BOARD OF SELECTMEN
JANUARY 25, 2010
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectman Steven Thornquist
Visitors: Attorney Kevin McSherry, Nancy Disbrow, Buff Bachenheimer, Debra Demander, Cinda Buchter, Steve Massey, Alan Shepherd, Alan Green
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order a 7:30 p.m. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. The first order of business was check signing. 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 January 11, 2010. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Thornquist. The vote was called. The vote taken was unanimous.
ADDITION TO AGENDA
Selectman Shea moved to add Clark Memorial Library to the agenda of this meeting. Selectman Thornquist seconded the motion. Unanimous approval was given to this motion.
CLARK MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Buff Bachenheimer acted as spokesman for the Clark Memorial Library Board of Directors present at this meeting. The Board of Directors is concerned about insurance coverage for the Library. Following discussion, it was determined that a call will be made to H. D. Segur Insurance regarding their present coverage under the Town of Bethany policy, to see if this coverage is adequate. Buff indicated that in the near future the Library will be facing financial problems, as expenses increase, and the principle of the endowment funds is used to meet current expenses.
Selectman Thornquist moved to refund to Dennis Cashman the sum of $96.98, to Lillian Serafino the sum of $4.00 and to Robert & Geri Guerra the sum of $172.14 all for overpayment of taxes. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
David Foreman received a letter from Silvino Moreno requesting a tax deferral on his real estate taxes due on his property at 51 Judd Hill Road. Mr. Moreno attached documentation to his letter of request for deferral. He has a good payment history of taxes due to the Town of Bethany and has paid all previous taxes timely. Following a brief discussion Selectman Thornquist moved to defer the tax payment for Silvino Moreno per Connecticut Statute 12-174. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
Alan Shepherd was present to review with the Board of Selectmen the plans for Woodward Estates. This thirteen lot subdivision is off Mesa Drive in Bethany. There will be two roads in this subdivision, Clifford Drive and Silsby Road. Alan assured the Board of Selectmen that the construction of the roads will be cuts and fills with no gravel operation. Following the review the Selectmen indicated that they will communicate with the Planning and Zoning and Inland Wetlands Commissions before giving their approval.
Alan Shepherd presented a revised plan to the Board of Selectmen, for a modification on lot #3 in the Watch Hill Subdivision Section III, for drainage improvement. Following the review the Selectmen indicated that they will communicate with the Planning and Zoning and Inland Wetlands Commissions before giving their approval.
WAIVE FEE FOR USE OF LAKEVIEW LODGE
Christ Episcopal Church has requested waiving of the fee for use of the Lakeview Lodge on January 31, 2010 for a parish dinner. Following discussion Selectman Thornquist moved to waive the fee for Christ Episcopal Church for use of the Lakeview Lodge on January 31, 2010. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
RESIDENT STATE TROOPER
First Selectwoman Gorski reports that she will be meeting with the commander of Troop I regarding the issue of rates charged for use of an overtime officer by the town of Bethany for patrol.
The tree warden has been out marking trees within the town that need to be taken down. Since there are so many trees that need to be taken down, the town will go out to bid for the project.
Adjournment was called at 8:45 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Thornquist. The vote taken was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen