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Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency to Continue Discussion on Track, Field and Parking Lot Improvement Plan

Agency to take up issue again at next meeting.

The Canton Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency discussed the Canton High School track, field and parking lot improvement plan Thursday night but made no final decision, carrying action to its meeting next month. 

Representatives from Milone & MacBroom presented the plan to the agency, which needs to issue a permit, particularly since the plan involves activity in the "upland review area," within 100 feet of a wetland or watercourse. 

Thomas J. Daly, associate with project consultant Milone & MacBroom, reviewed changes in the plan, including some made since the agency offered feedback at a recent informal meeting. 

While the firm kept the single entrance lane and two exit lanes in the main high school access, it shifted the driveway to the east and narrowed an island between the two, bringing it further away from a wetland on the property, Daly said. The change essentially double the width at the entrance to the school but retains the existing tree line, he said. 

In addition, he also informed the agency that the firm now plans for a paved 15 foot width to the planned emergency and pedestrian access to the west of the wetland area. The preliminary plans from the firm showed it at approximately 24 feet wide. (Later there was some discussion on whether a gravel or paved surface would be better for the access). 

Agency member David Sinish said he still had some concerns about the driveway width but praised the firm for the changes it made. 

Firm representatives said the wetland is of relatively low value but said it does a good job of mitigating runoff and has some habitat in the upper area. A town staff report stated it was not listed as a vernal pool on several maps and reports and Daly said no evidence of endangered species were found. 

Daly also discussed drainage for the track project as well as a planned underground infiltration system. 

Agency member Ed Evonsion said he saw no significant impact to wetlands.

"Why can’t we just turn over authorization?" he asked when the idea to continue the matter surfaced. "What are we talking about?"

Several other members, however, felt more time should be spent perusing the plan.

"It's a big project," Sinish said. "I don’t think that’s appropriate." 

The agency plans to talk about the project again next month. Before that the Zoning Commission will receive a site plan for the project on Jan. 23 and is expected to set a public hearing for Feb. 20. 

 

 

Wyatt January 11, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I'm glad to see the frogs and toads have a voice. All town decisions rightly should revolve around what is best for a few frogs.
Fred January 11, 2013 at 06:08 PM
What gets me is that the majority voted approval for the project. So where else is it supposed to go if it wasn't going to go to the high school? Wasn't this the plan all along? Didn't we know that the "frogs" would have to ribbett out of there when this thing would be built? Why do we do these votes and then send the matter to the land use boards for a fictitious second look? Other than moving it a few feet here or there, does anything thing this isn't going to happen because of a toad? Does anyone really believe the wetlands folks are going to overturn the vote of the majority in town who approved this? How much time and consulting money is being wasted on this?
Ralph January 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM
It is not like this is the first time inland wetlands has seen these plans. Even if they changed the road width by a few feet or some other minor change.. seriously Inland/wetlands what more time do you need. Are any one of you MORE qualified then the engineers at Milone/MacBroom? If I am wrong, please let me know. Put your control issues and ego aside....
Chris Carroll January 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM
We don't need this horrendously expensive track! Once again we put aside need for want!
al coffee January 12, 2013 at 03:06 PM
King Richard and his board needs to move this matter forward by changing guard of wetlands! The low information voters of Canton have spoken. Focus not on this swamp rather the queue of cars that stretches from the front door of the high school all the way to Dyer / Simmonds at peak traffic flow between 7:20 and 7:30 a.m.
Wyatt January 14, 2013 at 02:52 PM
@Chris. What "need" are we putting aside for this track?
Donna Carney February 01, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Wyatt what are we putting aside, let me name a few schools, roads a lot we really need this track.......it is a joke

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