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Report says Monadnock Rod and Gun Club filled in wetlands

  • The Monadnock Rod and Gun Club has been issued a violation notice for several wetlands and code violations from the town of Peterborough. Staff photo by Ashley Saari



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, September 17, 2018 2:38PM

A search of the Monadnock Rod and Gun Club in July found the club had filled in four areas of wetland, totaling more than half an acre.

Wetland surveyors were let onto the property on July 25, as part of an administrative search warrant to check the club for violations of the town’s building code. The search was to determine the “existence and extent” of alleged code violations related to the club allegedly relocating and expanding its firing range without town permits and approvals. The town alleges the club didn’t go through the proper process with the planning board, and that the club had filled wetlands without permit or approval. 

According to an 18-page report submitted by Ecosystem Management Consultants, the company dug a total of 19 test pits, either with a hand drill or by an excavator during that July 25 search. It was during that exploration the company allegedly found several areas where wetlands had either been filled, or otherwise impacted by work done at the club.

In addition to wetlands appearing to have been filled, there are also two additional areas that were ditched and channeled to direct water flow away from an area of previously forested wetland.

A natural wetland within 50 feet of the rifle range shed may have been altered in its upper part based on a ditch that had been dug above its eastern edger in order to direct run-off from the parking area.

Penny S. Dean, the attorney representing the Monadnock Rod and Gun Club, said Friday she had yet to see the report, and could not comment on its contents or what the club’s next steps might be.

Peterborough Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett said Friday that the report had been forwarded to the state Department of Environmental Services, but the town had not received any response from the state department as of Monday. 

As of Monday, the club had not filed an appeal of the town’s June cease and desist order with the Zoning Board of Adjustment, nor had it begun any of the processes outlined in the cease and desist order to rectify the alleged violations, such as a site plan review with the Planning Board, an application for a variance, or a building permit.

“The cease and desist is still effective until the Monadnock Rod and Gun Club starts taking steps to come into compliance,” Peterborough Assistant Town Administrator Nicole McStay said Monday. 

The town sent a copy of the report to the office of the attorney general, as well as DES. According to the notice of violation sent to DES and the attorney general, the town intends on seeking injunctive relief against the club within 30 days of receipt of the report. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.