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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 12/18/2018

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 12/19/2018 11:12am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

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

Tuesday, December 18, 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 7:30 p.m.

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of December 18, 2018

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 12/4/18 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 1, second paragraph under Application #18-10, third sentence, change to “A neighboring resident noted a smaller area for trout due to the riprap from a previous bridge repair.”

Application #18-08, Bowen Zheng, 315 Black Rock Turnpike. Discussion and possible vote on an application to replace walls and flooring in the kitchen and living room of existing house due to a brook running through the entire property. New septic system location within the regulated area. Site Walk 9/23/18. Discussion 10/2/18; 11/20/18. Received e-mail granting 65-day extension. Discussion 12/4/18.

Discussion tabled pending receipt of new information from the applicant.

Application #18-11, Carey/McGuire (owners), Joe La Valle Building Co. LLC (agent), 663 Redding Road. To receive and discuss an application for construction of an in-law suite within the regulated area.

Mr. La Valle was present along with the applicant Ms. McGuire. Site Walk findings were reviewed and a revised plan was displayed and submitted.

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to approve Application #18-11.

Application #18-12, Brian Gregg, 140 Old Redding Road. To receive and discuss an application for demolition of existing house, construct new house, and install new septic within the regulated area.

Mr. Gregg was present along with Tom Quinn from Peak Engineering. The proposal was reviewed accompanied by drawings. T. Quinn stated that silt fence and stockpile locations will be determined after a more comprehensive walk of the property.

D. Pattee noted that the Historic Review Committee has a 180-day period to review a proposed demolition. Their next meeting is 12/20/18.

A Site Walk is scheduled for Sat., 12/22/18 at 9:00 a.m. T. Quinn will stake the corners of the proposed house location.

On behalf of the Land Trust, Buzz Merritt noted concerns and requested the Commission to table discussion to allow time for the Land Trust to review possible environmental/historical impacts. D. Pattee noted that the next scheduled meeting is 1/15/19 and requested any concerns be submitted in writing.

Request from Bruce Given: Discussion of dead tree removal, 2 Dan Beard Lane.

Mr. Given was present to review tree removal as outlined in a 2013 plan. D. Pattee stated that the proposed brush cutting and tree removal is considered normal routine maintenance at the discretion of the homeowner.


Re: appearance of hunting blinds, D. Pattee confirmed that one was an old satellite dish. Julia Pemberton will contact the Highway Dept. regarding removal assistance. The other reported blind has been removed and all permitted hunters have been confirmed.

Re: additional Commission member, D. Pattee requested J. Pemberton to assist in finding a suitable Republican member to serve on the Commission.

S. Green suggested items for the 2019-2020 budget including Lonetown Marsh boardwalk repair and trailhead kiosks.

The advertising budget and cost/logistics of notices was discussed. The Penny Saver is no longer an option and posting to a town website will be explored as an option.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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