Conservation Commission Meeting

Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm
Webex Meeting
A meeting of the Conservation Commission


Tuesday, May 10, 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: [2630 729 1457] Password: [8MMb5PJjm4X]

(Contact the Conservation Agent for Assistance)

AGENDA – Revised May 6, 2022

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: [2630 729 1457] Password: [8MMb5PJjm4X]

  • Call to Order
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes: April 26, 2022

Schedule of Public Meetings & Hearings

  • Public Hearing: Notice of Intent: Annual maintenance at the Greenfield Swimming Pool at 31 Nash's Mill Road; (Map: R27, Lot: 18)

The following proposed maintenance work is a yearly occurrence dating back to the 1930’s when the Municipal Swimming Pool was created. The Order of Conditions lapsed before being renewed and thus a new NOI is being filed. The project proposes the annual stockpiling of beach sand on the south side of the Green River away from the river’s edge at the end of the swimming season and the respreading of the sand on the beach along the south bank at the beginning of the season. Other proposed annual work includes setting the gates in place on the dam during the spring, the removal of trees, stumps, and brush deposited against the dam during the spring, the removal of mud/silt deposits from the beach area as required, grass mowing, rubbish clean-up and removal, installation and removal of handicap accessible boardwalk and ramp at the beginning and end of the swimming season respectively, and the occasional tree-planting. The project also proposes additional maintenance work as needed, including the trimming and removal of trees and brush that may pose a safety hazard, maintaining and patching existing stone walls, removing mud/silt from under picnic tables and the playground area, patching existing bituminous concrete areas, pumping of the septic system, repair and maintenance of the footbridge, the maintenance of the river crossing on the north side of the footbridge, the removal of stone dust contaminated with mud/silt deposits in the parking areas, and the flushing and refilling of the pool area when bacteria levels in the river are high.

Other Business & Enforcement Updates

  • Griswold/GTD Conservation Area trail maintenance.
  • 193 Barton Road trenching questions.
  • Update on 131 Verde Drive.
  • 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.
    • 123 Verde Drive (Map R17-19) – unauthorized grass vegetation removed within Riverfront Area.

Project Monitoring, Correspondence, & 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).
  • Letter from Greening Greenfield regarding vernal pool signage at Highland Park.

Set Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Posted to: Conservation Comm.