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Town of Hampden

Regular Meeting of Planning Board
7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall
January 22, 2003

Approved February 12, 2003


Members Present:         John D. Flynn, Chair, Joseph A. Dolben, Melissa Reeves, Joseph Kruzel and Robert Majkut

The meeting was called to order by Chair Flynn.  He called for a motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting on January 8, 2003.  Item #2 needs to be amended by adding the following paragraph under the heading “Town Meeting Articles”; Flynn stated the fact that the Board has two warrant articles that had to be fine tuned by the next meeting and Mosier stated that that was “no problem.”  Melissa moved that the minutes be accepted with the correction and Charlie seconded, with the minutes being unanimously accepted. 

Bill:       Clerk – 4 weeks – December 30th, 2002-January 24th, 2003 – 60 Hrs. @ $13.76 =  $825.60     Endorsed by Chair


1)      Mark Casey –HAMPDEN HARDWARE– Sign Request

Clerk reported that Casey had been to see Mark Feeney tonight and was turned down for a sign denoting all businesses in the building similar to the Dunkin’ Donuts sign.  He will attend the next meeting to explain his request.

2)      Appointment: 7:30pm – Deena Balogh for Tom Ferriter – 87 SOUTH ROAD

Tom would like a letter of support regarding his efforts to apply for an Agricultural Preservation Restriction on his 40±-acre farm on South Road.  Balogh gave the Board sample letters already received and Clerk located copies of the (APR) Act, Chapter 780, Acts of 1977.  It provides farmland owners the opportunity to realize the value of the “development rights” of their property.  The state pays the farmer for the land’s development value, without the land being converted to non-farm uses.  Balogh added that the application preparations and appraisal process are very intensive and this may take several years until all is ready for a “closing.”

3)      ANR SOMERS ROAD for Robert & Joan Kibbe

Filed with Town Clerk 1/13/03 (February 10, 20) day endorsement period from tonight’s meeting). 

This plan has been drafted by Daniel O’Brien to allow the separation of the house at #164 Somers Road and out buildings from the remaining parcel being purchased by William Speight as a subdivision.  Lot a = 2.506 acres with 346.01’ frontage and will be retained by Bob Kibbe.  There is adequate frontage.  However, there is a note on the plan showing an outbuilding “to be removed” which is within the required 40’ rear setback (R-4 District).

4)      GREEN MEADOWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Re: Zoning Setback Requirement

The Board received a letter from Rick Moriarty dated January 9, 2003 regarding a letter sent by Chair interpreting the side yard setback regarding the proposed addition.  Noted is the issue of the need for a determination that the Town would accept a side yard setback 1 to 2 feet under the 35’ requirement. 

Green Meadows Elementary School (Cont.)  A Public Hearing would be held on the application to the Board of Appeals with a finding that the proposed use of this land is “reasonably necessary for the convenience or welfare of the public.”

Flynn stated that he has reported back to Moriarty See: Ch. 40 A Sec. 3; Sec. 11.  He will call Don Schmidt and request an opinion in writing to aid the Board of Appeals in determining this issue.

5)      MONSON SAVINGS BANK – Additional Sign

    Ron Bradley filed a new sign request to be put on the fence at the bank.  He reviewed with the members and all were in agreement that this was acceptable.  (No copies were given for our file.)


Flynn reported that new materials were E-Mailed from Sarah of Tighe & Bond to be filled out for the January 27th meeting.  Kruzel cannot attend but agreed to work on the committee


Selectman Mosier told Clerk today that he was surprised to see that there are no warrant articles from the Planning Board, and the deadline was January 13th.  This was unsettling as Chair had noted that we would need two slots saved and at the last meeting Mosier was present during the discussion of a need to “dress up” the articles.  The Driveway Amendment was finalized as was the Section 4 Amendment and Flynn will put them in proper form and get them to Karen in the Selectmen’s office.

Meeting Adjourned:      8:20pm

Next Meeting:               February 12, 2003

Submitted By:   Judith M. Jackson, Clerk                      Judy 566-8591