Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bethany Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes
April 14, 2016
Bruce Loomis called the meeting to order at 8:05.  Also in attendance were Brian Eitzer, Matthew Popp and Cathy Rives.  Absent were Shaukat Khan and Patsy Winer.  Bruce appointed Matthew to vote in place of Shaukat.
The March meeting minutes were reviewed.  Brian moved to accept once the date had been corrected.  Bruce seconded and the minutes were passed as corrected.
There were no new bills.  There was correspondence from the Aquarion Water company soliciting businesses to nominate for the Environmental Champion Award.  Patsy Winer has submitted a nomination
The Commission discussed the Conservationist Award given to two BCS students.  The award has traditionally been $60 for each award winner.  After discussion, Bruce moved to increase the awards to $100.  Brian seconded, all were in favor and the motion passed.
There will be a hearing about the Peck Road affordable housing application on May 4th at 7pm.  This commission has concerns about fire safety.
A new application has been received for soccer fields to be created at 667-681 Amity Road (where the golf course now stands).  The proposal is for the creation of two outdoor fields and construction of a building with two indoor fields.  The hearing will be in May.  The commission discussed concerns about the texture and color of the building (that will be evident from Amity Road) and any screening between the proposed parking lot and Amity Road
Discussion about zoning regulations was tabled.
The Commission entered  executive session at 8:36 to discuss Conservationist of the Year.  A vote was taken and decision made.  Executive session was ended at 8:47.
Bruce reminded everyone about the CACIWC conference which is scheduled to be held on November 12, 2016.  All are encouraged to attend.
As there was no other business, Matthew moved to adjourn at 8:55.  Brian seconded and the meeting was adjourned
Respectfully submitted,
Cathy Rives, Secretary pro-tempore