BOARD OF SELECTMEN
SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectman Steven Thornquist
Visitors: Attorney Kevin McSherry, David Martin, Larry Eisner, Kathleen Schurman, Daniel Wivagg, Robert Wivagg
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. 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.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
Daniel Wivagg was present to discuss with the Selectmen his proposed Eagle Scout project. Daniel would like to build park type benches for the skating pond on Pole Hill Road. Daniel had plans for both open benches and benches with a shelter roof. The Selectmen discussed the possibility of vandalism especially to the benches with a shelter roof. The park type benches will be cemented down to prevent vandalism. The Town crew will prepare the area where benches would be placed. The benches would be made with pressure treated lumber. Daniel will seek donations for materials for the project. Following discussion Selectman Shea moved to approve the plans as presented by Daniel for his Eagle Scout project pending receipt of additional information for the benches with the shelter roof. Selectman Thornquist seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
DISCUSSION OF CONTRACTS, LAND ACQUISITION OR PERSONNEL ISSUES
At 7:50 p.m. Selectman Thornquist moved to go into executive session to discuss Contracts, Land Acquisition or Personnel issues and to invite June Riley, Larry Eisner and David Martin to stay for the executive session. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous. At 8:45 p.m. Selectman Shea moved to exit the executive session. The motion was seconded by Selectman Thornquist. The vote taken was unanimous.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Selectman Thornquist moved to approve the minutes of the meeting of September 12, 2011. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous for approval of the minutes without change.
WEST ROCK ADVISORY COUNCIL
Selectman Shea moved to appoint Kristine Sullivan and Barrie Collins to a term on the West Rock Advisory Council. Selectman Thornquist seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
APPOINTMENT OF CONSTABLES
Selectman Thornquist moved to appoint Mark Jazwinski and Mark Sheppard as constables for the Town of Bethany pending receipt of necessary polygraph testing. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
APPOINTMENT TO LONG RANGE FINANCIAL COMMITTEE
Selectman Thornquist moved to appoint John Grabowski and Jamie Stirling to the Long Range Financial Committee. The motion was seconded by Selectman Shea. The vote taken was unanimous.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HOMELAND SECURITY RESOLUTION
Selectman Thornquist moved the following memorandum of understanding with the following resolution for Emergency Management Homeland Security:
RESOLVED, that the Town of Bethany may enter into with and deliver to the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security any and all documents which it deems to be necessary or appropriate; and
FURTHER RESOLVED, that Derrylyn Gorski, as First Selectman of Town of Bethany, is authorized and directed to execute and deliver any and all documents on behalf of the Town of Bethany and to do and perform all acts and things which he/she deems to be necessary or appropriate to carry out the terms of such documents, including, but not limited to, executing and delivering all agreements and documents contemplated by such documents.
Selectman Shea seconded the resolution. The vote taken was unanimous.
BIDS FOR VENDORS IN PLACE FOR EQUIPMENT AND LABOR
The bids from Advanced Paving, MesaExcavating & Paving Inc., Tim Kraus & Son, W R. Grieger Co. and Wyatt Crotta were placed on a spread sheet for comparison. Following discussion Selectman Thornquist moved to award the bid to both Mesa Excavating & Paving Inc. and Advanced Paving with the intent of the Board of Selectmen to use equally as possible the equipment and labor of both companies and at the discretion of the Highway Forman. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
Selectman Shea moved to make tax refunds to the following individuals all for overpayment of taxes:
Alice Long $ 2.00
Brian M. Kripps $ 8.08
Bruno Nielsen $ 11.45
Charles Famularo $ 31.21
Christopher or Linda Maude $ 26.46
Daniel or Patricia Raucci $ 11.51
Edward J. Choiniere $ 9.06
Elise Thoron $ 10.52
Eric R. Unger $ 4.79
Financial Ser Veh Trust $402.40
Harry A. Holly $ 9.91
Jeanne or Norvin Hein $ 16.36
Julie Roberge $ 20.18
Leonardos H. Stefanis $ 26.66
Linda L. Greco $ 10.21
Linda R. Guerra $ 17.93
Maria C. Mingolello $ 3.00
Pamela Rosenbloom $ 63.08
Patrick White $ 5.86
Paul Falcone $ 15.68
Ralph Fonda $ 9.37
Stephanie H. Tiddei $ 6.57
Stephen Lane $ 5.46
Toyota Motor Credit Corp $1,169.74
Selectman Thornquist seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
MODIFICATION OF TOWN OF BETHANY PERSONNEL POLICY
The Board of Selectmen discussed the following modification to the Town of Bethany Personnel Policy:
A. OVERTIME COMPENSATION
Appointments to full or part time professional positions are made with the understanding that no additional compensation will be made for hours worked which exceed the normal work week. On occasion where support staff may be called upon to work in excess of the normal work week, compensatory time off shall be provided on a 1:1 basis and must be expended before the end of the pay period the comp time is earned. The scheduling of the compensatory time shall be determined and approved by the First Selectman or her designee.
Following discussion Selectman Thornquist moved to accept the modification to the Town of Bethany Personnel Policy. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
Discussion was opened regarding modification to the vacation schedule for employees with fifteen or more years of employment with the Town of Bethany. The new union contract for the Highway Department gives the employee with fifteen or more years of service five (5) weeks vacation. Following discussion both Selectman Thornquist and Selectman Shea agreed that no change would be made at this time.
Adjournment was called at 8:50 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 Selectman