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11/28/2018 PB Minutes

TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
Planning Board
November 28, 2018

BETHLEHEM TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM
Minutes
6:00 pm

Present:  Dave Wiley, Marie Stevenson, Linda Moore, Chris McGrath Vice Chair and Michael Bruno
Absent: David Rodrigues and Johnathan Stevenson

Vice Chair Chris McGrath opened the meeting at 6:00 pm and read the Public Notice for RUDARPA Site Plan Review. He then read the checklist.  Michael Bruno motion to approve the checklist with some conditions. Snow storage, Fire access around the perimeter (fire chief) downward lighting plan, and all permits being approved.   Chris McGrath second 6-0 motion passes

The applicant was asked to explain the project.  Will Davis from Horizons Engineering explained the facility along with Eric Fisher from RUDARPA.  Mr. Fisher explained that the facility comes in pieces on a slab.  It will be put together on a larger slap.  The equipment will be enclosed by a metal building.  NCES will supply the landfill gas for up to 15 years from the existing landfill.  Landfill gas supplier primary constituent components – Methane 49-52% CO2 35-40%      Nitrogen 3-4%     Hydrogen Sulfide less than1%      Oxygen 1-2%.  Gases produced will be 95-96% Methane – RNG (renewable natural gas) will meet gas pipeline quality standards.  This operation will reduce carbon emissions by 60,000 tons/year.  The building will be a self-contained unit. Most equipment will be trucked in on a slab and put together like a puzzle.  Then it will be covered by a metal building. There is very little cause for spillage… it is a gas and it floats up into the air.  Mr. Bruno asked if they could look into some sort of containment around the equipment to catch spillage.  Mr. Fisher noted that he would look into it.  Mr. Darling GM for the project explained that there will be training with the fire department, and tours of the facility will be available.  Michael Bruno ask when they thought they would be breaking ground.  Mr. Darling said ASAP.  They would like to break ground in the first quarter, at the end of March or early April.  Chris McGrath asked for any public comment and there was none.

Hours of operation will be from 7-10 noted by the ZBA in SE hearing on November 20, 2018.  This will be subject to good weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Michael Bruno motion to approve Site Plan for RUDARPA INC.  pending snow removal, Fire access, spill prevention, downward lighting, state permits and aquifer ordinance.  Linda Moore second 6-0 motion passes.

Close RUDARPA SITE PLAN HEARING

Other:
Minutes from October 17, 2018 were motioned by Chris McGrath for approval Dave Wiley second 5-1 motion passes Michael Bruno abstained

The board asked if the ZBA had submitted any warrant articles for the March election.  The deadline is December 14, 2018 for any changes to zoning ordinances.   The board asked the clerk to look at other town’s demographic for their criteria and checklist.
A tentative conceptual was scheduled for this meeting, the time restrain did not allow it to be heard. (healingbirch)
Next meeting is set for December 12, 2018

Michael Bruno motion to adjourn Marie Stevenson second All in favor.  5-0

7:00pm

Respectfully submitted
Debbie Bayley
Planning/Zoning Clerk

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