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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 05/07/2013

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 05/09/2013 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

MINUTES
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House

Present: David Pattee, Chairman; Jeremiah Ross; William Hill; Stuart Green; Joseph Beres; Tina Miller; Wallace Perlman.
Also present: R. Flanagan, WEO/ZEO

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

I.          APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Minutes of 4/16/13
–      Site Inspection Minutes 4/21/13
·      Region 9 School District, 100 Black Rock Tpke.
·      Escape from CT LLC, 175 Umpawaug Rd.
·      Charles K. Hyatt, Jr., 30 Sanfordtown Rd.

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 4/16/13 Meeting Minutes.

On the motion of W. Hill and the second of S. Green, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 4/21/13 Site Inspection Minutes.

II.        REGULATORY

Application #13-04, Region 9 School District, Joel Barlow High School, 100 Black Rock Turnpike aka 70 Turney Road.  Received 4/16/13.  Discussion and possible vote on an application for Stadium Field Improvements project, including reconstruction of the bleachers, athletic lighting and a new synthetic turf field.  Activity involving the location of structures, including earth-disturbing activities within the regulated area.  Site Walk 4/21/13.

Chris Hocker from Region 9 Board of Education was present along with a representative of Gale Associates.  D. Pattee noted receipt of revised plans dated 5/7/13 and a memo from D. Hartline dated 5/7/13. A report from Milone & MacBroom is pending.

Drawings were displayed and reviewed.  Sediment and erosion controls for use during construction were reviewed in detail.  Turf materials were reviewed.

Discussion will continue at the next meeting pending review of new material and a written response to the letter from Aquarion.

Application #13-05, Escape from CT LLC (owner), Benjamin V. Doto, III, P.E., (agent), 175 Umpawaug Road.  Received 4/16/13.  Discussion and possible vote on an application to build a new vegetable and plant fruit garden, trail improvements and drainage improvements within the regulated area.  Site Walk 4/21/13.

Mr. Doto was present in addition to the owner, Greg Young.  Certified Mail receipts were submitted for the record.

Mr. Young noted that removal of invasive species was inadvertently removed prior to a permit from this Commission.  Activity has since ceased pending receipt of a permit.

On the motion of J. Beres and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to approve Application #13-05.

Application #13-06, Todd and Cathy Drury (owners), Peak Engineers, Tom Quinn (agent), 20 Pocahontas Road.  To receive and discuss an application to construct pole barn and gravel driveway within the regulated area.

Mr. Drury was present along with T. Quinn.  Proposed plans were displayed and reviewed by Mr. Drury.

A Site Walk is scheduled for Fri., 5/17/13 at 5:30 p.m.  D. Pattee requested stakes to be placed at the four corners of the proposed barn location in addition to a stake at the central line of the proposed new driveway.

Application/Violation #12-02, 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 1/5/13; 2/19/13; 3/19/13; 4/2/13.  Site Walk 4/14/13.

Peter Davis was present.  B. Flanagan reported on his 5/1/13 site inspection.  D. Pattee reiterated the goal of bringing the wetland line back to where it originally was.  The use of natural, wetland-type plantings was suggested as demarcation of the wetlands.

Mr. Davis was requested to put down grass seed in the topsoil areas to help stabilize the area until Mr. Davis returns to complete the requested remediation.  Mr. Davis stated that he will submit a proposed planting plan for Commission review and will contact Mr. Flanagan when he is back in town.

Application/Violation #13-01, Charles K. Hyatt, Jr. (owner), Environmental Land Solutions, LLC (agent), 30 Sanfordtown Road.  Received 4/16/13.  Discussion and possible vote on an application for mitigation and stabilization of a wood road, wood lot and wildlife management and pond restoration within the regulated area.  Site Walk 4/21/13.

Mr. Hyatt was present in addition to Kate Throckmorton from Environmental Land Solutions and Gene Nazzaro.

Ms. Throckmorton addressed the concerns noted in Mr. Flanagan’s report as noted at the last meeting.  Revised plans were displayed and reviewed in detail.  G. Nazzaro reviewed details of the proposed pond restoration.

B. Flanagan commended the applicant and consultants on their response and proposed plans.  He will forward a letter to the applicant reminding them of the need to file a Zoning Application.

Discussion will continue at the next meeting pending review of the newly submitted material.

III.       CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

D. Pattee reviewed the new format of DEEP training sessions.  Anyone interested in attending upcoming sessions should contact C. Keil at the Land Use Office.

S. Green and D. Pattee are scheduled to present the routing study re: Norwalk River Valley Trail at the Board of Selectmen meeting 5/14/13.

Additional items on the Board of Selectmen meeting agenda were noted.

J. Beres reviewed recent changes re: Deer Committee.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 10:25 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly