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Minutes of Board of Selectmen Special Meeting, 12/12/2016

AGENDA: Board of Selectmen Special Meeting

RECEIVED 12/14/2016 4:02pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Special Meeting
Monday, December 12, 2016
Redding Community Center, 6:30 p.m.

Present: Julia Pemberton; Michael Thompson; P. O’Donnell, seated at 6:45 p.m.

Also present: BOF Chairman W. Alvarez; S. Clark; W. Mazzucco; J. Dolan; K. Yonkers; M. Lewis; Finance Director Gniadek; School Superintendent Dr. McMorran; Board of Education Chairman S. Sobel; Board of Education members G. Denny, M. Hoffman, E. Miller; Town Clerk Michele Grande; Redding Pilot reporter; videographers; members of the public; videographers.

1. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.

2. Public Comment
Susan Winters stated that Ms. O’Donnell was an excellent candidate to fill the vacant position on the Board of Selectmen.

3. Discussion and possible action on candidate to fill Board of Selectmen vacancy: Margaret O’Donnell
The Selectmen reviewed Ms. O’Donnell’s experience and contributions to the Town. Mr. Thompson raised the issue of several boards unexpectedly being affected by Mr. Karvelis’ retirement. J. Pemberton noted the seriousness with which the nomination process is made and encouraged anyone in the community who wishes to serve to contact the Selectmen’s office.

On the motion of J. Pemberton and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Margaret O’Donnell to the Board of Selectmen to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Leon Karvelis.
Town Clerk Michele Grande swore Ms. O’Donnell in.

4. Executive Session: Pending Litigation GLDC
On the motion of M. Thompson and the second of P. O’Donnell, the Board voted unanimously to go into Executive Session to discuss pending litigation re: GLDC.

The Board came out of Executive Session and resumed the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

5. Fiscal Year 17-18 Budget Discussion with Boards of Finance and Education
Julia Pemberton reviewed her initial meetings with department heads in addition to variances and possible state cuts.

Dr. McMorran reviewed the regrouped proposed budget with an increase of more than 1% and less than 2%. A PowerPoint presentation detailed the cost centers.

Chairman Alvarez reiterated the goal of working collaboratively and requested submission of a budget that details the cost centers with a reduction of $500,000. W. Mazzucco noted that based on the surplus and discussions held in prior meetings, the expectations were that the proposed budget would reflect the requested reduction.

Special Education staffing was discussed. Dr. McMorran stated that out of 103 teachers, 15-20 are involved in the special education program. He also noted that 13% of incoming kindergarten students have been identified has having special needs. Dr. McMorran will forward the exact number of students to Mr. Mazzucco.

A day-long education budget workshop is being held by J. Pemberton on 1/6/17. The BOE budget workshops are scheduled for 1/10/17 and 1/12/17.

6. Public Comment
No comments.

7. Board member comment
No comments.

8. Adjournment
On the motion of P. O’Donnell and the second of M. Thompson, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly