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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 11/17/2020

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 11/18/2020 10:26am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

MINUTES
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
7:30 p.m. – Via Zoom

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

Absent: Wallace Perlman

Several residents also joined via ZOOM.

Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:36 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of October 20, 2020

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of S. Robinson, the Commission voted to approve the 10/20/20 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 1, third paragraph under “App. 20-11”, change “Mrs. Robinson” to “S. Robinson”; Page 4, first sentence, change to “W. Hill is working on obtaining lime and fertilizer.”

II. DISCUSSION
Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) – Redding Mile. Discussion re wetland determination

D. Pattee reported that no wetlands have been observed, however culverts will be installed in areas of low spots where water could flow downhill. Mr. Green reviewed the discussion at the Board of Selectmen meeting on 11/16 re: contract review and stated that culverts are not an indicator of a watercourse and they are being installed as a stormwater management system. Mr. Green reported that the Board of Selectmen approved signing the lease for DOT.

A screenshot of the GIS map was screenshared and reviewed by Mr. Green.

On the motion of S. Green and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted unanimously that the wetlands permit application is not required because no portion is in the wetland review area and to approve the Redding Mile of the NRVT per the Stantec construction plan.

III. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Mr. Pattee and A. Pardee reviewed a number of encroachment issues reported on the weekend.

Budget season is approaching. Suggested projects may be requested.

Re: leash requirement for dogs on town-owned open space, discussion will continue when information is received from the First Selectwoman. T. Miller reiterated that the Commission is in agreement that some control of dogs in open space is needed.

Gus Olsen questioned where the Redding Mile continues from Pickett’s Ridge Road. Mr. Green reviewed possible options.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.
Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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