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Minutes of Board of Selectmen, 07/15/2019

AGENDA: Board of Selectmen

RECEIVED 07/18/2019 10:36am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Board of Selectmen Meeting
Monday, July 15, 2019
Town Hall Hearing Room, 7:30 p.m.

MINUTES

Present: Julia Pemberton, First Selectwoman; Peg O’Donnell, Selectwoman; Michael Thompson, Selectman.

Also present: Jeff Hanson, Highway Superintendent; members of the public; videographer.

1. Call to Order

Julia Pemberton called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m.

2. Approval of Minutes of June 17 and June 24, 2019

On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to approve the 6/17/19 and 6/24/19 Minutes.

3. Discussion and possible action:
Redding Telecommunications Upgrade Project Design Phase Scope Change

Julia Pemberton stated that due to a change in the scope of the design phase, a reduction in the amount of $4,680 is proposed to be split by the four involved parties. Mr. Thompson questioned if all fire departments were on board with the project and suggested a meeting with representatives from all fire departments present.

First Selectwoman Pemberton reiterated that the reduction is in the design phase only. Ron Gass of Northeast Communications is available to advise where technical competency is needed.

Working technical group updates will be shared and PerCon will be invited to attend a meeting in September.

On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to approve Julia Pemberton signing the design document letter.

4. Discussion of Eversource Vegetation Management

Samantha Sojka from Eversource was present. Julia Pemberton reported that Redding has 100 miles of lines and 2 main circuits included in the Eversource vegetation management program. Options to keep town residents informed of the project were discussed including a mailed letter or door hanger, FAQ section on the town website and informational sheets on types of tree trimming.

P. O’Donnell confirmed that right-of-way plantings were completed, and crossings were still sparse. J. Pemberton stated that mountain laurel can be planted in areas if needed.

Jim Miller noted his concern about the tall white pines and possible impact on power lines providing power to Georgetown. The trees are located in Wilton and Ms. Sojka took note of the concern.

5. Discussion of current status of road reconstruction projects and maintenance projects and long-term reconstruction planning: Jeff Hanson

Jeff Hanson stated that completion of Diamond Hill and Topstone will deplete the allotted road funds. Additional funds are required to complete Umpawaug Road.

Per J. Pemberton, TAR funds have not yet been received. Mr. Hanson will determine a new bond amount and submit to the Board of Selectmen.

6. Long Ridge Road Reconstruction Project Update

Mr. Hanson stated that the electrical pole has been removed and detour signs are up. Road construction is scheduled for July 19-August 5. The required finish date is November.

7. Changeover at Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority: Julia Pemberton will become primary representative; Jeff Hanson will become alternate.

On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Julia Pemberton as full member and Jeff Hanson as alternate to the Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority.

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to add discussion and possible action re: Tree Warden as Agenda Item 8.

8. Discussion and possible action re: Tree Warden

Julia Pemberton reported that Sean McNamara has stepped down from the Tree Warden position.

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Jeff Hanson as Interim Tree Warden.

A process to select a permanent replacement will be determined.

9. Other Business

Jeff Hanson reported that a contract was awarded for construction of the Station Road Bridge.

Julia Pemberton suggested inviting Francis Pickering from WestCOG to an HRRA meeting.

Julia Pemberton will be meeting with A. Pardee, T. Welles and Mike Zuba from Milone & MacBroom re: community outreach Town Plan of Conservation & Development.

10. Public Comment

Jim Miller stated that there are residents who aren’t aware of town programs such as recycling regulations and the Senior Tax Benefit. He stated that residents should be treated equally, and the town should advertise such programs. P. O’Donnell suggested a note in the tax bill reminding those over 65 of the tax benefits.

Peter Bonfanti, Umpawaug Road, noted his concern with the quickly planned road work planned for Umpawaug Road. J. Pemberton reiterated that it is not a whole road reconstruction. Clarification was provided re: unused funds returned to the town and Mr. Bonfanti continued that he doesn’t want the town to underbudget “what we really need to do”.

On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:05 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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