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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 09/04/2018

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 09/06/2018 4:25pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Redding Conservation Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028


Tuesday, September 4, 2018
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House

Present: David Pattee, Chairman; William Hill; Stuart Green; Susan Robinson; Tina Miller; Wallace Perlman.
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of August 7, 2018

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 8/7/18 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 1, first item under “Chairman’s Report”, second sentence, change to “D. Pattee noted the policy of not permitting creation of unauthorized trails from private lands onto open space parcels.”; Page 2, third item under “Chairman’s Report”, change to “S. Robinson reported on CT licensing for biocontrol of black swallow-wort.”


Discussion of Eversource Activities for Utility Pole Replacement.
Commissioners reviewed the application packet starting with Map Sheet 3 of 7. Larger maps are needed to view details. T. Miller noted that there is less information included than in prior applications. D. Pattee stated that this project is listed as a maintenance project which does not require Siting Council approval. It was also noted that the Board of Selectman have retained an attorney to represent the town.

Concerns were noted including the amount of impervious area, the type of material of the proposed new poles, and the impact of access ways.

A representative of Eversource will be requested to attend a meeting to provide additional details in addition to larger maps. D. Pattee will be attending the First Selectman’s brown bag lunch on 9/5/18 and will seek information so the Commission and the town’s efforts are aligned.

Discussion of the Town of Redding Open Space Plan 2018.

Mr. Pattee has been in contact with ZEO/WEO A. Pardee regarding a meeting with CDM to review maps. Darren from CDM Smith is returning next week and D. Pattee is proposing a meeting for 9/17/18.

Susan Robinson will forward final edits to T. Miller. The Commissioners noted their appreciation of Emma Borjigin-Wang and her contribution to the Open Space Plan.


The status of mowing at Saugatuck Falls was discussed.

D. Pattee reported on the renewal of CT Land Conservation Council membership.

The CACIWC annual meeting will be held in Cromwell on 11/17/18.

Susan Robinson reported that E. Haddam is applying to FEMA for assistance with dead ash trees. She will obtain additional information. Ms. Robinson also stated that licensing has been received for biocontrol for black swallow-wort. She has contacted Mr. DeMasi re: photos and documentation.

Stuart Green stated that purple joe pye has been planted on Hemlock Trail. Additional trail work has been done at Beaver Trail and surveyors tape has been rehung. Re: Steichen trail, the Eagle scout project has been taken down.

Mr. Green reported on the presence of cut trees on Mountain Road.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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