Board of Selectmen
November 25, 2017
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Clark Hurlburt, Selectman Donald Shea
Visitors: Janet Brunwin, Attorney Kevin McSherry, Jim Tirrell, Janer Olofsson, Marian Olofsson, Joe Ostrum, Brian Laubstein, Paul Magda
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. All present stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the meeting of November 13, 2017. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Hurlburt. First Selectwoman Gorski moved to correct the spelling of Kukel to Kukiel. The minutes were then accepted on a unanimous vote.
OTHER MATTERS PROPER TO COME BEFORE THE MEETINGT
LION’S CLUB 100TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT
Paul Magda, Janet Brunwin and Jim Tirrell were present to discuss with the Selectmen a celebration the Lions Club are planning at the Veterans Memorial Park the summer of 2018 for the 100th Anniversary of the Lion’s Club, the exact date to be determined. The event would be open free to all residents. There would be food trucks, music and other activities planned. The Selectmen discussed the event with Paul, Janet and Jim regarding parking, access to park, traffic control, extra lifeguards and miscellaneous safety issues to be worked out.
BETHANY COMMUNITY SCHOOL BUDGET AND SCHOOL RANKING ISSUES
Brian Laubstein was present to discuss with the Selectmen issues pertaining to the Bethany Community School budget and school rankings compared to Woodbridge. He presented information he had compiled regarding the issue. As a taxpayer he wanted answers as to why the cost per student is more than Woodbridge. The test scores in Bethany are lower than Woodbridge even though in Woodbridge there is an average of 19 students per teacher and in Bethany the ratio is 10.3 students per teacher. The Selectmen agreed to discuss this at a later date when additional information was available.
ATWATER ROAD CLEAN UP
The report has come back from environmental testing of the soil on Atwater Road showing the high lead levels of lead in the ground. The present owner has applied for grants available for the cleanup. This was caused when Olin used the land as a gun range. The Town needs to repair Atwater Road to be in compliance with the land acquisition agreement with the Carrington family. This cleanup would have to be done first.
TOWN OFFICERS MEETING
The Selectmen discussed setting a date for a Town Officers meeting to be held sometime in January. On the agenda would be the presentation of the Hazardous Mitigation Plan and acceptance for the FEMA requirements. The date of the meeting was tentatively set for January 14, 2018.
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
It was the consensus of the Selectmen that a Special Town Meeting could be held immediately following the Town Officers Meeting, to discuss a Noise Ordinance, acceptance of the First Church of Christ Cemetery to be Town owned and run. The church has determined that they do not have the man power nor the funding to keep it running properly.
EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS LAND ACQUISITION
At 8:35 p.m. Selectman Hurlburt moved to go into executive session to discuss land acquisition and to invite Attorney McSherry to stay for the session. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous. The motion to exit the executive session was made at 8:45 p.m. by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Hurlburt. The vote taken was unanimous. Selectman Shea moved to ask the Board of Finance for approval to use Land Acquisition money for a Yellow Book appraisal for possible purchase of Open Space. The motion was seconded by Selectman Hurlburt. The vote taken was unanimous.
Adjournment was called at 8:50 p.m. after a motion was move by Selectman Hurlburt and seconded by Sele4ctman Shea. The vote was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen