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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 03/03/2020

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 03/09/2020 9:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

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


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House

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

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

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of February 4, 2020

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Robinson, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 2/4/20 Minutes as amended: Page 1, third paragraph under “Application #20-02”, change to “It was suggested that native willow trees be considered as replacements.”; Page 2, third paragraph under “Application #20-03”, change to “Mr. Green noted that in spite of the number of trees that have been removed, the work may not meet the definition of clear cutting.”; Chairman’s Report, first sentence, change to “Mr. McLeran verified that work invoiced for mowing at Couch Hill was complete.”


Application #20-04, Nancy Pelz-Paget (owner), William Dexter (agent), 77 Stepney Road. To receive and discuss an application for septic system repair within the regulated area.

William Dexter and Lloyd Burritt were present for the applicant. Mr. Burritt reviewed the proposal accompanied by a drawing.

A Site Walk is scheduled for Sun., 3/8/20 at 8:30 a.m.

Application #20-05, Arianit Krasniqi, 280 Ethan Allen Highway. To receive and discuss an application for construction of parking area, banquet hall, storage warehouse, and relocated drainpipe within the regulated area.

Mr. Krasniqi was present. The site plan was displayed and reviewed. Mr. Krasniqi stated that this is the same application as previously submitted in 2007. S. Robinson questioned if building codes have changed since the plan was approved. D. Pattee confirmed that there won’t be a basement. Stormwater detention and a planting plan was noted on the map.

Mr. Krasniqi pointed out the well locations on the map. If a restaurant is constructed, a community water supply will be utilized. Mr. Krasniqi stated that he has received a list of requirements from Doug Hartline.

A Site Walk is scheduled for Sun., 3/8/20 at 9:15 a.m.

Discussion of possible solar panel sites on open space parcels.

D. Pattee stated that First Selectwoman requested discussion re: solar panel sites on open space parcels, in particular locations that won’t impose a burden on open space. W. Hill stated that solar panels use fossil fuel materials and the priority needs to be conserving energy.

Mr. Green noted the success of the solar panels at New Pond Farm. Shaun Donnelly will be acting in an expanded capacity at the Building Dept. and will inventory town-owned parcels.

Additional information re: deeds and ray size are needed. Commissioners will check out the areas behind the town garage and behind RES on an individual basis.


D. Pattee noted receipt of a letter from D. Smith on Ridgewood Drive re: stormwater/storm drain. Per Mr. Pattee, the town is aware and is addressing the issue.

S. Green reported on reported observations of trespassing on property abutting Stormfield. There is a fence behind a vernal pool that may appear to be a fence delineating a property line. The area is being re-surveyed by the owner. Examples of possible signs were reviewed.

D. Pattee will review the discussion re: solar panels at the brown bag lunch on 3/4/20.
Susan Robinson may attend the CT Land Conservation Conference on 3/21/20 at Wesleyan University.
On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:36 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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