Friday, July 19, 2019

INUTES OF THE BETHANY INLAND WETLANDS COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING OF MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019                                                        Page 1 of 3

The regular meeting of the Inland Wetland Commission was called to order at 7:31 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:

         Kristine Sullivan, Chairman

         Nancy Scanlon, Member

         Charles Clark, Alternate Member, seated as a voting member


The following members of the Commission were excused:

         Rob Huxley, Member     

         James Nickle, Alternate Member


Also present was Isabel Kearns, Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer




1.      Discussion regarding 5 Hatfield Hill Road – Farming


Present for this discussion were Ryan and Anjuli Cokic, owners of the property.


Chair Sullivan stated there are wetlands on the property and that the Inland Wetlands Commission needs to know what the owners are proposing before any disturbance takes place.


Mr. Cokic noted the following during discussion:

·         The lot facing Valley Road is overgrown and unmanageable.

·         There is approximately 25 cords of wood that is dry on the lot.

·         Would like to take wood out and use for burning in our home.


Due to the amount of wetlands on the property, the Commission would like to field walk the property.  Chair Sullivan asked Mr. Cokic if he would flag the area where he would like to work on the wood.  Tabled.





1)      Continue Show Cause Hearing pertaining to Cease and Desist Order, dated       April 13, 2019, issued to Lizbeth Kelley for property located at 42 Deerfield Lane, prepared by Isabel Kearns, Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer in regard to earth material introduced to property


Present for this Show Cause Hearing was Jim Rosson, of Jim’s Landscaping, contractor for the Kelley’s.  Mr. Rosson stated he was cleaning up trees that came down from the tornado last year and that he only has to remove one or two log piles.






Chair Sullivan stated due to the wetlands on the property, the Inland Wetlands Commission doesn’t want to see any heavy equipment on the property and suggested if the logs could be dragged out and no stumping of trees.  The Inland Wetlands Commission will visit the site again with Mr. Rosson.  Tabled.





1)      It was moved by Clark and seconded by Scanlon to approve, as submitted, the minutes of the June 17, 2019, Regular Meeting.

Voting for:  Sullivan, Scanlon, Clark.

Unanimous approval.




1.      It was Scanlon and seconded by Clark to approve the payment of $75.00 to the Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission, Inc. for the Membership Renewal for the period of July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, for two commissions (sustaining).  Share with the Conservation Commission.

Voting for:  Sullivan, Scanlon, Clark.

Unanimous approval.




1)      Letter from Isabel Kearns, IWEO, to Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Murphy, dated July 10, 2019, Re:  735 Litchfield Turnpike, cutting of trees.

2)      Connecticut Wildlife, May/June 2019.



The Commission scheduled a site visit for Saturday, July 27, 2019.  Members to meet at the Town Hall for 8:30 a.m.  Sites to be visited are as follows:

·         42 Deerfield Land

·         5 Hatfield Hill Road




There being no further business to come before the Commission, it was moved by Scanlon            and seconded by Clark to adjourn the regular meeting at 8:00 p.m.

Voting for:  Sullivan, Scanlon, Clark.

Unanimous approval.


Respectfully submitted,



Antonia R. Marek, Clerk

For Inland Wetlands Commission