Three Projects Approved

            Laurence and Janet Reinhart received an Order of Conditions at the May 10 Marion Conservation Commission meeting, allowing the applicants to add new bay windows and a new door, landing and stairs, along with installation of a new masonry patio, removal and installation of a retaining wall, removal and replacement of an existing concrete boat ramp, and plans to regrade, loam and seed lawn areas at their 13 East Avenue property.

            The order was conditioned with the placement of hay bales or silt fencing.

            During the public hearing, Representative Rick Charon reviewed a history of applications at the site dating back to 2004. A current Chapter 91 license held by the applicant would require further review, but Charon told the commission its approval was the first step.

            Commissioner Shaun Walsh identified proposed work seaward of mean high water as “the principle concern” of the commission.

            Asked for comment, Conservation Agent Doug Guey-Lee stated that his concerns with the project were met and that he would write a decision addressing the commissioners’ Chapter 91 license question.

            The commission voted the Town of Marion Department of Public Works a Negative Box 2 and Box 3 Determination of Applicability, approving plans to install approximately 40 feet of granite safety-barrier berm 18-inches thick at Old Landing Wharf off Front Street.

            Jody Dickerson, director of operations for the DPW, explained the project for the horseshoe-shaped boundary at the south pier. “In the past years, cars have gone off the edge there into the water, so it’s more of a safety issue for us and the town,” he said.

            The granite being used for the project was formerly used for the steps to the Spring Street entrance to the Town House prior to its recent renovation. Dickerson said all the work would be done on the pavement side of the edge.

            William Washburn was voted a Negative Box 2 Determination of Applicability, approving his plan to place fill within land subject to coastal storm flowage at Washburn Lane.

            Represented by Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering, Washburn is looking to fill the site that is situated partially within the 100-year flood zone. Conservation Commission approval, said Grady, is the first step in a process that will necessitate FEMA approval. Following commission approval, Grady said the plan is to get FEMA to remove the site from the flood zone for the future construction of a home.

            Roger Tenglin sought clarification on an Order of Conditions issued him on April 12 and will be allowed to use concrete from his construction site as fill under his new driveway at 88 Indian Cove Road.

            The commission also voted Claire Beiver a full Certificate of Compliance for work done at 44 Oakland Avenue.

            The next meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, at 7:00 pm at the Police Station.

Marion Conservation Commission

By Mick Colageo

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