BOARD OF SELECTMEN
OCTOBER 15, 2019
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Attendance: First Selectman Paula Cofrancesco, Selectman Donald Shea
Visitors: Sheila Lane, Finance Director, Sharon Huxley, Attorney Courtney George, Kristine Sullivan joined the meeting at 8:15 p.m.
The meeting was called to order at 7:33 p.m. 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.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
First Selectman Cofrancesco called for a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of September 23, 2019. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by First Selectman Cofrancesco. There were no changes made to the minutes. The vote taken was unanimous.
There was not action taken for tax refunds at this meeting.
No updates on the mortgage release for Murphy.
DOG PARK FENCE
The Board of Finance at their last meeting moved a motion to appropriate $15,000 to replace the fence at the Dog Park and to send final approval of this expenditure to an upcoming Special Town Meeting.
KNOLLWOOD ROAD WELLS
First Selectman Cofrancesco reports that the contracts to drill new wells for the three residents on Knollwood Road, are just about complete. Dottie Dieroff is asking for additional reimbursement for work that was necessary for her well, because of corrosion caused by the salt contamination. The other two residents did not experience this problem. Following discussion Selectman Shea moved a motion to approve reimbursement to Dottie Dieroff for this added expenditure, and to recommend to the Board of Finance approval of the funding for this reimbursement. The vote was called. The vote taken was unanimous.
TOWN ROAD REPAIR WORK
Tilcon Connecticut, Inc.- was hired from the State bid list of paving companies, and will begin milling and repaving of roads with two crews on two sides of Town next week. Selectman Shea moved the motion to waive the bidding process for contractors to do drainage work and to award the work to Mesa Excavation and Paving , Advanced Paving and Excavating, and W. R. Grieger Excavation. First Selectman Cofrancesco seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
STATE OF CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Rod White, Fire Marshal for the Town of Bethany presented the following Resolution to be passed by the Board of Selectmen:
RESOLVED, that the Board of Selectmen may enter into with and deliver to the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, any and all documents which it deems to be necessary or appropriate and FURTHER RESOLVED, that Paula Cofrancesco, as First Selectman of Town of Bethany is authorized and directed to execute and deliver any and all documents on behalf of the Town of Bethany and to do and perform all acts and things which he deems to be necessary or appropriate to carry out the terms of such documents. The undersigned further certifies that Paula Cofrancesco now holds the office of First Selectman and that she has held that office since July 1, 2019.
The resolution was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by First Selectman Cofrancesco. The vote taken for acceptance was unanimous.
VALLEY FIRE CHIEF REGIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL
First Selectman Cofrancesco reported on information she had received regarding the Valley Fire Chief’s School proposed in Beacon Falls. Since Bethany is a part of this district for fire training, Selectmen Shea moved to participate in the planning of this facility. First Selectman Cofrancesco seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
STOP SIGN AT CARRINGTON ROAD AND HATFIELD HILL ROAD
First Selectman Cofrancesco has received a request to put a stop sign at Carrington Road and Hatfield Hill Road. The Selectmen discussed this location per the resident’s request. Selectman Shea moved to proceed with a stop sign at this location pending final recommendation by Trooper Dave Merriam. First Selectman Cofrancesco called the vote. The vote was unanimous.
AGENDA FOR SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
The Selectmen discussed what would be on the agenda for the upcoming special Town Meeting set for October 29, 2019. The meeting would discuss and move to return to the General Fund $69,622 from Medical Insurance, $88,353 from Police Revenue and $47,362 from Non-recurring Capital to be re-allocated to Contracted Services $20,000, Road Materials $92,668.50 and $92,668.50 to Road Resurfacing for a total of $205,337. On the agenda would also be Dog Park Fence $15,000, Concrete Stairs for Annex 1 and 2 $20,000, Plow for Public Works $10,000, and Generator for Public Works $70,000. The Capital Expenditures will go before the Board of Finance Wednesday, October 16, 2019 for approval.
CEMETERY BY LAWS
Kris Sullivan, Chairman of the Cemetery Commission, Town of Bethany, was present before the Board of Selectmen to get approval for the By-Laws for this Commission. After a review, the Selectmen determined they would like to review them with the changes before final approval was given to accept.
Adjournment was called at 9:00 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by First Selectman Cofrancesco. The vote taken was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectman