Tuesday, February 17, 2009

FEBRUARY 9, 2009
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Gorski, Selectman Walter Briggs, Selectman Steven Thornquist

Visitors: Rhoda and Patrick Geoghagan, Randy Raddatz, Linda Cohen, Brian Laubstein, Patricia Garcia, Heidi Gianquinto

First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order at 7:35 p.m. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. Check signing was the first order of business. First Selectwoman Gorski asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the January 26, 2009 meeting. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Briggs and seconded by Selectman Thornquist. The vote was called. The vote was unanimous.

Linda Cohen gave a presentation to the Board of Selectmen regarding events and financial status of the Amity Teen Center. Linda indicated that more Bethany students are visiting the Teen Center. The Advisory Board has applied to Woodbridge Planning and Zoning Commission for permission to allow extension of the hours of operation for the Center. The Amity Teen Center is requesting a contribution from Bethany of $5,000 for operations and an additional contribution of $1,000 for the police officer. The Board thanked Linda for her presentation. The request will be sent to the Board of Finance for budget planning purposes.

Heidi Gianquinto and Patricia Garcia were present to request waiving of the fee for use of the Lakeview Lodge on March 8 for a fund raiser for the Bethany Nursery Group. After a brief discussion Selectman Thornquist moved to waive the fee for use of the Lakeview Lodge by the Bethany Nursery Group for their fund raiser of March 8, 2009. The group will be charged for the services of the custodian for that day. Selectman Briggs seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.

Selectman Thornquist moved to modify the following resolution regarding the display case for the Lakeview Lodge at Veterans Memorial Park as originally passed at the September 8, 2008 meeting of the Board of Selectmen:

RESOLVED: That the Board of Selectmen hereby adopts as its policy to support the nondiscrimination agreements and warranties required under Connecticut General Statutes §4a-60(a)(1) and §4a-60a(a)(1), as amended in State of Connecticut Public Act 07-142.

RESOLVED: That the Board of Selectmen approves the submittal of a grant application to the Office of Policy and Management in the amount of $20,000 for Installation of Permanent Display Cabinets to Exhibit Military Memorabilia.

Be it further known that Derrylyn Gorski was elected to her term of office which began on July 1, 2007 and will continue until June 30, 2009. As the First Selectman, Derrylyn Gorski serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Bethany and is duly authorized to enter into agreemnts and contracts on behalf of the Town of Bethany

Selectman Briggs seconded the resolution modification. The vote was called. The vote was unanimous.

First Selectwoman Gorski has received the final inspection report for the Pine Brook Crossing Bridge from the State of Connecticut.

The Governor’s draft of the State of Connecticut budget indicates at this time that the Town of Bethany will receive $53,000 less in grant money in fiscal year2009-10.
In the past the Town of Bethany has paid 70% of the cost of the salary and expenses of the Resident Trooper. In fiscal year 2009-10 it is expected to increase to 85% of salary and expenses and in fiscal year 2010-11 the Town would pay 100% of the cost of the Resident Trooper.

Patrick Geoghagan was present to inform the Board of Selectmen that the noise continues coming from Laticrete. The sound is not as loud and is now a roar not a banging noise. The Bethmour Road residents will be getting a letter from Laticrete setting up a meeting to discuss this matter.

Selectman Briggs announced that the Lions Club would like to do a project for the Town. It has been suggested that a standing clock be put on the front lawn area of Town Hall.

Brian Laubstein expressed his concern to the Board of Selectmen about departments over expending line items in their budgets.

Adjournment was called at 8:30 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Thornquist and seconded by Selectman Briggs. The vote taken was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen