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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 04/06/2021

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 04/08/2021 3:10pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
7:30 p.m. – Via ZOOM

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

Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director and Julia Pemberton, First Selectwoman

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

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of 3/16/21

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted to approve the 3/16/21 Meeting Minutes.


Application #21-02, Margo Kish (owner), Thomas Fokus (agent), 158 Old Redding Road. Received 3/02/2021. Discussion and possible vote on an application to construct residence, well, septic, and driveway within the regulated area.

Doug DiVesta was present for the applicant via ZOOM. The property survey was screen shared and reviewed by Mr. DiVesta.

A site walk is scheduled for Tues., 4/13/21 at 5:00 p.m. Mr. Pattee requested placement of stakes at the locations of the proposed house, septic system and discharge pipe.

Application #21-03, Jean Paul Valles (owner), William & Patricia Schwert (agents), 93 Umpawaug Road. To receive and discuss an application to construct a single-family dwelling, septic, well, and driveway within the regulated area.

Mike Mazzucco was present for the applicant via ZOOM. Mr. Mazzucco screen shared a site development map and reviewed the proposal. Mr. Pattee asked if the temporary stockpiles will be moved. Mr. Mazzucco confirmed that the material will be utilized in the construction.

A site walk is scheduled for Tues., 4/13/21 at 5:30 p.m. Mr. Pattee requested placement of stakes at the corners of the proposed house and septic system locations.

Application #21-04, Fire District No. 1 (owners), Frank J. Scinto, Esq. (agent), 186 Black Rock Turnpike. To receive and discuss an application to demolish existing firehouse and to construct a new, modern facility within the regulated area.

Atty. Scinto, Jeff Mose and Rob Frangione were present for the applicant via ZOOM. Atty. Scinto provided an overview of the proposal to demolish the present firehouse and build a modern replacement structure. The survey map was screen shared. Mr. Mose shared the site location map and displayed drawings and a video of the proposed new firehouse. Mr. Pattee requested the addition of dimensions on the plans.

Mr. Frangione shared and reviewed the site plan as it relates to the regulated area. Test borings were completed for the septic system design but not to determine the fill on which the current firehouse is located. S. Robinson asked about runoff from washing vehicles. Mr. Frangione noted the placement of catch basins. D. Pattee noted the DEEP requirement for vehicle wash runoff. Phyllis Magnussen stated that there is a water collection system on the left side of the building. The Redding Center firehouse will be used as a temporary backup if needed and also has a water collection system.

A site walk is scheduled for Tues., 4/13/21 at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Pattee requested placement of stakes at the corners of proposed areas of large construction.


Mr. Pattee reported that funds from the Audubon grant need to be utilized this month. Handouts for Couch Hill Preserve have been created and will be ready before the bobolinks return to nest. J. Pemberton requested invoices so the grant funds are spent prior to the April 17 deadline.

The Lonetown Marsh boardwalk will be on the referendum as a capital project. First Selectwoman Pemberton confirmed that the referendum is scheduled for 5/4/21. No funds will be borrowed for this project and the need to explain the project options to voters was discussed.

Stuart Green reported that the first 50 dog leash signs are going up. The kiosk at Saugatuck Falls can be re-dug as an interim measure. Mr. Green suggested a full-shed design to highlight the crown jewel of Redding open space.

A Gilbert & Bennett Wire Mill discussion will be held via ZOOM on 4/8/21 at 7:00 p.m. J. Pemberton reported that the National Park Service is the first tenant. D. Pattee will speak at the meeting about the role of Conservation in the project.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:57 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly









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