The Raynham Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall. Chairman Andrade opened the meeting at 6:03 p.m.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Henry Ellis, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll
Staff present: John Charbonneau, Director Planning & Community Development; Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:03 p.m. – Public hearing for changes to the Planning Board fee schedule was reconvened. Mr. Charbonneau and the Board discussed the changes as detailed in Memorandum from Mr. Charbonneau, dated November 25, 2013.
During discussion, it was noted the fee for a preliminary subdivision plan was being reduced to encourage applicants to submit a preliminary plan.
It was noted there is no change being made to the project review fees.
Mr. Fountain moved to amend the application fees to the ones set forth on the Memorandum dated November 25, 2013, with the change that a minor modification to a definitive plan will be $150 and site plan review for solar installation will be $1,500
Second by Mr. Ellis; motion passed by unanimous vote (5-0).
6:16 p.m. – Federal Express site plan minor modification: Jonathan Novak, P.E., Coneco Engineers & Scientists, Bridgewater, MA, appeared before the Board to request a change to the recently approved abbreviated site plan. He distributed copies of the modified plan. He explained that originally a paved area on site was to be removed but the applicant has decided not to remove that paved area in order to avoid issues with the Conservation Commission. Mr. Novak explained that no work is being done in the buffer area now so there is no longer a need to remove the paved area.
Mr. Fountain moved to approve the minor modification set forth on the plan entitled “FedEx Pyma Facility Vehicle Maintenance Expansion 310 Paramount Drive Raynham, Massachusetts 02767, Proposed Layout Plan,” dated October 31, 2013, presented by Coneco Engineers, Scientists & Surveyors; second by Mr. Andrade; motion passed by unanimous vote (5-0). The modified plan was signed.
General Business: Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of October 3, 2013; October 17, 2013 and November 21, 2013, as submitted. Second by Mr. Ellis; motion passed by unanimous vote (5-0).
6:25 p.m. – Form A-Pine Street: (Mr. Fountain left the meeting room.) Proper application and fee were submitted. Mike Jones, JK Blackstone Construction, South Boston, MA, presented the proposed plan. He explained the locus property is part of an estate, and the plan proposes to divide the property into nine lots at 40,000 sq. ft. each with one larger lot remaining. It was noted that no residential subdivisions are allowed in this industrial zoned district. The Board reviewed the plan.
Mr. Gallagher moved to approve as an ANR plan the “Plan of Land on Pine Street In Raynham Massachusetts,” prepared by Outback Engineering, Middleborough, MA, dated December 1, 2013; second by Mr. Ellis; motion passed four votes in favor and Mr. Fountain abstaining. The plan was endorsed.
6:31 p.m. (Mr. Fountain returned to the meeting room.)
Mr. Ellis noted the Board had not established an effective date for the revised fee schedule. He moved that the Planning Board’s revised application fees will be effective on January 1, 2014; second by Mr. Gallagher; motion passed by unanimous vote (5).
6:32 p.m. – General Business: Letter dated October 21, 2013 was received from George G. Preble, P.E., President, Beals and Thomas, Inc., regarding supplemental invoice information that the Board requested from Beals and Thomas. Mr. Andrade explained that the Board asked for itemized billing information from Beals and Thomas on two projects after the developers questioned the review fees for a bond reduction estimate. Mr. Ellis noted he felt the letter did not sufficiently itemize the project review hours. Mr. Andrade felt the letter was more of an explanation rather than a detailing.
After discussion, the Board asked that a letter be sent to Beals and Thomas asking that the billing for the projects be adjusted.
Mr. Driscoll asked if these were Beals and Thomas projects that were reviewed from the beginning, would the billing be the same. Mr. Andrade suggested that thought be added to the letter. The matter was tabled.
Town Planner update: Copy of a letter dated November 26, 2013 from Mr. Charbonneau to Yiannis Davos, Supreme Enterprises, regarding 855 Broadway site plan, was discussed. Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board he inspected the site and saw inconsistencies, and he sent the letter to Mr. Davos informing him of the same. Mr. Ellis suggested an update of the matter be put on the next meeting. (Mr. Ellis noted he will not be in attendance at that meeting.)
Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board he discussed the Walmart bond amount with Gary McNaughton of McMahon Associates. He also informed the Board that Nitsch Engineering had recommended that the original amount of the bond being held could be increased by 3% per year from the date of submittal to ensure it was current. It was noted the bond submitted by Walmart at the beginning of the project in 2011 was $800,000.
Mr. Charbonneau stated that Mass. DOT holds a bond for this project and he feels the Town’s $800,000 bond is sufficient. He noted the bond is good for four years from the submittal date. Mr. Andrade requested that Mr. Charbonneau forward the Walmart decision language to the Board for their review before the next meeting.
Mr. Andrade suggested than an additional cash amount of 3% per year be submitted by Walmart for the Center Street and Rte. 138 improvements. The matter was tabled to the next meeting.
Mr. Charbonneau discussed that he recently became aware that in 2010 a Board of Overseers was created for the purpose of economic development in Raynham, and a fund was created from TIF contributions and it has a current balance of $98,000. He distributed a memo on the matter and explained he is trying to restart the committee to implement their purpose. He noted the Committee’s charter establishes who is on the committee, and the Board of Selectmen need to appoint a citizen representative and Board of Selectmen representative.
Mr. Charbonneau noted Metro VW site was recently inspected but no as-built plan has been submitted yet. Mr. Andrade moved that a permanent occupancy permit for Metro VW may be issued when the wall lights are all added and the as-built plan is submitted; second by Mr. Gallagher; motion passed by unanimous vote (5-0).
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk