BOARD OF SELECTMEN
JULY 2, 2019
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APPROVED ( TO BE AMENDED 8/12/19)
Attendance: First Selectman Paula Cofrancesco, Selectman Donald Shea, Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski
Visitors: Vincent Marino, Shelia Lane, Lynette White, Barbara Schellenberg
First Selectman Paula Cofrancesco called the special meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order at 7:04. The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. First Selectman Cofrancesco asked all to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
APPOINTMENT OF TOWN COUNSEL
First Selectwoman Cofrancesco called for a motion to appoint a new Town Counsel. The motion to appoint Vincent Marino, Esq., and the firm of Cohen and Wolf as Town Counsel was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectwoman Gorski. The vote taken was unanimous.
A recess was called at 7:06 by First Selectman Paula Cofrancesco. At 7:55 p.m. First Selectman Paula Cofrancesco re-convened the meeting.
The following agenda was set for a special Town Meeting to be called on July 11, 2019.
TOWN MEETING AGENDA
The purpose of this meeting is to consider and act on a resolution recommending an appropriation for costs related to improvements to various Town roads, and related work and improvements and for costs related to the financing of the project, and recommending the authorization of borrowings to finance the appropriation. The resolution was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Gorski. The vote taken was unanimous.
Selectman Shea moved the motion to consider and act on scheduling the Special Town Meeting for Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 7 p.m. to be held at the Bethany Town Hall. Selectwoman Gorski seconded by motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
Selectwoman Gorski moved to consider and act on submitting the question on the bond appropriation to the voters at referendum to be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 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. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
RESOLVED, That the Board of Selectmen recommends to the Town Meeting that the Town of Bethany appropriate $8,010,000 for costs related to road improvements including, as needed, milling, paving, drainage, and reclamation7, and related work and improvements, and for costs related to the financing of the project; and that the Town authorize the issuance of $8,010,000 bonds, notes and temporary notes to finance the appropriation. 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 aforesaid appropriation and borrowing authorization be presented for consideration at a Special Town Meeting to be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Selectmen hereby designates said resolution for submission to the voters at referendum to be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 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 $8,010,000 FOR COSTS RELATED TO IMPROVEMENTS TO VARIOUS TOWN ROADS, AND RELATED WORK AND IMPROVEMENTS; AND AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS AND NOTES IN THE SAME AMOUNT TO FINANCE THE APPROPRIATION?
Voting will be at the Bethany Town Hall, 40 Peck Road in Bethany. Absentee ballots will be available from the Town Clerk's office.
Selectman Shea moved to add to the agenda discussion and possible action to recommend to the Board of Finance establishing a capital line item in the Town’s budget from the surplus returned to the Town from the Bethany Community School for purposes of funding future expenses associated with the second annex project work. (§7-348) Selectwoman Gorski seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
Selectwoman Gorski moved to add to the agenda of the special Town Meeting filling of vacancy on Amity Regional Board of Education. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
A motion of adjournment was moved by Selectwoman Gorski at 8:40 p.m. The motion was seconded by Selectman Shea. The vote taken was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen