MINUTES OF THE BETHANY INLAND WETLANDS COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING OF MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009 Page 1 of 3
The regular meeting of the Inland Wetlands Commission was called to order at 7:40 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room of the Bethany Town Hall, 40 Peck Road, Bethany, Connecticut.
The following members of the Commission were present:
Patricia McGregor, Chairman
Alexandra Breslin, Vice-Chairman
Kristine Sullivan, Alternate Member, seated as a voting member.
Brian Smith, Alternate Member, seated as a voting member.
The following members of the Commission were absent or excused:
Jack Ellison, Member
John Kane, Member
Jon Painter, Member
Also present were:
Isabel Kearns, Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer
Karen Walton, Assistant Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
1. It was moved by Breslin and seconded by Sullivan to approve, as submitted, the minutes of September 28, 2009, Regular Meeting.
Voting for: McGregor, Breslin, Sullivan, Smith.
2. It was moved by Sullivan and seconded by Breslin to approve, as submitted, the minutes of October 13, 2009, Special Meeting.
Voting for: McGregor, Breslin, Sullivan.
1. Letter from Roman Mrozinski, Southwest Conservation District, dated October 1, 2009, Re: Recommendations for 71 Mesa Drive, placement of rip rap along edge of pond.
PUBLICATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
1. Connecticut Stormwater Management Workshop, November 4, 2009.
2. Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions, 32nd Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference, November 14, 2009.
3. Clearscapes, Newsletter of the Center for Land Use Education and Research at the University of Connecticut, Fall 2009.
4. Soil and Water, Southwest Conservation District Newsletter, Fall 2009.
5. The Habitat, Newsletter of the Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions, Summer 2009.
6. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Journal, Summer/Fall 2009.
5 Hatfield Hill Road, Application #1133 submitted by Elizabeth Garcia for an Inland Wetlands Permit for a residential site development –
The Commission formally received the application. Present to speak on behalf of the application was John Paul Garcia, P.E./L.S., owner of record.
Mr. Garcia reviewed the proposed project noting:
· The septic system has been approved and installed.
· Originally received an approval for a residential site development on June 21, 2004, and the permit expired on June 21, 2009.
In discussion, Commission members noted:
· Installation of wetlands conservation area signs.
· Conditions of the previous approval included a conservation easement, a fence along the buffer line, no livestock on the property and no hot tubs.
Further discussion and appropriate action on the application was deferred until the Commission’s next regular meeting on Monday, November 23, 2009. Tabled.
4 Hilldale Road, Application #1132 submitted by Anthony Hebert for the construction of a deck and shed –
Present to speak on behalf of the application was Anthony Hebert, applicant and owner of record.
In discussion, Commission members noted:
· The proposed activity is no where near the wetlands.
· The applicant will be storing bicycles and lawn furniture in the shed.
· The shed will be placed on crushed stone.
The Commission proceeded to deliberate. It was moved by Smith and seconded by Breslin to approve Application #1132 as submitted by Anthony Hebert for an Inland Wetlands Permit to construct a deck and a shed in accordance with the submitted plan, untitled, with hand drawn revisions prepared by the applicant, submitted September 28, 2009, and also this approval includes the standard conditions found on the Land Records Volume 93, Page 802 and Page 803.
Proposed revision of the “Town of Bethany Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations” – The public hearing was closed on September 28, 2009. Commission members reviewed the final draft of the revised regulations and then proceeded to deliberate.
It was moved by Sullivan and seconded by Smith to approve the adoption, effective November 1, 2009, of the revised “Town of Bethany Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations”. The purpose of adopting the revised regulations being that they will bring the regulations in conformance with the statutory changes. They will provide means of notice to residence of town to allow people to have a better idea of when applications are appearing before the Commission and they will provide us with a fee schedule that will allow us to hire experts needed with no cost impact on Town citizens. The adoption of these regulations will allow for improved protection of the wetlands, watercourses and water quality of the public water supply.
WETLANDS ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT
The following sites were inspected to determine whether IWC action is required for the proposed activities:
1) 11 Glenwood Court No IWC Action Required
2) 34 Ridgewood Road IWC Action Required
The following sites were inspected for permit compliance during construction:
1) 48 Clay Road E/C Good
2) 228 Falls Road Re-Inspection Required
The following complaints were investigated:
1) 33 Deerfield Lane No IWC Action Required
It was moved by Sullivan and seconded by Breslin to adjourn the regular meeting at 8:36 p.m.
Antonia R. Marek, Clerk
for the Inland Wetlands Commission