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Minutes of Board of Selectmen Special Meeting, 01/23/2017

AGENDA: Board of Selectmen Special Meeting

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Town Hall Hearing Room, 6:30 p.m.

Present: Julia Pemberton; Michael Thompson; P. O’Donnell
Also present: Police Chief Doug Fuchs; Board of Finance members; members of the public; videographers.

1.      Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.

2.      Traffic Studies: Report from Chief of Police Doug Fuchs
Police Chief Fuchs reviewed traffic and safety data for Topstone, Sunset Hill, Limekiln, Turney, Gallows Hill and Umpawaug in response to complaints re: speeding and requested speed humps.  Traffic volume, average speed, speed violations and crashes were noted.

Julia Pemberton will talk to residents of Turney Road re: an additional speed hump due to the high volume of traffic. The need to improve Topstone Road was discussed.  J. Pemberton will refer this to the Planning Commission.

The flood warning signs at the Stepney Road Bridge can be removed after the bridge final inspection.

Police Chief Fuchs reported on cars parking at the entry to the trail on the dirt portion of Valley Road.  He requested a no motorized vehicle sign.

Julia Pemberton discussed additional signage to drive Route 7 traffic toward the restaurant area in Georgetown using funds remaining from the Georgetown Streetscape project. D. Fuchs noted that Route 7 is in Wilton and he will address at his meeting in Wilton on 1/24/17.

3.      Public Comment
No comments.

4.      Executive Session: Contract Negotiations Police Union
On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 7:12 p.m. The Board came out of Executive Session at 8:16 and joined the Board of Finance meeting already in session at 8:17 p.m.  J. Pemberton noted for the record that there were no votes or any action taken during Executive Session.

5.      Discussion and possible action: FY 17-18 Town Budget
Julia Pemberton reported that she has asked Department heads to take a look at cutting 10% from discretionary funds.
Lease details re: replacement police department radios and consoles were reviewed.

6.      Administrative: Appointment to Park and Recreation Commission
Julia Pemberton noted a recommendation from the Democratic Town Committee for a replacement to the Park & Rec Commission.
On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Kate Schwartz to the Park & Rec. Commission.

7.      Board Member Comment
Michael Thompson encouraged members of the community to participate in the budget process.

8.      Adjournment
On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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