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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 01/18/2022

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 01/20/2022 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

MINUTES
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
7:30 p.m. – Via ZOOM
Present via video: David Pattee, Chairman; William Hill; Tina Miller; Stuart Green; Wallace Perlman; Susan Robinson.
Absent: William Hill; Claire Matzke
Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of December 21, 2021

Mr. Perlman motioned and S. Robinson seconded the motion to approve the 12/21/2021 Meeting Minutes as amended: Page 1, fifth line under “Approval of Minutes”, change “Mrs. Robinson” to “S. Robinson.” The motion passed unanimously.

II. REGULATORY

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. Discussion 10/05/2021; 10/19/2021; 11/16/2021; 12/7/2021; 12/21/2021. Awaiting additional information.

Peter Boccarossa and Landscape consultant Michael Boice was present via ZOOM. D. Pattee noted receipt of the wetland consultant report.

Mr. Boccarossa reviewed the timeline and details of actions and associated costs beginning with the first ZOOM meeting with the Commission on March 16, 2021. He reiterated his bond offer.

Tina Miller stated that the wetland consultant report was received today and the Commission needs time to review and consider remediation requirements. S. Robinson confirmed that the new wetland flags were not observed by A. Pardee. Mr. Green questioned how much material was removed. Mr. Boccarossa noted receipt of an invoice and canceled check for the reported 12 loads of removed material.

Mr. Boccarossa stated that his property is not a viable piece of property without a permit. Mr. Pattee clarified that the Cease & Correct order would remain in effect until the work is done. Mr. Boccarossa was requested to submit invoices from contractors and material removal in addition to the pre-paid agreement with Stecks. Tina Miller suggested submitting anything that has an impact on the landscape plan from Mr. Boice. In addition, it was suggested to request the attendance of wetland consultant Joseph Theroux at the next meeting.

Per D. Pattee, additional time is needed for review of the latest report. Mrs. Miller requested additional information regarding a bond. Land Use Director A. Pardee reported that she can work on a bond with Finance Director Steve Gniadek.

Modification to Permit #21-08, Dominick Pagano (owner), Land-Tech Consultants (agent), 241 Ethan Allen Highway. To receive and discuss a request to modify the existing permit to include an increase in the size of the west side addition, add two small additions to the front of the building for a pump house and fire stair, and add a 50’x110’ addition onto the south end of the building within the regulated area.

Nick Fletcher was present in addition to Curt Lowenstein from Land-Tech via ZOOM. The plan was screenshared with the proposed changes highlighted. Mr. Lowenstein reported that no additional disturbance is proposed.

Per Mr. Fletcher, a landscape architect will be retained. Susan Robinson noted that Bradford Pear is on the invasive species list.

Mr. Perlman motioned and Mrs. Miller seconded the motion to approve modifications to Permit #21-08. The motion passed unanimously.

Application #22-01, Ronald Frei (owner), York Mueller (agent, A York Septic), 9 Howes Lane. To receive and discuss an application for installation of new septic tank, pump tank, and fields within the regulated area.

York Mueller was present via ZOOM. After a brief discussion of the proposal, a site walk was scheduled for Sat., 1/22/2022 at 9:00 a.m.

IV. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Mr. Pattee will be attending the Selectmen’s Budget meeting on 1/21/2022. No capital project funds are being requested.

Re: Lonetown Marsh boardwalk repair, Mr. Pattee will pursue new contractors after discussion with A. Pardee.

Stuart Green reviewed expanded parking needs at Brinckerhoff Trail. A kiosk is proposed on the Ives Trail on Sidecut Road. Due to safety concerns with the train tracks, this proposal is not approved.

Mr. Green will contact Metro North culvert maintenance regarding the Bogus Hill water level.

A. Pardee reported on the Sustainable CT Community Match Fund project re: catch basin labels.

Mrs. Miller motioned motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:36 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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