Planning Board Meeting Minutes 02/11/2019

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Town of Otis

Planning Board Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2019

Town Hall Inspectors’ Office




Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm in the Otis Town Hall Inspectors’ Room.


Present:           Michael Ernst, Terry Cook-Visser, Jim Kauffman, Rona Knight, Jen Daily, Hal Kobrin, Mike Parsons, Michael Knight, Gina Wolfman, Larry Gould, Terry Gould, Penny Federowicz, Jeanne Randorf, Bob McMahon


Approval of Minutes:  The December 10, 2018 Planning Board meeting minutes were approved with an amendment. The January 14 Narrative for the Public Hearing was unanimously approved as written.


Site Plan Review:  This was continued from the January Public Hearing as that meeting had no quorum and no decisions could be made.  The lease area for the solar farm is 50 acres.  Revisions to the plan were submitted tonight.  The revisions include new fence detail and the decommission plan.  The solar farm will be out of the wetland areas and will have sufficient buffers to the wetlands.  The farm will also have perimeter drainage.  The Knox Trail will screened on the South side.  O & M traffic after construction will be on a 16 foot wide access road made of gravel mix.  Jim Kauffman moved we accept the Site Plan Review as designed, Terry seconded the motion, and the Board unanimously approved.


Form A ANR:  This was also continued from the January meeting.  Mike Parsons is here on behalf of Scott Hansen.  Mike provided a copy of the Purchase & Sale Agreement explicitly stating Scott Hansen had the right within one year of purchase to reclaim these two land strips.  The one year deadline will be June 27th of this year.  This cleared up the one question that had prevented the Board from making a decision earlier.  Hal made a motion to accept the Form A ANR, Jim seconded, and the motion was unanimously approved.  A check for two lots was paid in full.


Recreational Marijuana Bylaw:  Hal presented a first draft of the proposed Recreational Marijuana Bylaw.  The document was discussed at length with some recommendations for changes and additions to the bylaw.  Hal will have a rewrite completed for the next meeting.







Planning Board Elections:  Rona is planning to run again, but Al has resigned and Terry does not plan to run again.  So we need to canvas for two more people to run as Board members.


Planning Board Clerk:  Lisa will be retiring as of June 19, 2019 so we need to advertise for another Planning Board Clerk.  Lisa will try to have a copy of the ad available for everyone’s review at the next meeting.


Bruce’s Hardware:  Hal noted that the storage trailers in his lot are becoming an issue and we need to inform Larry of this.


Properties in Disrepair:  Hal also recently took a drive around town and took pictures of various properties around town in visible disrepair.  He believes Larry should be at the next Planning Board meeting.



Terry moved the meeting be adjourned, Jen seconded, and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:32 pm.


Respectfully Submitted,

Lisa D’Orazio

Planning Board Clerk

Town of Otis




List of Documents


  1. A copy of Lisa’s retirement letter will be filed with these meeting minutes.


  1. A copy of the nine page draft marijuana bylaw document dated Feb. 11, 2019 will be filed with these meeting minutes.


  1. A copy of a letter stating Bruce’s intent for storage at the hardware store will be filed with these meeting minutes.


  1. A copy of Hal’s pictures of the visibly crumbling buildings in town will be filed with these meeting minutes.