Redding Conservation Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
7:30 p.m. – Via ZOOM
Present via video: David Pattee, Chairman; William Hill; Stuart Green; Claire Matzke; Tina Miller; Susan Robinson.
Absent: Wallace Perlman
Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of 1/19/21
On the motion of T. Miller and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted to approve the 1/19/21 Meeting Minutes. S. Robinson abstained.
Application #21-01, Aaron & Rebecca Meyers (owners), Ralph Merlo, Jr. (agent), 427 Newtown Tpke. To receive and discuss an application for septic system repair within the regulated area.
Mr. Merlo was present via ZOOM. D. Pattee reviewed the proposal and noted receipt of a letter from Doug Hartline, Health Department, noting the proximity of the septic system to the watercourse.
A site walk is scheduled for Sun., 3/7/21 at 9:00 a.m. D. Pattee requested the placement of stakes at each end of the septic system. T. Miller requested correction of name discrepancies as listed on the application paperwork.
Application #21-02, Margo Kish (owner), Thomas Fokuo (agent), 158 Old Redding Road. To receive and discuss an application to construct residence, well, septic, and driveway within the regulated area.
Peter Kish was present via ZOOM along with Mr. Fokuo, contractor Talo Eros and real estate agent Tara Vanghese. Mr. Fukuo noted that he submitted the site plan information to the Land Use Office. Doug DiVesta will be the consulting engineer.
A site walk is scheduled for Sun., 3/7/21 at 9:30 a.m. Mr. Pattee requested stakes at the four corners of the proposed septic location.
III. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
D. Pattee noted receipt of an invoice from Jeremy Carlson.
Land Use Director A. Pardee stated she will be looking for a more local GIS consultant to replace CDM Smith. S. Green stated that more recent aerial photos are needed.
Mr. Green reported that the proposed trail connection following Old Mailcoach Road from Mary Anne Guitar Preserve to the Saugatuck Trail was not approved by the Conservation Land Committee due to the inability to monitor and enforce rules and regulations.
Per Mr. Green, the Selectmen want to include bonding in the NRVT contract. The additional $9700 will use the balance of the grant and the remainder will be split between the town and Friends of the NRVT.
The recently approved Dog Leash Ordinance was discussed. The Conservation Commission can designate areas that do not require a leash. T. Miller suggested setting criteria as the basis for any decision such as size, distance from the road, distance from a trailhead, sight line, prior reports of incidents. Mr. Green added that Redding is in the forefront of the protection of ground nesting birds and should be considered as a basis for requiring a leash.
D. Pattee reported on his meeting with Julia Pemberton, Toby Welles and Matt Lecher at Gilbert & Bennett to review initial steps in remediation.
On the motion of T. Miller and the second of S. Robinson, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly