BOARD OF SELECTMEN
October 28, 2013
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectwoman Aileen Magda
Visitors: Attorney Kevin McSherry, Salvatore Amadeo, Sarah Weiderecht
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm. The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference of the Bethany Town Hall. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. The Selectmen signed the accounts payable checks.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the special meeting of October 26, 2013. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Shea. The motion was seconded by First Selectwoman Gorski. There were no changes to the minutes. The vote was called. There was two yes votes to approve the minutes. Selectwoman Magda abstained from voting as she was absent from that meeting.
SIGN CALL FOR TOWN MEETING
First Selectwoman Gorski presented Call of the upcoming Town Meeting of November 5, 2013 to the Selectmen for signatures. Selectman Shea and Selectwoman Magda refused to sign because two items they had requested to be on the agenda were not. First Selectwoman Gorski explained that the items they had requested to be on the agenda would be addressed at the end of the meeting. Discussion followed regarding proper procedure for running of a Board of Selectmen’s meeting and delaying the business of a governmental board. At 7:50 pm Selectwoman Magda moved to place the Signing of Call for Town Meeting and Tax Refunds to the end of the meeting. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. First Selectwoman Gorski did not call for a vote.
First Selectwoman Gorski then called a recess at 7:52 pm. The meeting resumed at 7:58 pm. Attorney McSherry then explained proper procedure for running a Board of Selectmen’s meeting under Connecticut State Statute and the Town of Bethany Ordinances.
ADDITION TO AGENDA
First Selectwoman Gorski moved to add Charter and Ordinance Review Committee to the agenda. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
CHARTER AND ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE
The Selectmen discussed with Attorney McSherry the formation of a Charter and Ordinance Review Committee. The charge for this committee will be written by Attorney McSherry. It was the consensus of the recent Town Officers Meeting that an ordinance review and modification should be done rather than creating a Town Charter. To create such a charter would be very costly. The ordinances have served the town very well since their formation.
EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS CONTRACTS, LAND ACQUISITION OR PERSONNEL ISSUES
At 8:30 pm Selectman Shea moved to go into executive session to discuss contracts, land acquisition and personnel issues and to invite Attorney McSherry to stay for the session. Selectwoman Magda seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous. At 8:35 pm Selectwoman Magda moved to exit the executive session. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous. There were no votes taken during the executive session.
ADDITION TO THE AGENDA
The motion to add Sign Contract for Cellular Tower to the agenda was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectwoman Magda. The vote taken was unanimous.
CELLULAR TOWN CONTRACT
Selectman Shea moved to authorize First Selectwoman Gorski to sign the AT&T Cellular Town contract. Selectwoman Magda seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
SIGN CALL FOR TOWN MEETING
The Selectmen signed the call for the November 5, 2013 Special Town Meeting.
Selectman Shea moved to refund to Anthony Petrillo the sum of $32.27, to Daimler Trust the sum of $123.73, to Patricia and James Sullo the sum of $16.46, to Richard Pico and Deanna Hale Pico the sum of $7.10, to Robert Slauson the sum of $7.26 and to Robert Slauson the sum of $138.38 all for overpayment of taxes. Selectwoman Magda seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
OTHER MATTER PROPER TO COME BEFORE THE MEETING
Selectwoman Magda suggested forming a Tax Break Committee for Senior Citizens as a five member committee.
Selectman Shea and Selectwoman Magda requested information regarding the Ryker legal settlement. The were requesting information regarding the hiring of Kim Stevens.
Selectwoman Magda moved to create a Community Garden Committee and to appoint Mary Ellen Unger as its chairman.
Adjournment was called at 8:45 pm after a motion was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectwoman Magda. The vote taken was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen