03/22/2017 PB Minutes
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
Wednesday March 22, 2017
BETHLEHEM TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM
Present: Mike Bruno Chairman, Dave Wiley Co-chair, Marie Stevenson, Johnathan Stevenson, David Rodrigues and Gabe Boisseau
Mike Bruno explained that this was a continuation of the Site Plan for Dollar General from February 15, 2017 and the continuation from March 22, 2017. We would like to welcome two new members to the board, Gabe Boisseau and David Rodrigues. Neil Broady has not been sworn in as yet.
Mr. Bruno asked Austin Turner from Bohler Engineering to recap the Dollar General Site Plan. The building will be 7500 square feet, 85 x 85. They have received a waiver from the zoning board to have 31 parking spaces. The full plan is in the DG file. They have taken requests from the Planning Board and have changed the appearance of the building. A long front canopy and colors blending in with the area was the project result.
There were no further questions from the board.
Chris McGrath said that the building looks great and thanked the engineer for bending over backwards to accommodate the board. Austin explained that they are getting closer to the wetland, septic and driveway permits. Mr. Bruno explained that the board was in touch with DOT Lancaster and they are here tonight. Mr. Bruno asked for any questions on the project from the public. He asked that there be no repeat question’s and to direct the questions to board.
Peter Roy; if this application was for a new co-op, B&B or antique store there would be no issues about traffic. Bethlehem needs the revenue. Mr. Van Houton read article 2a regarding conforming property. He feels as though DG will decline the property value of Hearthside. Dann said other people have different opinions that are not the same as Mr. Van Houton. Mr. Robie, there has never been this much discussion on any other buildings trying to build in Bethlehem. We need new business to come to town and it is a shame that the same people are always against it. You have to jump through a lot of hoops if you want to do a project in Bethlehem. People are struggling to pay their bills. The Hearthside is nice today it will be nice tomorrow.
Jim Mcmann from DOT said that the application was still under review. If DOT’s criteria is not meet, then the application will be denied. Mr. Turner will address their concerns; they are achievable, they are mostly engineering solutions. Mr. Mcmann, the last thing we want to do is say that after the driveway goes in that you have to change it. Again this application is still under review. Dave Wiley asked about the Hearthside Sign and hill on Cherry Valley Road. The Dollar General project and this sign are not one in the same answered Mr. Mcmann; DOT will be contacting the town road agent about the sign. You have to be able to have the same sight distance on both sides of the road, being 400 feet either way. Martin Glavic; we are not experts on driveways. You should pass this application and put conditions on it. Mrs. Huggins wanted to talk about people crossing the road from the Hearthside. It’s not a safe highway. You’re asking people to cross the street.
Chris McGrath; I urge the board to accept the application; the town needs it. This is accepted use. Peter Roy; there has only been one accident on Cherry Valley and 302 in the last 10 years. There was a question about lighting and hours of operation. It is acceptable use, the board can’t dictate hours. We can approve under conditions.
Mike Bruno made a motion to accept the DG Site Plan with conditions (listed below)
Dave Wiley seconded no further discussion 6-0 motion carries
• Wetland Permits
• DOT driveway
• DES sub surface waste
• Low lying evergreens
• Privacy fence on both sides of property
• Fence in front of the retention pond
The DG Bethlehem LLC Site plan was approved with conditions.
Austin Turner thanked the board and he appreciated all the professional feedback.
Dave Wiley would like to have a letter drafted to DOT regarding the Hearthside sign.
Closed Dollar General LLC hearing at 6:45.
Review minutes from March 8, 2017. Dave made a motion to approve the minutes Mike Bruno seconded. 4-0 motion carries
Election of new chair and vice chair. Marie Stevenson nominated Mike Bruno as Chair and Dave Wiley Co- Chair 6-0 unanimous
Mike Bruno motion to go into non-public session RSA91-A: 3. Dave Wiley seconded. Roll call by all.
Dave Wiley motion to come out of non public Mike Bruno seconded. Roll call by all.
Marie Stevenson motion to adjourn John Stevenson seconded 6-0 motion carries