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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 04/02/2019

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

Tuesday, April 2, 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 7:33 p.m.

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES-Meeting of March 5, 2019
-Meeting of 3/19/19 -Cancelled

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 3/5/19 Meeting Minutes.


Modification to License #18-07, Kate Perry, 313 Redding Road. Request to convert proposed house from slab on grade to full basement and add footing drain within the regulated area.

Dan Conlon was present for Kate Perry.  New plans and accompanying photographs were displayed and reviewed.

On the motion of S. Green and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the Modification to License #18-07.

Discussion: Possible violation of Inland-Wetland and Watercourse Regulations, 223 Gallows Hill Road. Discussion 2/5/19, Site Walk 2/9/19. Discussion 2/19/19.

D. Pattee noted receipt of and read a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Knapp dated 3/11/19. Mr. Pattee also received a call from a landscape architect re: 223 Gallows Hill Road.  This item will remain on the agenda and Mr. Pattee will contact A. Pardee to review.

Discussion: Clean-up of tree cutting at Scott Nature Preserve, Seventy Acre Road.

Observations of recent tree work were made on Seventy Acre Road at the Scott Nature Preserve.  T. Miller will submit a draft letter intended for Julia Pemberton, John McLeran and Mr. McNamara requesting notification of tree work on town open space to the Land Use Office.


Susan Robinson stated that not all ash trees need to be cut.  The presence of parasitic wasps has been reported in CT.

Stuart Green noted the upcoming Land trust meeting on 4/7/19.

Mr. Pattee received an email from the CT Forest & Park Association re: celebrating 2019 Trails Day leaders. Trails Day is scheduled for Sun., 6/2/19. Mr. Green reviewed the scheduled hike route.

The trail tender party is scheduled for Sun., 4/28/19, 4-6 p.m.

The annual plant sale at Lonetown Farm is scheduled for Sat., 5/11/19.

Stuart Green reviewed an order for a sign for the Mary Anne Guitar Nature Preserve and additional No Wheeled Vehicles Allowed signage.

D. Pattee stated that $5000 can be allotted to the repair at Lonetown Marsh.  He noted that budget line items will be shifted so that tree removal funds are all together and no longer in the open space line item.

The presence of hunting blinds on town-owned open space has been observed.  Per Alice Smith, they are not assigned to any registered hunter.

Tina Miller stated that there is a proposed not for profit start-up print newspaper in town.

The Open Space Plan is still pending.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly