BOARD OF SELECTMEN
JUNE 12, 2017
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Attendance: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Clark Hurlburt, Selectman Donald Shea
Visitors: Attorney Kevin McSherry, Michael Calhoun, Ann Dempsky
First Selectwoman Gorski called the meeting of the Board of Selectmen to order at 7:38 p.m. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. All present stood for the Pledge of Allegiance as the first order of business.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of May 22, 2017. The motion was moved by Selectman Don Shea and seconded by Selectman Clark Hurlburt. The vote taken was unanimous for acceptance of the minutes without change.
Selectman Shea moved to refund to Eric Long the sum of $138.45, to James Mack the sum of $41.24, to John Consoli the sum of $136.90 and to Vault Trust the sum of $244.56 all for overpayment of taxes. The vote taken was unanimous.
FEE FOR USE OF LODGE BY OUT OF TOWN LION’S CLUBS
Ann Dempsky was present to discuss with the Selectmen use of the Lakeview Lodge for meetings of out of town Lions Clubs. Since Shakot Kahn past president of the Bethany Lion’s Club will be moving up as District Governor of the Lions Club district meetings may from time to time be held in Bethany. There is usually more than fifty members present so it would be difficult to hold meetings in any of the local restaurants, however they would purchase food from local restaurants and have it served at the lodge. The first date requested would be July 12, 2017. It was determined that Ann Dempsky would sponsor them so that they would be charged a resident rate for use of the facility which is $350.
PLANNING AND ZONING REGULATION CHANGE FOR SIGNAGE
The Planning and Zoning Commission is in the process of revising the regulations regarding signage used in the Town for private business, Town property, and temporary events. Michael Calhoun was present representing the Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss this matter with the Selectmen and to get their input on the regulation changes. The Selectmen suggested appointment of someone from the Lions Club, Bethany Athletic Association, Horse Commission and the business community to serve on this committee.
APPLICATION FOR TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM
William Greiger has applied for the Tax Incentive Program for his new storage building on Amity Road. The Selectmen determined that since there were a few questions regarding plantings and inspection requirements the matter was tabled until the next meeting when this information would be available. When approved by the Board of Selectmen the information would be forwarded to the Board of Finance for a final approval.
WAIVE BIDDING PROCESS FOR POLICE CRUISER
Discussion was opened on waiving of the bidding process for the Police Cruiser. Three quotes had been received the lowest quote being from Crowley Ford Lincoln Mercury – F for $37,877. This amount is within the approved Capital Expenditure in fiscal year 2016-17 for a police cruiser. Discussion followed since this car had been ordered and delivered before Board of Selectmen authorization. A motion was moved by Selectmen Shea “for the purpose of insurance of the vehicle the Board of Selectmen will accept the quotes as presented and approve the low quote from Crowley Ford Lincoln Mercury for $37,877.” Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion. The vote taken was unanimous.
Selectman Shea has received complaints from residents regarding the new signage being put up in Bethany warning of curves and dangerous areas. The residents of Fairwood Road and Russell Road are complaining about the signs warning of curve in road where a curve does not exist. First Selectwoman Gorski said she will discuss the matter with Alan Green. The signs are being put up by the Highway Safety Board. This is to meet new federal safety standards
Adjournment was called at 8:45 p.m. after a motion was moved by Selectman Hurlburt and seconded by Selectman Shea. The vote taken was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Secretary, Board of Selectmen