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Planning Board Minutes 05/09/2012
Planning Board, Middleton, MA
May 9, 2012

The Middleton Planning Board met at a regularly scheduled meeting on May 9, 2012
at the Fuller Meadow School, 143 South Main Street, Middleton, Massachusetts at 7:30 PM.

The following board members were in attendance: Chairperson Christine Lindberg, Clerk Beverly Popielski and member Robert Aldenberg.

Others present: Richard Bienvenue, Building Commissioner, Robert LaBossiere, DPW Director and Karen Matsubara, Recording Secretary

Chairperson Lindberg called the meeting to order at 7:39 PM.

Minutes May 2, 2012

MOTION: Made by Robert Aldenberg to accept the Minutes of May 2, 2012 as written.  Motion seconded by Beverly Popielski.  Vote 3-0 in favor, motion carried.

7:40 Public Hearing – Two-Family Special Permit Modification – 144 North Main Street,
Map 17, Lot 46 - Prime Investment Forest Street LLC

Clerk Beverly Popielski read the legal notice and confirmed that the abutters had been notified.

Chairperson Lindberg explained that four members were needed to vote on the petition.  The petitioner agreed to a continuance.

MOTION: Made by Robert Aldenberg to continue the public hearing.  Motion seconded by Beverly Popielski.  Vote 3-0 in favor, motion carried to continue the hearing to a specially scheduled meeting on May 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

Public Hearing-Definitive Subdivision-East Meadow Farm – 122 East Street & Gould Road,
Map 13, Lots 101 & 102 and a portion of Map 13, Lots 72 & 100 – East Meadow LLC (continued)

Clerk Beverly Popielski read a letter dated May 8, 2012 from Attorney Mann requesting a continuance to the next regularly scheduled Planning Board hearing.

MOTION: Made by Robert Aldenberg to continue the public hearing.  Motion seconded by Beverly Popielski.  Vote 3-0 in favor, motion carried to continue the hearing to the June 13, 2012 Planning Board meeting.

Other business-

1. Discussion-paving of Thunderbridge Lane

Angelo Trodella presented a road improvement plan to the Board.  To save money, the proposed improvement is for 660 feet of paved roadway; originally 1000 feet of paved road was proposed.

Chairperson Lindberg commented that only the pavement is shown on the plan and questioned why the drainage wasn’t shown.

Mr. Trodella pointed out a swale on the bottom left of the plan to accommodate drainage coming from the roadway which will be pitched toward that side.

Mr. Aldenberg referenced a letter written by the Conservation Agent to Mr. Johnson of Thunderbridge Lane relative to future road improvements.

DPW Superintendent LaBossiere stated that existing and proposed elevations needed to be added to the plan.

Anthony Pacillo explained that a 2’ deep by 2’ wide trench filled with stone would be placed along the side of the roadway for drainage.

Mr. LaBossiere replied that all details including the trench and wetland flags also needed to be on the plan.

Relative to the conservation issues, Beverly Popielski informed the petitioners that they needed to file with the Conservation Commission for a determination of applicability.

Ms. Lindberg explained that the Board’s main concern was that the road would be built to a certain specification to provide safe access for emergency vehicles and ensure that the drainage is not going to encroach upon, or negatively impact someone else’s property.

Ms. Popielski pointed out that the letter from the Conservation Agent to Mr. Johnson clearly states that a filing for a Notice of Intent or Request for Determination would be needed for any road improvement on Thunderbridge.  (A copy of the letter was given to Mr. Trodella.)

Mr. Trodella agreed to address the issues brought up at the meeting and confirmed that the proposed roadway length and width were acceptable to the Board.

The discussion was continued to the June 13, 2012 Planning Board meeting.

2. Discussion-request for sidewalk on South Main Street

DPW Superintendent Robert LaBossiere explained that Carolyn Damato of Wennerberg Road had sent an email to the Planning Board that had been forwarded to him regarding the procedure for requesting the addition of a sidewalk along Rte. 114 from the Wennerberg Road neighborhood.  The State won’t construct a sidewalk on Rte. 114; the construction would be up to the Town with approval from the State.  Mr. LaBossiere thought that the request could begin with the Planning Board then go to the Selectmen to decide if the request would then go to the Sidewalk Committee.  

Carolyn Damato explained that the Wennerberg Road neighborhood is very close to Town but does not have pedestrian access to get there safely.  The length of sidewalk that would be needed to access the traffic light at Orchard Circle is approximately 245 feet.

Chairperson Lindberg stated that the Planning Board would write a letter to Selectmen to determine the feasibility of constructing the requested sidewalk.  

Mr. LaBossiere added that a retaining wall would also need to be built for that sidewalk.

Ms. Lindberg stated that she wasn’t sure if the funding would then have to be appropriated by an article through Town Meeting or if it would be through the sidewalk fund.

MOTION: Made by Robert Aldenberg to request that the Board of Selectmen begin the procedure for construction of a sidewalk on South Main Street from the intersection of Wennerberg Road to the intersection of Orchard Circle.  Motion seconded by Beverly Popielski.  Vote 3-0 in favor, motion carried.

Chairperson Lindberg announced that this was Mr. Aldenberg’s last meeting and thanked him for his ten years of service with the Planning Board.

MOTION: Made by Robert Aldenberg to adjourn.  Meeting adjourned at 8:02 pm.