SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Christopher Castellon, a prospective Eagle Scout with Vista Troop 101, is proposing to build a lean-to at Onatru Farm Park.
This 8-by-12-foot wooden structure would be built on the western side of Elmwood Road, Castellon explained at the Jan. 15 meeting. The Adirondack-style lean-to would be built using a kit, which would be delivered directly to the park.
“Hopefully, the goal is that people would really go to Onatru Preserve,” Castellon said. “Because right now, really people don’t use the area, and I think if they have a lean-to or a structure that can be used not only as an outdoor classroom but a place where people can camp out and just kind of have gatherings there. So, I think it can get people to use the area more.”
The project, already approved by the Lewisboro Architectural and Community Review Council, was sent to the Planning Board over environmental concerns because it would be constructed in a 150-foot wetland buffer regulated by the town.
The Lewisboro Planning Board unanimously voted to refer the project to the town’s wetlands inspector, who was given authority to issue a permit.
Additionally, the state Department of Environmental Conservation noted that the structure would be located outside of its wetland area and concluded that no permit is required from the state.
Though the project was lauded, Planning Board member Janet Anderson questioned the lack of bathroom facilities in the area and the effect that would have on Scouts who were camping. Castellon said there are bathrooms across the street, on the eastern portion of Onatru farm, several hundred yards away.
The Lewisboro Conservation Advisory Council shared this concern.
“The CAC encourages the Scouts to be respectful of the nearby wetlands and encourage participants to use the bathroom facilities at Onatru on the other side of Elmwood Road,” it wrote in a memo to the Planning Board.
In his project submission, Castellon said the lean-to would take two months to complete and he would be assisted by about 20 other Scouts. The total project is expected to cost about $5,000, a total that was raised through fundraisers and donations.
New member appointed
Maureen Maguire was appointed to a five-year term on the Lewisboro Planning Board by the Lewisboro Town Board on Jan. 7. She replaced John O’Donnell.
Planning Board Chair Jerome Kerner, in introducing Maguire at the Jan. 15 meeting, said she previously served on the board. She resigned on Sept. 14, 2010, meeting minutes show.
“I want to publicly thank John for his service here,” Kerner said. “He was a valuable part of our team and I’m sure Maureen will pick up where he left off.”