Site Plan for Wason Pond Ball Fields Approved

CHESTER – The planning board quickly approved the site plan for the field leveling work to be done at the Wason Pond Conservation and Recreation Area this fall. Engineer Bill Gregsak presented plans to the board at their Sept. 4 meeting, but members indicated that they had already heard about or seen most of what was planned for the area.

For months the issue has been making its way around to town boards and residents as officials worked to get plans in order.
This fall the fields are set to be leveled. The topsoil will be removed, the ground made even and good for drainage and then the loam placed back and seeded. As part of that effort the driveway into the area will be moved. Instead of the slow curve into the parking lot running parallel with Route 102 that currently exists, the driveway is set to enter the property at a perpendicular angle near the barn.
The drive will come off the crest of a small hill on 102, and is expected to make it a safer egress. It also frees up more space for fields and creates a two way road in place of the one way that currently exists.
The Department of Transportation has approved the new driveway entrance, according to Gregsak.
Gregsak noted that a portion of the existing gravel drive will remain, for future uses like additional parking or for the Boy Scouts annual yard sale they hold there.
Gregsak stated that an original plan for the fields did indicate a slightly larger field area, but after talks with relevant boards it was decided to keep some of the trees on the far side of the field, thus shrinking the amount of available grass a bit.
Gregsak noted that he had worked with the Wason Pond commission, recreation commission and conservation commission on the project.
A driveway permit and alteration of terrain permit has been acquired for the project. No dredge and fill permit was required, said Gregsak.
This fall’s work does not include backstops, dugouts, goals or any other such structure.
The board of selectmen held a special meeting on Friday, Sept. 6 to open bids for the work. (See related story on page 6).
Planning member Andrew Hadik remarked that it was most important that all of the relevant town groups had given their support to the project. Before the board unanimously voted to approve the plan, Hadik noted that all of the particulars had been covered with the project and there was little left to discuss.
In other planning board news:
The board welcomed former selectman liaison Mike Weider back to the board as an alternate. Chair Brian Sullivan thanked Weider for his willingness to give his time to the town. Sullivan noted that Weider would likely soon become a full voting member.

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