentence add interior space but the overall size of the building is still the same.
Last sentence delete
He and add Jacks Electric
Pg. 4 middle of page change liters to leaders end of page change hind site to hindsight.
Pg. 5 8th line from the top change a to and.
Middle of page sentence should read The Planner
informed the applicant that
Planning Commission doesn’t want to see fill, alteration to the
natural grade, and more than minimum square footage.
Pg 6 second sentence from the end should be added to say The Planning Commission would like to know if the lot to the south is flagged for wetlands.
So unanimously voted. Commissioners
1. FYI – Letter from Valerie Southern Re- Jacks Electric. Received
2. CRMC – Cease and Desist – James Simmons, 17 Maple Ave. Jamestown, RI 02835; Construction of a front porch, rear deck and second story bump-out within 100 feet of a stream at your property located at Plat 9, Lot 16 without benefit of a CRMC assent or in violation of a Council order. Received
Letter to Jack Brittain regarding Planning Commission
4. Letter to STD Developers regarding negative recommendation to the Zoning Board on Ferry Street Received
III. Citizen’s Non Agenda Item – nothing at this time
1. Town Planner’s Report
2. Chairpersons report
Commissioner Girard attended a program put on
3. Town Committees
A workshop to discuss the expansion of the woodpile pier with a larger touch and go facility will be happening soon reported Commissioner Kallfelz.
Town Planner Lisa Bryer reported on the Fort Getty Committee, they would like to stay together until a land use planner is appointed. The town council has not let them know yet if this is possible.
c. Buildings and Facilities
Town Planner Lisa Bryer reported that the town received 9 bids for the Town Hall and 4 for the highway garage.
4. Sub Committees
a. Tree Committee
Commissioner Holland stated there have been lots of turnovers in leadership there. Frank Andres is the new chair of the committee.
V. Old Business – nothing at this time
VI. New Business
1. Town of
Mike Gray, Deputy Public Works Director along with Steve Goslee, Public Works Director and Don Bunker from Fay, Spofford & Thorndike presented the plan for review by the Planning Commission. Dimensional variances are needed for setbacks. Because of the dimensions of the lot the setbacks could not be met. The graffiti on the tank had not been taken care of quickly due to the weather but it is now taken care of and painted. In the past yard maintenance was handled by an abutter but the Highway dept will take over because the site is now required to be fenced. Mike Gray referred to the Planners memo, the town has been working for the last 3 years to look at methods to alleviate the water supply problems. This solution will help with fire protection.
In the Planners memo it said the tree at the northern corner is rotting according to Dave Nickerson and should be removed.
Mike Gray read a letter from Dave Nickerson that suggested certain species of trees.
A commissioner commented that the tank is 100 feet tall. It will take a long time for the trees to grow.
Mike Gray commented on Mary Ann Joyce’s letter. She is referring to the noise from a compressor that is loud and they are coming up with a plan for the new tank that will not use the compressor on a regular basis. But there will always be a need for an emergency generator that will have to be run occasionally to insure that it remains operational.
Commissioner Kallfelz, asked “can’t you solve the storage problem without a new tank?”
Don Bunker explained the plan from an engineer’s standpoint to the board. With only one storage tank, repairs to the system cannot be completed without the only water supply becoming non-operational.
A discussion ensued regarding the amount of water pumped now and how much it will increase with the new tank. Commissioner Kallfelz asked if it is worth it for an extra 350,000 gallons. The gallon per minute increase is significant stated Don Bunker. Are we going to continue to pump from the south pond? Yes we are Mr. Goslee stated.
Commissioner Girard stated that we should concentrate on the development plan review. Commissioner Brown asked if there is something we could do ascetically to make it more appealing? We can look at different types of tank material? The light blue color is a tremendous improvement over the previous red checked tank.
There could be more tall trees to put across the front of the property that start with height said Commissioner Hubbard, also by not putting them up against the tank but at the edge of the property line to make the structure seem not so large would help. Commissioner Girard asked Commissioner Hubbard to suggest some sort of plantings.
Commissioner Hubbard suggested a better vegetative screen. Commissioner Hubbard suggested working with the neighbors for some additional plantings and getting suggestions from them.
Commissioner Holland said it doesn’t matter how you disguise it, it is still 100 feet high and big, paint it sky blue to blend in. Commissioner Holland also said to work with the tree committee, like the planner says in her memo. See memo to add the change.
Commissioner Kallfelz is struggling with a million gallon tank if we are only short by 380,000 gallon. Why do we need such a big tank? It relates to the usable portion of water and the pressure that is needed from the entire million gallons.
Lisa Bryer, town planner asked do we want to set some
parameters for item 3 relating to working with abutters and a maintenance and
planting plan? For instance, increasing plantings
The Planning Commission made the following findings of fact and recommendations to the Zoning Board of review and approved the Development Plan based upon the following findings of fact and with the following conditions of approval:
Findings of Fact:
Recommended Conditions of approval:
So unanimously voted.
A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and seconded by Commissioner Hubbard. At So unanimously voted.
Cinthia Reppe This meeting was recorded on 1 micro-cassette