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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 10/06/2020

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 10/14/2020 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
7:30 p.m. – Via Zoom

Present via video: David Pattee, Chairman; Stuart Green; Claire Matzke; Tina Miller; Wallace Perlman.

Absent: William Hill

Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:42 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of July 21, 2020

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted to approve the 7/21/20 Minutes as amended: Page 2, Application #20-06, add after the first sentence, 4th paragraph, “Stuart Green recounted his explorations for possible trail connections to the Saddle Back Trail in Topstone Park. The wetlands precluded a connection from the Blackman’s Brook Trail which would have been a compelling trail connection to Topstone Park.”; Page 2, 5th paragraph under Application #20-06, change “statue” to “statute”. S. Robinson abstained.


Application #20-11, Chris and Toni Ann Rotondo, 32 Long Ridge Road. To receive and discuss an application for demolition of existing home, Modular Home installation, foundation excavation, and general landscaping within the regulated area.

Chris Rotondo and David Dillman were present via Zoom. Mr. Rotondo reviewed the proposal to install a modular home on almost the same footprint of the previous home. Mr. Dillman noted that the foundation of the previous home was compromised during the fire.

D. Pattee requested addition of a temporary stockpile location to the map in as well as sediment and erosion controls.

A site walk is scheduled for Sun., 10/18/20 at 9:30 a.m.

Application #20-12, Joanne Moyler, Revocable Trust (owner), Steven Trinkaus, PE (agent), 22 Umpawaug Road. To receive and discuss an application for installation of a yard drain and pipe within the regulated area.

Steve Trinkaus was present for the applicant via Zoom. Mr. Trinkaus briefly reviewed the application.

A site walk is scheduled for Sun., 10/18/20 at 10:00 a.m.

Application #20-13, Joanna Bergmann, 248 Newtown Turnpike. To receive and discuss an application for home addition/renovation involving excavation of land to create basement within the regulated area.

Joanna Bergmann was present via Zoom. The proposal was reviewed. D. Pattee requested sediment and erosion controls beyond any earthmoving activity be added to the plan.

A site walk is scheduled for Sun., 10/18/20 at 10:30 a.m.

Application #20-14, Ridgefield Motor Inn (owners), Alex Patel (agent), 296 Ethan Allen Highway. To receive and discuss an application for Parking Lot Re-construction, Drainage, and a small section of Septic System within the regulated area.

Ralph Gallagher was present via Zoom in addition to Mr. Patel. D. Pattee noted that the application does not include the construction of a big building in place of the existing structure. The proposal was reviewed. Mr. Gallagher noted that 50 ft. of the front yard is regulated area.

Due to the proximity to known wetlands at the eastern property line, Mr. Pattee suggested investigation of wetland delineation and wetland impact by a soil scientist in addition to necessary sediment and erosion controls. Mr. Pattee also suggested obtaining permission from neighboring property owners.

A site walk is scheduled for Sun., 10/18/20 at 9:00 a.m.


Re: Couch Hill Preserve, the hay bales are being removed. W. Hill is looking into obtaining lime and fertilizer. Commissioners discussed an early cutting of a section of the field in early June.

S. Green reported that the contract re: Redding Mile/NRVT is with town counsel.

The Lincoln Selleck memorial sign has been completed and needs oiling.

Per J. McLeran, Pootatuck Archers will pay for signage to replace the Land Trust sign with a Town of Redding sign.

T. Miller requested an update on the status of hunting on town trails. Alice Smith is coordinating the sign-ups for permitted bow hunting.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:49 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly