Present: Julia Pemberton; Leon Karvelis; Michael Thompson
Also present: Members of the Planning Commission; members of the public; videographer.
1.The First Selectman called the meeting to order at 7:30 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.
3. GLDC Update: Court Ruling and Next Steps
J. Pemberton reported on the awaited summary judgement ruling on lien priority in the Town’s foreclosure action against GLDC. An Executive Session is being scheduled with Counsel to determine the next steps.
The Board concurred that this was a well-crafted decision that benefits the taxpayers of the town.
4.Town Managed Deer Hunt
Results from the 2015 season were reviewed. The bow hunting program garnered 27 deer with a total number of 120. To date 42 permits have been issued for the 2016 season that commenced on September 15.
The CDC mice program is still in effect.
5.John Read Road Bridge Closure
J. Pemberton stated that per DOT, the John Read Road bridge requires work that will necessitate closing John Read Road. Preliminary information is forthcoming and the issue will be forwarded to the Long-Range Financial Planning Committee to determine funding.
Residents of John Read Road have been notified of the road closure.
a. Historic Documents Preservation Grant Resolution
On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the Board unanimously approved the motion to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sign the Resolution for Historic Documents Preservation after approval of the CT State Library Grant.
b. Biehn Property
J. Pemberton stated that all final paperwork has been officially completed. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place in the spring.
c. Road Reconstruction Fall Schedule
Reclaiming and reconstruction plans are scheduled to begin next week for Goodsell Hill Road, followed by Pickett’s Ridge Road.
The type of replacement guardrail will be changing from brown to silver which is more cost effective and durable.
7. Public comment
Planning Commissioner Toby Welles questioned whether Lee Lane is due for road maintenance. J. Pemberton stated that there is no specific date for Lee Lane. T. Welles and J. Brooks would like to be involved early in the planning process for work to be done on Scenic Roads. Mr. Welles noted his concern for additional work not related to the assigned road construction. J. Pemberton stated that the Planning Commission will be notified of work on Scenic Roads.
8.Board member comment
L. Karvelis commended Charlie Couch on his Redding Historical Society presentation.
M. Thompson recognized the long-term service and passing of Planning Chairman Diane Taylor.
J. Pemberton is still working on the insurance issue re: trail tenders. Mr. Karvelis suggested engaging our new state legislators after the November election for their possible advice or assistance.
On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the Selectmen voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:11 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly