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Minutes of Board of Selectmen Special Meeting, 04/24/2017

AGENDA: Board of Selectmen

RECEIVED 04/26/2017 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

BOARD OF SELECTMEN SPECIAL MEETING
Minutes
Monday, April 24, 2017
Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Present: Julia Pemberton; Peg O’Donnell; Michael Thompson

Also present: Members of the public; reporter from the Redding Pilot; videographers.

1. Call to Order
The First Selectman called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

2. Approval of Minutes
On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Meeting Minutes of 4/3/17.

3. Gilbert & Bennett: Review & set date for Public Forum on Current Litigation
Mr. Thompson read the history to date into the record. A meeting is scheduled for 5/15/17 at the Community Center to review current litigation.

4. Long Ridge Road Railroad –Highway Grade Crossing Project: Supplemental Agreement for Completion of Design Phase
On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to authorize Julia Pemberton to sign the Supplemental Agreement for Completion of Design Phase subject to review by Town Counsel.

5. Dog Park
Max Daignault was present. New information was submitted and reviewed re: new location. The Board will review the new information and discuss at the next meeting. Mr. Daignault was authorized to begin fundraising efforts. The new information will be forwarded to the Park & Rec Commission for their review.

John Board noted that the previous approval by Park & Rec was based on the previous location.

Peg O’Donnell questioned the method of fundraising. Mr. Daignault stated that initial costs will be funded by private donations and the 501C3 account is already set up and will be administered for long-term sustainability of the dog park. Mr. Miller asked if the account will be dissolved after fund raising is complete. J. Pemberton stated that there will be on-going maintenance that will necessitate perpetual fund-raising. Max Daignault stated that Chris Hocker will assist with the 501C3 account.

6. Giles Hill Traffic Pattern
Julia Pemberton noted receipt of a large number of complaints regarding going in and out of Giles Hill Road. Police Chief Fuchs and Highway Superintendent Jeff Hanson will be authorized to review and explore potential solutions.

7. Administrative
a. Re-appoint Caroline Hunter to Park and Recreation Commission;
Appoint Dan Barrett to Alternate position on Zoning Board of Appeals
b. Teen Center Subcommittee

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Dan Barrett to the Alternate position on Zoning Board of Appeals.

On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to re-appoint Caroline Hunter to the Park and Recreation Commission.

John Board stated that a Teen Center Subcommittee report is planned for September. He will schedule a meeting with the subcommittee and the Board of Selectmen prior to June. J. Pemberton discussed a central calendar of all events from the various Town organizations to provide a holistic view of options.

8. Public Comment
James Miller stated that the Water Pollution Control Commission is still missing a representative from the Conservation Commission.

David Pattee stated that the Conservation Commission is down a member. He also noted a publicized event at Topstone to raise private funds without a permit. J. Pemberton noted that the park is available for rent by outside entities and will review the status of the event.

9. Board Member Comment
Mr. Thompson stated that the Frog Frolic is scheduled for Sat., 4/29/17.

Julia Pemberton will review a request from the Mark Twain Library to reinstate the $12,000 removed from this year’s budget if the fiscal year ends with a surplus.

10. Adjournment
On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 7:05 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly