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December 11, 2008 Meeting Minutes

Regular Meeting
December 11, 2008

***** Draft Document - Subject to Commission Review *****

The Meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Co-Chairman George Butenkoff in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 11 Rye Street, Broad Brook, CT.

ATTENDANCE/(Establishment of Quorum):

Present:        Co-Chairman George Butenkoff, Members Donald Arcari, Claire Badstubner, Karen Gaudreau, Scott Riach, Charles Riggott, Madeleine Thompson, and Bonnie Yosky (arrived at 7:48 p.m.)

Absent: Co-Chairman John Matthews, Edward Farrell, and Joyce Phillips.

Guests: No one

A quorum was established with the presence of eight members.  Co-Chairman Butenkoff chaired the meeting this evening.

ADDED AGENDA ITEMS:             None.

PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES/comments and acceptance:

MOTION: To APPROVE the Minutes of November 13, 2008 as written.

Badstubner moved/Riggott seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION - The public is encouraged to provide their thoughts as succinct as possible.  CRC Members will not comment on the merits of an idea at this meeting but may ask questions to clarify the proposal.  A time limit may be imposed.

No one requested to speak.

FIRST SELECTMAN MENARD/a)  Update on request to First Selectman regarding legal review of charter changes:

In the absence of First Selectman Menard it was noted that the charter review attorney has been sent a copy of the Commission’s changes to date.  It is expected he will appear at the Commission’s January 9, 2009 meeting.  Communication between the Commission and the charter review attorney was discussed; the Recording Secretary was requested to send the

charter review attorney a list of questions of interest for discussion for the Commission.  The Commission then gave the Recording Secretary a list of questions to be referred to the charter review attorney.



ADMINISTRATIVE HOUSEKEEPING/(b) Query members for other items:    None.

REVIEW OF CRC MEMBERS input for proposed revisions:

Commissioner Gaudreau advised the Commission September 3, 2009 is the last date a municipality can approve a question which would appear on the November ballot.  Discussion followed regarding how the vote occurs on ballots carrying questions.

DISCUSSION OF TOP 5/a)  Karen Gaudreau/Present research regarding Registrar of Vital Statistics:

The Town Clerk is automatically the Ex Officio Registrar of Vital Statistics as specified in the Connecticut General Statutes.  She suggested both the Town Clerk and the Registrar of Vital Statistics positions should be listed under the APPOINTED BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS Section of the Charter.

LET THE RECORD SHOW Commissioner Yosky arrived at 7:48 p.m.

DISCUSSION OF TOP 5/b) Bonnie Yosky/Present research regarding status of Civil Preparedness Director:

Commissioner Yosky reported the Civil Preparedness Commission has now become the Emergency Management Office/Commission.  Further discussion postponed until review with the charter review attorney.

DISCUSSION OF TOP 5/c) Karen Gaudreau/Present research regarding status of Permanent Commissions

Discussion postponed until review with charter review attorney.

DISCUSSION OF TOP 5 d)  Review of present charter, and currently proposed changes, Chapters 6 and 7 for review of consistency, clarity, and compatibility.

The Commission discussed various Boards and Commissions with regard to their formation by ordinance or appointment, their appointed length of service, and changes which have occurred in relation to the specifics defined for various positions.  The Commission deferred specific changes until review of the changes made to date by the charter review attorney.


Nothing new presented.

2nd PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:       No one requested to speak.


Recording Secretary given questions for referral to charter review attorney.


MOTION: To ADJOURN this Meeting at 8:14 p.m.

Gaudreau moved/Arcari seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

Respectfully submitted,

Peg Hoffman, Recording Secretary, East Windsor Charter Revision Commission


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