BOARD OF SELECTMEN
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Clark Hurlburt, Selectman Donald Shea
Visitors: Attorney Kevin McSherry, Fran Doba, Jim Rawson, William Brinton, Paul Bongiovanni
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of January 23, 2017. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Hurlburt and seconded by Selectman Shea. The minutes were approved on a unanimous vote without change.
Selectman Shea moved to refund to Allan & Margaret Holbrook the sum of $313.32, to Amity Road LLC the sum of $14.21, to Vincent Ciarleglio the sum of $4,290.18, to Arthur and Jamie Calabrese the sum of $4,168.24, to Katherine O’Shea the sum of $30.00, to Robert Smolensky the sum of $2,077.82, to Bradford Buchta the sum of $13.28 and to Danielle Castro the sum of $7.38 all for overpayment of taxes. Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
ADDITION TO AGENDA
Selectman Hurlburt moved to add ScanOptics to the agenda of this meeting. The motion was seconded by Selectman Shea. The vote taken was unanimous.
Paul Bongiovanni, Director of Business at ScanOptics was present to give the Board of Selectmen an introduction to ScanOptics and to explain how their product could save valuable space at Town Hall by scanning records and important Building Department maps and files. Not only would it save space but the information would be available much more efficiently and easy to retrieve if it were on the computer. The estimated start- up cost would be between $9,000 to $12,000. The scanning would start with the present records and work back. Depending on how far back the Town would want to go would determine the total cost. The total implementation could be done over a period of time depending on available funding.
COMMITTEE FOR ANNEX
The Board of Education has decided that the lower Annex is no longer needed for school use. The Selectmen will need to appoint a committee to look at other uses for this building. Park and Recreation is looking for space to expand their programs. The Selectmen will need to appoint a committee to evaluate and determine the best use of this building.
STATE OF CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR’S BUDGET
The Selectmen discussed the $1,300,000 being cut from Municipal and Education Grants in the Governor’s budget for the Town of Bethany. Some of the cuts discussed were passing the cost of teacher retirement to the towns to fund, the cost of the Resident Trooper would increase from 85% to 100 %, plus an extra charge of $750 for each constable and a $3,000 fee for cost of administration for the constables, all to be sent to the State of Connecticut.
Another pending issue which would increase our budget is the issue of regionalizing health districts. If this happens the cost could be ten times what we now pay with QVHD.
ANY OTHER MATTER PROPER TO COME BEFORE THE MEETING
A memo was received from Jeanne DelVecchio regarding a rider on the Senior bus, purchasing alcoholic beverages and bringing them on to the bus. The Selectmen discussed the matter and determined that if they did not open the container and the contents were left it in the bag from the store than it was acceptable.
Adjournment was called at 8:45 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Hurlburt and seconded by Selectman Shea.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen