MINUTES OF BOARD OF SELECTMEN
October 17, 2016
Present: Julia Pemberton; Leon Karvelis; Michael Thompson
Also present: Member of the Conservation Commission; member of the Planning Commission; members of the public; videographers.
- The First Selectman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
- Approval of Minutes
On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of L. Karvelis, the motion to approve the September 19, 2016 Meeting Minutes was approved unanimously.On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the motion to approve the Special Meeting Minutes was approved unanimously.
- Mark Twain Library: Program & Finance Update
J. Wastrom, B. Dominianni and B. Higgins were present for the Mark Twain Library. Mrs. Dominianni reviewed the September programs and participant numbers in addition to programs planned for October. A total of 8500 print and digital items were checked out of the library in September.
J. Wastrom reported that the Small Business Circle directory will be released in the next 10 days inclusive of over 100 businesses. A celebration of the 15- year partnership with Meadow Ridge is being planned.B.Higgins reviewed the expenses and upcoming capital expenses in addition to designated endowments. A presentation will be made at the next Board of Finance meeting. J. Pemberton stated that it is premature to determine if additional funds can be released.
- Town Vehicles: Highway & Maintenance Crew
J. Pemberton reviewed the status of malfunctioning town-owned cars and need for replacement. M. Thompson suggested consideration of used cars as options.
- GLDC Update
J. Pemberton reported that 2014 and 2015 grant list years were added to the complaint. A status conference is expected on 11/15/16.M.Thompson commended Town Counsel.
- Appointments to fill vacancies on the Planning Commission and ZBA
On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of L. Karvelis, the Board voted unanimously to approve moving Laura Hoeing to a full member of the Planning Commission.On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of L. Karvelis, the Board unanimously approved appointing Jill Cilo as an alternate member on ZBA.
- Road Reconstruction Update
Reconstruction on Apple Lane, Goodsell Hill Road and Parsons Lane has been completed. Pickett’s Ridge Road paving is scheduled to begin on 10/19/16 and is projected to take one month to complete.
The Board commended Dr. McMorran for his participation in determining the best plan for Pickett’s Ridge Road reconstruction.
- Public comment
D. Pattee requested an update on the Conservation Commission request for workmen’s comp type insurance for the trail tenders. J. Pemberton will add this item to the November Board of Selectmen meeting.T. Welles, Acting Chairman of the Planning Commission, noted the shortage of Planning Commission members and reviewed possible ways to incentivize residents to participate on Town Commissions. M. Thompson stated that he has sent an email to J. Brooks re: possible replacements
J. Pemberton suggested possible volunteer appreciation activities as a way to raise awareness.
- Board member comment
L. Karvelis stated that he is stepping down from the Board of Selectmen effective 11/30/16J.Pemberton reported on the launch of an organics recycling program on 11/12/16.
See Something, Say Something mental health awareness activities will begin in partnership with the Boys/Girls Club.
J. Pemberton reported that a dog park proposal is being considered by Park & Recreation.
J. Pemberton noted that the Long Ridge Road realignment project is being reviewed with the goal of creating a safer rail crossing.
On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly