Friday, June 3, 2011

MAY 23, 2011
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectmen Donald Shea, Selectman Steven Thornquist
Visitors: Dr. Kimberly McClure-Brinton, Dr. Brian Laubstein, Kathleen Schurman
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. The first order of business was check signing. First Selectwoman Gorski asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the meeting of May 9, 2011. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Thornquist and seconded by Selectman Shea. The minutes were accepted on a unanimous vote as presented.

Discussion was opened by the First Selectman regarding the future of District Animal Control. The Board of Selectmen for the Town of Orange voted to withdraw from the District. They will have until June 9, 2011 to officially withdraw. According to the by-laws there would no longer be a District Animal Control without Orange. Bethany’s approved budget for fiscal year 2011-12 for District Animal Control is $43,000. Woodbridge and Bethany would have to evaluate operational costs, and determine if without Orange they have adequate funding to operate properly an animal control facility. Doctors McClure- Brinton and Laubstein suggested that a cat policy should be adopted. A policy on how to handle dog bites should also be adopted. They discussed better enforcement for licensing of dogs to bring in more revenue, if enough personnel were available.

Adjournment was called at 8:20 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Thornquist and seconded by Selectman Shea. The vote taken was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen