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Minutes of Board of Selectmen, 11/15/2021

AGENDA: Board of Selectmen

RECEIVED 11/22/2021 1:41pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

BOS Meeting Minutes
Monday, November 15, 2021
7:30 pm
Town Hall Hearing Room In Person Meeting

Present: Julia Pemberton, Peg O’Donnell, Michael Thompson
Audience: Alice Smith (minute taker), Bob Moran (videographer), Chris Helland (videographer)

1. Call to order at 7:31 pm

2. Motion made to move Executive Session as item #2 and delete it as item #9. Also delete item #3. Moved first by Peg O’Donnell; seconded by Michael Thompson. No discussion. Unanimous.

Moved to Executive Session.

Back to regular session at 8:02 pm.

No votes or actions were taken during Executive Session.

Motion to approve settlement by counsel in Executive Session re: Kosky vs. Town of Redding. 1st by Michael Thompson; 2nd by Peg O’Donnell. No discussion. Unanimous.

3. Approval of October 18, 2021 minutes.
Motion: Approval of minutes accepted. 1st by Peg O’Donnell. 2nd by Michael Thompson. No discussion. Unanimous.

4. Discussion & Possible Action: Calendar for 2022: Regular Board of Selectmen Meetings
Motion: Adopt BOS calendar 2022 as is. 1st by Peg O’Donnell; 2nd by Michael Thompson. No discussion. Unanimous.

Budget Season Calendar of Meetings: no discussion. Just there to be aware that it is coming up. Different this year. January 21, 2022 will be the first of a series of budget workshop meetings. J. Pemberton also mentioned that she intends for someone to put together a “Citizen’s Guide to the Budget”, articulating the process & statutes, based on what other towns have done. It will most likely be digital but it will be a printable document, in PDF format.

5. Discussion & Possible Action: ARP (American Rescue Plan) Ad Hoc Committee will be formed to review proposed projects discussion. There is $2.8 million that the town will be receiving. The town has to commit to projects by the deadline of December 2024 and spend by December 2026. J. Pemberton proposed that an Ad Hoc committee be put together to make recommendations and that town representation (boards, commissions and departments) and the public will be represented. P. Odonnell noted that it makes sense to include everyone even though it is not local tax payer money but is money coming to the town. At the helm would be the Board of Finance, Board of Selectmen, hired consultant from the WestCOG (Betsy Painter, sp?), town Treasurer, maybe BOE, voices from all demographic groups, to create a draft charge for review.
A few examples were given as to possible projects. Discussions with the Commission on Aging for example, shared concerns about air quality and room layout at the Community Center and could see this money support improvements. The Town of Ridgefield has approved $2.5 million for a renovation for their sewer plant to support the Branchville area. Ultimately, when the time comes, the BOS will shepherd all the decisions to be made in a town referendum or special meeting by citizens. It was discussed that all projects could be listed and posted on the website in a format that is user friendly.

6. Administrative:
–Swearing in ceremony: 21 incumbents and 8 newly elected were sworn in on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 at 6 pm in the Town Hall meeting room. Congratulations to all.
–Good-bye to Jeff Hanson, Public Works Director: he is retiring. The town still has not chosen a replacement but there are some internal & external candidates interested in the job. Fred Hurley of Newtown Public Works agreed to help screen applicants. There was some discussion of items Jeff will complete before Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 his last day. Peggy Palmer will transition working more closely with the Transfer Station. P. O’Donnell noted how much she appreciated Jeff’s efforts over the years. The BOS agreed that his no-nonsense approach was effective. J. Pemberton mentioned that there will be challenges with the CT waste disposal system in the near future. Stay tuned.
–Playground: the playground was completed and is beautiful. The split rail is being ordered. There will be a separate fund to help raise money for the playground maintenance called “Redding Youth and Family Spaces Fund”.
–Pavillion: there was a public hearing last week where Zoning approved the project. The Higway Dept. will be doing prep work. The pre-cast footing is done now. The cement/concrete slab will have to wait until the Spring.
–COVID-19 update: J. Pemberton shared vaccination group numbers with BOS. Next week there will be vaccination clinics at RES and Easton for children, 5 to 11 years of age, as children 12 and over can now receive the vaccination any where. The VAX van has been really busy.
–Update of Redding Historic Cemetery Committee: the group will remain an ad hoc committee. The committee will set a calendar of meetings and raise money for various projects. There are stones and walls in the cemeteries that need fixing and maybe the group will be able to find grant money.

7. Other Business: none

8. Public Comment: none

9. Motion to adjourn: 1st by Peg O’Donnell, 2nd Michael Thompson. No discussion. All in favor. Adjourned at 8:35 pm.

Submitted by
Alice Smith

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