Friday, January 28, 2011
Community group defends Brookside wetland area.
In a presentation to the Wetlands Protection Committee, the Friends of Brookside described their alternatives to the Wellesley Country Club's proposed building sites inside a wetlands buffer zone. The Friends are a community group dedicated to the protection of the wetlands surrounding Brookside Road. This is the first time they have made a presentation to the Committee. While the Club has presented alternatives to the proposed sites before, the analysis of these sites was described in a Dec. 17, 2010 letter from Beals and Thomas consultants as "not fully and adequately address[ing] potential alternatives." The Friends' consultant, wetland scientist Patrick Garner, also noted these inadequacies. "Based on two expert opinions, it is within…
Friday, January 14, 2011
Neighbors expressed feelings of frustration at the lengthy process.
The Wetlands Protection Committee's latest meeting regarding the proposed facilities on Wellesley Country Club land was described by some neighbors as anywhere from "frustrating" to "inadequate." At least from the perspective of people living near Brookside Road. "We were presented material that helps us make a decision," said Committee chair Eric Seaborn. "We're moving forward with a timetable." The purpose of the meeting was largely to discuss findings made by Beals and Thomas (B+T), third party consultants hired by the town to peer review the plans filed by the Club's consultant Coneco Engineering and Scientists. Before B+T representatives were asked to speak, Mike Toohill of Coneco presented updated plans for the maintenance facility …
Friday, December 10, 2010
WPC takes "middle path" in dealing with violations.
Before the Wetlands Protection Committee's (WPC) regular Dec. 10 meeting, they set aside time to discuss a site visit assessing some alleged violations at the Wellesley Country Club. WPC Chair Eric Seaborn noted, "We determined not to make decisions at the site, we would do so at a public meeting." Their initial findings did not see anything glaring. If they had noticed a significant violation while they were on site, the Committee is permitted to take some actions. No immediate action was taken. However, for other discussions the group needs to discuss their site visit in a public meeting. "We all agreed it was a bit unkempt, but the club is going to do something about that," noted WPC member Stanley Waugh. The Club agreed to repair …
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Thursday's WPC meeting agenda includes a discussion of Country Club work sites.
The agenda for the Nov. 18 Wetlands Protection Committee (WPC) includes an item, labeled "Discussion - Alleged Violations - Wellesley Country Club." Members of the Friends of Brookside planned to attend, however the item has been shelved due to a lack of quorum. Friends of Brookside is a local association of residents from all over town supporting preservation of Rosemary Brook and the neighboring Brookside road. The group has obtained signatures from 92 different households in Wellesley against the Country Club's construction projects, and held an event to raise awareness. The proposed construction is three buildings to support Club functions, including a bulk storage area and the contentious wash-down and equipment storage facility. The…
Monday, November 15, 2010
An estimated 110 people walked the area during an event held by Friends of Brookside.
The Friends of Brookside community association held a walk, inviting neighbors and any interested parties to see the disputed area between Rosemary Brook and the Wellesley Country Club. The association hired consultants Patrick C. Garner to build their case, in addition to a private consultant hired by the Wetlands Protection Committee. The walk drew 110 people by one participant's count, who walked for a mile and soaked in the natural beauty of the small area.