Friday, August 4, 2017

JULY 10, 2017

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Attendance:  First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectmen Clark Hurlburt, Selectmen Donald Shea
Visitors:  R. J. Rivilini, Jim Rawson, George MacDonnell, Fran Doba, Attorney Kevin McSherry
First Selectwoman Gorski called for a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of June 26, 2017.   The motion of approval was moved by Selectman Shea and seconded by Selectman Hurlburt.  First Selectwoman Gorski moved to amend the minutes as follows:  AMENDED 7/10/17 ) either by executive order but not yet determined.  The amended minutes were then approved on a unanimous vote.
Selectman Shea moved to refund to Tirucherai & Gayathyri Vasudevan the sum of $6,079.79 and to Tirucherai Vasudevan the sum of $1,308.04 for a total of $7,387.83 for overpayment of taxes.  Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous. 
R. J. Rivilini was present to request that the Board of Selectmen waive the bidding process for the purchase of the field groomer for the Bethany Athletic Association.  Only a few companies make this piece of equipment.  The Town approved a Capital Expenditure for $12,000 at the Annual Town Meeting of May 15, 2017.  The total cost of the groomer is $18,813.65.   The balance will be paid by the Bethany Athletic Association.  Following discussion Selectman Shea moved to waiving the bidding process for the field groomer.  Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous. 
George McDonnell was present to make a formal complaint to the Selectmen regarding the new road signs throughout the Town.  First Selectwoman Gorski explained that the signs were financed and put up by Connecticut DOT through a Federal grant.  The State was to have held a meeting with the Highway Foreman Alan Green and First Selectwoman Gorski before installation regarding the placement of the signs.  This meeting was never held.  If we remove the signs the Town would be held liable until the matter is resolved. 
James Rawson expressed his concern about the unregistered cars throughout the Town.  He also asked why the Dog Park and the Community Garden were not maintained better.  First Selectwoman Gorski indicated that there is a beaver problem in the wetlands on private property near the dog park causing the area to be very wet.     
The Selectmen discussed setting the date for the Special Town Meeting.  Selectman Hurlburt moved to hold the meeting on July 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  The Town must fill a vacancy on the Amity Board of Education.   Member and Chairman William Blake has resigned because of his move out of Connecticut.  This vacancy must be filled within thirty days.  Selectman Shea seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous. 
The second item on the agenda would be to approve the replacement of the roof on the Lakeview Lodge.  This roof repair was approved at the May 16, 2016 Town Meeting as part of the LOCIP grant.  This grant will no longer be funded.  The motion to put Roof Replacement at Lakeview Lodge on the agenda for a cost of $35,000 pending approval by the Board of Finance was moved by Selectman Hurlburt and seconded by Selectman Shea.  The vote taken was unanimous. 
Enforcement of non-residents use of  Veterans Memorial Park was discussed.  On July 4th Trooper Merriam checked license plates of cars parked at Veterans Memorial Park.  Out of twenty-five license plates run only three were Bethany residents.  The rest were from out of town.  Following discussion Selectman Shea moved a motion to add Parking at Veterans Park to the agenda of the Special Town Meeting and to amend Bethany Code Chapter 194 of the Code of the Town of Bethany.  Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion.  The vote taken was unanimous. 
The tree warden has marked trees that are ready to be taken down.  The Selectmen discussed putting the work out to bid.  Since there are several local contractors available to do this work it was determined that they would ask for quotes from them.  Following discussion Selectman Shea moved to waive the bidding process and get local qualified contractors to give quotes on the work.  The motion was seconded by Selectman Hurlburt.  The vote taken was unanimous.
At 8:20 p.m. Selectman Shea moved a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Selectman Hurlburt seconded the motion…  The vote taken was unanimous.
                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,
June G. Riley
                                                                                                Secretary, Board of Selectmen