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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 01/15/2019

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 01/17/2019 2:06pm
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House

Present: David Pattee, Chairman; William Hill; Stuart Green; Susan Robinson; Wallace Perlman.
Absent: Tina Miller

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m.

I.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of December 18, 2018
-Site Walk Minutes-December 22, 2018, 140 Redding Road, B. Gregg

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 12/18/18 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 2, last sentence before “Chairman’s Report”, change “home owner” to “land owner”.

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 12/22/18 Site Walk Minutes.

D. Pattee reviewed the rationale for the withdrawal of the application.


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.

Bowen Zheng was present along with his father. Mr. Zheng submitted new drawings inclusive of the requested sediment and erosion controls.  Mr. Zheng noted that work is on hold due to weather.

D. Pattee suggested that Mr. Zheng contact Doug Hartline to obtain approval of the septic design.

Presentation by Eversource for next portion of project-Peaceable Street to substation in Wilton.

Samantha Cloutier and the lead environmental contact from Eversource were present to review the upcoming phase of their project. The Redding to Wilton Upgrade Project is scheduled to begin in the fall pending approval of the Eversource amendment filed with the Siting Council. The project is projected to be complete by the end of 2019 with restoration continuing through 2020.  Hard copies of the plans will be mailed to the Land Use Office.

D. Pattee stated that he has spoken to Aimee Pardee who spoke positively about the response from Jeff Bolton from Eversource re: cleanup of the current project. The presence of a discarded satellite dish was reported to Ms. Cloutier.

The presence of a box turtle has been reported and the Turtle Management Plan was reviewed.  Ms. Cloutier stated that contractors receive training in protecting such wildlife.  Exclusion fencing is also used when needed and a herpetologist is involved if the protected animal is active.


D. Pattee and W. Hill inspected Couch Hill Preserve and observed mowing on the west side only. A price has been agreed on and contractor hired for complete mowing and moving hay bales to the side.

An update re: open space maintenance funds for FY 2020 was provided by D. Pattee.

An inquiry has been made re: dry hydrant in Lonetown Marsh Pond.  D. Pattee informed Julia Pemberton that the Georgetown Fire Department will need to submit plans and present their proposal at a Conservation meeting.

Stuart Green successfully submitted a grant proposal to DEEP for NRVT and received a grant matching current contributions. Additional funding is needed and a proposal may be made to the Selectmen re: funds for parking lot.

Stuart Green reported on the Old Mailcoach trail and joint ownership with the Land Trust.

Susan Robinson reported on a board missing on the way to Great Ledge.

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly