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Minutes of Board of Selectmen, 06/19/2017

AGENDA: Board of Selectmen

RECEIVED 06/26/2017 2:37pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Board of Selectmen
Monday, June 19, 2017
7:30 p.m., Town Hall Hearing Room

MINUTES

Present: Julia Pemberton, First Selectman; Peg O’Donnell, Michael Thompson.

Also present: D. Fuchs, Police Chief; T. Welles, Planning Commission; J. Board, Parks & Rec.; members of the public; videographers.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

1. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m.

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to add Items 9-11 to the Agenda.

2. Approval of Minutes
On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of the 5/15/17 Special Meeting.

3. Proposal to Install a Free Little Library at the Redding Community Center
Julia Pemberton read the introductory proposal letter regarding a Little Free Library to be located at the Community Center as proposed by RES students as part of a Kindness Project.

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to approve the concept of a Little Free Library at the Redding Community Center.

4. Proposal to alter Giles Hill Road Traffic Pattern at Newtown Turnpike.
Police Chief Fuchs reviewed the recent meeting with residents and travelers of Giles Hill and Newtown Turnpike. J. Pemberton noted that all residents were in support of the proposed change.

On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to approve a change in the traffic pattern onto Newtown Turnpike as described.

5. Updates to Employee Handbook
Proposed changes as recommended by Town Counsel were noted for Selectmen review.

6. Non-Union Employee Compensation for FY 17-18
Options re: proposed 2.5% increase for non-union employees will be discussed further at the Board of Finance meeting on 6/26/17.

7. GLDC Foreclosure: Update and May 15 Forum Feedback
The recent court date was summarized and another meeting is scheduled for 8/29/17.

8. Approval of Resolution authorizing Julia Pemberton to enter into and sign contracts and/or grants on behalf of the Board of Selectmen.
On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to authorize Julia Pemberton to enter into and sign contracts and/or grants on behalf of the Board of Selectmen.

9. Mark Twain Library funds.
J. Pemberton reported an anticipated budget surplus due to an increase in tax collection as well as expense savings. She also reviewed the Library budget status and acknowledged their diligence in monitoring costs.

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to release $12,000 in remaining grant funds for this fiscal year as promised.

10. Georgetown TOD Village Grant and Resolution
Julia Pemberton reviewed a grant application for transit-oriented development being finalized for the 6/23/17 deadline.

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to authorize J. Pemberton to complete and file the TOD grant application with the State.

11. Discussion re Medicare A and HSA contribution
Due to IRS regulations, employees eligible for Medicare A are not entitled to HSA contributions. Possible alternatives for the six Redding employees who will be affected will be discussed at the BOF meeting on 6/26/17.

12. Public Comment
Jane Philbrick requested a breakdown of Town legal fees for FY 15-16 in terms of special legal fees and standard costs. Ms. Philbrick noted her confusion in what Town representation means on the Georgetown Special Taxing District Board of Directors and what Frank Taylor’s role is on the Board. J. Pemberton noted that the Mr. Taylor has a fiduciary responsibility to the Taxing District and suggested that Ms. Philbrick contact the Tax Collector for further information.

John Board stated the large events policy will be on the next agenda for the Park & Rec. Commission. The status of the proposed playground is pending further action by the organizing interest group. Sprinkler heads on the fields are in need of repair.

Olivia Greenspan was referred to the Tax Collector for information regarding the date the Georgetown Special Taxing District stopped collecting taxes.

John Board suggested applying for All-America City designation next year.

T. Welles from the Planning Commission was invited into Executive Session for discussion of Item 1.-Town of Redding et al. vs. Georgetown Land Development Company, LLC et al.

On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 8:50 p.m.

13. Executive Session: Pending Litigation
a. Town of Redding et al vs. Georgetown Land Development Company, LLC et al
b. Balacky et al vs. Redding

The Board of Selectmen came out of Executive Session at 9:30 p.m. J. Pemberton noted for the record that no votes or actions took place during Executive Session.

On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:31 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly