Attendees: Paul Grégoire, Chairman, Bill Lis, Tom Stapleton, Dave Methe and Judith Bernath
7:00 PM: Meeting opened to conduct general business, accept meeting minutes and review mail.
7:15 PM: 475 College Highway - DPW
The Department of Public Works needs to replace a water booster pump station and needs a frontage variance. Dick Grannels presented plan with existing station and new structure. The new pre-fab structure which will be 11 ft x 17 ft in size and will contain two small pumps with generators. The station will contain vibration isolators and core insulation in order to reduce noise.
The Chairman read a letter received from Jeff and Mary Lou Gurney of 7 Granville Road regarding their concerns with noise, property value, maintenance, grading, drainage and the possibility of turning the structure so it maintains the appearance of the neighborhood.
Mr. Methe asked about property maintenance in and around the new building and Mr. Grannels has already spoken with the appropriate authority and is assured that the grounds will be maintained by the town.
Don Nooney of 9 Granville Road asked if any damage is done to the existing sidewalks if the Town will fix it. Mr. Grannels advised that, if necessary, repairs or new sidewalks will be put in to replace any damage.
Mr. Grannels will inquire and obtain a new plan with the building turned on the property and present it at the August 8th meeting.
8:10 PM: 627 College Highway - DPW
The Department of Public Works needs to replace a water booster pump station and needs a frontage variance. Mr. Grannels of DPW and Mr. T. J Welch (property owner) presented the plan showing the location of the new building. Due to utilities and pole hazards the building will be unable to be moved elsewhere on property.
Motion made by Mr. Lis to accept a front setback variance of 43 feet, Mr. Stapleton second and all were in favor.
8:25 PM: 10 Oak Street
Paul Troy presented plan for a new structure on property. The existing home is 20 x 32 feet and he would like to build a new home that will be 25 x 34 feet. The lot is pre-existing and non-conforming. Mr. Grégoire asked about the foundation and was advised that half the foundation is on piers and the other half cinder block. The current structure is in extreme disrepair and not salvageable for remodel. Mr. Troy will lose living space needed for son and daughter if dimensions are reduced.
Planning Board members in attendance for this hearing are: Doug Moglin, Marcus Phelps, Joe Deedy, Ruth Preston, Dick Utzinger and Roz Terry.
The Board of Appeals and Planning Board discussed the by-laws to determine what variances or special permits are required. Mr. Moglin read the by-law and it was determined that if a 5 foot dimensional variance (from existing footprint) were granted the Planning Board could issue a Special Permit. It was also agreed that clarification would be needed from the Town Council before proceeding.
Variance request was continued until August 8th meeting.
9:00 PM: 141 North Lake Avenue
Mr. Goldberg and his builder, Mr. Gerald Joyner, presented the new plan to replace the current home on the property. The new structure will be placed on the existing block foundation which is in good repair and will be a chalet type home with loft. The new structure will give the homeowner access to his basement laundry and 762 sq ft of living space.
Motion made by Mr. Stapleton to accept a 25 foot front setback variance, Mr. Lis second and all were in favor.
9:15 PM: New Business
Southwick Collision will be submitting a variance to expand the business located on College Highway.
Mrs. Neilson sent an email to the Chairman asking about procedures to split property. Planning Board told her an ANR is no problem except that the property narrows where the house would be and she would need 200 feet frontage all the way to the rear of the property.
9:33 PM: Motion made by Mr. Methe to adjourn meeting, Mr. Lis second, all were in favor and meeting was adjourned.