Archive for May, 2012

Connery Fiscal Impact Report

May 30, 2012

The following is the Connery Fiscal Impact Report that the town had prepared when the Market Street Project was being sold to the town.  As the project moves forward it will be interesting to see if the projected costs become reality or what has changed to cause them to be significantly different.

Connery_Fiscal_Impact_Report_part1

Connery_Fiscal_Impact_Report_part2

Update from the Town

May 23, 2012

The following is an update from earlier today from the Town and along with Joe and my responses.  If you have any questions, please send an email to wam@bklw.com

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Bill,

Thanks for the details.  Our comments are below in bold.

Thank you,
Wally and Joe

On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 3:47 PM, William Gustus <william-gustus@town.lynnfield.ma.us> wrote:
Hi Wally,

I just wanted to give you an update on our site visit today at Market Street. As you know, the site work continues all over the site. The contractor continues to excavate the hill and move the excess material to the front of the site for the construction and formation of the large berm that will be installed parallel to Walnut Street. They informed us that they are conducting their pre blast survey of those properties that are located within the zone of influence of the blasting. Fortunately, no blasting will be taking place within the Walnut Street side of the property. They are planning two blasts per day in the area nearest to Rte 95 and the total blasting period is about 30 days. We have been assured that the blasting will have no impact on Walnut Street properties whatsoever. That is not to say you may not be able to hear something from time to time. It is expected that all blasting will be completed within 30 days and should begin within a few weeks.

We discussed what happened with the removal of the trees on Walnut Street and they insisted that this was necessary to establish the retention pond being installed near the entrance to the property. My own initial impression was, that given the size of that retention pond as it exists now, it did not necessitate the removal of the trees.   Bill, Joe and I are in agreement with you.  This is an engineering and cost decision.  Easiest, most economical way is to cut them all down at once, then build as you need to.   It is the same mentality that used to take place with subdivisions; take down all the trees, build the homes and then plant new ones.  Fortunately that thought process has changed as most subdivision developers understand that people like mature trees.   From the number of Planning Board hearings that Joe and I have attended the Lynnfield Planning Board attempts to keep as many mature trees as possible.  Question still remains about what will done about the “missing trees” and when.

However, they showed us the plan today and the retention pond is ultimately going to be much larger than it is now and it will be surrounded by a berm of its own along the Walnut Street side of about 4 to 6 feet. On top of this berm, large pine, oak and maple trees will be planted directly opposite Country Club. In addition, large trees will be planted on the much larger berm being constructed on the other side of the retention pond parallel to Walnut Street. Just to give you some perspective on the size of the pond being created, in addition to the existing pond, it will extend almost to the Walnut Street entrance of the property and will encompass the area where the construction trailers are now located.

We have trouble with the following paragraph for several reasons

They insist that the trees needed to be removed in order to completely build this pond. As noted above it is an engineering / cost issue.   Given a goal, engineers can figure out a way to get it done, witness Apollo 13.    We asked if they could move up the construction of the pond thereby expediting the planting of new trees in that area. Since they need to fill the bottom of the pond with clean rock, which will come from the ledge being blasted from the other side of the site, the final construction of the pond will not be complete until at least late summer. There are plenty of places to purchase rock and have it delivered.  There initial plan was to complete the landscaping in this area next spring. At the urging of you, your neighbors, and town officials, they have agreed to complete this area this fall. We hate to sound like a broken record but fall extends till Dec 20th.  So the residents of Lynnfield should expect completion by that date.

We questioned them on what arrangements they had made with MASSDOT in connection with the trees that were located within the state right of way. They assured us that they have a license from MASSDOT that allowed them to remove those trees in accordance with the approved plan. We would appreciate if someone on this list can tell us where we can find a copy?  I have included the staff from Senator Clark and McGee offices to see if they can be of assistance. They also stated that the trees closest to the entrance to the development had to be moved in order to provide adequate site distances for vehicles coming out of the development in the future. If those trees had been removed after the berm was up, and the trees were up we would not be at the state we currently are.

They provided us with a plan and a rendering of the final landscaping for that area which I will forward to you by separate emails. The files are large so they will come consecutively so as to not overburden our email servers. We will get them posted.
I have been able to learn that all of the traffic lights will be operational on or about June 1.It will take several weeks to get the sequencing worked out and we urge patience as the contractor and MASSDOT work out the bugs in the system over the following two week period. Salem Street paving is scheduled for tomorrow so I would urge you to avoid that area if at all possible. We have urged MASSDOT and the road contractor to complete the striping of the area as soon as possible since it will be difficult for motorists to figure out the new configuration without the assistance of the lines. I was unable to ascertain when this would occur today but I will let you know as soon as we know. It would be very helpful to the entire town if estimated dates were provided to you and disseminated to the residents.   The town website would be  an appropriate place.

I was also told that the site contractor will be installing a water line and utilities through the vacant lot fronting on Walnut Street near the eighth green of the former golf course. They have developed a plan to save most if not all of the trees on that lot.  This work is scheduled for next week and the land will be restored once this work has been completed. Thanks for the warning.  We would suggest they develop a plan that maintains the same level of density as exists now.   

The building inspector has scheduled a meeting for next week of all of the regulatory agencies who will be monitoring this development. It is our goal to install policies and procedures that insure a coordinated response to issues presented by this large development. I want to assure you that we are prepared to provide all of the resources necessary to insure the highest quality development with the least inconvenience to the immediate neighborhood and the community in general. The above paragraph was the expectation of all the residents when this was sold to the town by the EDHAC, Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, etc.     To emphasis the concern again:

  1.  Minimizing removal of trees, etc along the Walnut Street area during all phases of construction.
  2. Lighting of the parking lots will not be visible from Walnut Street
  3. Construction will be of high quality.
Joe and Wally

Thank you,

Bill Gustus

Town Administrator.

Lynnfield Market Street update

May 23, 2012

Town Administrator Bill Gustus sent the two plans for people to see what the final result will look like.

Landscape Plan of Market Street

Landscape Rendering of Market Street

Town Administrator meeting with Ted Tye today

May 23, 2012

The Town Administrator is meeting with Ted Tye today. We are expecting an update and will post any information we receive.

Joe DeMaina’s letter to Chairman MacKendrick

May 22, 2012

Good Morning Bob–

I agree there was some progress last night.

As you are now the board’s liaison person with ND I thought I should send these issues to you.

I was reviewing the landscape plans which seem to indicate that the replacement trees across from Country Club will be in the 6-8 ft range. There is a 10 ft willow and I don’t know how tall the ones marked “oak 3″ caliper” would be. As the trees that were removed were 25-30 ft high that seems a little short. I know that some will be on a 4′ berm yet that’s still short. The existing trees were at least twice that height. Could you see if ND can insure that these trees are a good bit taller and that a good number are evergreen (as were most that were removed) to provide shielding during the cold 6 months when deciduous trees lose their foliage.? The residents of Country Club should not have to wait 4-6 years for new trees to grow in and should have evergreen shielding when it’s cold..Also there is a substantial gap with no trees from Country Club inbound to the arbor vitae. This is not what existed before. This gap should be closed with a good number of shielding trees. The entire length of Walnut had trees as the pictures document and that should be returned to that state.

Also we were discussing the ground level height of the project relative to Walnut St.The project is listed at 100′ and Walnut is 87′ and the top of the berm is 111′. That would be a rise of 24′ above Walnut St. I guess that’s good I have no context to judge. I wonder why they choose to have the project at 100 when they could choose any height. Maybe you can ask Ted when you talk to him.

Thanks, Joe DeMaina

Selectmen’s Meeting 5-21-12 summary

May 21, 2012

Thank you to all who were able to attend tonight’s selectmen’s meeting. We went there to hear answers to the following questions.

1. What are the plans to rectify the loss of the trees?

The Town Administrator, Bill Gustus, sent the town engineer down to the site and it is discovered that some of the trees that were removed were on state land. Mr. Gustus is meeting with Ted Tye on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

There were discussions of moving up building of the berm before winter (Dec 20, 2012), but nothing is agreed to.

2. Who is the point person for the town for future issues and what should the expected response time be

The point person is going to be Chairman MacKendrick. He is also the point person for the traffic lights at exit 49.

3. How did this happen?

Somewhere between the selling process and the final drawings someone failed the citizens of Lynnfield.

Other items

4. Is there a full time inspector on site?

No and there won’t be for three to four months. The town administrator stated that if any department needs resources all they have to do is ask. This also includes the Planning Board.

5. Of the million dollars received from National Development is there still enough money left for inspections for this project.

The Town Administrator and the Board of Selectmen assured us there is and that the million dollars was part of the General Fund, not allocated for any specific purpose.

Now we wait to see if anything is going to happen after Wednesday. Chairman MacKendrick said he would send me an update on this and other matters and I will post to the site.

Will be tweeting tonight from the selectmen’s meeting

May 21, 2012

Will be sending / tweeting from the Selectmen’s meeting. Using the hashtag #bostrees

selectmen’s meeting Monday night (May 21) at 7:00

May 19, 2012

There is a Selectman’s meeting on Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall in the Selectman’s room. One of the items on the agenda is appointing a Selectmen to the be the main contact on Market Street. Selectmen Nelson and Town Administrator Bill Gustus aren’t sure if there will be any discussion about the removal of all the trees. Bill Gustus has said it will be on cable TV. Joe and I will be in attendance and will hopefully be able to speak about the the three items:

1. What is going to be done about the trees that were removed
2. Who is the point person for the town going forward
3. How did this happen.

If anyone can attend please do so.

Market Street Web site

May 19, 2012

This is the link to the Market Street website.

http://www.marketstreetconstruction.com

It has been updated to include the approved approved grading and landscape plan

Day 4 update

May 17, 2012

Today we heard first from Richard O’Neil from the Planning Board, Dave Nelson from the Board of Selectmen and Bill Gustus the town administrator. Common theme was to meet with the Board of Selectmen to review the issues. Will be sending a note to Bill, requesting we be on the Selectmen’s agenda for this Monday evening. Will let people know.