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Planning Board Minutes 3/21/05
Meeting of  03/21/2005

Present:  Chairman Stephen McAlister
            James Joyce
        James Deming    
            Jason Smith
            Thomas Paine

Meeting called to order at 7:15 p.m.

Last months minutes were read, corrected and approved as corrected.

Old Business:

First order f business was special permit for a rooming house at 250 Harvey Mountain Road.  Steve asked that a motion be made to call for a vote on this issue.  Jim Deming made the motion and Jim Joyce seconded it.  All approved and motion carried.  A vote on then taken on the Special Permit and all members voted “No” on the motion.  The attorney for Mr. Loadsin asked for each member’s reason for voting against the special permit. Each member concurred that because of neighbors complaints and concerns it was not suitable for that neighborhood.  Mr. Loadsin had a discussion with Jim Deming about the Zoning By-laws concerning more than one family living together.  Jim pointd out article 16 of the zoning by-laws and the paragraph concerning “Family”.  Jim then made copies of the by-laws for Mr. Loadsin.

Robert Bitso asked the Planning Board members if it is possible to ever check the septic at 250 Harvey Mountain Road to make sure it was large enough to accommodate more than one family.  Steve stated that the Planning Board has no right to rquest that.

Jim Joyce brought to the P.B. attention what transpired at his meeting on March 7th with the Board of Selectmen about the new by-law; specifically,

1.      Having th3e article published that was not accepted by the Planning Board,

2.      His concern of having one person, the Building Inspector, approve a site plan,

3.      Gloria Gerry’s rebuttal to his meeting with the Selectmen.

Steve checked the prior minutes and there is no mention of accepting the article published on the warrant.  The Selectmen agreed to remove this item from the warrant of the 7th, after conferring with Mr. Joyce.

The Board reviewed a site plan received from Kathleen Lugoch, 15 Hawks View Road, Amherst, MA. O1002, Arthur & Maxine Fishman, 87 Chipmunk Crossing, Map 115, Lot 77, to replace an existing structure lost last summer due to fire.  They plan to use the existing foundation  The Board members have questions concerning the new deck and the set back.  The site plan was difficult to read and the members agreed that the engineer or applicvant should present it personally.

Meeting adjourned 8:55 p.m.

Thomas Paine   

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