SELECTMEN BOARD OF
NOVEMBER 14, 2016
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectman Clark Hurlburt
Visitors: Fran Doba, Attorney Kevin McSherry. Stewart Horton, Miles Halpine, Art Slicer
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting of the Board of Selectman to order at 7:55 p.m. The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
First Selectwoman Gorski called for approval of the minutes of the meeting of October 24, 2016. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Hurlburt. The vote taken was unanimous.
ADDITION TO AGENDA
Selectman Hurlburt moved to add Airport Signage on Hangar to the agenda of this meeting. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
AIRPORT HANGAR SIGNAGE
Art Slicer was present to show the Selectmen the design for the proposed signage, to be painted on the front of the Airport Hangar, as recommended by the Airport Hangar Committee. After reviewing the drawing, Selectman Shea moved a motion to accept the design as presented. Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
AGENDA FOR THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
- Purchase Ford Explorer off State of Connecticut bid, price not to exceed $45,000.
- Amend Town Ordinance regarding Cemetery Committee members.
- Radio System for the Fire Department/Public Works. Bonding and referendum approval needed.
RESOLUTION FOR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approval for the Resolution for Radio Communications System. Selectman Hurlburt moved the following to be approved as presented:
RESOLVED, That the Board of Selectmen recommends to the Board of Finance and the Town Meeting that the Town of Bethany appropriate $1,625,000 for costs related to removal and upgrade of the public safety radio communications system for the Bethany Volunteer Fire Association and the Bethany Department of Public Works and related improvements and repairs which may include but are not limited to 4 antennas, 3 base stations, equipment shelters, radios and pagers and for costs related to the financing of the project. The appropriation may be spent for design, construction, acquisition and installation costs, equipment, materials, engineering fees and other consultant fees, grant application and management costs, legal fees, net interest on borrowings and other financing costs, and other expenses related to the project or its financing. A portion of the appropriation shall be applied to reimburse not in excess of $5,000 of expenditures from the Contingency Fund for the preparation of Request for Proposals and selection of the vendor for the project funded from the Contingency Fund, as approved by the Board of Finance on January 12, 2016. The Board of Selectmen shall be authorized to determine the scope and the particulars of the project, and to reduce or modify the scope of the project as necessary or desirable; and the entire appropriation may be expended on the project as so reduced or modified.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Selectmen recommends to the Board of Finance and the Town Meeting that the Town authorize the issuance of $1,625,000 bonds, notes and temporary notes to finance the appropriation.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That, contingent upon a recommendation of the Board of Finance of the aforesaid appropriation and borrowing authorization, a resolution with respect such recommendations be presented for consideration at the Special Town Meeting to be held at the Bethany Town Hall, 40 Peck Road in the Town of Bethany on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.; and that the Board of Selectmen hereby designates said resolution for submission to the voters at referendum to be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., in accordance with the provisions of Section 7-7 of the General Statutes of Connecticut, Revision of 1958, as amended.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the aforesaid resolution shall be submitted to the voters at referendum under the following heading:
“SHALL THE TOWN OF BETHANY APPROPRIATE $1,625,000 FOR COSTS RELATED TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM FOR THE BETHANY VOLUNTEER FIRE ASSOCIATION AND THE BETHANY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, AND AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS AND NOTES IN THE SAME AMOUNT TO FINANCE THE APPROPRIATION?”
Voting will be at the Bethany Town Hall. Absentee ballots will be available from the Town Clerk's office.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Clerk cause proper notice of such town meeting and referendum to be posted and published.
Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
SET DATE FOR SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
A motion was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Hurlburt to set the date of Tuesday November 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. for the Special Town Meeting to adjourn to a Referendum to be held on December 6, 2016 just for a referendum vote for the Radio System. The vote taken was unanimous.
ADDITION TO AGENDA
Selectman Shea moved to add to the agenda Rid Litter Day. The vote taken was unanimous.
RID LITTER DAY
Stewart Horton was present to discuss with the Selectmen the setting of a date for Rid Litter Day. The Selectmen determined that April 22, 2016 would be set for Rid Litter Day with a rain date of April 23, 2016.
ADDITION TO AGENDA
Selectman Shea moved to add Appointments to Boards and Commissions to the agenda of this meeting. Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Selectman Shea moved to appoint Rod White and David Merriam as Sub Registrars and appointment for the Department of Public Health with appointment beginning November 14, 2016 and expiring June 30, 2019. Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
First Selectwoman Gorski reported that she appointed Bruce Loomis and Katheryn Rives to the Conservation Commission.
INLAND WETLANDS COMMISSION
Selectman Hurlburt moved to appoint Roger Hathway and Brian Smith to the Inland Wetlands Commission as alternates and to move Nancy Scanlon who has been an alternate to full member. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
Adjournment was called at 8:20 p.m. by First Selectwoman Gorski after a motion was moved by Selectman Hurlburt and seconded by Selectman Shea. The vote taken was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen