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Town of Hampden

Regular Meeting of Planning Board
7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall
November 12, 2003

Approved December 3, 2003

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

Also attending: Conservation Commission Chair Michael Gerrard, Reporter Doug Farmer, Times

Bills: Escrow of $2,500 used up toward Ed Speight bill due to Tighe & Bond. Remaining amount mailed to Speight for direct payment.

Minutes of Sept. 17 reviewed and approved.

Minutes of the last meeting October 22 reviewed and accepted.

(1) Inter-departmental Meeting

This meeting is set for Nov. 13, Tuesday at 7PM in the Melville Room. Kruzel will need to reschedule his Stormwater Committee meeting. Flynn asked what the members wished discussed. Joe will summarize his

committee's work and Melissa will give a Scantic Meadows update. Majkut will make a request for an enforcement officer as the lack of this effects a lot of different departments.

(2) SCANTIC MEADOWS - Update

Reeves met with the principals and Tighe & Bond and they went over the latest list of deficiencies and review questions. She said O'Brien will be doing test pits to check drainage conditions and is attempting to get more elevations near the edge of the property around the pond area. Reeves went down the list commenting for the members. It is anticipated they will be back at the next meeting.

There was a discussion re: gathering of additional info being sent to the Board from the public. It was agreed if it is relevant, the Board needs to know and the developer should have access to it.

Discussion ensued regarding O'Brien’s contacting the gas co. Reeves said he had sent a preliminary and had gotten it back all marked up. He has a Tennessee Gas Line Handbook that he is incorporating into his drawings. Since the Smith letter received Oct. 28 re: “Gas Pipeline Explosions and Home Construction near Pipelines” was also sent to Tony daCruz, he can decide what info can be shared. O'Brien is waiting to get his plan settled with Tighe & Bond before sending it back to the Gas Co.

(3) CPC

Flynn updated the Board on the five year commitment and made a chart of "Projected funds." They are meeting with the Housing authority to look at providing grant monies to see where the Town can go for affordable housing. There are no proposals to go before the annual Town Meeting.

(4) Historical Commission  - Grant Support

Connie Witt came before the Board on Oct. 8 to explain the no match grant from the Mass Historical Commission. Flynn drafted the wording and after brief discussion, it was voted (5-0) to forward the letter.

(5) LANTERN LAND - Extension of Definitive Approval request.

Mark Mason has sent a letter dated 11/7 asking that the Board approve a one year extension to February 10, 2005. He noted that the allocation of funds for purchase of the land remains uncertain.

Majkut brought up discussions held during Town Meeting and noted the reasons he did not feel this extension should be allowed. It was decided that it would be in the Town's best interest to support the residents in that area and preserve this land as natural. A motion was made and seconded to support this request for an extension. This was approved 4 to 1 with Majkut in opposition.

Clerk will draft the letter and notify Mason by phone as was requested.

(6) SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT PROGRAM - Re: Protection

Assessments were done and submitted for: Mary Lyon Nursing Home, Green Meadows School, TWB School. Housing Authority and Scantic Valley Water District. Majkut will take these to review and bring forth anything needing our attention.

(7) LAUGHING BROOK BUILDING FOR RENT

This is in the “NonProfit Educational District”, which will limit the uses that can be permitted in this building. There was an inquiry to the Chair about renting it as a day care. This would be allowed under Administrative Review. The person inquiring was asked to come in tonight, but did not.

There was a discussion that the sign advertising the rental was very large and it may be larger that allowed under 7.633 which allows six sq. ft.

(8) AMES ROAD SPECIAL PERMIT - 2003-4

This application submitted on 10/20/03 is still not complete so the temporary dates set by the Clerk are not in effect.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:30

Next Meetings: (Not regular nights) Dec.3 and Dec. 17

Submitted by Clerk, Judith M. Jackson