Friday, March 18, 2011

MARCH 14, 2011
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Present: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectman Steven Thornquist
Visitors: Attorney Kevin McSherry, Kathleen Schurman, Rosemary DeFlippo
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order at 7:35. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. The first order of business was signing of the accounts payable and payroll checks. First Selectwoman Gorski asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the meeting of February 28, 2011 were unanimously approved without modification, by a motion moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by First Selectman Gorski.

The Town of Bethany has received a $12,000 grant for the Plan of Conservation and Development. The following resolution was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by First Selectwoman Gorski:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Selectmen

(1) authorizes the application for the Municipal Plan of Conservation and Development Grant referenced in Section 13 (a) (1) and Section 32 (a) (1)of Public Act 07-7 (An Act Authorizing and Adjusting Bonds of the State for Capital Improvements and for Transportation Infrastructure Improvements and Concerning the Connecticut State University Infrastructure Act):

(2) identifies First Selectman Derrylyn Gorski as an individual authorized to sign the Notice of Grant Award and administer the grant. Such application is attached to and made a part of this record.

The vote taken was unanimous.

Discussion was opened regarding care of Carrington Cemetery. There has been a request by the Bethany Historical Society to restore some of the old grave markers. The cemetery road is in need of some repair. There has been a request discussed at a previous meeting about signs for both Carrington Cemetery and the Methodist Cemetery. The Board of Selectmen agreed that a Cemetery Committee should be created and members appointed by the Board of Selectmen to this committee.

The Board of Selectmen briefly discussed the development of rules for use of the Lakeview Lodge by Town of Bethany civic organizations when a custodian is not on duty. A set of rules will be developed and a copy will be distributed to all the organizations using the facility, as well as the posting of a copy at the facility.

On a motion moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Thornquist a total of $24.28 was refunded to the following:

Philip Krebs $18.18
GWB Horseshoeing $ 6.10

The vote taken was unanimous.

Correspondence was received from Clare Aliberti, President and Founder of the Cheshire Farm Sanctuary asking the Board of Selectmen to consider reducing or waiving fees for the Bethany Horse Rings for an event on September 11, 2011 at the Bethany Airport. Following discussion the Board tabled decision on this request.

Correspondence was received from Kathy Consoli of the Surreybrook Preschool requesting a reduced rate for use of Lakeview Lodge for a prom for the graduating preschoolers of Surreybrook. The Selectmen discussed this request. It was determined that since the Surreybrook Preschool is not a nonprofit business it would be setting a precedence if the fee was reduced.

The EMG Properties has sent to the Board of Selectmen their request to be accepted as a business qualifying for the Tax Incentive Program for 447 and 443 Fairwood Road. Selectman Shea moved the motion to forward the request to the Board of Finance. The motion was seconded by Selectman Thornquist. The vote taken was unanimous. The Board of Finance would approve and then forward to the Tax Abatement Committee for final approval.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 by motion of Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Thornquist. The vote taken was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen