Appeals Board, Wed., Oct. 8, 2008

Appeals Board, October 8, 2008


The Sedgwick Appeals Board met at the Sedgwick Town Office at 6:30 pm on October 8, 2008.  Present were Board Chairman Fred Marston, members Pamela Johnson, Danny Weed, Steve Tobey.  Also present were Attorneys Cliff Goodall for the Pattens and James Patterson for the Town of Sedgwick, Selectman Tom O’Connor, CEO Duane Ford, Planning Board Chairman Palmer Little, Bruce Mattson, Bob Cote, Phil Urban, Packet reporter Jonathan Thomas, and court reporter Karen Dube.

            The meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm.

            Mr Goodall passed out more exhibits; modifications of the earlier designs.  Referring to questions raised at the last meeting, he explained that heat in the cabins will be propane heaters with outside exhaust.  They can be used year round, but not efficiently.  He reported that Scott Williams of Lake and Watershed Rescue Management Associates will put together a resource protection management plan for the Pattens.  He can present it to the Board on Nov. 19.  Since he is also associated with Friends of Walker Pond, a question of conflict of interest was raised.  That concern was considered premature at this time.

            Mr Goodall turned the exhibition over to Mr Cote, representing the contracting firm of CES, who is now proposing an engineered foundation of 8-12 inches of crushed stone, 2 inches of insulation and a footing on top of the ground with steel columns going down to the footings for the steel beams of the foundations to rest on.  The original decks were 342 sq ft, the buildings 734 sq ft, there will be an addition of 220 sq ft on each of the cabins known as Twister and Squall.  The floors and roofs will be reinforced with additional joists in the floors and more rafters in the roofs to meet code for snow loads.   They will need to remove 2 trees to put the addition on the back of Squall.  Probably they will need to remove the tree growing through the roof of Twister.   

            The Director’s Cabin addition will be on the side of the building.  The existing building is 411 sq ft, the expansion can be up to 124 sq ft.  It will have the same foundation as Twister and Squall.  All foundations will be hand dug to 26 inches to avoid damage to the land.  There will need to be a temporary access road from the parking lot to the 100 ft line to get the septic tanks in with an excavator for Twister and Squall and they will be opening an old woods road to get materials into the Director’s Cabin.  It will not be graveled and building supplies will be hand carried to the cabins.  Cost of the foundations will be approximately $30,000 each.

            Mr Mattson presented the new septic design.  The leach bed is about 700 ft from the water.  Two systems of concrete septic tanks that would accommodate 3, 2- bedroom cabins are proposed for Twister and Squall.  The Director’s Cabin would be a plastic septic tank with a line run into one of the new tanks that are 40-50 ft from the water.  Both Twister and Squall would have a tank and a pump with the effluent pumped up to a 1500 gallon tank that is already in the ground 195 ft from the water.  This is a ‘replacement system’ requiring a variance that is part of the application.  In response to discussion and questions, Mr Mattson will get information on fiberglass tanks that would avoid heavy excavators to install, thus not disturbing the ground as much as planned previously. 

            Much of the rest of the discussion centered around holiday scheduling and  meeting dates were amended.  Since the meeting, they have been amended again.  The Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 pm at the Sedgwick Town Office.  The next meeting will be a public hearing on November 25 at 6:30 pm at the Town Office.   There will be no meeting on Nov. 19.

            Information from Karen Dube’s minutes.