Wednesday, October 3, 2018



JUNE 25, 2018

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Attendance:  Chairman John Grabowski, Sally Huyser, Sharon Huxley, John Ford IV

Visitors:  First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectman Clark Hurlburt, Tom Broesler

Chairman Grabowski called the special meeting of the Board of Finance to order at 7:05 p.m.  The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. 


First Selectwoman Gorski explained to the Board of Finance members the bids received for the debris removal of brush and trees roadside as a result of the tornado.  Two of the bids received were for cubic yard removal which is the preferred way of FEMA.  In talking with the FEMA representative, to hire on an hourly basis would be acceptable.  Two of the companies put in comparable bids.  The cost was approximately $1,086,000 for 60,000 cubic yards.  Natures Harvest bid the clean-up by the hourly rate of $4,000 per day, for a total of 30 days, for a total cost of $120,000.  The pickup cost would be $2,500 per day, for a total of $75,000, for a total cost of $195,000 for both pickup and grinding of trees and stumps.  The FEMA reimbursement could be as high as 75-80% of cost.  First Selectwoman Gorski asked the Board if they could appropriate up to $350,000 for the debris, tree and stump removal.  Following discussion Sally Huyser moved the motion that the Board of Finance shall authorize the transfer of up to $350,000, for debris collection, from the General Fund, for emergency disaster work pursuant to Connecticut General Sec 28-1 (2) (4) iii and section 28-8a, which grants the Chief Executive Officer the authority to fund emergency relief.  The Board of Finance shall schedule a Town Meeting in cooperation with the Board of Selectmen to review and seek approval of this expenditure.  Sharon Huxley seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous.


Adjournment was called at 7:35 p.m. after a motion was moved by Sharon Huxley and seconded by Sally Huyser.  The vote taken was unanimous.


                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                                June G. Riley

                                                                                                Clerk, Board of Finance