Present: Planning Commission Chair Diane Taylor, Regina Heald, Jo-An Brooks, Highway Superintendent Jeff Hanson, Lt. Mark O’Donnell, Selectmen Julia Pemberton, Leon Karvelis and Michael Thompson
First Selectman Pemberton called the June 26, 2014 meeting to order 8:40am.
1. Discussion regarding the paving of Poverty Hollow Road, a designated scenic road
The re-paving of Poverty Hollow Road was discussed with members of the Planning commission who were in attendance. Lt. Mark O’Donnell also provided information on traffic incidents on Poverty Hollow road.
Highway Superintendent Jeff Hanson explained the process followed for installing new drainage on Poverty Hollow and the reclaiming and repaving Poverty Hollow.
The Planners expressed concern that, in the process of reclaiming and laying down the first coat of pavement, Poverty Hollow road had been widened in violation of Redding’s Scenic Road Ordinance. A document on file in the Land Use office shows the width of Poverty Hollow at its widest to have been not more than 18 ft.
After discussion of the scenic road designation, residents desire for traffic calming measures, and safety, it was agreed that the second coat of pavement would be put down at a width of 18 feet, in accordance with the recommendations articulated in the Planning Commission letter to the Selectmen, and in keeping with the conditions for repaving set forth in the Scenic Road Ordinance.
No motion was taken.
2. Discussion and Possible Action: To set a date for a special Town Meeting to consider funding for capital items
The Selectmen discussed the setting of a date for a Town Meeting to request funding for the capital items approved on June 23, 2014 by the Board of Finance.
It was agreed that a date would be set for a Town Meeting on July 9th, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the Redding Community Center. There was discussion of concern over low turnout for Town Meetings during the summer months, the desire of the Board of Selectmen to have greater public participation in the vote, and in the next budget cycle to present capital spending proposals to the voters in May along with the annual budget referendum.
It was agreed that in order to provide for greater public participation in the vote on the newly proposed capital the items, they would be removed from the Town Meeting to a referendum vote on July 22, 2014, to coincide with the vote on the Joel Barlow roof project.
The Town Meeting will be for discussion purposes only.
The Board of Selectmen moves to set the date for a Special Town Meeting to be held at the Redding Community Center, Redding, Connecticut on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:30 P.M., for the following purpose:
To approve the expenditure of up to $7,268,000 to be funded through short term borrowing pending long term financing as recommended by the Board of Finance for the following capital expenditures:
1. Road Reconstruction, 4-year plan for a total of $6,753,000,
2. Lift gate truck (Highway Department), $70,000
3. Communications Tower (Police Department), $300,000
4. Animal Control Van, $35,000
5. Radio Replacement (Police Department), $110,000
Thompson, Karvelis. Approved.
The Board of Selectmen removes the capital items from the Town Meeting to a machine vote on July 22, 2014 at the Redding Community Center between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Karvelis, Thompson. Approved.
Adjournment: Motion to adjourn the meeting. Karvelis, Thompson. Approved.
The meeting adjourned at 9:40 am.