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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 04/05/2022

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 04/13/2022 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
7:30 p.m. – Via ZOOM
Present via video: David Pattee, Chairman; William Hill; Stuart Green; Wallace Perlman; Susan Robinson; Claire Matzke.

Absent: Tina Miller
Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting March 15, 2022
Site Inspection, March 21, 2022, 151 Poverty Hollow Road. William and Anne Harding

Mr. Perlman motioned and Susan Robinson seconded the motion to approve the 3/15/22 Meeting Minutes as amended: 4th item under “Chairman’s Report”, second sentence, change to “She emphasized the importance for a town-wide natural resources survey”. W. Hill abstained.

Susan Robinson motioned and Mr. Perlman seconded the motion to approve the 3/21/22 Site Walk Minutes. W. Hill abstained.

Application #22-04, William and Anne Harding, 151 Poverty Hollow Road. Received 3/15/2022. Discussion and possible vote on an application to construct a 23’ x 23’ garage within the regulated area. Site Walk 3/21/2022.

Mr. Harding was present via ZOOM. Site Walk findings were reviewed. Mr. Harding reported that the buildings next to the “hoop house” have been removed. The garage area has been cleaned and is ready for construction. Mr. Harding confirmed that no bath is planned for the garage.

Mr. Perlman motioned and Susan Robinson seconded the motion to approve Application #22-04. The motion passed unanimously.

Notice of Violation, Paola Benitez, 440 Black Rock Turnpike. To discuss violation regarding earthmoving and soil disturbance adjacent to a watercourse.

Mr. Benitez was present via ZOOM. He reviewed the circumstances and plans for bringing in topsoil. An application will be submitted and will include a new bridge designed by Ralph Gallagher & Assoc. Land Use Dir. A. Pardee questioned if the driveway was being graded and noted that the silt fence was not dug in. Elevations will be required because the site is in a flood zone. Susan Robinson noted that the 100-year flood zones are being reconfigured, however D. Pattee reported that the focus is on the shoreline and a schedule for Redding has not yet been received.

Mr. Pattee requested information as to how much material will be disturbed at each end of the bridge.

A site walk will be scheduled after the application has been received. The proper installation of silt fence was reviewed with preferred placement of hay bales behind the silt fence.

Discussion will continue pending receipt of the application.


Re: 50 Seventy Acre Road, the Cease & Desist and Notice of Violation are still active and the sediment and erosion controls were recently installed. A. Pardee reviewed the Milone & MacBroom findings re: estimated amount of woodchips.

D. Pattee reported on the Land Trust Annual meeting held on 4/3. The Land Trust thanked Stuart Green for his work.

Final touches are being completed at NRVT. Positive feedback has been received. A ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned for May.

The trails party is scheduled for 4/24/22. Will Haskell and Anne Hughes have been invited.

Susan Robinson noted the potential sale of Deer Lake Scout Reservation. The Hoyt Scout Camp is also being monitored.

Susan Robinson asked if input can be provided for use of ARPA funds. D. Pattee stated that is not the case.

Mrs. Matzke motioned, and Mr. Perlman seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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