BOARD OF SELECTMEN
NOVEMBER 9, 2009
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectman Steven Thornquist
Visitors: Robert Walsh, Dawn Brinton, Attorney Kevin McSherry
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting 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.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the meeting of October 26, 2009. The motion was moved by Selectman Thornquist and seconded by Selectman Shea. The vote was called. The vote was 2 yes votes and 1 abstention that of Selectman Thornquist as he was not present for that meeting.
MANAGEMENT MUNICIPAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT
The exact amount to be received from the Management Municipal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant is $41,117. Since the Selectmen’s Meeting of October 26, 2009 where it was it was determined that the best use of the money received would be to replace the windows and doors at the Center Fire House, the Facilities Committee has determined that the money would be better spent by replacing the windows at the Town Hall on the front of the building on the second floor. Further study will be done by the committee as to the type of window, and the cost, to determine how many could be replaced with the funds available.
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK PAVILION BID
The bid opening for the Veterans Memorial Park Pavilion took place on October 29, 2009. The low bidder was Sinopoli Construction. Following discussion it was determined that the bid should be awarded to Sinopoli Construction as they were low bidder and had met the bid specifications. After the awarding of the bid, a negotiation will take place to eliminate certain items at this time, to lower the cost down to the dollar amount we have to spend at this time, and more funds are made available to complete the project.
The Selectmen discussed the calling of a special Town meeting to present to the Town the concept of the Airport Hanger project and allow it to go forward. Approval of the use change and the project must be done before fund raising can begin. The date of December 7, 2009 was suggested as a possible date to hold such a meeting.
EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS LAND ACQUISITION, PERSONNEL ISSUE OR PENDING LITIGATION
Selectman Thornquist move to go into executive session at 8:30 p.m. and to invite Attorney McSherry, June Riley and Dawn Brinton to stay for the session to discuss Land Acquisition, Personnel Issues or Pending Litigation. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote was called. The vote was unanimous. At 8:40 p.m. Selectman Shea moved to exit the executive session. Selectman Thornquist seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous. No vote emanated from this session.
The Selectmen briefly discussed the issue raised at the recent special Town Meeting regarding approval of an over-expenditure from the Capital Expenditure Account for road work after the fact. Attorney McSherry explained under State Statute 7-348 that such an expenditure for emergency road work can be done and approval received after the fact. First Selectwoman Gorski and Alan Green had kept the Board of Finance abreast of the problem in question for Pine Brook Crossing, which was due to excess rain fall at the time of repair.
Adjournment was called at 8:50 after a motion was moved by Selectman Thornquist and seconded by Selectman Shea. The vote taken was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen