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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Clipper City Car Wash Expansion Plans- Planning Board Minutes from 7/5/17

Clipper City Car Wash
74 Storey Avenue
Major Site Plan Review (2017-SPR-03)

Andrew Shapiro read the notice. Chairman McCarthy said the proposal did not violate zoning.
The applicant was allowed to cover 30% of the area and only 12% was used. Paul Avery, Oak
Consulting Group, PO Box 1123, Newburyport, showed a plan of the existing site with three
wash bays. Proposed was a conveyor bay at the rear of the property, removing an existing bay,
replacing six individual vacuum stations with a buried, less noisy central vacuum serving nine
cars, and seven new parking spaces per zoning requirements. Traffic flow did not change. Most
of the site was paved except back where the new conveyor would operate from 7AM to 7PM in
the B1 zone. The stormwater system was a series of self-contained catch basins. The new bay
had a water reclamation system. No groundwater was encountered at 10-12 feet. There were no
issues in responding to CSI comments on stormwater, the sewer connection, and what would be
done with the removed bay. City comments were not substantive. The building would be eight
feet from the nearest residential dwelling. A sound wall to dampen sound and mitigate noise
would help address residents’ concerns. Information on the wall was sent electronically today.

The photometric plan displayed minor spillover from downcast lights, but not updated with the
wall. A10-foot light pole would be replaced with a gooseneck pole.
Member comments: What was the wall height? Armand Sancartier, Clipper City, said wall
height was to be determined. The current wall was 10 feet high. Landscaping should be
improved with evergreens along the rear wall. Mr. Sancartier said some existing trees would be
removed for the drive area. Members requested specifics on the number, types, and height of
trees. Chairman McCarthy suggested making the wall U-shaped to cover the sides. This was a
significant addition. Landscaping modifications should be made to the entire site to continue
improving Storey Avenue. It was not unreasonable to request an acoustic study to ensure
adherence to the noise ordinance. Chairman McCarthy said the noise ordinance might apply only
at night. The City engineer should verify the project met all performance standards. Members
wanted a neighborly approach to addressing noise in every way possible. Mr. Sancartier would
reach out to the wall professionals to manage expectations. The vacuum had a single enclosed
blower instead of six separate ones. Coin operated wash bays were open 24 hours. Director Port
considered that conveyor doors would open and close on a regular basis. He asked for a plan
showing the location of each piece of equipment and the corresponding decibel levels.

Chris Loiselle, Autoshine, 8 Kensington Road, Hampton Falls, NH, indicated the location of the
new sign on the side of the conveyor building and said it did not face the street. Chairman
McCarthy asked about the sign on plans? Members asked about the difference in height between
the existing structure and the new structure? Mr. Loiselle said the new conveyor would not peak
above but there would be sightlines to it. Chairman McCarthy asked if the fence at the back
property line would stay? Mr. Sancartier said yes. Chairman McCarthy noted the amount of dead
plant material that needed replacing and noted places for deciduous trees to block neighbors. He
requested a letter from the applicant to verify that the project met zoning code performance
criteria. No traffic study was needed. Mr. Loiselle described the building as all glass. Chairman
McCarthy said starting in November, when it was dark earlier, flashing lights would be visible.
Mr. Loiselle said glass was used to open up a 100-foot tunnel. Members preferred using
windows and closing it up a bit to reduce the visible flashing lights. Would it be hard to do a
more traditional building? Mr. Loiselle said he would find out. Chairman McCarthy wanted less
intense lights. Mr. Loiselle agreed that old blacktop would be removed to reduce the impervious
surface and said power was underground. Members said the sign faced Story Avenue, not
Maritime Landing. Mr. Loiselle said the new sign was like the existing identification sign in
front. Members asked if the lit sign would turn off at 7 pm? Mr. Loiselle said the sign lit only
when cars entered and would be shut off at 7 PM.

Public comment open.

Paul O’Neil, Curzon Mill Road, said existing noise mitigation were trees would be removed. He
was not opposed, but lighting, noise, a landscaping waiver, and exhaust fumes were all problems.
Neighbors would see the top of the building. The conveyor should move to the street side.
Chairman McCarthy asked for the wall to be modeled in the photometric study.
Felicia Miller, 21 Clipper Way, spoke about the impact of emissions, noise, smells, and lights
radiating from the conveyor building. Headlights would shine into homes through wide gaps in
the stockade fence. The conveyor should be moved away from homes.

Ann Jaroncyk, 6 Woodman Way, said Woodman Way was lined with weeds, not trees. A barrier
wall and landscaping would help mitigate sound.

Mary Higdon, 5 Woodman Way, heard car radios blasting at 2 AM from the 24/7 car wash bays.
Could the vacuum turn off at 9 PM?
Sandra Barnes, 19 Clipper Way, whose backyard faced the car wash, agreed with her neighbor’s
comments on noise, vacuums, radios, exhaust, and moving the conveyor to the street side. What
about cars that drove around the vacuums to find the conveyor closed? Mr. Sancartier said there
was gate at the cashier. Cones would prevent cars from driving around the back at night.

Jim Collins, 27 Clipper Way, an early riser, said cars were there at 4:40 AM. The 6-foot wall
should be extended.

Jim Divola, 15 Clipper Way, wanted the design changed and something done about the
dumpster’s banging noise. Mr. Sancartier said moving the conveyor was unworkable because it
was necessary to keep cars moving. The dumpster could be emptied it in the middle of the day.

Ms. Miller asked if the equipment room would generate sound? Mr. Loiselle said no. Chairman

McCarthy said a good noise design would be necessary.

Public comment closed.

Members said the drawing looked as if the conveyor could shift forward. Mr. Avery said it was
in the rear to avoid traffic conflicts. Members said reducing the number of vacuums would gain
more stacking for the queues.
Bonnie Sontag made a motion to continue to September 6. Leah McGavern seconded the motion
and all members voted in favor.
Motions Approved.

During the course of discussion and consideration of this application, plan(s), supporting
material(s), department head comments, peer review report(s), planning department comments
and other related documents, all as filed with the planning department as part of this application
and all of which are available in the planning department, were considered.

Catch up with developments in the city- Evergreen, the Parking Garage and more .......

Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes 



Historical Commission Meeting Minutes



Planning Board Meeting Minutes






Thursday, July 13, 2017

Planning Board Agenda for 7/19/17

July 19, 2017
7:00 PM
Council Chambers
1. Roll Call

2. Joint Public Hearing with the City Council’s Planning & Development Committee and
Committee of the Whole

a) Review Final Draft of Master Plan Update

3. General Business
a) Approval of Minutes (7/5/17)

b) Request for minor modification – 1 Market Square (2017-SP-02)

c) Approval Not Required – 158-160 State Street (2017-ANR-08)

d) 2 Opportunity Way – release of covenant

4. Public Hearings
a) David Hamel and Karen Damon c/o Mark Griffin, Esq.
496 Merrimac Street
Special Permit Amendment (2016-SP-07a)
Continued from 6/21/17

b) Six Perkins Way Nominee Trust
6 Perkins Way
Major Site Plan Review (2017-SPR-02)
Continued from 7/5/17 – Request to continue to 8/16/17

c) Newburyport Manager, LLC c/o New England Development
Brown’s Wharf, 58 McKay’s Wharf, 72 Merrimac Street, 86-90 Merrimac
Street, and 92 Merrimac Street
Definitive Subdivision (2017-DEF-02)
Request to continue to 9/20/17

d) Gorman Homes LLC
32 Union Street
Definitive Subdivision (2017-DEF-03)

5. Planning Office/Subcommittees/Discussion
a) Other Updates
6. Adjournment

School Lunch Program loses money again...........

This is a frustrating one. We work hard to fund our schools, replace lost curriculum and improve existing programs only to have a program that should be self-sustaining lose money year after year. It is very disappointing. 

The school lunch program started to lose money with the implementation of new federal nutrition guidelines which are linked to school lunch program funding. This was part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. 


Daily News Article from June 2013 

Committee grapples with lunch guidelines

http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/committee-grapples-with-lunch-guidelines/article_1e4e10a1-474a-5457-9e07-8e4644207543.html

Excerpt: The lunch program is floundering amid strict new federal and state guidelines for school lunches. Under the guidelines, lunches must meet certain health criteria in order for the school system to be reimbursed for their cost. However, that has created two issues, Sweeney said. Some students do not like the new, healthier lunches. In addition, in order for the school district to receive reimbursement for the program, a student must accept all parts of the lunch — he cannot choose to leave behind an apple or a piece of cheese.

Daily News Article from November 2013 

Newburyport schools face substantial spending debt

http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/newburyport-schools-face-substantial-spending-debt/article_0a131c55-54f4-5acb-bf5a-394f4f9b1436.html

Excerpts: Committee member Steven Cole said the reimbursement amount could be higher, depending on what the reimbursement rate is in April. He also mentioned that the food service loss could potentially reach $130,000 by the time the end of the year rolls around because of a projected loss by Chartwells that would be added to the $75,000 amount.
“I think we should give serious consideration to making a bold change and dropping out of the federal (lunch) program. I’m not impressed with Chartwells anyway. We’re just two months into the school year and the deficit is already larger than we anticipated,” said School Committee member Audrey McCarthy. “Other districts are dropping out of the federal program. I’d like to find out what they’re doing in place of it.”
Cole acknowledged that strict federal dietary guidelines have contributed to the recent decrease in school lunch participation, but he said it was critical to find a way to balance the food-service budget and get out of the red.
In 2013 the school lunch program lost $98,000.... and has lost money every year since. 
On Monday a transfer for $42,000 was approved to cover short falls from this year. 

This is from the 2017 school budget and shows that the schools have been putting money in a contingency fund every year since 2015. This money is used to cover losses. 

Our school lunch vendor Chartwells is responsible to cover the first $15,000 in losses before the contingency money is used. Their contract was renewed last year. 
Recent article from May 2017:

Food fight over rollback of federal school lunch standards

Excerpt: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has come down on the side of food that is appetizing and won’t go to waste, signing an order relaxing the nutritional guidelines for school lunches starting next school year.
Health advocates object and are vowing to resist efforts to roll back the healthy school lunches initiative of the Obama administration aimed at combating child obesity.
Perdue, a native and former governor of Georgia, makes his case with Southern grits. Under the present rule, they are made mainly from whole grain, a variety that features little black flakes that causes kids to turn up their noses.
“No one is eating the grits,” Perdue claimed recently. “That doesn’t make any sense.”
With the decision to renew Chartwells contract, the city set its course (or maintained the same course) for the near future. The relaxing of federal guidelines appear to be the city's hope to becoming self-sustaining again. 
In the end, the city cannot continue to lose money on food services. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

List of Street Lights out in Ward 5

Below is a list of street lights in Ward 5 that I have submitted to the electrical inspector for repair. Please let me know if I have missed one on your street or neighborhood.

Thanks,

Larry

139 Crow Lane Pole #43 Out
129 Crow Lane Pole #39 flickering
41 Storeybrooke Lane Pole# 17-80 out
22 Storeybrooke Lane Pole# 18-80 out
23 Virginia Lane Pole# 13 out
1/2 Turkeyhill Road Pole # 2 out
 Storey Avenue Pole # 48 out (before 95 S off ramp)
89 Storey Avenue Pole# 160/34 out
59 Storey Avenue Pole# 24 out (Sunoco Gas Station)
3 Russell Terrace Pole # 198/1 out
12 Morin Road no Pole # out
18 Morin Road no Pole# out
19 Richardson Path no Pole# out
6 Richardson Path no Pole# out
36 Kelleher Way (Park Circle) Pole# 4 out
23 Myrtle Avenue Pole# 161/10 out
150 Low Street Pole # 39 out
160 Low Street Pole# 40 1/2 out
202 Low Street Pole# 58 light is dim
9 Iona Street Pole# 156/1 out
36 North Atkinson Street Pole# 10 out
18 Rawson Avenue Pole# 8 out
3 Tilton Street Pole #2 out
3 Doe Run Pole# 1 out
24 Hale Street Pole# 4/8 out
32 Hale Street Pole# 11 out
17 Goldsmith Pole#  299/5 out
11 Goldsmith Pole # 3 out
5 Bradbury 1st Pole no # out
89 Turkeyhill Lane Pole #33 out

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hale Street Paving Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - HALE STREET WATER MAIN WORK UPDATE
JULY 11, 2017

Contact: Water/Sewer Business Office at 978-465-4420
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Full Road Closure 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 Detour routes will be indicated; police detail on-site.
 Access to Hope Church will be permitted.
Road will reopen at the end of each work day

HALE STREET SEWER FORCE MAIN PAVING
The City of Newburyport, Sewer Division has contracted with N. Granese & Sons to complete Phase 2 of the Hale Street
Sewer Force Main Project. Phase 2 consists of grinding and final paving of streets impacted during the 2016 installation
of the Hale Street Sewer Force Main.
The following areas will be impacted:
Hale Street from the Comcast Building Station to Low Street
Low Street to Route 1
Graf Road to New Pasture Road
Pond Street from Route 1 to Greenleaf Street
Route 1 from Low Street to Pond Street

Anticipated start date for paving is Tuesday, July 11, 2018 with a projected completion date of Friday, July 21, 2017.

Construction sequence for this project:
 Mobilization
 Grind pavement
 Pave final layer
 Clean-up
Anticipated construction impacts on residents and businesses:
 Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (When necessary work may extend beyond 3:00 p.m.)
 Noise: construction will require use of an excavator, front-end loader, dump truck, bobcat, and other heavy
equipment
 Dust
 Road closures/Detours (See attached map)
Every effort will be made to not divert industrial park traffic through the residential area
 Parking restrictions
If you have any questions or concerns, call the Water/Sewer Business Office at 978-465-4420.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hale Street Water and Sewer Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -  HALE STREET WATER MAIN WORK UPDATE

JULY 6, 2017
Contact: Water/Sewer Business Office at 978-465-4420

Monday, July 10, 2017 Full Road Closure Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Detour routes will be indicated; police detail on-site.
Access to Hope Church will be permitted.
Road will reopen at the end of each work day

HALE STREET SEWER FORCE MAIN PAVING
The City of Newburyport, Sewer Division has contracted with N. Granese & Sons to complete Phase 2 of the Hale Street Sewer Force Main Project.  Phase 2 consists of grinding and final paving of streets impacted during the 2016 installation of the Hale Street Sewer Force Main.

The following areas will be impacted:
Hale Street from the Comcast Building Station to Low Street
Low Street to Route 1
Graf Road to New Pasture Road
Pond Street from Route 1 to Greenleaf Street
Route 1 from Low Street to Pond Street

Anticipated start date for paving is Tuesday, July 11, 2018 with a projected completion date of Friday, July 21, 2017.

Construction sequence for this project:
Mobilization
Grind pavement
Pave final layer
Clean-up

Anticipated construction impacts on residents and businesses:
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  (When necessary work may extend beyond 3:00 p.m.)
Noise: construction will require use of an excavator, front-end loader, dump truck, bobcat, and other heavy equipment
Dust
Road closures/Detours (See attached map)
Every effort will be made to not divert industrial park traffic through the residential area
Parking restrictions

If you have any questions or concerns, call the Water/Sewer Business Office at 978-465-4420.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience.