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Minutes of Board of Selectmen – Special, 03/09/2015

AGENDA: Board of Selectmen – Special

RECEIVED 03/11/2015 11:22am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Minutes

Present: Pemberton, Karvelis, Thompson

Also present:  Tax Collector Moisio, Board of Finance members Alvarez, Mazzucco, Dolan, two representatives of Pullman & Comley, and two members of the public, and a representative of the Redding Pilot

First Selectman Pemberton called the March 9, 2015 meeting to order at 7:31 pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion: move that the Board of Selectmen approve the minutes of the February 17, 2015 meeting as submitted. Karvelis, Thompson. Approved. Unanimous.

Motion: move that the Board of Selectmen approve the minutes of the February 18, 2015 meeting as submitted.  Karvelis, Thompson.  Approved. Unanimous.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion: move to recess the meeting to executive session for a discussion of pending litigation.  Karvelis, Thompson. Approved. Unanimous.

Invited to be present:  Mrs. Moisio, Mr. Alvarez, Mr. Dolan, Mr. Mazzucco, and Adam Cohen and Michael Lavelle of Pullman & Comley.

The meeting recessed at 7:35 pm.

RECONVENE

The Chair reconvened the meeting in public session at 8:30 pm

Present:  Pemberton, Karvelis, Thompson

Also Present:  Rosalind Kopfstein and Police Chief Fuchs, and a representative of the Redding Pilot.

PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: FINAL REPORT OF THE MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS

Mrs. Kopfstein presented the final report of the Mental Health Task Force and the recommendations. She highlighted the work of the committee and reviewed the recommendations. The recommendations include the addition of a part time licensed clinical social worker and provide town personnel with a mental health first aid training course.  Mrs. Pemberton indicated the Town would move forward on the recommendations and noted that the budget includes some funding for the additional position.

Mr. Karvelis thanked the League of Women Voters for spearheading the Task Force and thanked all those who worked on the report.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS TOWER: REPORT FROM PLANNING

Mrs. Pemberton noted that the Planning Commission approved a 100 foot monopole type communication tower for the Police Department.  There is the potential to add an additional 20 feet in the future if needed. The 100 foot provides the Police Department with adequate service, but does not service the Fire Departments. The tower proposal will be presented at the Board of Finance Budget Hearing on Thursday, March 12, 2015 and will include the cost per the Planning Commission approval.

DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON WCCOG REGIONAL GIS RESOLUTION

Motion:  move that the Redding Board of Selectmen approve the Resolutions endorsing a Regional Performance Incentive Program Grant Application by the Western Connecticut Council of Governments. (full Resolution on following page).  Karvelis, Thompson. Approved. Unanimous.

DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON REDDING WEBSITE

Mrs. Pemberton reported that a new website for the Town is being developed. The new website will improve user interface, navigation, features and be a better communication vehicle for the public. She will begin training the town departments on the use of the site, with a goal of going live the first week of April.  The new site will be less costly than the current service.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Mr. Karvelis suggested that a task force be formed to consider the possibility of bring natural gas into the Georgetown area. Mrs. Pemberton reported that a representative of Eversource will make a presentation at the April Board of Selectmen meeting regarding bringing natural gas to the Georgetown area.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion: move to adjourn the meeting. Karvelis, Thompson.  Approved.  Unanimous

The meeting adjourned at 9:22 pm.

Submitted by Mary Maday, Recording Secretary