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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 10/05/2021

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 10/07/2021 8:51am
Kimberly Keil - Redding Assistant Town Clerk

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
7:30 p.m. – Via ZOOM

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

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m.

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES         -Meeting of September 21, 2021
Site Inspection of September 29, 2021-P. Boccarossa, 50 Seventy Acre Rd.

Mr. Green motioned and Mr. Perlman seconded the motion to approve the 9/21/2021 Meeting
Minutes as amended: Page 2, first item under “Chairman’s Report”, change to “Re: Couch Hill Preserve, S. Green, A. Pardee and W. Hill received and discussed a letter received from Karleen Oosterwal.”; Page 2, first item under “Chairman’s Report”, add “S. Robinson suggested scheduling a site walk for the Commission to walk the area.” The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Perlman motioned and Ms. Robinson seconded the motion to approve the 9/29/2021 Site Walk Minutes. W. Hill abstained.


Application #21-17/Order to Cease and Correct—Peter Boccarossa, 50 Seventy Acre Road. To receive and discuss an application for clearing and grading work done within the regulated area without required permits. Discussion 8/17/2021. Site Walk 9/29/2021.

Mr. Boccarossa was present via ZOOM. Site Walk findings were reviewed.  Commissioners noted their observations including a large area of removed trees, large pile of woodchips near the wetland, and the presence of stilt grass. Upland and wetland stabilization is also needed in addition to removal of the woodchips next to the driveway.
The Commission agreed that the site requires a monitored restoration plan by an environmentalist. Mr. Boccarossa will forward the planting plan after he receives it from Steck’s Nursery. Land Use Director A. Pardee will forward a list of consultants to Mr. Boccarossa. Mr. Pattee noted that the 65-day application review period began when the application was received on September 13 and requested a report and drawing for review at the first meeting in November.

Susan Robinson noted that the stilt grass will be going out to seed within approximately the next week.  She suggested immediate removal and disposal from the wetland or waiting to remove it. She reiterated the persistence required to remove invasives. T. Miller noted the presence of fluid in a collecting pool.  A. Pardee reported that DEEP has evaluated the area and didn’t detect anything of concern.

Mr. Boccarossa asked if the tire tracks should be filled.  A. Pardee reiterated the need to obtain the services of an environmentalist to put together a remediation/restoration plan for review at the next meeting if available or by the 11/2/21 meeting.

Application #21-18, Kathlene Tracey & Nicholas Greiner, 163 Sunset Hill Road. To receive and discuss an application to construct a garage, adjust septic and driveway locations, construct retaining wall, level property and construct a pool/spa within the regulated area.
Kathlene Tracey was present.  The proposal was reviewed.  It was noted that the driveway has already been approved. The height of the proposed retaining wall will be reviewed in detail after the site walk that is scheduled for Mon., 10/11/21 at 4:00 p.m. Mr. Pattee requested placement of stakes at the corners of the proposed pool and retaining wall locations.

Stuart Green reported on the estimate received for Lonetown Marsh boardwalk repair. Additional information is needed to determine the labor cost for the entire project.  The start date is projected to be the second week of December.

Mr. Green reviewed the chainsaw workshop conducted by the Game of Logging.

A meeting was held with the immediate neighbors to NRVT.  The work will start 10/12/21.

Mr. Pattee attended the groundbreaking event for the JRMS amphitheater project.

Re: Couch Hill, Jean Schroeder will give Fred Schroeder’s bobolink file to the Commission.

Mrs. Miller motioned and Mr. Perlman seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly






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