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August 3, 2006 Special Joint Meeting with Board of Selectmen

Jointly with:
Charter Revision Commission

August 3, 2006


Ms. Roberts called the joint meeting to order on August 3, 2006 at 7:50 p.m., directly after a public hearing,  at the East Windsor Town Hall

II.     ATTENDANCE – Board of Selectmen

Linda Roberts, First Selectman
Kenneth Crouch, Deputy First Selectman
Thomas Sinsigallo, Selectman  
Gil Hayes, Selectman
Edward Filipone, Selectman

        ATTENDANCE – Charter Revision Commission

John Parda
Kathy Bilodeau
Noreen Farmer
Joseph Roberts

Following the public hearing a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and the Charter Revision Commission was held to discuss the proposed revised Charter from start to finish.

Laurie Whitten, Director of Planning and Development and Nancy Rudek, Zoning Enforcement Officer and Assistant Director of Planning and Development came before the boards to discuss the Plan of Conservation and Development recommendation to split the Inland Wetland/Conservation Commissions into two Commissions.  The Wetlands Commission is regulatory and inundated with permit work, therefore the statutory Conservation duties that are required get neglected.  The current Natural Resource Preservation Committee  members do conservation work now and can transfer over to this Conservation Commission, which will be strictly advisory in nature.   The Conservation Commission would review open space plans and make recommendations to the PZC.  It was the intent when the Natural Resource Preservation Committee was established that it would become the Conservation Commission upon Charter Revision.  

The lengthy process of reviewing the entire charter included several grammatical edits and/or clarifying language.  The town attorney will review the document and also comment on the “eligibility” section as it pertains to residency.  A consensus was reached on several items and the Charter Revision Commission explained its rationale and intent behind sections when queried by the Selectmen.  The 20% language for budget referendum was removed.  The Town Meeting signature requirement was changed to 100.  Discussion ensued regarding the removal of compensation for the Selectmen and ideas for compensation for volunteers on boards was discussed.  This will be an item on a future Selectmen’s agenda.  

A consensus was reached to cancel the joint meeting on August 10 and the Board of Selectmen regular meeting on August 15.  The Board of Selectmen and the Charter Revision Commission will meet next on August 22 at 7:00 p.m.  For that meeting everyone was asked to draft ideas on how to pose the questions for the ballot regarding Charter Revision.   Members of both boards will receive a copy of the new draft, as well as a document highlighting the changes, additions and deletions, in advance of the next meeting.

MOTION: To adjourn at 9:10 p.m.
                Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Hayes.

Respectfully submitted,


Cynthia D. Croxford
Recording Secretary