Bethany Conservation Commission
Feb. 20, 2014
The meeting was called to order at 8:07 by Bruce Loomis. Also in attendance were Brian Eitzer, Cathy Rives and Dorothy Seaton.
Bruce appointed Dorothy Seaton as a voting member for this meeting.
The minutes for the Jan. 9, 2014 meeting were reviewed. Dorothy moved to accept and Bruce seconded. The minutes were accepted.
In a review of correspondence Bruce shared correspondence from the Connecticut Federation of Lakes, a notice from the DEEP on changes to ”The General Permit for Water Resources Construction Activities”, and a notice of the meeting of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council.
There was a discussion of the 788 Amity Road proposal. There remains the possibility of a conservation easement for a trail once the dog kennel ceases operation. The conservation commission still feels that we would prefer a conservation easement instead of a waiver of the open space requirement.
There was an update on the Planning and Zoning Hearing on the proposed Green Haven development now called Rocky Corner. The hearing will be continued on Feb. 26.
There was an Executive session from 8:40 to 8:50 to discuss the Conservationist of the Year Award.
There was a discussion of trail easements and the possibility of mapping out from the records all of the old inactive easements – possibly as an Eagle Scout project.
Bruce shared the plans for a development at 4 Peck Road on a current lot. At this point there did not appear to be anything for the Conservation Commission to comment on.
There was a discussion of the Land Acquisition Fund and the possibility of a letter to the board of finance urging them to support the fund. The following motion was put forward by Bruce and seconded by Cathy: The Conservation Commission requests that the Board of Finance propose an addition of $100,000 to the Land Acquisition Fund in their upcoming budget. The motion passed unanimously. Bruce said he would draft a letter outlining the reason for that amount of support.
Bruce moved to adjourn and Dorothy seconded at 9:26