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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 10/17/2017

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 10/18/2017 10:51am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House
Present: David Pattee, Chairman; William Hill; Stuart Green; Susan Robinson; Tina Miller.

Absent: Wallace Perlman

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of October 3, 2017
On the motion of S. Robinson and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 10/3/17 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 1, first line, change to “Items needed for updating and review were preliminarily discussed as outlined by T. Miller.”

Discussion of Archeological Inventory at 18 Hill Road, Claudia Gruss.

Dr. Claudia Gruss was present. She reviewed her interest and academic coursework in archaeology along with her current request for a Phase 1 archaeology assessment at 18 Hill Road.

A report from Dr. Weigand was submitted. A scanned copy will be forwarded to D. Pattee and Sean McNamara. Dr. Gruss noted her meeting with the Redding Land Trust scheduled for Sun., 10/22/17.

Charlie Couch reported on areas of significance in the area and questioned the status of the road. J. McLeran confirmed the start and end dates of a potential survey and it was confirmed that no deed restrictions are noted on the property.

On the motion of S. Green and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to proceed with a Phase 1 Archaeological Assessment. Periodic reports will be sent to the Conservation Commission, Redding Land Trust and John McLeran.

Discussion of the Town of Redding Open Space Plan 2018.

Re: interns, W. Hill confirmed that interns currently at Highstead will be available for assistance with GIS mapping in January, 2018.

Commissioners will work on the Introduction and Sections 1.1-1.5, not including 1.5 for projected completion by the end of the year.


D. Pattee reported on his conversation with Bennett Pardee re: dry hydrant at Lonetown Marsh. He noted that dry hydrants do not require a Town permit since the State authorizes installation if deemed adequate. Additional information and dry hydrant details have been requested.

S. Green provided a follow-up re: Eagle Scout project across from Topstone Park. Additional inspection is needed to determine if project is on a Town easement.
Inspection of zipline across Saugatuck Falls pending.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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