The Raynham Planning Board held its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall. The meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m. by Chairman Daniel Andrade.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Henry Ellis, Russell Driscoll
Board members not present: Burke Fountain, Christopher Gallagher
Staff present: Marilyn Whalley, Town Planner; Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:05 p.m. - Public hearing for amendment to Raynham Zoning By-laws, Article 13, Site Plan, was opened. Mr. Ellis read the hearing notice.
Ms. Whalley explained that the amendment was proposed by the Building Commissioner as a way to help resolve the issue of applicants not returning to the building department for final occupancy permits. The article proposes to not return any project surety funds until a final occupancy permit is issued.
Mr. Andrade noted there are businesses that do not return for their funds and he is not sure the change will resolve the issue.
Mr. Ellis commented that it might be helpful if temporary occupancy permits are issued with an expiration date. Mr. Andrade agreed, noting the planning office and building office will better communicate in the future to help with the issue also.
It was noted there was no one present for the public hearing.
Mr. Ellis moved that the Planning Board recommend acceptance of the article to the Selectmen; he amended the motion to recommend approval of the article to the Town Meeting; second by Mr. Driscoll; motion passed by unanimous vote (3).
Mr. Andrade thanked those who voted at the recent Town election. He noted Selectmen McKinnon is retiring after many years of service to Raynham, and he thanked Mr. McKinnon both personally and as a Board for his incredible service.
Town Planner update: Ms. Whalley informed the Board she has been trying to contact Chris Parrish at the bond insurance company on the matter of the Berry Hill bond. She has sent the insurance company the requested information and will continue following up on the matter. She noted the estimated cost of work exceeds the bond amount, and she may have to discuss the matter further with the bank that now owns the project.
Mr. Andrade noted this situation is unusual in that the project is private and will not be Town owned. He noted the Board may have to reconsider how to handle private projects in the future.
General Business: Minutes were tabled to next meeting.
Copy of letter dated April 19, 2012 from Highway Superintendent Roger Stolte to Attorney David T. Gay regarding 343 Broadway site plan was received. The Board noted the site plan was granted a minor modification at the last meeting to allow asphalt berm instead of granite curbing for a temporary period of one year. It was also noted the project has already gone through the review process. No action was taken.
There was no further business, and the meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.
Christopher Gallagher, Clerk