Board of Selectmen Special Meeting
Tuesday, March 22, 2021
Present: Julia Pemberton, First Selectwoman; Peg O’Donnell, Selectwoman; Michael Thompson, Selectman.
Also present: Board of Finance Chair Dr. Yonkers; Board of Finance members R. Dean; E. Miller; J. Wyss; W. Mazzucco, J. Barickman; Treasurer W. Higgins; Finance Director Steve Gniadek; Tax Collector Pat Moisio; Members of town boards and commissions; residents.
The meeting ran concurrently with the Board of Finance meeting and the Selectmen’s proposed budget was reviewed.
1. Call to order
First Selectwoman Pemberton called the meeting to order at 7:39 p.m.
- Approval of Minutes
Mrs. O’Donnell motioned and Mr. Thompson seconded the motion to approve the 2/23/21 Minutes as amended: Page 2, add to the end of Item 3. Discussion and possible action: Long range capital plan and Board of selectmen budget FY 2021-22 “Mr. Thompson motioned and Mrs. O’Donnell seconded the motion to approve the proposed budget of $15,433,298. The motion passed unanimously.”
- Discussion & Possible Action: Budget
Mr. Thompson stated that the recently enacted American Rescue Plan will hopefully assist in upgrading infrastructure thereby benefitting schools. Mrs. O’Donnell stated that this is an opportunity to benefit every person in town and encouraged flexibility as the Board awaits plan details from the State Treasury.
- Discussion and Possible Action: Set a date for a special town meeting to vote on the amendment to the Fire EMS Ordinance.
Thompson motioned and Mrs. O’Donnell seconded the motion to schedule the date of April 21, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. for a Special Town Meeting. The motion passed unanimously.
Mrs. O’Donnell motioned and Mr. Thompson seconded the motion to consider adopting an amendment to the Tax Abatement Ordinance. The motion passed unanimously.
- Set the date for Annual Budget Meeting
Mr. Thompson motioned and Mrs. O’Donnell seconded the motion to set the date of Wednesday, April 21, 2021 for the Annual Town Budget meeting. The sole purpose of this meeting is to remove the call of the meeting and set the date for a referendum. The motion passed unanimously.
- Appointments: Gary Miyashiro, Zoning alternate Feb. 1, 2020 to Feb. 1, 2024
Chuck Cilo. from Planning to the WPCC March 1, 2021 to Feb. 28, 2025.
Mrs. O’Donnell motioned and Mr. Thompson seconded the motion to appoint Gary Miyashiro as a Zoning alternate. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Thompson motioned and Mrs. O’Donnell seconded the motion to appoint Chuck Cilo as the Planning representative to the WPCC. The motion passed unanimously.
- New Business
- Old Business
O’Donnell commended all involved in executing the COVID-19 vaccination program at the Community Center.
Mr. Thompson noted the recent media and social media activity concerning goats on Cross Highway. He reported that litigation between the property owner and the Town has been withdrawn and it is hoped that this longstanding matter has been resolved.
The ZOOM meeting automatically terminated at 10:45 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly