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Minutes of Conservation Committee, 03/15/2022

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 03/17/2022 11:53am
Kimberly Keil - Redding Assistant Town Clerk

Redding Conservation Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
7:30 p.m. – Via ZOOM

Present via video: David Pattee, Chairman; Stuart Green; Wallace Perlman; Susan Robinson. Tina Miller; Claire Matzke.
Absent: William Hill
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 March 1, 2022

Mr. Perlman motioned and Mr. Green seconded the motion to approve the 3/1/2022 Meeting Minutes. The motion passed unanimously.

Application #22-04, William and Anne Harding, 151 Poverty Hollow Road. To receive and discuss an application to construct a 23’ x 23’ garage within the regulated area.
Mr. Harding was present via ZOOM. The proposal was reviewed.  Mr. Pattee stated that if a permit is issued and the house is sold before the project is complete, the permit has to be transferred to the new owner.
A site walk is scheduled for Mon., 3/21/22 at 5:30 p.m. Per Mr. Pattee, the four corners of the proposed garage location need to be staked.
Mr. Green questioned whether a culvert is needed re: spillway and Mr. Harding confirmed piping under the driveway.

Mr. Pattee agreed to join the effort along with other towns to supply information re: banned invasive plant list to the Environmental Committee, Connecticut General Assembly.
A STEAM festival is scheduled for 4/23/22.  The Commission will have a table at the event and John McLeran will be in attendance. Mr. Perlman has also volunteered to attend.

Mr. Pattee reported that Gene Nazzaro has reviewed the Lonetown Marsh project details as forwarded by Mr. Green. Additional material will be purchased when the existing material is used and a larger platform is suggested for wheelchair access.  Land Use Dir. A. Pardee reported that the Fire Dept. measured the depth of the marsh and stated that the average depth is 18”. The dry hydrant project was updated by Bennett Pardee and a new funding source is a possibility.

Re: Bogus Brook, Mr. Pattee reported that Metro North cleaned the culverts and the water level has subsided.

Susan Robinson reported that a new subspecies of fairy shrimp has been identified.  She suggested inclusion in an updated natural resources survey. Aimee Pardee will investigate funding sources for a new survey.

Stuart Green reported that Land Trust signs have been vandalized at Saugatuck Falls Natural Area.

Tina Miller motioned and Mr. Perlman seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:17 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly