The Raynham Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall.
The meeting was opened at 6:02 p.m. by Chairman Daniel Andrade.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll
Board members not present: Henry Ellis
Staff present: Town Planner Marilyn Whalley, Administrative Assistant Maureen McKenney
6:02 p.m. - Rte. 44 Hyundai site plan: Kevin Perry, project manager, Rte. 44 Hyundai, appeared before the Board to request a final occupancy permit for the new dealership building. Review correspondence dated January 19, 2012 was received from Nitsch Engineering. Mr. Perry explained the signage was finished today and items from a previous Nitsch Engineering review were completed; however, he has not provided a copy of the final as-built plan to Mass DOT and has no written comments from them at this time. After discussion, it was agreed Mr. Perry will try to get written comments from MassDOT, as suggested by Nitsch Engineering January 19th letter.
Site landscaping was discussed. Mr. Perry noted trees have been planted, 10 additional trees will be planted in the spring and some trees may have to be relocated on site in the spring. It was noted bond money will be held for the landscaping.
After discussion, it was agreed the drains (item No. 3-1/19/2012 Nitsch letter) will be cleaned when the job is completed. Mr. Perry presented photos of the enclosed dumpster pad, noting it was done when Nitsch conducted their site inspection but they may not have seen it. It was also noted the old dealership building on site has been closed while the new building was under construction.
Letter dated January 19, 2012 was received from Pamela Menconi, abutter to the site. Ms. Menconi's letter informed the Board of an ongoing problem with the new paging system at Rte. 44 Hyundai being too loud and intruding on the neighbors. Mr. Perry explained he took action after he was recently contacted by Building Inspector Dennis Machado and there is very little volume coming from the back speaker now. He stated they wanted to be good neighbors so he was willing to remove the speakers, if necessary. After discussion, it was agreed Mr. Perry will remove the two speakers on the back of the building and will inform the Board when that is done. The Board will inform Ms. Menconi that the speakers will be removed.
Ms. Whalley noted the Building Inspector suggested that wording be put in the Board's regulations to address this type of noise issue. Board members agreed that was a good idea.
Mr. Gallagher moved to advise the Building Commissioner to issue a Certificate of Occupancy for Rte. 44 Hyundai subject to the Board holding $8,314 in surety, per the January 19, 2012 Nitsch Engineering letter, and subject to removing the two speakers on the back of the building; second by Mr. Fountain; motion passed by unanimous vote (4).
6:23 p.m. - Open Space Plan: Ms. Whalley presented the final 2012 Open Space plan to the Board. She thanked the Open Space Committee members for their work on the plan, noting there was full attendance at the committee meetings: Paul Dooley, Arthur Bendenelli, William Ward, Louis Bousquet, Liz Francis, Gordon Luciano, Duane Wheeler, Randy Buckner, Harry Carey, Jim Burns, Michael Donnelly, and Bill Napolitano. She noted Allison Gillum of Wildlands Trust was also helpful in preparing the plan.
Ms. Whalley discussed the process the committee went through to compile new information. She noted a survey was sent to town residents and the returned surveys indicated a good number of people would like to have bicycle and fitness trails in town and people had positive feedback on the current recreation programs the town offers.
Ms. Whalley discussed the goals and objectives set in the plan, noting a 7-year action plan was established. She discussed the fact that the Taunton River and Borden Colony are of high interest to scenic, conservation and preservation groups, and Nature Conservancy is interested in pursuing areas along the Taunton River.
Ms. Whalley discussed the inventory of open space left in the Town of Raynham, noting 3,138 acres of private open space were identified. She explained that the Committee considered if those acres were worth preserving. Also, Wildlands Trust is involved in potential purchase of some of those acres for preservation. She broke down the open space as follows: 215 acres APR land; 118 acres Chpt. 61, 61 A & B land; 3,138 acres private unprotected open space land; 967 acres Town land; 136 acres State land; 57 acres non-profit land trust land; 136 acres private recreation parcels; 211 acres public recreation parcels;; and 164 acres homeowners’ trust land set aside as a result of the Town’s open-space by-law.
Ms. Whalley read aloud the plan’s Vision Statement. She discussed the Analysis of Need that was done, the acquisition of open space and the economics of open space preservation. She discussed the concern of open space being developed and the goals and objectives stated in the plan.
Ms. Whalley noted an open space plan is needed in order for the Town to qualify for State grants. She said the plan will be available on the Town website once it receives final approval from the Selectmen. She discussed the fact that a steering committee can be appointed in the future to implement the plan.
Committee member Gordon Luciano was present and addressed the Board. He informed them of the extensive and outstanding work done by Ms. Whalley on the plan. He noted the plan is a blueprint of where the Town is today and what the vision of the future is.
Mr. Fountain stated the Open Space Plan was very well written and informative. Mr. Andrade thanked Ms. Whalley for a great job and suggested a thank you letter be sent to the committee members.
7:01 p.m. - Gatsby Gardens site plan: Attorney Edmund Brennan, Taunton, MA, appeared before the Board along with Marcus Baptiste, to discuss Gatsby Gardens site plan. Nyles Zager, P.E., Outback Engineering, Inc., was also present. Attorney Brennan explained Mr. Baptiste hopes to purchase the property and complete the project.
It was noted that Gatsby Gardens site plan was approved in 2004 for multi-family buildings on each of two lots. An eight-unit building was constructed on one lot. A foundation was poured on the second lot, and Mr. Baptiste is interested in finishing the project by constructing a similar building on this lot.
Attorney Brennan noted the as-built for the first lot was approved and the bond released. Board members reviewed the plan briefly, noting both lots were approved as one plan, and the road is completed. The sidewalk was discussed. After discussion, the Board agreed the site plan is still valid and Mr. Baptiste can proceed with his plan to complete the project.
7:10 p.m. - Form A South Street East: Paul Bumila, Raynham, MA, presented a Form A plan for property on South Street East. Mr. Driscoll informed the Board he owns homes in Mr. Bumila's mobile home park. Mr. Andrade asked if anyone objected to Mr. Driscoll voting on the matter. There were no objections.
Mr. Bumila explained the plan proposes to divide the property into two buildable house lots. The former Joe T's Pub building will be razed to make way for two new houses.
Mr. Gallagher noted the plan looks complete, wetlands are noted. Application and fee were submitted. It was noted taxes are paid and an MLC was requested from the Tax Collector's office.
Mr. Gallagher moved to approve as an ANR plan the “Plan of Land Site: Assessors’s Map 17, Lots 145 & 146 75 South Street East Raynham, Massachusetts,” dated January 12, 2011, prepared by Silva Engineering Associates, P.C., Bridgewater, MA, subject to receipt of the MLC showing all taxes are paid; second by Mr. Fountain; motion passed by unanimous vote (4). Mr. Gallagher endorsed the plan.
Town Planner update: Ms. Whalley asked the Board to vote on the Open Space Plan. She noted the Town's grant standing will be improved as the result of having the Open Space Plan. Mr. Andrade moved to approve the 2012 Open Space Plan as presented; second by Mr. Gallagher; passed by unanimous vote (4).
Ms. Whalley discussed Aspen Hollow subdivision. She noted the mail box is up, and Mr. Perron indicated he will be plowing the road this winter. Mr. Andrade asked if Mr. Perron is aware the Board is annoyed and will not delay completion after this spring; Ms. Whalley stated yes.
General Business: Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of January 5, 2012; second by Mr. Andrade; motion passed by unanimous vote (4).
Letter dated January 12, 2012 was received from Dalton Gorden, Chairman of Raynham Cemetery Commission. Mr. Gorden's letter requested the Board’s assistance in obtaining a legal right-of-way to a cemetery located in Carriage Hill Estates off King Street.
Mr. Gallagher noted the issue of a cemetery was brought up at the Carriage Hill hearings and the Cemetery Commission said at that time they were not aware of a cemetery on the property. Mr. Gallagher explained that he checked out the property and found there had been a cemetery but it looked like stones had been removed.
Ms. Whalley noted the cemetery is shown on the subdivision plan and there is an easement between two lots but it is overgrown and not accessible. She noted Mr. Stolte was concerned about who maintains the easement; Mr. Gallagher said the Cemetery Commission maintains it. Mr. Fountain stated he believes State law requires automatic access to a cemetery. It was noted that even if easements are shown on the plan, they may not have been properly conveyed. After discussion, it was agreed Mr. Gallagher will look into the matter further before the Board proceeds.
Mr. Fountain informed the Board the 1976 Awais Farms plan shows construction easements but he has not found deeds on record yet. He stated he will research the matter further.
Letter dated January 19, 2012 was received from Matthew Dacey, Champion Builders. Mr. Gallagher reviewed the letter and approved. Letter will be sent to Mr. Machado regarding the issue of roof drains at Carriage Hill Phase II as previously voted by the Board.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk