Friday, June 5, 2009

MAY 11, 2009
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Attendance: First Selectman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Walter Briggs, Selectman Steven Thornquist
Visitors: Attorney Kevin McSherry, Brian Laubstein, Donald Shea, Mike Gioviani
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order at 7:35. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. The first order of business was check the signing of checks. First Selectwoman Gorski asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approve for the minutes of the meeting of April 27, 2009. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Thornquist and seconded by Selectman Briggs. Selectman Briggs amended the minutes by adding the name of Joyce Plaskowicz as a visitor to that meeting. The amended minutes were then accepted on a unanimous vote.
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion of approval for Tax Refunds. Selectman Briggs moved to refund to Arnold Sabatelli the sum of $4.00, to Brad Bartele the sum of $2.53, to Carol Amendola the sum of $3.07, to Cathy Dolan the sum of $3.79, to Janet Brinsmade the sum of $3.10, to John Mizzone the sum of $4.00, to Junkai Zhou the sum of $3.00, to Kevin Moody the sum of $1.20, to Kim Acton the sum of $4.17, to Linda Phillie the sum of $4.54, to Louis Gugliotti the sum of $4.98, to Pat Hosey the sum of $3.16, to Robert Weidig the sum of $4.25, and to Rocco Laudadio the sum of $3.00 all for overpayment of taxes. Selectman Thornquist seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
Discussion was opened regarding issuing of Vendor Permits. The Town Clerk’s Office is getting requests from vendors to sell at various locations in Bethany. Since the present Town ordinance does not cover selling on Town property, the Town Clerk has referred this issue to the Board of Selectmen for review. The fee schedule will also need to be reviewed since the fee of $2.00 was set many years ago. The fee charged now for Hawking and Vendors Permits by other towns is much higher. Mike Gioviani was present to request permission of the Selectmen to sell ice cream at Veteran’s Memorial Park this summer. The Town of Bethany is the owner of record and there is nothing in the ordinances that covers such permitting. Following discussion Selectman Thornquist moved to allow Mike Gioviani to sell ice cream from his truck at Veteran’s Memorial Park during the hours as stated in the ordinance. Mr. Gioviani has an ice cream truck that is licensed by the Health Department. Selectman Briggs seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.

Signing of the Clean Energy Agreement for Amity was tabled. The agreement has not been received to date for review.
The proposed zoning violation ordinances with the fine schedule for violations, was not ready for review by the Board of Selectmen at this meeting.
All Selectmen signed the call for the Annual Town Meeting to be held May 18, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Attorney McSherry was present and explained to the Board of Selectmen the Greater Bridgeport Inter -Local Agreement. Following a brief discussion Selectman Thornquist moved to authorize First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski to sign the agreement on behalf of the Town of Bethany. Selectman Briggs seconded the motion. The vote was called. The vote taken was unanimous.
Selectman Briggs questioned the new signs at Veteran’s Memorial Park. First Selectwoman Gorski explained they were put there by the Park & Recreation Commission to try to discourage equestrian use of the bridge and fields at the park.
Brian Laubstein indicated that Planning and Zoning had sent him back to the Board of Selectmen regarding the problem he is having with wandering chickens from the neighbors in his yard. No action was taken at this time.
Adjournment was called at 8:00 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Briggs and seconded by Selectman Thornquist.

Respectfully submitted,

June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen