Tuesday, October 10, 2017



MINUTES OF THE BETHANY INLAND WETLANDS COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBE
The regular meeting of the Inland Wetlands Commission was called to order at 7:31 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room of the Bethany Town Hall, 40 Peck Road, Bethany, Connecticut.
 
The following members of the Commission were present:
         Kristine Sullivan, Chairman
         Brian Smith, Vice-Chairman
         Nancy Scanlon, Member
         Charles Clark, Alternate Member, seated as a voting member
 
The following members of the Commission were excused:
         Roger Hathaway, Member
         Rob Huxley, Alternate Member
 
 
NEW BUSINESS 
 
  1. 11 Carmel Road, Application #1296 submitted by Brian Smith for an Inland Wetlands Permit to construct a 12-foot by 12-foot addition
 
Brian Smith recused himself.
 
Present to speak on behalf of this application was Brian Smith, applicant and owner of record.
 
In discussion, Mr. Smith noted:
  • Proposing a 12-foot by 12-foot addition in back of house which will enlarge one room.
  • Waiting for comments from Regional Water Authority and Quinnipiack Valley Health District.
  • Brook shown at 60 plus feet to the top of the bank.
 
The Commission would like to visit the site.
 
Further discussion and appropriate action on the application was deferred until the Commission’s next regular meeting adjourned to Monday, October 23, 2017.  Tabled.
 
 
It was moved by Scanlon and seconded by Smith to add to this evening’s agenda the following two applications for 16 Falls Road and 10 Northrop Road.
Voting for:  Sullivan, Smith, Scanlon, Clark.
Unanimous approval.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  1. 16 Falls Road, Application #1296 submitted by James Mank for an Inland Wetlands Permit to construct a 40-foot by 50-foot barn
 
Present for this application was John Paul Garcia, P.E./L.S.
 
The Commission would like to visit the site.
 
Further discussion and appropriate action on the application was deferred until the Commission’s next regular meeting adjourned to Monday, October 23, 2017.  Tabled.
 
 
  1. 10 Northrup Road, Application #1297 submitted by Smitish Patel for an Inland Wetlands Permit to Restore Buffer/Upland Review Area
 
Present to speak on behalf of this application was John Paul Garcia, P.E./L.S., representing the applicant.
 
Mr. Garcia stated the application was submitted to lift the Cease and Desist Order on the property dated modified to December 26, 2014.  Mr. Garcia will be submitting a letter to waiver the application fees for this application.
 
Further discussion and appropriate action on the application was deferred until the Commission’s next regular meeting adjourned to Monday, October 23, 2017.  Tabled.
 
 
OLD BUSINESS
 
  1. Mesa Drive, Application #1293 submitted by James W. Woodward for an IW Permit for a 4-Lot Subdivision
 
Present to speak on behalf of this application was Alan Shepard, P.E., of Nowakowski, O’Bymachow & Kane, representing the applicant.
 
Mr. Shepard submitted a “Wetlands Assessment & Impacts Analysis” dated September 25, 2017, from JMM Wetland Consulting Services, LLC, Newtown, Connecticut. 
 
Chair Sullivan asked the clerk to forward the “Wetlands Assessment & Impacts Analysis” to the Commission’s consultant, Michael Klein.  The Commission had concerns regarding the vernal pool located on the property.
 
It was the consensus of the Inland Wetlands Commission to schedule a public hearing on the subject application for the next regular meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room of the Bethany Town Hall.
Tabled.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  1. 667 Amity Road, Application #1294, submitted by 667 Amity Road, LLC for a Stormwater Management Plan
 
Present to speak on behalf of this application was John Paul Garcia, P.E./L.S.   Mr. Garcia stated the storm water drainage system is installed 100%. 
 
The Commission is waiting for comments from their consulting engineer, Diversified Technology Consultants.
 
Further discussion and appropriate action on the application was deferred until the Commission’s next regular meeting adjourned to Monday, October 23 2017.  Tabled.
 
 
  1. 667 Amity Road, Continuation of Show Cause Hearing pertaining to Cease and Desist Order, dated August 7, 2017, issued to Matthew Micros  Tabled.
 
 
  1. 74 MUNSON ROAD, Harold, Thomas and Dina Durley, Updated on Cease and Desist Order issued December 7, 2016 – No activity.  Remove from agenda.
 
 
  1. Discussion regarding Bethany West clearing.  (Letter from Roman Mrozinski of the
    Southwest Conservation District)
     
    Chair Sullivan stated she received a phone call from the First Selectman regarding the placement of benches around the lake at Veterans Memorial Park and that First Selectman would like the Commissions input as to where and to where not to place the benches.  The Commission would like to schedule a site visit to look at possible locations for the benches.  Tabled.
     
  2. 185 Beacon Road, Discussion with Daniel Cusano regarding non-permitted barn – No activity.   Removed from agenda.
 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 
  1. It was moved by Scanlon and seconded by Smith to approve, as submitted, the minutes of the August 28, 2017, Regular Meeting.
    Clark recused himself.
    Voting for:  Sullivan, Smith, Scanlon.
    Unanimous approval.
 
  1. It was moved by Scanlon and seconded by Smith to approve, as submitted, the minutes of the September 9, 2017, Special Meeting/Site Visit.
    Clark recused himself.
    Voting for:  Sullivan, Smith, Scanlon.
    Unanimous approval.
     
 
CORRESPONDENCE
 
  1. Letter from John Paul Garcia, P.E., to Mike Patel, dated August 16, 2017, Re:  6 Sargent Drive, Bi-yearly site review and report.
  2. Letter from Isabel Kearns, IWEO, to Robert Knudsen, owner of 629 Bethmour Road, dated August 30, 2017, Re:  629 Bethmour Road, Stop Work Order issued August 9, 2017, need plan.
 
PUBLICATIONS
  1. Connecticut Wildlife, July/August 2017.
 
 
OTHER BUSINESS
 
90 Pole Hill Road (Community Garden) – The Commission discussed the need for a gate so that residents will not be able to drive their cars down to the pond.  Chair Sullivan will draft a letter to the First Selectmen and send the draft to Commission members for review.  Also, a copy of final letter will be forwarded to Fire Department.
 
629 Bethmour Road – Robert Knudsen -  Stop Work Order issued June 20, 2017, clear cutting of trees, extent of wetlands, hiring of soil scientist.  Isabel Kearns, IWEO, stated she spoke with Town Attorney regarding this matter and will prepare another letter to              Mr. Knudsen regarding this.  Mr. Knudsen lives in Rhode Island and the Commission asked the IWEO to include in this letter to Mr. Knudsen if there is someone else that he would feel comfortable with meeting us at the subject site.
 
 
SCHEDULE SITE VISIT
 
The Commission scheduled a site visit for Saturday, October 14, 2017.  Members to meet at the Town Hall at 8:30 a.m.  Sites to be visited are as follows:
  • 16 Falls Road
  • 265 Beacon Road, Bethany West
  • 11 Carmel Road
 
 
ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business to come before the Commission, it was moved by Scanlon          and seconded by Smith to adjourn the regular meeting at 8:14 p.m.
Unanimous approval.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
 
Antonia R. Marek, Clerk
For Inland Wetlands Commission
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UNAPPROVED MINUTES OF THE BETHANY CONSERVATION COMMISSION, Sept. 14, 2017

 

 

Present: Bruce Loomis, Brian Eitzer, Cathy Rives, Matthew Popp, Patricia Winer

Absent: Shaukat Khan

 

The meeting was called to order at 8:03. Approval of the August minutes was the first order of business. Patsy moved to accept them, and Bruce seconded with two corrections. In paragraph five "as part for" should be "as part of", and "Darrylyn" should be spelled "Derrylyn." The minutes were approved as amended.

 

Bruce asked for nominations for Chair, as we had not acted on this at the last two meetings. Matthew nominated Bruce, and Patsy seconded. The vote was unanimous. Bruce agreed to accept the position.

 

There were no bills. In correspondence there was a thank you letter from Evan Whitman, one of the BCS students who received a conservation award from the commission, and a letter from CACIWC asking the commission for the annual dues for membership. Brian moved to pay the annual fee, and Matt seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Brian then moved to reimburse any member who attends the annual conference, and Bruce seconded. All were in favor.

 

We discussed the joint meeting with P&Z that took place before their September meeting. Members thought we made progress in impressing them with our concerns. These included the process of referring applicants to the Conservation Commission for discussion of their proposals for open space, the subject of waiving the requirement for open space and the issue of how strongly to press for a fee in lieu if the applicant does not want to set aside land. P&Z will include consultation with the Conservation Commission on their checklist for applicants. The first test will be Mr. Woodward's new application for a subdivision on Mesa Drive. P&Z must refer him to us even though the Commission will conclude that he does not need to set aside additional land, since the set aside for the whole parcel has already been made.

 

There was a discussion of the traffic sign issue. Bruce and Patsy brought the other members up to date on the Selectmen's meeting of September 11, where Derry Gorski said the selectmen will evaluate the signs and will have another meeting where the public can have input.

 

We discussed the COY charities list and the criteria for an organization to be on it. It should be Bethany based, should be the end user of the money and should be a conservation oriented organization. There was a consensus that there should be a cash award. There will be further discussion of the criteria and of which organizations should be on the list at the next meeting.

 

The issue of the open space appendices was tabled.

 

Brian brought up the issue of moving the Quinnippiac Trail at the end of Downs Road as requested by the Regional Water Authority, as he is now the local representative for Bethany. The Commission discussed the location but without having a detailed map of the trail. There were no serious objections.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05. Brian moved to adjourn and Matt seconded. Unanimous approval.

Respectfully submitted,

Patricia Winer, Secretary Pro Tem 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
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DRAFT
Attendance:  First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectman Clark Hurlburt
Visitors:  Attorney Kevin McSherry, Bruce Loomis, Patsy Winer, Bruno Nielsen, Mary Ellen McDivitt, Ann Lehman, Norman Cole
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order at 7:35 p.m.  The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall.  After calling the meeting to order First Selectwoman Gorski asked all present to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
First Selectwoman called for a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of August 28, 2017.  The motion was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Hurlburt.  The vote taken was unanimous without change.
TAX REFUNDS
Selectman Shea moved to refund to Alan J. Merly the sum of $35.49, to Amy Willet the sum of $205.44, to Barbara Gowisnock the sum of $11.39, Christy NL. Handler the sum of $28.70, Clark Winchell the sum of $16.13, Daimler Trust $16.13, Donna J. Kruysman the sum $113.60, Eric Friden the sum of $22.62, Honda Lease Trust the sum of$79.90, Hyundai Lease Titling Trust the sum of$243.10, to Jennifer Gagne the sum of $14.62, to John Ellison, II the sum of $14.59, to Joseph Leite the sum of $3.76, to Laura Rondina the sum of $7.20, to Michael Calhoun the sum of $15.97, to Nina & Daniel Spacek the sum of $40.13, to Patrick & Lawrence Iben the sum of $10.88, Richard and Margaret Pantaleo the sum of $116.80, to Robert and Eileen Menker the sum of $116.80, to Stephen Pelosi the sum of $57.44 and to Thomas Goodwin the sum of $13.31 all for overpayment of taxes.  Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous.
 WAIVE BIDDING PROCESS FOR REVAL FOR EQALITY VALUATION SERVICES
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion to waive the bidding process for Revaluation for Equality Valuation Services.  The motion was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Hurlburt.  The vote taken was unanimous.            
TRAFFIC WARNING ROAD SIGNS
First Selectwoman Gorski reports that the high risk rural road signs placed on Bethany roads warning of curves, placed by the State, from a Federal and State grant are not mandatory.  She has taken a ride with the Resident Trooper Merriam to do an evaluation of where they felt the signs would be helpful.  They both agreed that the number of signs was excessive.  First Selectman Gorski distributed a map showing locations of the signs and has asked the other Selectmen to do their own evaluation of where they felt signs should be located. 
Maryellen McDivitt questioned “where are the white lines?”  First Selectwoman added that they will be refreshed and re-painted in the fall. 
Norman Cole a member of Planning and Zoning suggested that perhaps the Commission could review the locations also.
APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Selectman Hurlburt moved to appoint Patsy Winer to a full three year term on the Conservation Commission.  Selectman Shea seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous.
ASSESSOR
Selectman Shea moved to appoint Mario Pannagrasso to a two year term as the Town of Bethany Assessor.  Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous.
TOWN COUNSEL
First Selectwoman Gorski appointed Kevin McSherry as Town Counsel for the Town of Bethany for her term of office June 30, 2019.  Both Selectman Shea and Selectman Hurlburt ratified her appointment.
STATE BUDGET
First Selectwoman Gorski discussed with the Selectmen information she had received regarding possible  changes in the State budget but not yet approved, i.e. equalization for car taxes throughout the state, teacher pension, increase in sales tax.  No finalization has been reached yet.
ADJOURNMENT
Adjournment was called at 8:10 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Hurlburt and seconded by Selectman Shea.  The vote taken was unanimous.
 
                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,
 
                                                                                                June G. Riley
                                                                                                Secretary, Board of Selectmen
 
                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                 



BOARD OF FINANCE
JULY 11, 2017
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DRAFT
Attendance:  Chairman John Grabowski, John Ford IV, Sharon Huxley, Melissa Spear, Katie Erickson, Sally Huyser
Visitors:  First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Fran Doba, Thomas Broesler
Chairman Grabowski called the meeting of the Board of Finance to order at 7:08 p.m.  The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. 
APPRIOVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Grabowski called for a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of June 13, 2017.  The motion of approval was moved by Sally Huyser and seconded by John Ford IV.  Sharon Huxley moved to amend the minutes as follows:  (Sharon Huxley wanted corrections sent out with email as part of the minutes).  The minutes were then approved as amended on a vote of 4 yes votes and 2 abstentions that of Melissa Spear who was not in attendance and Katie Erickson who was not on the Board of Finance at the time of this meeting. 
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Grabowski reported that the Amity Finance Committee had not held a meeting since his last report.  He had watched the meeting of the Board of Education on television.   At that meeting they were discussing keeping the surplus for future projects such as putting artificial turf on the football field.  Open discussion with the Board of Finance members followed regarding the pros and cons of the artificial turf. 
SELECTMEN’S REPORT
 First Selectwoman Gorski has received a letter notifying her that the Bethany Board of Education has started salary negotiations.  The process will begin July 20, 2017.  The Board of Education welcomes Board of Finance members to sit in on these sessions with no voting power.  Melissa Spear volunteered to represent the Bethany Board of Finance.  Sally Huyser moved a motion to officially appoint Melissa Spear to attend the salary negotiation Bethany Board of Education meetings.  Sharon Huxley seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous.   
First Selectwoman Gorski spoke to the Board regarding the upcoming Special Town Meeting set for July 27, 2017.  The purpose of the meeting is to appoint a member to the Amity Board of Education to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of William Blake.  There will be an appointment made to fill the vacancy of the late Sandra Breslin as Bethany’s representative to South Central Regional Policy Board.
Modifications to ordinance regarding members terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals will be on the call.
Replacement of roof on Lakeview Lodge will be on the agenda.  The Board of Finance discussed the cost of repair.  The original repair cost was not to exceed $30,000 with money for the repair to have come from LoCip money and expenditure approved at the May 16, 2016 Town Meeting.  Following a discussion a motion was moved by Sally Huyser and seconded by Sharon Huxley to increase the repair cost to not exceed $50,000 for roof replacement on Lakeview Lodge.  Sharon Huxley seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous. 
Increase bid limit for waiving of bids will be on the agenda.  Following discussion Melissa Spear moved to increase the limit that the Town can waive the bidding process from $5,000 to $20,000.  Katie Erickson seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous. 
Fines, penalties and enforcement for use of Veterans Memorial Park, for non-residents, if they don’t have a Town of Bethany sticker, or have not purchased a season pass for non-residents will be on the agenda.
First Selectwoman Gorski reported to the Board of Finance about the complaints she is receiving from residents regarding the new traffic signs put up by the Connecticut DOT.  The State was to have had a meeting with Alan Green and First Selectwoman Gorski before the signs were put up regarding placement.  The signs were issued thru the Federal Government to the State of Connecticut thru a Highway Safety grant.  If the Town were to remove them the liability would be on the Town if anything happened.
INTERNAL CONTROL ISSUES
Sharon Huxley felt that the Board of Finance issue regarding Internal Control as suggested by the auditors was not being addressed.  She requested that Internal Control be put on every agenda.
The Board requested that Tom Broesler bring to the next meeting a list of accounts so that the Board could move to close any account that was no longer needed. 
ADD APPOINTMENT OF BOARD OF FINANCE CHAIRMAN TO THE AGENDA
Melissa Spear moved to add APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN to the agenda of this meeting.  The motion was seconded by Sally Huyser.  The vote taken was unanimous.
APPOINTMENT OF BOARD OF FINANCE CHAIRMAN
Sally Huyser moved to appoint John Grabowski as the Chairman of the Board of Finance.  John Ford IV seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous.
OTHER
Tom Broesler explained the process for renewal of the Bond Anticipation Notes for the Town. 
Chairman Grabowski requested that Alan Green come to the next meeting of the Board of Finance to explain how he is financing the over-expenditures for the salt shed.  He cannot take the over-expenditures from his operating budget as that money was approved for road work by the Town Meetings. 
ADJOURNMENT
Adjournment was called at 8:50 p.m. after a motion was moved by Sally Huyser and seconded by John Ford IV.  The vote taken was unanimous.
 
                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,
                                                                                                June G. Riley
                                                                                                Clerk, Board of Finance