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Minutes of Board of Selectmen, 07/18/2016

AGENDA: Board of Selectmen

RECEIVED 07/20/2016 8:30am

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MINUTES

Present: Julia Pemberton; Leon Karvelis; Michael Thompson
Also present: Police Chief D. Fuchs; Highway Superintendent Jeff Hanson; W. Redding Fire Department Chief Glenn Johnson; members of the W. Redding Fire Department; members of the public; videographer.

1. The First Selectman called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the motion to approve the Minutes was approved unanimously.
On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the Selectmen voted unanimously to move Agenda Item #4 to be Agenda Item #3.

3. DISCUSSION OF TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES FOR THE DURATION OF THE RT. 53 BRIDGE PROJECT

J. Pemberton and D. Fuchs reviewed the history of the bridge project and current traffic calming measures.  Chief Fuchs noted success in the present measures.

Glenn Johnson noted his concerns re: response time concerning the proposed stop sign at Marchant and Umpawaug Roads.  Mr. Johnson read a portion of a letter from the Planning Commission requesting that the Board of Selectmen determine whether stop signs are temporarily needed at the intersection.

J. Board noted his agreement with the Fire Department and stated that residents should have been notified in advance of the traffic calming measures.  K. Heller stated that everyone should have been notified and considered prior to making road changes.  E. Kokoska stated that if there is not a problem, it doesn’t need to be fixed. Chief Fuchs discussed several public relations measures that were put in place to prepare residents for the DOT work on Rt. 53 and elsewhere.

M. Thompson questioned whether the proposed stop signs were intended to be temporary or permanent.  Chief Fuchs responded that they would be temporary and that permanence was a suggestion.

N. Stietzel noted her concern re: weather conditions and the proposed stop sign location. R. Schaer stated that the stop signs should not be installed even on a temporary basis. N. Pinto stated that another speed hump is preferable to a sign. Mr. Miller noted that there are only five weeks until the project is scheduled to be finished.

Jeff Hanson clarified grade requirements for speed humps. A. Alcott questioned whether the response time to Georgetown has been affected.  J. Schreck questioned why a change is necessary given the success in the present measures as reported by Chief Fuchs.

J. Pemberton thanked everyone for their concern and involvement.

On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of L. Karvelis, the Board voted unanimously not to install temporary stop signs at the intersection of Marchant and Umpawaug Roads based on the effectiveness of current temporary traffic calming measures.

4. REPORT: UTILITIES TASK FORCE
Members of the Utilities Task Force were present.  Results of the exploration of the efficacy of providing natural gas service in the Georgetown area of Redding were reviewed and the benefits outlined. It was noted that Rep. Shaban had asked Eversource’s lobbyist for the utility’s hurdle rate analysis for Georgetown on at least two occasions, but has received nothing to date.

Re: Fiber-optic cable, results of the study were reviewed and Task Force members concurred that this presents as a high risk capital investment, therefore, it will not be pursued further.

On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the Selectmen voted unanimously to add “Public Comment” to the Agenda.

4a. PUBLIC COMMENT
No comments.

5. BOARD MEMBER COMMENT
No comments.

6. ADJOURNMENT
On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the Selectmen voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly