Redding Conservation Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House
Present: David Pattee, Chairman; William Hill; Stuart Green; Susan Robinson; Wallace Perlman; Tina Miller.
Absent: Claire Matzke
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of September 17, 2019
-Site Walk Minutes-September 29, 2019, D. Pagano, 241 Ethan Allen Highway
On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the September 17, 2019 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 2, fifth item under “Chairman’s Report”, add “W. Hill noted that hay bales are present in the field”.
On the motion of S. Green and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 9/29/19 Site Walk Minutes as amended: Page 1, add as second sentence: “We saw the area that Ms. Hardman said was remediated.”
Application #19-05, Dominick A. Pagano, 241 Ethan Allen Highway. To receive and discuss an application for activities associated with excavation, backfill, and discharge treated groundwater to the Norwalk River under CT DEEP General Permit. Site Walk 9/29/19.
Ms. Hardman was present from Sovereign Consultants. Site Walk findings were reviewed. Stuart Green reported on a small rip observed on the tarp and it was suggested that it be taped. S. Robinson asked if there were monitoring wells on the south side. Ms. Hardman stated that there are two located on the south side with a total of 8 wells. She will forward all results to the Commission. A consultant for the buyer will be assuming responsibility for the monitoring wells after this initial project is complete.
Stuart Green noted his concern re: proximity to the Norwalk River while commenting that commercial properties are of value to Redding. D. Pattee reported that the concrete curb on the northern side between the parking lot and wetlands was doing an excellent job of protection and hay bales placed at the drain gate is standard procedure.
On the motion of D. Pattee and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to approve Application #19-05 with activities completed with the special condition that periodic reports of groundwater monitoring be submitted for as long as DEEP requires groundwater monitoring and periodic reports from the new owner be submitted as to the status of the cleanup project going forward.
D. Pattee requested a survey showing the locations of the monitors.
III. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
D. Pattee noted receipt of a grant application completed by John McLeran re: farmland restoration. The application needs to be signed by Julia Pemberton and may be used to purchase lime for Couch Hill pending timely submission of the application.
Per S. Green, a response is pending from a possible contractor for repairs. Mr. Green noted that additional trailtenders are needed.
Mr. Green reported on his attendance at a pre-application meeting for a subdivision on Lonetown Road. Previously reported archaeological findings were noted. Mr. Green stated that he expressed his concern for the construction activities flowing toward the Saugatuck River.
On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly