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Minutes of Conservation Commission,

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 11/07/2013 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: David Pattee, Chairman; Jeremiah Ross; William Hill; Stuart Green; Joseph Beres; Wallace Perlman.
Absent: Tina Miller
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
I.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES     -Minutes of October 15, 2013
On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of J. Ross, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 10/15/13 Minutes as corrected:  First line under “Chairman’s Report”, change “MacLaren” to “McLeran.”
Application/Violation #12-02V, Ms. Pamela Davis (owner), Peter Davis (agent), 724 Redding Road.  Earthmoving and deposition of woodchips, split wood, cut logs and branches in and around wetland soils to establish and stabilize property line (border) from wetlands.  Site Walk 1/5/13; Discussion 1/15/13; 2/5/13; 2/19/13; 3/19/13; 4/2/13.  Site Walk 4/14/13.  Discussion 5/7/13, 5/21/13; 8/6/13.  Site Walk 8/31/13. Discussion 9/3/13; 9/17/13; 10/1/13; 10/15/13.
Discussion tabled pending receipt of new information or attendance by Mr. Davis or Atty. Marcus.
John McLeran, Open Space Manager.  Presentation re Forest Survey Plots.
J. McLeran distributed and reviewed forest survey plot details. He also provided a summary of accomplishments and issues relating to his role as Open Space Manager.
Open Space Issues
Couch Hill Preserve mowing was discussed.  J. McLeran will contact the designated mower re: second cutting.  The first cutting should not commence until the birds leave and the Commission will purchase a padlock with shared keys for access to the area.  In addition, the condition of soils will be determined.  The need to treat the area as a bird sanctuary was discussed.
A test mowing and brush cutting project is scheduled for Stormfield.
S. Green contacted beaver trapper Thor Lundelius who will evaluate the beaver dam at Saugatuck Falls Natural Area.  
D. Pattee and S. Green will be attending the annual CACIWC meeting on 11/16/13.
On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m.
Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly