Despite cancelations happening all day, the Marion Conservation Commission board met as usual at 7:00 pm on Wednesday at the Marion Town Hall. A full board attended including Chairman, Larry Dorman, Vice Chairman, Norm Hills, Treasurer, Joel Hartley, Clerk, Steve Gonsalves and member Jeffrey Doubrava and newly appointed Associate Member Cynthia Trinidad and Secretary Diane R. Drake.
“Welcome,” said Dorman as members came in from the below 20 degree weather.
First up was an appointment with Peter H. and Carol C. Hulton of 21 Autumn Lane on a Request for Determination of Applicability to construct a 14’ x 16’ single-story dining room addition, with a small entry porch and steps behind the garage.
At issue was a wetland behind the house which required the committee to visit the site and make a recommendation, which they did and approved the request.
Next up, the board discussed an e-mail from a contractor who will begin the initial construction at the recently approved 40b construction project located on Route 105 in Marion. A mis-print on the date of the contractor going in to mark the perimeter of the project pushed the site visit by the Conservation Commission to this coming Saturday, January 25.
“With the snowfall, we need to see the orange markers and flags to make sure the contractor knows the area,” said Chairman Dorman. Dorman noted that is snowfall is still an issue and that flags marking the perimeter needed to be ‘strung’ so the board members visiting the site can see the markings of the site, regardless of snowfall.
The board agreed that at least three board members would visit the site to make sure that the project would be sited and handled properly.
The board discussed the annual report for the Conservation Commission for the town annual report due the end of January. The board accepted the report as submitted.
Lastly, the board discussed the updated Town of Marion map proposal that is required by the Attorney General regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as presented by local citizen John Rockwell.
At a recent Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Rockwell said that a map of the town needed to be updated and submitted to the Attorney General reflecting the newly enacted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations as well as a current view of the town’s current zoning by-law overlay. According to Rockwell, the last zoning map of Marion was in 1999 which showed special uses and revisions from previous years and needed updates from motions approved at town meetings over the years.
The board voted and approved the updated zoning map.
By Joan Hartnett-Barry