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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 02/01/2022

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 02/03/2022 8:30am
Kimberly Keil - Redding Assistant Town Clerk

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
7:30 p.m. – Via ZOOM
Present via video: David Pattee, Chairman; William Hill; Tina Miller; Stuart Green; Wallace Perlman; Susan Robinson; 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 January 18, 2021
Site Walk Minutes January 22, 2022-9 Howes Lane, Ronald Frei

Mr. Perlman motioned and Mrs. Miller seconded the motion to approve the 1/18/2021 Meeting Minutes. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Perlman motioned and S. Robinson seconded the motion to approve the 1/22/2022 Site Walk Minutes. Mrs. Matzke 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. 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 were present via ZOOM. D. Pattee noted receipt of emails regarding woodchip removal and the planting contract for purchase of the planting material.  An email was received today noting his work on the house and prior work on another house in town. Mr. Pattee reiterated that the application was not held up due to the quality of the house but due to the wetland activities.

Mr. Boccarossa confirmed that 240 yards of woodchips were removed and approximately 40 yards of topsoil were brought in prior to the site walk. Mr. Boccarossa stated that the wetlands consultant Mr. Theroux was not available to participate in the meeting tonight.  A. Pardee stated that any communication from consultants should be addressed to the Commission.

Potential conditions were discussed. Mr. Boice stated that he would meet with Land Use Director A. Pardee after the planting was finished. Mrs. Miller stated that the remediation plan addressed almost all concerns and is a good-faith effort, however she does not accept the soil scientist report because the questions from the last meeting were not addressed. Mr. Pattee stated that a special condition will be added requiring installation of sediment and erosion controls prior to planting. Mr. Boccarossa confirmed that hay bales were used for stabilization because silt socks were unavailable.

Mr. Perlman motioned and Mrs. Miller seconded the motion to approve Application #21-17 with the condition that a bond be imposed for $15,000 to be released after a final inspection by September 15, 2022 to determine the viability of plants. The motion passed unanimously.

Susan Robinson confirmed that inspections can be conducted at any time.

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. Site Walk 1/22/2022.
Ronald Frei was present via ZOOM. Site walk findings were reviewed.

Mr. Green motioned and Mr. Perlman seconded the motion to approve Application #22-01. The motion passed unanimously.

Application #22-02, Edward & Cecilia Staunton, 15 Cross Highway. To receive and discuss an application to construct a four-season porch to the main house within the regulated area.Edward and Cecilia Staunton were present via ZOOM. The proposal was reviewed and a site walk is scheduled for Sun., 2/9/22 at 9:30 p.m. Mr. Pattee requested adding the temporary dirt pile location to the map if appropriate.

Stuart Green reported on the initial planning of an NRVT ribbon cutting. The curb cut permit with Ridgefield needs to be closed out. The bollards have been received. Parking for the ribbon cutting needs to be resolved.

Mr. Green stated that 1099 forms have been filed for independent contractors.

D. Pattee authorized W. Hill to purchase lime for Couch Hill Preserve.

Stuart Green reported that a tree fell on wires on Peaceable Street bordering Rock Lot Scott Preserve. The town paid for the tree removal costs.

Mrs. Miller motioned and Mr. Perlman seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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