Redding Conservation Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House
Present: David Pattee, Chairman; Claire Matzke; William Hill; Stuart Green; Susan Robinson; Tina Miller; Wallace Perlman.
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of February 5, 2019
-Site Inspection Minutes-February 9, 2019-223 Gallows Hill Rd./Knapp
On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 2/5/19 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 2, delete 8th item under “Chairman’s Report.”
On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 2/9/19 Site Walk Minutes as amended: second paragraph, change to “ended at 9:20 a.m.”
Application #19-01, Regional School District #9 (owners), Scott A. Reiss (agent), 100 Black Rock Turnpike. To receive and discuss an application for Site Improvements and General Site Maintenance at Joel Barlow High School to include earth disturbing activities within the regulated area.
John Perry from Gale Associates was present. The proposal was reviewed accompanied by plans and drawings. Sediment and erosion controls were identified on the drawing. Mr. Perry stated that the majority of the project will be completed in the summer.
A Site Walk is scheduled for Sun., 2/24/19 at 9:00 a.m.
Discussion: Possible violation of Inland-Wetland and Watercourse Regulations, 223 Gallows Hill Road.
Mark DeSimone, 8 Archers Lane, was present for Mr. Knapp. Site Walk findings were reviewed. The presence of diesel fuel leakage was noted at the northeast corner of the building.
D. Pattee will discuss with Land Use Director Aimee Pardee re: remediation plan to protect the river.
Discussion will continue.
III. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
D. Pattee reviewed the draft Redding Pollinator Pathway brochure. The Conservation Commission and other agencies, boards and commissions listed as sponsors were noted. C. Matzke volunteered to represent the Commission at future meetings.
Stuart Green and Susan Robinson contacted Donny Bartlett re: Lonetown Marsh boardwalk repair estimate. D. Pattee stated that the estimate is too high and the Commission cannot afford at this time. T. Miller spoke to the value of the nature’s classroom program and possible partnership with schools. S. Green stated that the boardwalk should be closed if it is not safe.
Tina Miller will forward her review of the Open Space Plan to D. Pattee.
Stuart Green reviewed the need for additional trail signs. A sign will be posted at Couch Hill stating that dogs must be kept on a leash to prevent destruction or abandonment of nests.
D. Pattee stated that WestCOG has been asked to assist with the beltway map.
The Commission review Aquarion’s proposal to pump water from the Cannondale aquifer.
S. Green stated that the NRVT plant sale is scheduled for 5/11/19. The Land Trust and Conservation will each have their own table. BSA Troop 306 has expressed interest in an NRVT service project. Grant funds for NRVT have not been released yet by OPM.
The Commission discussed Municipal Open Space Funding.
On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly