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Minutes of Board of Selectmen, 02/18/2020

AGENDA: Board of Selectmen

RECEIVED 02/24/2020 11:25am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Board of Selectmen Meeting
Monday, February 18, 2020
Town Hall Hearing Room, 7:30 p.m.


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

Also present: members of the public; videographer; reporter.

1. Call to Order

Julia Pemberton called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

2. Approval of Minutes

No discussion.

Mr. Thompson motioned and Ms. O’Donnell seconded to switch Agenda Item 7. with Item 3.

3. NRVT Lease

Stuart Green, Conservation Commissioner and Board member on NRVT reviewed the grant which is reimbursable by the state. The local match exceeded the required 20% match. The engineering contract needs to be returned to Stantec by March 1. Mr. Green noted the presence of two tire dumps. Options re: tire removal or disposal have been looked into. The trail may also be routed away from the tire location.

The field survey will be conducted 3/9-4/9/20. Trail plans, profiles and details will be done 4/9-5/15/20 and the final drawings will be completed by 6/15/20.

First Selectwoman Pemberton stressed the transparency in communicating project details to neighbors near the trail location. Mr. Green confirmed this portion of the trail is called the Redding Mile. Mr. Thompson issued congratulations for the work on the project.

First Selectwoman Pemberton questioned who will be monitoring the project on a day to day basis. A meeting with J. Pemberton, Mr. Green and the Executive Director will be set up to determine who will be responsible for daily project management.

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to authorize the First Selectman to execute the contract with Stantec.

4. Facility Director

Shaun Donnelly was present to discuss the new Facility Director position. He reviewed the job description and possible approaches to additional responsibilities using an incremental approach. Additional personnel additions and support were discussed.

Mrs. O’Donnell noted positive feedback from contractors who work in Redding.


Julia Pemberton stated that feedback has to be back by 3/20/20. Conservation Commissioner Tina Miller requested removal of recommendation “f” in Section 9-16.

The Board will review the request prior to the 3/24/20 Public Hearing.

6. BUDGET: Must approve by February 25, 2020

Bill Hill of the Conservation Commission reviewed the history and importance of the Lonetown March boardwalk repair. He reported that it was the first open space purchase in town.

Due to the need for ADA compliance, the estimated repair is $30,000. At the suggestion of Chair of the Board of Finance Dr. Yonkers, LOCIP funds may be considered as a funding source. A public budget meeting will be held on 3/19/20 at the Community Center.

Per J. Pemberton, a 22-foot tower is needed for a fire department antenna. Topographical maps will be looked at to determine a suitable location that does not cost the town money. In addition, an open space area is needed for placement of a ground array of solar panels. An area up the hill from the landfill will be looked at. Chris Tse reported that he conducted a six-month study on the use of solar panels. He will submit his overview and report.

7. Fire Abatement

Jeff Boxer was present on behalf of the Redding Ridge Fire Department. Julia Pemberton reported on the current tax abatement for fire and EMS personnel based on a point system from individual departments. As of July 1, the plan will increase to $1500. New language for an ordinance will be drafted to increase the amount up to $2000 for 2021-2022. The funds will be factored into the mill rate as an incentive for volunteers.

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to add Anti-Harassment Policy to the Agenda.
Julia Pemberton reviewed the memo from Finance Director. Steve Gniadek regarding the requirement that employers must now provide two hours of sexual harassment training to all employees in Connecticut. Additional information is forthcoming and will reviewed at the next meeting.

8. Public Comment

Dave Pattee, Chairman of the Conservation Commission, thanked the Board for considering the request for funding for Lonetown Marsh.

9. Adjournment

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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