BOARD OF SELECTMEN
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Sheaf, Selectwoman Aileen Magda
Visitors: John Riley, Ann Eisner, Sheila Wade, Patsy Weiner, Pat Martin, Francis Doba, Janice Howard, Carol Goldberg
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. All present stood for 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 meeting of October 27, 2014. The motion was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectwoman Magda. Selectwoman Gorski modified the minutes by adding that the front steps had been inspected by a structural engineer. The minutes were then approved on a unanimous vote.
DISABLED VETERANS EXEMPTION
John Riley was present to speak with the Selectmen regarding a Veterans Exemption for 100% disabled veterans recently approved by the State. The State of Connecticut would give to the town 90% reimbursement. There are two or three veterans in the Town of Bethany that would qualify. Following discussion a motion was moved by Selectwoman Magda and seconded by Selectman Shea to refer the Veterans Exemption to the Board of Finance. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
The purchase price for the Carrington Preserve is $550,000 from the Carrington Family. The Open Space Grant has been approve for up to $232,500. The difference between the purchase price and the grant is $317,500. The Selectmen discussed taking the balance from the Land Acquisition Fund to make the purchase possible. Following discussion Selectwoman Magda moved to refer the Carrington Preserve purchase to the Board of Finance for approval using the Land Acquisition Fund. The vote was taken. The vote was unanimous.
The Lions Club will like to hold another Shred It Day on April 11, 2015 at the Recycling Center. Selectwoman Magda moved a motion to allow the Bethany Lions Club to hold a Shred It Day at the Bethany Recycling Center on April 11, 2015. The motion was seconded by Selectman Shea. The vote taken was unanimous.
SKATING AT VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
The insurance consultant still has not given the Town the verbiage for a sign regarding ice skating at Veteran’s Memorial Park. First Selectwoman Gorski will keep checking with H. D Segur on this matter. Town Counsel will also approve the verbiage.
SURREY BROOK DAY CARE TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Surrey Brook Day Care was never given the Tax Incentive program for their building renovations a few years back. Following discussion a motion was moved by Selectman Shea to allow Surrey Brook Day Care to apply for the Tax Incentive Program following the recommendations of the Assessor Mario Panogrosso. Selectwoman Magda seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
RECIND TAX REFUNDS FROM PREVIOUS MEETING
Selectwoman Magda moved a motion to refund to Audra Spina-Clark the sum of $10.79, to Heidi Kelso the sum of $9.36, to John Kurpiewski the sum of $75.53, to J. P. Morgan Chase Bank the sum of $389.51, to Kathleen Margi-Toth the sum of $180.86, to Keron & Cindy Taylor the sum of $33.43, to Lisa Marie Acosta the sum of $78.00, to Louis J. Abriola the sum of $4.75, to Richard Clement the sum of $12.44, and to Toyota Financial Services the sum of $177.84 all for overpayment of taxes. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
A motion was moved by Selectman Shea to rescind the tax refunds approved at the previous meeting because of an error from the Assessor’s Office as listed. Selectwoman Magda seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
HOMELAND SECURITIES RADIO EQUIPMENT REGION ii.
First Selectwoman Gorski has applied for Homeland Securities Radio Equipment with a value of $200,000 at no cost to the Town. First Selectwoman Gorski is waiting on advice from the consultant hired to see if this equipment would work for the town.
TOWN WEB SITE
Selectman Shea and Selectwoman Magda inquired about the progress on the development of a new web site. First Selectwoman Gorski is meeting this month with a consultant on this matter.
Adjournment was called at 8:15 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