Redding Conservation Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028
Tuesday, April 16, 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 April 2, 2019
On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 4/2/19 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 2, first item under “Chairman’s Report”, change to “S. Robinson stated that not all non-hazard ash trees need to be cut. Wasps parasitic to EAB in CT have been reported.”
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.
Gene Nazzaro was present for Mr. and Mrs. Knapp. The 1987 survey map was distributed and reviewed. Mr. Nazzaro reviewed his proposal to remove chips and install coir logs for stabilization.
D. Pattee requested that Mr. Nazzaro return once he has begun to work on the area to provide an update. Mr. Nazzaro was requested to keep Land Use Director A. Pardee informed.
III. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Tina Miller reported that the request for notification if trees are being cut on town-owned open space will be re-issued when there is a new tree warden to replace Sean McNamara. D. Pattee reported that per J. Pemberton, a non-town employee may be eligible for a stipend.
The trail tender party is scheduled for Sun., 4/28/19, 4-6 p.m. Details were discussed.
The annual plant sale at Lonetown Farm is scheduled for Sat., 5/11/19. C. Matzke will work in the morning. T. Miller is available when needed.
Susan Robinson reported on her participation at the Annual Family Frog Walk at Topstone Park along with John McLeran and Bill Hill. She stated that the library would like to do more events in collaboration with the Conservation Commission.
Ms. Robinson spoke about her attendance at a very positive CT botanical meeting with Eversource re: right-of-way concerns. She stated that per Eversource, they will not be removing gravel from right-of-way areas. D. Pattee has been told that gravel will be removed at the Redding locations. New material for the Redding-Wilton portion of the Eversource project is being submitted to the Siting Council. Copies will be available for review shortly thereafter.
Re: Black Swallow-Wort biocontrol project, the Black Swallow-Wort is ready to be released in Victor DeMasi’s field.
D. Pattee positively reviewed a new organic herbicide called Avenger.
Claire Matzke has attended Pollinator Pathway meetings. Susan Robinson confirmed that the focus of attending should be for educational purposes.
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 8:40 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly