BOARD OF SELECTMEN
FEBRUARY 14, 2011
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectman Steven Thornquist joined the meeting at 7:50 p.m.
Visitors: Attorney Kevin McSherry, Sharon Huxley, Kathleen Schurman
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. The first order of business was signing of accounts payable and payroll checks. All present were then asked 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 24, 2011. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by First Selectwoman Gorski. The vote was called. The minutes were unanimously approved as written.
Selectman Shea moved to refund a total of $15, 858.34 to the following for over payment of taxes:
Gary MacNamara $4,401.39
Joseph & Catherine Antonelli $1,623.24
Milford Bank $3,259.99
Robert & Dawn DeFeo $ 27.71
Ryan Walsh $ 9.91
Daniel & Jen Searles $4,110.46
Denise Manzari $2,425.64
The motion was seconded by First Selectwoman Gorski. The vote taken was unanimous.
The C-Med Compact between the Town of Bethany and all other towns in the C-Med dispatch system is up for renewal. Attorney McSherry has reviewed the compact. The only language changed from the previous compact is a withdrawal clause. This change strengthens the withdraw clause, making it difficult for any town to withdraw in the middle of a fiscal year. The Selectmen agreed with this change.
SCENIC ROAD DESIGNATION- Sperry Road
The Planning and Zoning Commission has now designated the portion of Sperry from Hatfield Hill Road to Bethway Road as a Scenic Road. All residents have signed off to complete this designation. Completion of this designation now makes all of Sperry Road scenic.
OUT DOOR WOOD BURNING FURNACES – ADD TO AGENDA
Selectman Shea moved to add Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces to the agenda of this meeting.
OUT DOOR WOOD BURNING FURNACES
The Selectmen discussed with Sharon Huxley the subject of Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces and the regulations for them. Hiram Peck has also looked into regulations state wide to see how other towns and cities are handling them. Attorney McSherry will also look into more specifics about their installation. Presently the biggest concern is that they are installed the proper distance from adjoining property lines and that the chimney is the proper height to prevent smoke from causing health issues to surrounding property owners. The other concern is that people burn seasoned wood, and do not put trash in the furnace to burn causing hazardous fumes. Attorney McSherry also suggested that the Town contact DEP and QVHD for any information they may have on outdoor furnaces. At this time the Town of Bethany does not have an ordinance that can be used for enforcement, only the guidelines of DEP.
OTHER MATTERS PROPER TO COME BEFORE THE MEETING
Kathleen Schurman asked the Selectmen about the possibility of using the Airport on April 30, 2011 to hold a free mass gelding clinic for horses. The matter was referred to the Park & Recreation Commission for booking of the site.
Adjournment was called at 8:03 p.m. 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