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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 06/16/2020

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 06/22/2020 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Redding Conservation Commission

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
7:30 p.m. – Via Zoom

Present via video: David Pattee, Chairman; Stuart Green; Susan Robinson; Tina Miller; Claire Matzke; W. Hill.

Absent: Wallace Perlman

Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director, via video

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

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of June 2, 2020

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of S. Robinson, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 6/2/20 Minutes as amended: add to “Approval of Minutes”: Page 2, Item 4, third paragraph, last sentence, change to “Susan Robinson voted against.”


Application #20-10, Bennett and Suzanne Aimee Pardee, 60 Greenbush Road.  To receive and discuss an application to add screened in porch to existing dwelling requiring excavation for placement of six/eight sonotubes within 100 feet of the upland review area.

Bennett and Aimee Pardee were present via Zoom. A. Pardee displayed a drawing and reviewed the proposal. She confirmed that the footings for the screened-in porch will be hand-dug and the proposed size of the porch is 16’ x 16’.

The letter from Doug Hartline confirms that the septic reserve area as noted on the B100a survey will not be impacted.

A site walk is scheduled for Fri., 6/26/20 at 5:30 p.m.

Update regarding violation of Inland Wetland Regulations at 138 Blackrock Turnpike.

Aimee Pardee reported on residents pumping water from the wetland to a barn. The presence of water running back down to the wetland has been reported. Per A. Pardee, the owner of the property has been in contact and is trying to resolve the issue involving his renters.

A site walk will be scheduled once confirmation is obtained to access the property from the neighboring property at 134 Blackrock Turnpike.


Re: NRVT, arrangements have been made to remove the tires in the tire dump.
An email was received from John McLeran regarding the observation of a Lego as part of a geocache game. Several other pieces have been found on open space land.

Stuart Green reported on the possibility of an ordinance requiring dog leashes on town-owned open space. A recent incident involving an abutter to open space was cited in which the owner posted signage, however unleashed dogs continue to come onto the property from the abutting trail. D. Pattee stated that an amendment to the Open Space Ordinance would require a town meeting. Discussion will continue at a later time when town meetings are permitted.

Re: Black swallow-wort, S. Green observed the weed on Hemlock Trail. S. Robinson is waiting to hear from Lisa Tewskbury regarding the biocontrol. The location needs to be one mile away from the previous location.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly