TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING
Mr. Filipone called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the East Windsor Town Hall in Broad Brook.
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MARY SZABO (SCHEDULED)
MOTION: To accept the meeting minutes of September 18, 2007, as submitted
Made by Ms. Nelson, seconded by Mr. Hayes
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.
Mr. Filipone presented the CIP notebooks to the group and explained it. There first rough estimate on requests is $1.9 million.
The following outlines brief descriptions of discussions on requests and questions asked by the CIP, as well as additional rationale for the request by the presenter. The specific requests, including finite numbers and quotes was provided to the Committee.
WAREHOUSE POINT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief James Barton and members Michael Balf and Tony Demasterantonio came before the Committee with their request. The request made was to replace the 1982 Pumper which has been in bad condition for a long time. Chief Barton reported this item has been on their CIP request list since 2000 and now it needs to be replaced immediately. Pictures of the apparatus’ current condition was provided to the Board.
Extensive discussion took place as to the current status of the WHPFD fleet and how this apparatus fits into the fleet. Also the CIP committee inquired as to the previous joint plan of replacement provided by the two fire departments. Chief Barton indicated that the plan was not followed last year by the Board of Finance, therefore they did not believe it was still a plan. BBFD representatives joined the conversation regarding the plan. After much discussion both Departments stated that the plan would be revised and resubmitted to the CIP committee.
The 1982 pumper looks like it will be taken out of service due to its condition – which is a hazard to firefighters and the public. Currently the department has to rely on mutual aid as they as this apparatus is non working. The effect on town wide insurance ratings due to the appropriate number of apparatus was discussed. In a perfect world for great insurance ratings it is important to have 3 engines, ladder truck, rescue, officer vehicle.
Mr. Farrell indicated he would like to look at the spec for the truck before it goes out. The CIP committee indicated it wants firm data, the specs and the concept planned out. Mr. Barton stated historically they have tried to ask for apparatus putting it out through the years, but historically that has not been funded. So they are asking for this in one request. Salvage value of the current vehicle might be for irrigation purposes only – not much else.
After much discussion and Chief Barton’s concerns that the items are not funded, the plan was completed looking out five years of potential spending. A skid truck (F350 pick up) was added, the necessary paving for the driveway, as well as an evac system for the fire house and monies aside for the next apparatus to be replaced in the future were all added to the plan and the sheets will be updated for the Board and for the Webster Bank representative. It was stated as well that the fire department needs to advocate for its CIP requests and get public support for the requests.
It was also suggested that if the Department pulls together stats for the Board of Finance, including mileage of trucks and repair costs, it helps advocate for funding the request.
BROAD BROOK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief Meyers and members Mr. Lockwood, Mr. Madigan and Mr. Stempher came before the Board to discuss their requests.
They found a buyer for the 1996 Hummer and are looking to sell that and replace it with a pick up truck which would be of more use to the Department. The selling of the 1996 Hummer is not in the arena of the CIP – but they wanted to show the need for the new vehicle request. The new vehicle will be used as the Duty Officer truck. There is a request for a generator as the Fire Department is a shelter, current one is 27 years old. The possibility of grants as this is a homeland security issue as well was discussed. Currently the generator is 26 kilowatts.. The parking lot request was discussed, as well as the ongoing issues as there is a spring underneath the driveway and the catch basin to the curb is wearing down.
EAST WINDSOR POLICE DEPARTMENT
The standard two vehicle request was made. There was no representative present from this department.
MOTION: To adjourn at 8:45 p.m.
Made by Ms. Farmer, seconded by Ms. Nelson
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.
Cynthia D. Croxford