TOWNSEND -- The Conservation Commission approved a request for construction of two storage units within the buffer zone of a vegetated wetland at their meeting Wednesday night.

Cousins Realty Trust applied to build two 18-foot-by-100-foot storage units at its property at 9 Depot St. Extension, which already houses the company's storage business.

Each of the additional structures will contain multiple storage units inside.

Representatives from Cousins Realty Trust, Kevin Smith and Bart King, said the closest the units would be to the wetland would be 68 feet, which is outside the 50-foot zone where building is prohibited.

Conservation Commission Chairman Karen Chapman said there were no issues with the proposal.

"It seems very straightforward. It's a standard order," Chapman said.

Conservation Agent Leslie Gabrilska said that a permit is required to build within the 100-foot buffer zone, but that the proposed project would not affect the wetlands in any way.

The commission also accepted a bid from CCM Logging and Land Clearing, Inc. to complete a timber harvest in Old Meetinghouse Park.

CCM's bid of $26,692.73 was the highest of four bids accepted for the project. The harvest is part of a planned forest cutting to begin in August.

Conservation Agent Leslie Gabrilska said the majority of the trees being cut are white pine.

Commission members also approved three payments.


Included were $4,900 to the Foster Company for the appraisal of two properties on Highland Street and Lois Lane and $312 in annual dues to the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.

The commission also approved a payment of $144.66 to reimburse Boy Scout Troop 81 member Aaron Biondi for his Eagle Scout project, for which he created a new trail between Haynes and Wallace Hill roads and a trailhead kiosk on Haynes Road.

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