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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 08/20/2019

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 08/22/2019 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

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

MINUTES
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House

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

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of August 6, 2019;
Site Walk Minutes-August 11, 2019
-Donald and Joan Cullman, 14 Beauiles Lane
-Philip Robinson, 22 Station Road

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the August 6, 2019 Meeting Minutes.

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Robinson, the Commission voted to approve the August 11, 2019 Site Walk Minutes. S. Green abstained.

II.  REGULATORY

Application #19-03, Donald and Joan Cullman (owners), William Dexter (agent), 14 Beauiles Lane. To receive and discuss an application for installation of a new set of leaching fields within the regulated area.

Mr. and Mrs. Cullman were present in addition to Mr. Dexter. Site Walk findings were reviewed. D. Pattee noted that trees to be removed have been flagged.

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to approve Application #19-03.

Application #19-04, Philip Robinson (owner), Joseph Tomas (agent), 22 Station Road. To receive and discuss an application to remodel existing house, including some demolition, excavation, and septic work within the regulated area.

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were present. Site Walk findings were reviewed.

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Robinson, the Commission voted unanimously to approve Application #19-04.

Discussion: Letter of complaint received from Mr. and Mrs. DeFriesse re: possible violation of the Inland Wetland and Watercourse Regulations, 97 Mountain Road, Mr. Horvath.

Mr. and Mrs. DeFriesse were present. D. Pattee reviewed the letter of complaint and subsequent request of Land Use Director A. Pardee to visit the site. Mr. Pattee read the inspection report from A. Pardee. It was noted that the area of concern is wetlands, however the area does not meet the criteria to be classified as a vernal pool.

Mrs. DeFriesse stated that a trench has been dug in the wetland area and a photo of the trench was reviewed. S. Green stated that branch cutting in the wetlands is permitted but clear cutting and trench digging is not permitted.

D. Pattee will request that A. Pardee visit the site to inspect the alleged trench. The applicant may schedule a survey to establish clear property lines.

Discussion will continue at the next meeting.

III.  CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Re: bow hunting hiatus, per the First Selectwoman, the hunters from last year have been notified and have all responded graciously. A letter from John McLeran will be forwarded to commissioners. D. Pattee stated that previous hunters need to remove the blinds, or they will be confiscated. Mr. Pattee confirmed that the average bow hunting take in Redding is approximately 100 deer.

Susan Robinson spoke to Lisa Tewksbury at URI re: black swallow-wort biocontrol system on Simpaug Turnpike. D. Pattee noted that the newest report is up to date. Ms. Robinson stated that a new set of moths will be provided next year.

Stuart Green stated that the cost of maintaining trail report forms will be split with the Land Trust.

Mr. Green will be soliciting bids for Lonetown Marsh boardwalk repair. The demolition of the existing boardwalk may be proposed as an Eagle Scout project.

Re: rocks at parking area at 140 Limekiln, Highway Superintendent Jeff Hanson will contact Aimee Pardee to discuss.

Re: Gilbert-Miller Park, D. Pattee authorized removal of small trees in need of removal for a cost not to exceed $2000.

On the motion of W. Hill 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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