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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 02/04/2020

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 02/10/2020 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House

Present: David Pattee, Chairman; William Hill; Stuart Green; Susan Robinson; Tina Miller; Wallace Perlman, seated at 8:13 p.m.

Absent: Claire Matzke

Also present: John McLeran, Open Space Manager

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting of January 21, 2020
-Site Walk Minutes, 1/12/2020
M/M Chris Nocito, 64 White Birch Road
Michael Marocco, 65 Diamond Hill Road

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of S. Robinson, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 1/21/20 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 3, first item under “Chairman’s Report”, change to “S. Robinson reported on a “field trip” with John McLeran and the presence of degraded wood chips on town land within the Saugatuck Natural Falls area.”

On the motion of S. Green and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 1/31/20 Site Walk Minutes amended and on file at the Land Use Office.

Application #20-02, Chris and Deatra Nocito, 64 White Burch Road. To receive and discuss an application for shed placement, clearing dead trees and stumps and fill within the regulated area. Site Walk 1/31/20.

Chris Nocito was present. Site Walk findings were reviewed. D. Pattee noted his reluctance to allow a lawn area inside the wetland area. He stated that any other work will require a permit other than removal of the existing trees currently leaning and in danger of falling.

Susan Robinson told Mr. Nocito to be careful of processed stone migrating into the wetlands on the southwest corner. It was suggested that willow or native trees be considered as replacements.

On the motion of S. Robinson and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted unanimously to approve Application #20-02 for existing work as per the application.

Application #20-03, Michael Marocco (owner), Nazzaro, Inc., Gene Nazzaro (agent), 65 Diamond Hill Road. To receive and discuss an application for restoration and enlargement of existing pond.
Ross Nazzaro was present for the applicant. Site Walk findings were reviewed. S. Robinson questioned the origination of a blue pvc pipe that appeared to have been recently covered by leaves.
D. Pattee reviewed the description of permitted work including gardening. Mr. Green noted that in spite of the number of trees that have been removed, the work meets the definition of gardening instead of clear cutting.

John McLeran questioned what is currently living in the pond since there is no in or out flow. He stated that the pond may be a vernal pool. Mr. Nazzaro confirmed that the pond work will not go deeper than the original pond bottom.
On the motion of D. Pattee and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted unanimously to approve Application #20-03 with the exception of the south end which is currently wooded and should remain wooded including trees and shrubs to be left in place.
Re: 30” underground power line, A. Pardee will send a letter requesting someone on Mr. Marocco’s behalf come in for discussion.

Mr. McLeran verified that work invoiced for mowing was complete. The submitted invoice will be paid, however, all future work will require pre-authorization.

Stuart Green received a request from a cultural anthropology student at Barlow who is requesting permission to attend meetings to study subculture. Bill Hill will contact Highstead to determine if there is an opportunity that’s a better fit.

Mr. Green reviewed Eagle Scout projects re: trail boardwalk repair.

Wilton has approved signing the NRVT lease.

S. Robinson and Victor DeMasi have received permission to access the vernal pool that prompted the State Legislature for an upland review area regulation for their April, 2020 field trip.

Per S. Robinson, the dog waste receptables are overflowing at Topstone. D. Pattee will relay this at the brown bag lunch scheduled for 2/5/20.
On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 10:20 p.m.

Submitted by: Kristi C. Reilly

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