Monday, January 3, 2011

DECEMBER 29, 2010
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectman Steven Thornquist joined the meeting at 8:10 p.m.

Visitors: Bettina Thiel, Kathleen Schurman, Attorney Kevin McSherry

First Selectwoman Gorski called the special meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order at 8:00 p.m. The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. First Selectwoman Gorski asked all to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the meeting of December 13, 2010. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by First Selectwoman Gorski. First Selectwoman Gorski corrected the spelling of the Siting Council. The amended minutes were then approved on a unanimous vote.

The Airport Fund Raising Committee has requested seed money to begin the fund raising campaign for Airport Hanger improvements. Selectman Shea questioned the seed money as nothing had been mentioned at the time of the Town Meeting about needing seed money. First Selectwoman Gorski explained that the seed money would be paid back to the Town as money begins to come in from the fund drive. Selectman Shea moved to approve $2,000 as seed money for the Airport Fund Raising Committee with the proviso that the money would be returned as fund money was raised. First Selectwoman Gorski seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.

Selectman Shea moved to refund a total of $319.04 for overpayment of taxes to the following:

Catheriine J. Thresher $ 5.60
Nissan Infiniti, LT $ 313.44

First Selectwoman Gorski seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.

The Selectmen discussed possible withdrawal from the District Animal Control. The town of Orange has already submitted their withdrawal notice. A six months notification is needed for withdrawal. In the present fiscal year the town of Bethany pays $42,379 or 18.49% of the cost of operation. If Orange withdraws, this cost would be much higher for next fiscal year. The issue could be resolved if Woodbridge would handle the financials for DAC. Following discussion Selectman Thornquist moved the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the Town of Orange has voted to notify the other members of the Regional Canine Control herein “DAC” that it may withdraw from the Regional Canine Control;

WHEREAS, the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Bethany has determined that voting to withdraw from “DAC” has been made necessary to protect the interests of the Town of Bethany and its residents in the event the Town of Orange becomes the second Town to withdraw from the original four town Regional Canine Control agreement;

THEREFORE, I move that the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Bethany vote to withdraw from the Regional Canine Control Facility Agreement as amended dated August 15, 1988 effective six months from today’s date. Pursuant to said agreement the member towns are required to provide six months notice of a town’s intention to withdraw from the district.

Selectman Shea seconded the resolution. The vote taken was unanimous.

It is necessary that the Board of Selectmen pass a resolution to confirm commitment to participate in the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Connection Center. A brief discussion took place regarding this matter. Selectman Shea moved the following resolution:

WHEREAS the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, as agent for the South Central Regional Council of Governments and participating municipalities, has undertaken the permitting, construction and operation of a regional facility for the collection of household hazardous waste and conditionally exempt small quantity generator business waste at it’s headquarters at 90 Sargent Drive in New Haven; and

WHEREAS, The municipalities participating in the facility are able to have residents drop off their household hazardous waste on Saturday mornings (9 am-Noon) and conditionally exempt small quantity generators deliver business and municipal waste on Saturday morning (by appointment from 7 am – 8:30 am), from spring through fall for proper processing, transportation, and disposal;

WHEREAS, The facility is owned, managed and operated under the supervision of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority for the benefit of the participating municipalities;


The Town of Bethany declares its commitment to continue participation in the regional household hazardous waste collection center for a minimum three-year period (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014), and confirms its intent to contribute financially for the operation, processing, transportation, and disposal of household hazardous waste.

The Town of Bethany authorizes its First Selectperson to enter into this agreement with the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority for the operation of the facility. Such agreement will permit the Authority to act as its agent to maintain the facility, to contract with a vendor the the transportation and disposal of the wastes, to receive financial support from grant sources, to enter into agreement with other munaicipalities, and to operate the facility.

Invoicing will be based on a two part formula:

1. Annual operational costs are based on the number of 1-and 2-family housing units,

2. Annual transportation and waste disposal costs are prorated by residents’ usage.

This resolution shall be effective July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014.

Selectman Thornquist seconded the resolution. The vote taken was unanimous.

Adjournment was called at 8:40 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Thornquist. The vote taken was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen