Special Town Meeting
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Town Hall Hearing Room, 7:30 p.m.
Present: First Selectman Julia Pemberton; approximately 25 electors of the Town, including Selectmen Peg O’Donnell and Michael Thompson, and Town Clerk Michele Grande.
First Selectman Julia Pemberton called the meeting to order at 7:39 p.m. and asked for the nomination of a moderator.
Motion: To nominate Dick Emerson as Moderator of the Special Town Meeting. Motion made by Michele Grande, seconded by Michael Thompson. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Emerson called upon Town Clerk Michele Grande to read the warning of the meeting.
WARNING-NOTICE OF SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
The Legal Voters in the Town of Redding, Connecticut, and those entitled to vote therein are hereby warned and notified to meet at the Special Town Meeting to be held at the Redding Town Hall, 100 Hill Road, Redding, CT on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. for the following purpose:
To consider the expenditure of up to $2,950,000 for three year road reconstruction to be funded through short-term borrowing pending long-term financing as recommended by the Board of Finance. The meeting is for discussion only as the Board of Selectmen has removed the vote from the town meeting and will send to referendum, the date and time of which will be set at the town meeting.
To do any and all things legal and necessary to accomplish the above-named purpose and take any other action that may legally and properly come before the meeting.
DATED at Redding, Connecticut this 6th day of August, 2019.
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Julia Pemberton, First Selectman
Margaret (Peg) O’Donnell, Selectman
Michael P. Thompson, Selectman
Mr. Emerson asked for a motion to approve the warning as read.
Motion: To approve the warning as read. Motion made by David Pattee, seconded by Stan Rhodes. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Emerson then indicated he had received a Certification of Publication of Legal Notice pursuant to the provisions of CGS 7-4, signed by the First Selectman and requested that it be recorded with the proceedings of the meeting.
Mr. Emerson stated that the sole purpose of this meeting is to establish a date for the referendum. First Selectwoman Pemberton stated Monday, August 26, 2019 from 6:00 am-8:00 pm at the Redding Elementary School gymnasium.
Motion: To set referendum date for August 26, 2019 from 6:00 am-8:00 pm at the Redding Elementary School. Motion made by Julia Pemberton, seconded by P. O’Donnell. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Emerson opened the meeting for discussion of the proposal. First Selectwoman Pemberton reported that Umpawaug Road would be the first road to be paved if the funding is approved. The last bond for $6.7 million was for a four-year plan that is now past five years. Church Hill and its side roads, Diamond Hill and the paved portion of Topstone have been done. Only Church Hill was a full reclamation and the others were mill and pave, chip seal and fog seal. Sarah Odell asked if the expenditure was strictly for roads.
Rob Dean stated that the issue is the result of urgent reports from Umpawaug residents reporting the rapid deterioration and current emergency condition. He continued that roads have limited lifecycles and the town needs to be anticipating the next capital cost.
First Selectwoman Pemberton stated that towns in WestCOG located in northern Fairfield County have all reported fast asphalt deterioration. A meeting was held with DOT and testing will be conducted on asphalt samples. Climate change is also a contributing factor.
J. Pemberton stated that to date, 50 miles of roads have been completed with the money in the four-year plan.
Motion: To adjourn meeting. Motion made by P. O’Donnell, seconded by David Pattee. Motion passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly