BOARD OF SELECTMEN
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectwoman Aileen Magda
Visitors: Brian Van Ostenbridge, Jackie Van Ostenbridge, Nicholas Poulmas, Rod White, Janice Howard, William Brinton
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order at 7:32 pm. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. First Selectwoman Gorski led all present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Check signing was the next order of business.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the joint meeting with the Board of Finance of May 1, 2014. Since Selectwoman Magda and Selectman Shea had questions regarding the minutes, approval was tabled.
Selectman Shea moved to approve the minutes of July 28, 2014. The motion was seconded by Selectwoman Magda. There were no changes to the minutes. The minutes were approved on a unanimous vote.
Selectman Shea moved to approve the minutes of the meeting of August 11, 2014. First Selectwoman Gorski seconded the motion. There were no changes to the minutes. The vote was called. The vote was 2 yes votes and 1 abstention that of Selectwoman Magda as she was absent from that meeting.
The Selectmen received correspondence from Thelma Lumpkin regarding the condition of the house and property at 91 Sperry Road. They also received correspondence from Pat and Kevin Towne.
USE OF AIRPORT BY BARONY OF DRAGONSHIP HAVEN
Brian and Jackie Van Ostenbridge were present to request use of the Airport to hold a Barony of Dragonship Haven Fair on May 15, 16, 17 2015. This event is a mid evil fair which features horse events, crafts and cooking demonstrations of that period. May 15th would be a set up day. The event would take place on May 16th and cleanup would take place on May 17th. The event is free to the public. They would need permission for camping since some of the exhibitors come from a distance. The Selectmen discussed the use and determined this would be a suitable event for the location. The van Ostenbridges will get more information to the Park and Recreation in the coming months.
38 LUKE HILL ROAD
The residents of 38 Luke Hill Road were present to talk to the Selectmen regarding the recent paving of Luke Hill Road and how it affected their driveway. They recently had a new driveway put in with curbing to redirect the water. When the Town repaved Luke Hill they damaged this curb and the entrance to their driveway. Following discussion it was determined that the Town would restore the curbing and driveway.
ADDITION TO AGENDA
Selectman Shea moved to add APPOINTMENT OF FIRE INSPECTOR AND FIRE INVESTIGATOR and SENIOR BUS to the agenda of this meeting. Selectwoman Magda seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
APPOINTMENT OF FIRE INSPECTOR AND FIRE INVESTIGATOR
Selectman Shea moved to appoint Alex Wilson Jr. as Fire Inspector for the Town of Bethany. Selectwoman Magda seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
Selectwoman Magda moved to appoint Ron Goodmaster as Fire Investigator for the Town of Bethany. There will be no compensation from the Town of Bethany for their services. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
BETHANY CEMETERY COMMITTEE
William Brinton was present to update the Board of Selectmen on the progress of the Cemetery Committee. The committee has received a quote for repair of stones in the Sperry Cemetery. The committee flagged monuments that needed repair. J. Clark Landscaping LLC submitted a quote for the repair. The cost would be $2,110. The money to pay for the work would come out of the Cemetery Fund. William has looked into a cemetery grave finder. It would locate where burials are located. The committee has also discussed the hedges at Carrington Cemetery. They are blocking visibility at both entrances. It will have to be the subject of the next meeting of the Committee. They will then bring their recommendations to the Selectmen.
SKATING AT VETERANS PARK
The Selectmen discussed the liability of skating at Veterans Park. It is the opinion of Town Counsel and the insurance company that skating on a pond of this size with water running in is too much of a liability. The Town will have to put up proper signage warning of the dangers of skating on the pond.
PARK & RECREATION BUS
Attorney McSherry has indicated that the Park & Recreation can accept the gift of a bus from the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department without a Town Meeting as long as the expenses to run it are within the approved budget. The estimated savings for this fiscal year is estimated to be $5,000.
The Selectmen discussed the information First Selectwoman Gorski had gathered regarding the Nutmeg Network vs. Comcast for services. Following discussion Selectwoman Magda moved the following resolution:
RESOLVED that First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski is empowered to enter into and amend contractual instruments in the name of and on behalf of the Town of Bethany with the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services for the 2014 Grant to Connect to the Nutmeg Network in the amount of $11,800.
Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
The Greater New Haven Transit wants to divest their interest in the Bethany Senior Bus. The Town could apply for a grant of $4,000 from the State of Connecticut and if approved this grant would cover the purchase price of the bus.
Selectman Shea moved to refund to Albert or Barbara Miller the sum of $15.63, to All Vehicles Leasing the sum of $52.45, to Joseph or Anastasia Przbyloski the sum of 112.48, to Howard J. Dunn the sum of $8.00, to Joseph Mauro, Jr the sum of $7.05, to Marianne Stefanis the sum of $238.48, to Paul G. Mingrino the sum of $234.59, to Thomas Park the sum of $102.66 all for overpayment of taxes. The motion was seconded by Selectwoman Magda. The vote taken was unanimous.
OTHER MATTER PROPER TO COME BEFORE THE MEETING
Selectman Shea requested information on bidding for curbside pickup and cost of operation for the Recycling Center for the Solid Waste Committee.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen