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					INLAND WETLANDS & WATERCOURSES AGENCY
PUBLIC HEARING & REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING – MINUTES
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007 – 7:30 P.M.
WOODSTOCK TOWN HALL – LOWER LEVEL

Present: Mark Parker, Andrew Massey, Charlie Snow, Dan Very, Sam Phillips, Medora Fraga
Absent: James Reck
Others present: Tina Lajoie, IWWA Clerk, Terry Bellman, IWWA Agent, John Filchak, NECCOG, Tim
Gosselin, Scott Young, Peter Christo, Ken Rappoport, and others.

PUBLIC HEARING
   1. Call to Order
      Public Hearing was called to order at 7:30 p.m.
   2. Roll Call
      M. Parker, A. Massey, C. Snow, D. Very, S. Phillips, M. Fraga
   3. Designation of Alternate
      Sam Phillips

#04-02-07 Proposed IWWA Regulation Amendments
John Filchak present on behalf of NECCOG to answer any questions and address corrections noted in the
April 2, 2007 minutes.

1.        Page 5, Line 23. Upland review area. State recommends 100 feet. John answered questions as
to why he chose the numbers in the regulations. Further discussion ensued on what would be appropriate
for Woodstock which is currently 125’ and 75’. It was decided by IWWA that the new regulations will be
100 feet from upland review area and 125 feet from watercourse.
 2.        Page 19, line 10. “Five copies of all application materials shall be submitted to comprise a
complete application unless an applicant is otherwise directed, in writing, by the Agency.” IWWA
requested “in writing, by the agency,” be removed. J. Filchak recommends no changes. The file should
contain proper documentation.
3.        Page 21, line 7. Statute states the burden is on the town and not the applicant to make that
notification. Recommends the language remain.
4.        Under “b” regarding traffic, J. Filchak states this language is from the model and should remain.
5.        Under “d” regarding filing and receipt of application. J. Filchak recommends the terms be in the
definitions. Application procedures, Section 8.4 defines date of receipt.
6.        Page 39, Line 5. Correct to “Town of Woodstock.”

Application procedures will be a stand alone document. Scott Young of CME requests they be printed in
portrait format and discourages the soil maps be included due to the inaccuracy of them and the confusion
they cause.

MOTION TO CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING ON 04-02-07 IWWA REGULATION AMENDMENTS
BY D. VERY, SECONDED BY A. MASSEY. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

#03-07-45 Jerold Cohen, Bull Hill Rd & Senexet Rd – 11-lot re-subdivision
Scott Young, Director of Engineering and Tim Gosselin, PE, both of CME, representing applicant.
Design Professionals’ letters of April 4th and 30the were addressed by CME. T. Gosselin states the re-
subdivision consists of 94 acres along Senexet Road and Bull Hill Road. Plan calls for development of 10
new homes and one existing site which is to be retained by Mr. Cohen. Lots range in size from 1.47 to 8.8
acres and served by subsurface disposal systems, wells and driveways. There are two common driveways
proposed to access the sites and they are to remain as gravel. They would not meet the slope requirement
for pavement and their intent is to maintain the natural terrain and slopes as they exist today. The wetlands
on the site consist of Johnstone Pond and other wetlands that were delineated by Ian Cole, Soil Scientist.
Wetlands run from the northeast along an old town road, through Johnstone Pond to the southwest. Total
area of wetlands is 12.91 acres which includes Johnstone Pond. Area of concern for IWWA where activity
would be taking place is in the Senexet Road area. What’s proposed in that area is an existing driveway to

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                               MAY 7, 2007 MONTHLY MEETING
meet the requirements of PZC width of 18 feet, existing pipe in the area needs to be replaced and a 4 foot
high retaining wall will also be constructed on either side to help in keeping the disturbance to a minimum.
The other area of activity is along the east and west shorelines and they attempted to maintain good
distance from the pond area. Plans have been sent to health dept for review and the soils are good. There
is only one site proposed with an engineered septic. Chair Snow asks whether CME had addressed
comment #5 regarding retaining the services of a lake specialist. S. Young states that a Ph.D. specialist
visited the site with him on May 7, 2007 and they will provide documentation of this visit ASAP. IWWA
would like a detailed report specifically addressing nutrient load from the sites, possible run-off from
fertilizing and from the septic systems leaching. M. Parker would like conservation area established
around the pond and the lots moved back to protect the watercourse area. A. Massey concurs. D. Very has
questions regarding the cut and the steep grades showing. S. Young explains driveway layout, elevation
which will be slightly above the road elevations and fill will be used to create driveway. Plan shows a
stone swale on the right-hand edge to keep the water on the driveway from going down slope. It’s also
conveying the water from up above that will be gathered down to a splash pad. Silt fencing is an option
for erosion control but CME would like some feedback from IWWA. Further discussion on erosion
prevention methods and what would be the preference. A. Massey states his preference for permanent
vegetative buffer recommended by Design Professionals should be included in their plans. M. Parker
recommends getting reserve and septic area out of 125 upland review area to avoid problems in the future.

Public comment: Don Chartrand, 123 Bull Hill Road, states his family has been on the road for 75 years
and he has concern regarding common driveway and flooding he has seen from run-off water. Ken
Rapoport, 211 Pulpit Rock Rd, suggests that the board use another engineering firm to review this
subdivision.

MOTION BY D. VERY TO KEEP THE PUBLIC HEARING OPEN ON #030745 PENDING
SUBMITTAL OF THE INFORMATION REQUESTED BY IWWA AND POTENTIAL REVIEW
BY OTHER PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS. SECONDED BY M. PARKER. MOTION
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

MONTHLY MEETING
    1. Call to order at 8:18 p.m.
    2. Roll call
       Mark Parker, Andrew Massey, Charlie Snow, Dan Very, Sam Phillips, Medora Fraga
    3. Designation of alternates
       Sam Phillips
    4. Minutes of March 5, 2007 and April 2, 2007.

MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF APRIL 2, 2007 BY M. FRAGA, SECONDED BY M.
PARKER.

DISCUSSION:
C. Snow would like to request that the agency review page 4 of April 2, 2007 meeting looking at WBA and
Aplin Hill Subdivision. C. Snow is requesting this be noted that property owner and developer has come
back to the IWWA and has requested that a more environmentally friendly design be in place. He is
requesting some publicity on that issue so people can realize that there are new and better ways to develop
property with minimal impact and damage. D. Very states that this issue has been addressed at the
planning & zoning meeting and subcommittee regulation meetings.

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF MARCH 5, 2007 BY D. VERY, SECONDED BY A.
MASSEY. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
M. PARKER ABSTAINS.

       5.   Unfinished Business



                        INLAND WETLANDS & WATERCOURSES AGENCY
                              MAY 7, 2007 MONTHLY MEETING
#04-02-07 Proposed IWWA Regulation Amendments

MOTION BY M. PARKER TO APPROVE PROPOSED IWWA REGULATIONS AS AMENDED
DURING PUBLIC HEARING, SECONDED BY S. PHILLIPS.
DISCUSSION:
Mr. Massey is requesting further discussion on upland review area for wetlands and watercourses and
clarity on whether 100’ and 125’ are appropriate numbers.

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

#03-07-45 Gerald Cohen, Bull Hill Rd & Senexet Rd – 11-lot re-subdivision

MOTION BY D. VERY TO CONTINUE #03-07-45 PENDING CLOSURE OF PUBLIC HEARING,
SECONDED BY M. PARKER. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

#03-07-44 Peter Christo, Meehan Rd – Construction of one family home
Robert Arsenault, PE from Manchester, CT is present along with property owner, Mr. Christo. 34 acres of
land running between Meehan Rd and Rt 171. There is significant wetlands verified by Richard Zulich,
Soil Scientist. Mr. Christo would like to keep the house on the Meehan Rd end of the property. There’s an
existing barn on property. When they looked at the various locations for the home, they chose this spot
because it’s a high point in the wetlands at that location and the least intrusive for disturbance. Area of
disturbance is about 825 sq ft. They are proposing to place a small pipe just to equalize the elevations of
any kind of flows. The large orange line is the contiguous buildable area outside wetlands and flood plain.
They are required to have 1 acre and they have 1.3 acres. In order to protect the septic system, NDDH
recommended a curtain drain shown on the plan and that was incorporated with the foundation drain for the
house. D. Very comments on 30’ length pipe getting plugged and future maintenance problems and
whether there was an alternative using larger diameter and shorter length.

MOTION BY M. PARKER TO APPROVE APPLICATION #030744, PETER CHRISTO,
MEEHAN RD. SECONDED BY D. VERY. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

        6.   New Business

#04-07-49 Lewis & Melanie Olson, 1010 Route 171 – Restoration of pond and inlets & outlets
damaged by October flooding
Lewis Olson is representing his own application before the Agency. He describes the area and provides
photograph of what pond looked like back in the 1950’s. Pond has decreased from about 300’ in length to
about 40-60 feet in length. Inlet is shown. He states the embankments have been washed out. Mr. Olson
did follow-up with Windham Extension to receive assistance with this project and they will provide
information on how to set up a living pond. He would like to preserve the pond. Mr. Olson would like
direction from the IWWA. Further discussion ensued on whether this is a manmade pond, runoff from
Route 171 that drains on the property and where the sand is coming from. The pond had been dug out
approximately 30 years ago but that was to restore what was already there. He has owned the property for
the last three years. It was recommended that a soil scientist visit the site. IWWA recommends
continuing with Windham Extension for assistance. C. Snow states that his application appears incomplete
because the scope of the work proposed is not indicated. Mr. Olson states that his reasons for submitting
the application before the IWWA are: He would like permission to put his lawn back together from his
initial excavation that was ceased following a complaint. He did not realize he needed a permit.
And he would like the IWWA to advise as to what he can do to save the pond. Due to financial
constraints, he cannot hire professionals for assistance and is looking at hand digging the area or using
some equipment. IWWA is requesting that the applicant withdraw his application or a Motion to Deny be
considered. M. Parker is requesting DEP input on this. T. Bellman, Wetlands Agent, explains his
previous conversation with applicant and his intent to get some direction from the Agency. Discussion
ensued on what activity the applicant could engage in on his property due to the wetlands restrictions. It
was recommended that Mr. Olson work with Terry Bellman with restoring his lawn and put the pond on



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hold until Windham Extension can be involved and perhaps the US Army Corp of Engineers should be
notified. It was noted that the application did not mention the lawn and only restoration of the pond.

MOTION TO DENY RECEIPT OF THIS APPLICATION DUE TO BEING INCOMPLETE BY M.
PARKER, SECONDED BY D. VERY.

Discussion: S. Phillips requests that he look at getting a 401 state permit as well because Mr. Olson is
proposing to change the direction of a watercourse and moving land in order to create a water body.

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Remembrance of William Cassedy
William Cassedy died at age 89. C. Snow states he has been on the IWWA for 15 years and Bill Cassedy
was the Chair at that time and was very instrumental in starting the agency and served as Chair between 20
and 25 years. His efforts should be recognized because of his tremendous commitment to the Town of
Woodstock.

        7.    Other Business
Chamberlain Lake Campground – Remediation plan update
No representative present or information provided.

General reminder from Chair Snow that June, July, August & September meetings will begin 8:00
p.m.

Discussion and vote on instituting change in engineers. (Gerry Hardisty).

Discussion ensued on how to institute this change and regarding Mr. Hardisty’s experience with wetlands.
It was agreed that IWWA Clerk would forward plan, application and drainage report for application #03-
07-45 Jerold Cohen, Bull Hill Rd – 11 Lot re-subdivision without any information from Design
Professionals.

MOTION BY A. MASSEY THAT WE SUBMIT APPLICATION 03-07-45 JEROLD COHEN,
BULL HILL ROAD SUBDIVISION PLANS AND APPLICATION. SECONDED BY D. VERY.
MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Vote on settlement for Rappoport vs. IWWA & Douglas Building, Inc.
It was recommended by Attorney Decrescenzo that IWWA vote to accept the Motion to Withdraw.

MOTION BY M. PARKER THAT WE ACCEPT AND ACKNOWLEDGE TH E COURT’S
MOTION AS PRESENTED ON CASE # WWM CV 064004350S , SECONDED BY D. VERY.
MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

         8.   Wetland Activity Report

Terry Bellman, IWWA Agent, provided specifics regarding work he had done in the last month and what
he was able to approve:
Leila & Garth Evans, 287 Pulpit Rock Road. They requested a Wetlands Permit for slab on grade addition.
Activity was outside the buffer.
Craig Foisy, 61 Phelps Road. Application for a dwelling exactly as proposed on subdivision.
Dennis Broty, 1374 Route 171. Application for a dwelling. Activity is outside the buffer.
Lewis Olson, 1010 Route 171. Application for above ground pool. Activity on the edge of the buffer but
no impact on placement of pool.
Gunnar Halquist, 40 Sherman Rd. Application for addition. Activity outside the buffer.

Terry Bellman states he is willing to work with Mr. Olson on his lawn restoration as a sign off.
Recommendation from IWWA that stabilization be in place on this project ASAP.

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                               MAY 7, 2007 MONTHLY MEETING
        9.    Correspondence & bills
Stonebridge Press: $29.40, $36.75, $22.05

MOTION TO APPROVE THE PAYING OF BILLS BY A. MASSEY, SECONDED BY M. FRAGA.
MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Chair Snow states he received a letter from Tufts University thanking IWWA for approval for the new
ambulatory service clinic on New Sweden Road.

S. Phillips has drafted a statement regarding protecting the natural beauty of Woodstock, the IWWA has
concerns regarding storm water controls and treatment to protect clean water, one of our most valuable
resources. Statement is read for the record. Town agencies should work together to promote greener
methods of storm water run-off. NEMO Program was discussed and the hope of encouraging local
developers to follow suit. J. Filchak states that he has been working with the Town of Killingly and
Putnam to make the low impact approach mandatory. He will discuss this with Delia Fey, Town
Planner/ZEO to promote this approach to the public, engineers and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

        10. Adjournment

MOTION TO ADJOURN BY D. VERY, SECONDED BY A. MASSEY. MOTION CARRIED
UNANIMOUSLY.

        Meeting adjourned at 9:48 p.m.

        Respectfully Submitted,




        Tina M. Lajoie
        IWWA Clerk




                         INLAND WETLANDS & WATERCOURSES AGENCY
                               MAY 7, 2007 MONTHLY MEETING

				
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