BOARD OF APPEALS
Attendees: Paul Grégoire, Chairman, Bill Lis, Judith Bernath and Tom Stapleton
Absent: Dave Methe
7:00 PM: Meeting opened to conduct general business and review mail.
7:15 PM: 69 Honey Pot Road
Petitioner requests a 16 foot front setback variance in order to add an addition to the existing garage since one half was converted to living space before his purchase of the property. He is on call 24/7 so needs clean/clear access to vehicles and also heats his home with wood pellets and needs an area to store them. New addition would be approximate size of existing driveway pad. The Board suggested that he re-evaluate his options and consider an addition of a 12 foot bay that would reduce the variance to 8 feet. Petitioner will consider one bay and will submit new letter and drawings. Mr. Satterlee of 61 Honey Pot Road voiced concern about breaking variance but would not oppose a minor variance for a one bay addition
The Board issued a continuance until the June 13th meeting at 7:15 PM.
7:45 PM: 141 North Lake Avenue
Petitioner requests a front setback variance of 30 feet, a rear setback variance of 17 feet (pre-existing) and a side setback of 2 1/2 feet (pre-existing) in order to build an addition onto the existing structure. Petitioner wants to add a mudroom and second floor to retirement home purchased three years ago since there is no formal bedroom in the home and access is needed to laundry in the basement. Home is in poor condition and needs plumbing updated and insulation added. Petitioner has spoken with Tom Fitzgerald and was told that a foundation extension was not possible but sonotubes may be a solution. Neilda Henke of 140 Summer Drive clarified that the variance should be for the mudroom only and not the second story. Tracy Albano of 143 North Lake Avenue asked about the impact on the tow path in the middle of the properties and was advised that the path will remain. She also expressed concern over the type of equipment that will be used to proceed with addition and was advised that the Board votes on the variance only and, therefore, would not have access to that information. William Cronan asked about the impact on the septic system and was shown plans indicating that the addition is not near the location of current system.
William Lis made a motion to continue the hearing at the June 13th meeting pending Board of Health and Building Inspector approval. Judith Bernath second and hearing was continued.
9:05 PM: Motion made by Tom Stapleton to adjourn meeting, Judith second, all were in favor and meeting was adjourned.