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Development plans move ahead in Bethlehem

John Schafer, an engineer for the project, said the traffic coming out of a nine-lot subdivision would not be heavy over the course of a day, and that all of the utilities will be underground.

Schafer told the board that the project has accommodated probably 75 percent of the [town] engineer's suggestions.

"If we could get water to run uphill, we could've solved this a long time ago," he told the board.

The water, he said, will be attached to an existing line along Orchard Street and the sewer system will be pressurized with a grinder pump at each house. There will also be two retention ponds to handle the quantity and quality of the stormwater runoff.

The ponds and the road will be deeded to the town, according to Schafer.

The board asked for a 10-foot easement for a right-of-way along the project for a future pathway or possible bike path and/or sidewalk, which Schafer said could be included.

The Cottonwood Estates plans were heard last.

The proposed seven-lot subdivision is located at the end of Cottonwood Lane in Delmar, and David Ingalls from Ingalls Associates, presented for the applicant.

"We're quite far along with the technical detail of our plan," Ingalls told the board.

He acknowledged that there were drainage issues that they were working on with the Engineering Division.

Because of the wetlands involved with the project, Mathusa called the development "a sensitive project" and asked to table the project until board members were able to look over all of the information involved, included a detailed wetland impact plan.

Ingalls said he understood, but added that a drainage analysis was done on the property and that there were no increased offsite drainage issues. He said he was working with the Army Corp. of Engineers on the project and that deed restrictions would be put on any remaining undisturbed wetlands on the property.

The board voted to table a decision on the project with a vote expected at its next meeting Tuesday, May 20.""

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