Conservation Commission Meeting

Tuesday, January 11, 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm
Webex Meeting
A meeting of the Conservation Commission


Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Greenfield Department of Planning and Development

Remote Access Online: HERE or by Phone at [1-408-418-9388]

Meeting ID: [2633 506 6709] Password: [WQwSPZKQ342]

(Contact the Conservation Agent for Assistance)


Pursuant to Bill S.2475 Extending Certain COVID-19 Measures Adopted During the State of Emergency, this meeting of the Greenfield Conservation Commission will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Specific information and the general guidelines for remote participation by members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting can be found below. Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the City of Greenfield website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

Should any technical interruption to the meeting occur and the meeting is suddenly ended, it will not be resumed and all items will be automatically continued to the next scheduled meeting date. Contact the Conservation Agent for more information.

Administrative Matters

Meeting Access: Remote Access Online or by Phone at [1-408-418-9388] Meeting ID: [2633 506 6709] Password: [WQwSPZKQ342]

  • Call to Order
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes: December 14, 2021

Schedule of Public Meetings & Hearings

  • Public Meeting: Request for Determination of Applicability: Installation of a Backup Generator at 195 Mill Brook Road; (Map: R11, Lot: 84)

The Commission will review a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by the City of Greenfield for activities associated with the Wellfield Generator Project at 195 Mill Brook Road. This work aims to add a backup generator at the City’s Wellfield to provide emergency power to Pump Station No. 1 and the corrosion control building, as backup power currently does not exist for the entire facility. During a power outage, the City desires to keep the corrosion control facility and Pump Station No. 1 operational. The generator will provide a reliable power source to provide potable water to customers during emergency situations. This RDA is being filed since portions of the proposed work will occur within Riverfront Area, and the 100-foot Buffer Zone to Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW), as regulated under the MAWPA. Additionally, work is proposed within the locally regulated 25-foot No Disturb Zone.

  • Public Meeting: Request for Certificate of Compliance: Green River Utility Line Structures Relocation off Health Camp Road; (Map: R32, Lot: 2B) DEP File # 168-0344

The Commission will review a Request for a Certificate of Compliance filed by TRC Environmental, representative of the New England Power Company, pursuant to condition 71b of the Order of Conditions (OOC’s) issued by the City of Greenfield Conservation Commission for New England Power’s (NEP) Green River Utility Lines Structure Relocation Project for Structure 452 on the 230kV, E205 line and Structure 244 on the 115kV, Y177 line in Greenfield, Massachusetts. TRC certifies that project construction and postconstruction restoration of the Site were completed in accordance with the approved plans and the general and special conditions included in the approved Order of Conditions dated July 13, 2021.

Enforcement Updates & Other Business

  • Enforcement updates
    • 21 Spring Terrace (Map 65-9) – unauthorized construction within Riverfront Area.
    • 286 Plain Road (Map R34-10) – unauthorized construction within Riverfront Area.
    • 637 Colrain Road (Map R35-7) – unauthorized filling of wetlands.
    • 8 Conway Drive (Map 49-24) – unauthorized fill of Riverfront Area.
    • Bear’s Den Road/Highland Park (Map R01-15) – Erosion and sedimentation of wetland areas.
  • Trail Maintenance at the Griswold GTD Conservation Area.
  • Conservation Agent Position Update.

Project Monitoring & Site Visit Scheduling

  • List of active Order of Conditions and updates.
    • 195 Mill Brook Road (DEP #: 168-0319, Exp. 9/22/2023) – Solar Project.
    • 739 Bernardston Road (DEP #: 168-0336, Exp. 2/11/2023) – Center School construction.
    • 60 James Street (DEP #: 168-0337, Exp. 6/18/2023) – Single-family home.
    • Wisdom Way/River Street/Mill Street Intersection (DEP #: 168-0338, Exp. 10/27/2023) – Roadway improvements.
    • Rear Linwood Street (DEP #: 168-0341, Exp. 5/28/2024) – Franklin County Fairgrounds slope stabilization and wetlands restoration.
    • 1 Birch Street (DEP #: 168-0340, Exp. 6/8/2024) – Single family home renovation.
    • Power Court/River Street/Shelburne Road East ROW (DEP#: 168-0342, Exp. 6/18/2024) – Eversource ROW tree removal, pole removal, new pole installations.
    • Green River utility line structures relocation off Health Camp Road (DEP # 168-0344, Exp. 7/13/2024) -- relocation of two electrical utility structures from within the bank of the Green River within an overhead electrical utility right-of-way (ROW).

Set Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Posted to: Planning & Development