Continuance granted for hearing on Secret Lake site development

  • Thomas A. Pozerski of Merrill Engineering and Land Surveyors presented a map to the Conservation Commission Tuesday night showing the location of ten new septic systems to be installed at 739 Daniel Shays Highway. Athol Daily News/Kathy Chaisson

Staff Writer
Published: 3/27/2019 9:00:08 PM

ATHOL — Several wetlands hearings were held at the Conservation Commission meeting Tuesday night, including two Abbreviated Notices of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD) to develop potential sites for commercial solar array fields. Wetlands biologist Karen Stackpole from GEI Consultants of Glastonbury, CT, speaking on behalf of Hurlburth Solar LLC of Santa Monica, California, produced a satellite view of property located at 590 Secret Lake Rd. in Athol. The site, about five acres of which are wetlands, originally included a 127 acre parcel and has been reduced to 82 acres. The firm was granted a continuance by the Commission until the next meeting so that the wetland boundaries can be determined.

The Commission approved of a continuance for Lyons Hill Solar LLC, also represented by Stackpole, for a solar project located at Route 2 and Lyons Hill Road, Lots 77 and 79. Abutters to the property questioned why they received two separate letters, one for Route 2 and one for Lyons Hill Road when it was represented as one site in a legal notice published in the Athol Daily News. Commission member, wetlands specialist Ward Smith will check into the matter.

A Notice of Intent submitted by Marilyn Cohen, of River Bend MHC, LLC and Miller Woods MHC, LLC to repair ten failed septic systems at 739 Daniel Shays Hwy. was accepted. Engineer Thomas A. Pozerski of Merrill Engineering and Land Surveyors of Plymouth said he did an inspection last summer and will be installing new septic systems.

Joseph E. Szweda of Stoneham submitted a Request for Determination of Applicability to remove some brush and small trees for a path to Lake Ellis at 317 Petersham Rd. The Commission voted in favor with the condition that it be cut within 50 feet of the water.

Civil engineer Edward Berry presented a Notice of Intent on behalf of Peter K. Lyman of Athol for a development of a 14 lot subdivision being an extension of Jeanne Drive off Petersham Road (Route 32, Lots 1 & 129). Berry said that the project is being developed under the Open Space Residential Development law which reduces the lot size to create more open space accessible to tenants only. The 0ne-story ranch style homes would be geared for ages 55 and older and situated on a dead end cul-de-dac. Ten of 50 acres will be developed, 35 of which would remain as open space. Berry requested and was granted a continuance so he can re-flag the wetlands to meet the Commisson’s approval.

Berry also submitted a Request for Determination for Applicability for Gregory Reed of Smithfield, RI for two building lots on Dana Street in Athol. The Commission determined Reed can build under the conditions that it is built within 50 feet of wetlands, that prior to construction, sediment and erosion control must be installed as shown on the plans, and vegetative cover is placed.

Engineer Terry Smith of the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game Fishing & Boating Access discussed the installation of a public concrete boat ramp at Lake Ellis, submitted as a RDA by the Athol Department of Public Works. Smith said the ramp will consist of precast concrete pads and will be put on the shore line on steel rails.

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