MINUTES OF BOARD OF SELECTMEN
November 21, 2016
Present: Julia Pemberton; Leon Karvelis; Michael Thompson
Also present: Members of the Conservation Commission; Members of the Board of Finance; Members of the Historical Society; Police Chief Doug Fuchs; members of the public; videographers.
- The First Selectman called the meeting to order at 7:44 p.m.
- Approval of Minutes
On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the motion to approve the October 17, 2016 Meeting Minutes was approved unanimously.
- Discussion of Capital Items for 17-18 Fiscal Year
Proposed capital items were reviewed. Police Chief Fuchs reviewed the current communication and noted that radio coverage needs to be improved at JRMS and Meadow Ridge. Service on the current Motorola communication system will cease in 2019. Options for purchase or lease will be considered.Mr. Karvelis questioned if the current system can be hacked. Mr. Fuchs stated that digital and encrypted systems are less likely to be hacked. Stuart Green questioned availability of transmissions to the public. D. Fuchs responded that the Town website publishes information, however, sensitive topics are encrypted.
Mr. Thompson questioned whether the police communication system could be integrated with that of the fire department to save costs. Mr. Fuchs stated that differences in the technology used by each made integration difficult.
Replacement of the current communication system does not meet the requirement for a bond.
The Redding Community Center Pavilion and playground replacement at Topstone were discussed but do not need to be bonded items. J. Pemberton suggested fundraising for the playground and possible dog park due to the high level of public interest.
John Board noted the need for ADA compliance on playground upgrades. BOF Chairman Alvarez questioned if there would be increased liability for public use of school playground equipment. Ms. Pemberton responded that there would not be increased liability.
John Board suggested exploring State grant money as a source of funds.
- Transportation Alternatives Program Grant (TAP): Norwalk River Valley Trail.
David Pattee, Stuart Green and Dr. Cieri were present for this discussion. The TAP Grant would ensure that the NRVT will cover the municipal portion cost.
On the motion of L Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to grant authority to Julia Pemberton to sign and complete the grant application.
- Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting Schedule for 2017
The meeting schedule will be reviewed.
- Appointment to the Board of Ethics
David Lewson has been reappointed to the Board of Ethics.
- Umpawaug Schoolhouse restoration project
Charlie Couch noted the deterioration of the roof and plans for replacement. J. Pemberton stated that options are being considered for improved drainage. Members of the public noted concern re: proximity of the structure to the road. Stuart Green confirmed that the schoolhouse is one of five one-room brick schoolhouses in the State.
- Public comment
John Board requested updates on the trail tender insurance issue and GLDC status. S. Gniadek is working on the insurance rider for trail tenders. There is a mediation session scheduled in New Britain 12/19/16.
- Board member comment
Julia Pemberton and Michael Thompson bid farewell to Leon Karvelis with thanks and appreciation. He was commended on his selfless service to the Town.
On the motion of L. Karvelis and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:51 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly