OLD LYME INLAND WETLANDS AND WATERCOURSES COMMISSION
OCTOBER 24, 2017
PRESENT WERE: Skip DiCamillo, Evan Griswold, Rachel Gaudio, Bob DePianta, Christian Tompkins and Gary Gregory.
MINUTES OF MEETING DATED SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
Bob DePianta made a motion to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes dated September 26, 2017. Christian Tompkins seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
17-11 STEPHEN DIAMOND AND MARY WAMBY – 8 MCCURDY ROAD – CREATE A SMALL PERVIOUS PARKING AREA AND DEMOLISH AND RECONSTRUCT AN EXISTING GARAGE WITHIN THE UPLAND REVIEW AREA
Ross Gladstone, Indigo Land Design presented the application. He stated the applicant is proposing to construct a small pervious parking area with 2 parking spaces and demolish and reconstruct the existing 2 car garage to the south of the existing dwelling. He noted the property is located at the intersection of Bittersweet Lane and McCurdy Road. He stated the new garage would be roughly the same size 24 x 24 and located basically in the same location.
The commission reviewed the plan and agreed to set a Site Walk for Wednesday, November 1st at 5:30 PM.
17-9 CAROL MITCHELL – 64 COLUMBUS AVENUE – LIFT THE HOUSE 4’ TO CREATE FEMA COMPLIANT FOUNDATION. RENOVATE EXISTING HOUSE IN SAME LOCATION.
The commission tabled the application for discussion until the November 28, 2017 meeting. The application is still under review with the Ledge Light Health District.
17-10 ROBERT PFANNER – 224 SHORE ROAD – CONSTRUCT A 40’ X 60’ GARAGE
Clinton Webb, Environmental Consultant from C.Webb & Associates, LLC reviewed the plan with the commission. Mr. Webb noted the commission has walked the site and received the memo from Mr. Rosenfeld today. He noted the proposal before the commission is to take the currently disturbed site and improve it. He stated currently Mr. Anton’s paving operation is
outside and he is looking forward to having a building where he can work on his trucks and vehicles. He stated the proposed 40’ x 60’ garage is outside of the 100’ setback. He also noted a new septic system would be installed just for the garage. He stated there is an existing right of way that goes through the site which is used to access the Connecticut Water. Griswold asked if that was located between this property and the railroad. Webb stated that was correct. He stated there is also an Eversource right of way and distribution line that passes through that area.
Mr. Webb stated he visited the site with Mr. Ian T. Cole, a Professional Soil Scientist who completed a wetlands survey of the 2 + acre property. A copy of that report is part of the record.
Mr. Webb stated he proposed a bio-swale between the developed part of the site and the intermittent watercourse. He said the bio-swale will have a layer of stone at the bottom with a fabric over it and then plantings. He stated that the bio-swale is a proven technology and will strip out any type of sediment that may get into there. Griswold asked if it would capture the materials that contain volatile organics from the vehicles. Webb stated having gravel instead of pavement will help with any type of oil that drips off a vehicle and once it enters the bio swale it will be cleaned by the very specific vegetation proposed for this swale. A planting list is provided on the plan.
Webb stated the first activity at the site is to install erosion and soil controls outside the edge of the watercourse and then the bio-swale will be constructed before anything else. This will put a safety factor in place and hay bales will be installed temporarily until the grass is established.
DiCamillo asked if there were any fuel tanks associated with this project. Mr. Anton stated he gets all his fuel at the station on the corner of Hartford Avenue. DiCamillo stated if that was ever to change he would need to come back to this commission for an approval at that time.
Webb stated there is not tree cutting proposed on the site.
Mr. DiCamillo asked if the parking would all be along the fence. Mr. Anton stated when they are onsite they will be. DiCamillo stated he would like to be assured they will be parked in that area all the time and not be scattered on the site. Mr. DiCamillo asked for the plan to be clarified that parking would be along the fence. Robert Pfanner agreed to make that change.
DiCamillo clarified that there would be no asphalt stored on the site. Mr. Anton stated there would only be a small amount from cleaning the trucks that he would take to the dump.
Griswold stated he felt the only concern was the eastern side of the property and felt the bio-swale with the plant materials in combination of the trees planted to shade the swale would protect the area.
The commission also a requested a list of all the vehicles and equipment as well as their age be provided. Mr. Anton agreed to provide an equipment list along with the ages .
DiCamillo asked the commission if they felt if this application would have a significant impact on the wetlands and require a public hearing. Griswold stated that there is no activity proposed within a wetland and felt the activities proposed with the mitigation shown on the plan seem to be sufficient and have minimal impact on the wetland. The commission agreed not to hold a public hearing.
The commission requested that the applicant make all the changes discussed and submit a new plan for their review at their next meeting on November 28, 2017.
17-6 LAWRENCE PORTER – 3 CHAMPLAIN DRIVE – IN-GROUND SWIMMING POOL AND SMALL PATIO
The applicant did not attend the September or October meeting. Therefore due to the timing of the application Christian Tompkins made a motion and Gary Gregory seconded the motion to deny the application without prejudice. The motion passed unanimously.
Chairman DiCamillo informed the commission members that his term would be up at the end of the year and he has chosen not to continue after serving for over 30 years. He suggested the existing members discuss among themselves and decide who would like to take over as Chairman in January.
Christian Tompkins made a motion to adjourn. Evan Griswold seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.