Thursday, October 13, 2011

OCTOBER 11, 2011
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Steven Thornquist, Selectman Donald Shea

Visitors: Attorney Kevin McSherry, Kathleen Schurman, Andy Livetin

First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski called the meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order at 7:35 p.m. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. The first order of business was the signing of payroll and accounts payable checks. First Selectwoman Gorski asked all to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

First Selectwoman Gorski called for approval of the minutes of the meeting of September 26, 2011. The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by First Selectwoman Gorski. First Selectwoman Gorski then moved to amend the minutes by adding the fire pit at Brinton Wood Grove will be removed. The amended minutes were then accepted on a unanimous vote.

The Town has applied for a credit card from Webster Bank. A Memorandum of Understanding is needed to complete this application. The following Memorandum of Understanding was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Thornquist.

RESOLVED THAT First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski be authorized to sign all documents necessary to establish a business card agreement with Webster Bank and provide Webster Bank with any documentation it may request.

First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski will be an authorized signor on said card.

The vote taken was unanimous.

A public hearing was held at the Post Office on Brewry Street in New Haven last week regarding the possible closing of the Amity Post Office. Residents are encouraged to write letters of support for keeping this branch open. The Woodbridge Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to send a letter in support of keeping this branch open. Selectman Thornquist moved a motion that the Bethany Board of Selectmen, write a letter supporting the continuing operation of the Amity Post Office to serve the area towns. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.

Due to the recent horse accident on Fairwood Road, Bethany residents are requesting “Caution Horse Crossing” signs. The placement of additional signs other than Fairwood Road are yet to be determined. A motion was moved by Selectman Thornquist and seconded by Selectman Shea to place a “Caution Horse Crossing” sign at the corner of Fairwood Road where the horse trail comes from the Airport, and any other locations deemed to be necessary. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.

A blind driveway sign is requested by a resident on Falls Road. The Selectmen discussed this location and determined that perhaps a mirror on the tree opposite the driveway to assure better visibility would be a safe solution to the problem along with a sign.

Correspondence has been received from the Highway Foreman Alan Green suggesting that the location of the Tag Sale on Saturday morning at the Airport be moved further back from the road.

At 8:55 p.m. Selectman Shea moved a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss Personnel Issues, Contract and Land Acquisition and to invite June Riley and Attorney McSherry to stay for the session. Selectman Thornquist seconded the motion. At 8:56 p.m. Selectman Thornquist moved to exit the executive session. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous. Selectman Thornquist then moved a motion to accept the changes to the Town Employees Pension Plan as recommended by David Martin, Certified Financial Planner, to accept Lafayette Pension Services as the Third Party Administrator and the new plan sponsor Transamerican. Selectman Shea seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.

Adjournment was called at 7:55 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Thornquist. The vote taken was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen