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Route 138 Zoning Study Committee Minutes-5/1/2006
FINAL MINUTES FOR THE RAYNHAM ROUTE 138 ZONING STUDY COMMITTEE MEETING ON MAY 1, 2006



The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was called to order at 5:15 p.m.

Economic and Business Development Commission Present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
Staff present:  Erika Ueberbacher, Conservation Agent; Rodman Palmer, Building Commissioner; Richard McCarthy, Town Planner
SRPEDD Present:  Greg Guimond  
Members Present:  Joseph Pacheco, Chairman
Voting Members Present:  Harry R. Carey
                                Frank Rozenas
                                Rev. Michael Scarlett
                                Antonio Macedo
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A  
Guests present:  N/A





                      
The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was closed at 6:45 p.m.

Economic and Business Development Commission present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
Staff present:  Erika Ueberbacher, Conservation Agent; Rodman Palmer, Building Commissioner; Richard McCarthy, Town Planner
SRPEDD present:  Greg Guimond
Members Present:  Joseph Pacheco, Chairman
Voting Members Present:  Harry R. Carey
                                Frank Rozenas
                                Rev. Michael Scarlett
                                Antonio Macedo
                                Tony Ghelfi
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A
Guests present:  N/A
                      

1.      4/3 Meeting Minutes

        VOTE TO:
        Accept amended minutes from the 4/3 meeting.

        MOTION MADE BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Antonio Macedo

        MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Antonio Macedo

        VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Antonio Macedo


2.      Overview of Wal-Mart project

DISCUSSION:
Gary McNaughton of McMahon Associates came in to speak with the Committee about the Wal-Mart proposed roadway improvements to Route 138.  Gary is the lead engineer on the project.  
Gary mentioned that 25% of the design was submitted to Mass Highway.  Once Mass Highway comments on this 25% plan, the plans are then kicked back to the drawing board for Wal-Mart to submit, and provide more information at 75% of the design.  
He stated that Wal-Mart was approved last May, however, they are currently in litigation are in the discovery phase.  
Wal-Mart is, completing the state review process.  The review extends from the southerly limits of E. Brittania, Washington, and Rte. 138 in Taunton, and extends up to the north where the on and off ramps for 495 are, and it includes every major intersection in between, which are, the 2 ramps, Carver Street, Center Street, Britton Street, King Phillip Street, First Street, Market Basket, the proposed Wal-Mart drive south of Market Basket, and, then, down into the Taunton triangle of intersections.  What came out of this state review process was the mitigation program which proposes two significant areas of improvement which are broken out geographically.  The first is between E. Brittania/Washington Streets which intersect Rte. 138 in Taunton, the proposed Wal-Mart drive, the Market Basket drive, First Street, King Phillip Street, and Britton Street.  

Mr. Macedo asked the engineer if King Phillip Street would be changed to be one lane in each direction.  Mr. McNaughton, the engineer, explained that the right turn lane to the right of that island coming out of King Phillip Street will not be added in, so it would basically be one lane in each direction.  Another member of the committee inquired as to if there will be a light in front of the Wal-Mart entrance, and if it will be coordinated with the one at Market Basket.  The engineer explained that, yes, there will be a light at the entrance, and it will be coordinated with the light at the Market Basket entrance, as well as with a new light that will be added at King Phillip Street.  Mr. Macedo further inquired as to if the light that will be installed at Center Street will be coordinated along with these three, and the engineer’s response was no because it was too far away, and there would be no benefit to doing that.

The second stretch of intersection is between Center Street and the 495 on/off ramps which includes Carver Street.  Mr. McCarthy inquired as to if there will be a median, or some type of divider installed to stop illegal left turns into the McDonald’s.  The engineer reported that they could incorporate a divider into the design.  There was further discussion about what type of divider could be used.  Chairman Pacheco mentioned that they would want something to blend in, and be effective and to be cost efficient.  There was mention of even a sign being installed prior to the light stating to make a left at the light to enter into the McDonald’s.  All the committee members were in agreement that any person(s) making that left detracts from the effectiveness of the road.  Another device mentioned as a suitable deterrent for making that left turn was to install some plastic orange pins that fit into the road.   There will be more discussion on this topic.

Mr. McCarthy inquired as to if there would be any changes to the vertical curve on 138.  Mr. McNaughton explained that there would not be any vertical changes as the curves are subtle.  He further explained that they do not work well because they have tapers across them, and they try to avoid the areas with tapers across them.

Mr. Scarlett asked the engineer if a zip code analysis was done to see if a Wal-Mart in this area would do well.  The engineer explained that a zip code analysis was not done.
Mr. Pacheco brought up the idea of having some consistency in the speed limit on Rte. 138.  He mentioned that there is no consistency, and it is tough for police officers to enforce the speed limit on this road as it changes from section to section.  The engineer stated that if the lights are timed, which they will be, it should help to standardize the speed limit.  He also stated that it is the Mass. Highway department that measures actual operator speeds to determine the speed limit.

All the Mass Highway permits that authorize all this work be done, and the work itself, are being paid for by Wal-Mart.  No construction can be done, however, until the Market Basket court case is resolved.
The Wal-Mart study indicates that the proposed store will not draw a lot of traffic from 495 or Rte 138 N.  Instead, it is estimated that about 68% of the business will come from the South/Taunton area, and the other 32% will come from North of the site.

Mr. Macedo mentioned that he remembered when Route 44 was being changed, and it was done haphazardly.  He feels that the same thing might happen here.  Mr. McCarthy responded that that is why this committee is being brought together so that does not happen to Rte. 138.  Further, Mr. Macedo mentioned that Rte. 138, as it is right now, is not a conducive road to raise children on.  He is hoping that the committee will, in making a recommendation to Mass. Highway, remind them that there is residential on this road, and for them to keep this in mind as changes come about.  And, along this same line, Mr. McCarthy mentioned that, as it stands right now, it is impossible to cross 138 on foot, and would like to incorporate some pedestrian access into the new 138 plans.  The Committee is to make a recommendation(s) to Mass Highway about how to stop people from making an illegal left turn into the McDonald's, and how to incorporate some pedestrian access into the redesign of 138.
Lastly, there was some discussion on if there would be any land takings in order to create a four-lane near Center Street.  There may be some land takings on the pizza shop (Brother's), the gas station, and, definitely, Matteson Motors.


3.      Mission statement vote

DISCUSSION:
The Committee mission statement was never formally voted on, so a vote was taken on it today.

VOTE TO:
Accept the Committee mission statement.

MOTION MADE BY:
Joseph Pacheco  
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo

MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco  
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo


VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco  
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo


4.      Meeting time length and frequency

DISCUSSION:
The Zoning Committee, once established, would like to see their meetings run more frequently for only an hour and fifteen minutes, or so, per meeting.


5.      Committee member updates and community inputs

DISCUSSION:
None.







6.      Topics for next meeting on May 18, 2006

        DISCUSSION:
        -Greg Guimond from SRPEDD to review packet, and to hold Q & A discussion.
        -Approval of 5/1/06 minutes.
        -Help Raynham to come in for Q & A for the May 15, 2006 warrant, and to discuss their objectives and goals; if this does not happen on 5/22, schedule for the first meeting in June.
        -Follow up discussion and recommendation for Wal-Mart roadway improvement.
        -Create work timeline.
        -Committee member updates and community inputs.
        
        
7.      Topics for future meetings

DISCUSSION:
-The Committee would like to see if Help Raynham would like to come into the meeting on 5/22.  Tony Ghelfi will check with them, and see if he can get them in.
-The Committee would also like a person from Mass Highway to come into speak to them on June 5.  Richard McCarthy is going to work on this.
-The Committee would like Jim Hatfield to come in to speak with them on June 5.  Greg Guimond to mention it to him, and Richard McCarthy to call him.



FOLLOW UP REQUEST BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo
Tony Ghelfi - will check with Help Raynham, and see if he can get them in for the meeting scheduled for 5/22/06.
Richard McCarthy - Call Jim Hatfield to see if he can come in to speak with the Committee on June 5.
Greg Guimond - Mention to Jim Hatfield that the Committee would like for him to come in and speak to them on June 5.


TIME MEETING CLOSED:  6:45 p.m.; next meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on 5/22/06.


MOTION TO CLOSE BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo
Tony Ghelfi
MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo

        VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Antonio Macedo
        Tony Ghelfi






 
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