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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 07/07/2020

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 07/13/2020 8:30am
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

Redding Conservation Commission
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

7:30 p.m. – Via Zoom

Present via video: David Pattee, Chairman; Stuart Green; Susan Robinson; Tina Miller; Claire Matzke; William Hill; Wallace Perlman.
Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director, via video

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of June 16, 2020
On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 6/16/20 Minutes as amended: Page 2, Item 1 under “Chairman’s Report”, change to “Re: NRVT, a company has been found who would remove the tires in the tire dump.”; Page 2, 4th item under “Chairman’s Report”, change “weed” to “invasive.”

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Robinson, the Commission voted to approve the 6/26/20 Site Walk Minutes.  W. Hill abstained.

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. Site Walk 6/26/20.

Aimee Pardee was present via Zoom. Site Walk findings were reviewed.

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to approve Application #20-10.

Update regarding violation of Inland Wetland Regulations at 138 Black Rock Turnpike.
Discussion tabled pending receipt of new information.


Per S. Green, an area of erosion on the southwest side of kettle pond was observed in the Saugatuck Falls Natural Area. Mr. Green noted the need for silt fence. S. Robinson reported that the swallow-wort biocontrol cage will be constructed on 6/25 by URI staff.

Stuart Green reported on the possible adoption of an ordinance requiring dog leashes on town-owned open space.  S. Robinson reported that John McLeran has collected information on neighboring towns that have a leash requirement. S. Green reported on the change in birds when dogs are loose on trails.  T. Miller stated that the ordinance would be drafted by the Board of Selectmen and then voted on at a public meeting. She noted her concern re: timing of passing a law during a pandemic and in the absence of voting at a public meeting. She also stated her opinion that such an ordinance feels like increased suburbanization. D. Pattee will participate in the Board of Selectmen meeting on 7/20/20.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:17 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly