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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-03-2019

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4 SMITHFIELD / SCITUATE JULY 3-10, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER Zoning Board alternate Kaity Ryan said the project means a loss to the community. "The reality is there is a net loss of 46 acres of trees that are helping to reduce carbon in the Smithfield environment," Ryan said. She said the community plan calls for more open space, and she would like to see developers com- mit to planting trees. At the May 16 Planning Board meeting, the owner expressed willingness to plant seedlings in other parts of town to replace the downed trees. Rocha told the Zoning Board that the developer is exploring the option of donating seedlings to the town to plant somewhere else, as the ordinance for clearance on the site does not allow room for refor- esting the site. She said the solar farm appeared before the board numerous times, and was respectful not to request any zoning relief. Resident Don Brown of Russell Lane said he was concerned about the conservation of natural envi- ronment "of the little critters." He said solar farms are popping up everywhere, and the town should place a limit on such facilities. "Pretty soon, there will be no environment left to sustain life," Brown said. In total, the solar farm will cover 27.7 acres, or 19.2 percent of the lot, which is less than the 20 per- cent maximum allowable cover- age, including all spaces between fixed panels. This particular lot was previously cut, said experts, and classified as an unhealthy forest. Trees born out of existing stumped ground are not considered as strong and are more susceptible to disease. Board members noted that lot will have a passive use for 25 years, and will not be used for a major land development that could clear out more trees. Member Linda Marcello said the Log Road location was right for a solar farm. David Russo, of DiPrete Engineering, presented the project, saying the two transformers on the site are 190 feet from the property line, 540 feet from the nearest house, 400 feet to the property line, and 675 feet from the nearest house. Abutters expressed concern that the project will be disruptive to the neighborhood, asking for more buffering. Russo said the developer will be willing to move panels further back from abutters' homes and increase the buffer if necessary to ease neighbor concerns. A full site plan with a landscape plan focused on the buffer will be presented at the preliminary plan stage with the Planning Board. "At night, solar is off. Once the sun is down, there's nothing run- ning on the site," Russo said. The developer has a decommis- sion bond for the removal of the solar equipment to remove it after 25 years, Russo said. He added that the panels lose 2 percent efficiency in the first year, and decline by 1 percent each year after that. In 20 years, the panels will be at 80 percent efficiency. Also in compliance, the devel- oper will put in a six-foot security chain-link fence raised eight inches off the ground to allow small ani- mals to pass underneath. Log Road Solar will return to the Planning Board for preliminary plan approval for the next stage in the process. LOG ROAD From Page One the general contractor position at the station. The bid price is the median of the five bids. The PSBC estimates that approx- imately $800,000 remains from the $1.7 million bond to build the sta- tion. Aspects of the construction, such as asphalt for the parking lots, the septic tie-in to the senior center, and lawyer fees, were not included with the original costs for the build. "It was never going to be $1.7 million," member Paul Leveillee said. Other bids to complete the station include: Mahoney, at $102,000; Marino Construction, $898,000; Calson Corp., $1.4 million; and Tower Construction Corp., $1.5 million. Durand said he thought Sugrue, with included references and experience, was the best qualified for the job with the least risk of change orders or leaving the proj- ect incomplete. He added that it will be easier to find $400,000 to complete the project than $600,000 for the other contractors. "It's not rocket science. It's insu- lation of sheetrock and hardware. I'm pretty sure they can handle this project," Durand said. Durand noted Sugrue's experi- ence with larger residential proj- ects such as apartment complexes, but said the company did not have as much experience as Tower or Calson in municipal work. Leveillee pointed out that by most accounts, the partially con- structed Scituate Police Station is a residential building being turned into a commercial building. The committee did not discuss or con- sider the second application for the general contractor position from Mahoney. The station has remained untouched since the 2018 election last fall, when Mahoney and the four self-described Independent Men were booted from office. The committee voted 4-1 to rec- ommend Sugrue, with member Tom Galligan against. Galligan said he was disappoint- ed that the PSBC pushed back the vote for general contractor on the project from the previous week to give contractors additional time. He said the project has many issues not meeting commercial building standards that can be fixed while the PSBC looks for a general contractor. The PSBC agreed part of the reason to hire a general contractor is to finish the incomplete project. PSBC member Thomas Marcello said it's the board's job to get the project done. "We're trying to pick a general contractor and that person is going to finish that building," Marcello said. Galligan said he preferred Calson, who had more munici- pal building experience, includ- ing a public safety complex in Cumberland and a police sta- tion in Johnston. He and David D'Agostino, chairman of PSBC and a member of the Town Council, said Calson was the sole applicant to complete the request for proposals without the need for additional time. "They're bigger and more profes- sional," Galligan said. "I have a feeling they can come in, hit it and get it done." D'Agostino said if he had to vote, his top pick would also be for Calson, but he voted for Sugrue. The recommendation will go before the council for approval at the July 11 meeting. POLICE STATION From Page One 'The reality is there is a net loss of 46 acres of trees that are helping to reduce carbon in the Smithfield environment.' 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