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January 28, 2008 Minutes
Town of East Windsor
Economic Development Commission
11 Rye Street, P.O. Box 389
Broad Brook, CT 06016
Regular Meeting Minutes
January 28, 2008

Chairman Moffett called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Planning & Zoning Office, 11 Rye Street, Broad Brook, CT.


Members Present:        Eric F. Moffett, Richard Covill, Jim Richards, Josh Kapelner and  Matt Crossen

Members unable       Michael Maloney
to attend:

Also present:           Denise Menard, First Selectman
                                Laurie Whitten, Town Planner            

 Meeting Date and Location

Mr. Moffett informed the EDC members that he met with Denise Menard to try to work something out regarding a meeting date and location.  He felt that they need to have computer access and access to the files.  Ms. Whitten pointed out that they can use room N-4 at the East Windsor High School, which has a smart board, and they could have access to the computer.  Mr. Richards suggested keeping the option of meeting at the town hall or at the high school.  Ms. Whitten noted that they would have to advertise ahead of time that the meeting is at a particular location.  Mr. Covill felt that we should try to make 2008 a year of technology and a year of moving forward.  

MOTION: To seriously consider making an agreement with the school department to hold our EDC meetings at the high school where we can best use technology.              Covill / Richards

Discussion and Vote:    
Mr. Richards said we have the files and maps here in the Planning Office. He said the smart board would be useful with large groups.  He said if they outgrow this office due to limited space, at that point he would be in full agreement to go to the high school.  Ms. Whitten said if they don’t reserve the room she couldn’t guarantee that it will be available.  Ms. Menard suggested that occasionally they could split the meeting room in half.    
In Favor:       Covill;  Crossen
Opposed:        Kapelner;  Richards;  Moffett

MOTION: To meet here in the Planning & Development Office on the third Monday of each month, with special meetings and presentations to be worked out with either a split room or take advantage of the high school facility.
                                                        Richards / Covill
In Favor:       Richards; Kapelner; Moffett
Opposed:        Covill; Crossen

MOTION: That we adopt as a theme for 2008 “the year of capable people and development for East Windsor.”
                                                Covill / Richards / Unanimous

¾       Park & Rec. Photo Contest

Mr. Moffett explained that he received a letter from the Park & Rec. Department about the photo contest.  They are looking for some funding for such things as framing.  They also need judges.  Mr. Richards said he would talk to the Chamber.  Mr. Moffett will write a letter in support and ask the Chamber for support.

 Meeting with MetroHartford Alliance and Town Boards and Commissions

Mr. Moffett indicated that it would be best to schedule this meeting after the budget season.  Ms. Menard suggested that early summer would be a good time.  After some discussion, June 12th was suggested as the date to have the meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m.

EDC Budget

Ms. Whitten handed out copies of the current budget and the proposed budget was discussed by the EDC members.  

MOTION: That we accept the budget as follows: $1,100.00 Recording Secretary; $200.00 Conferences and Training; $2,000.00 Other Purchased Services; $200.00 Office Supplies; and $1,500.00 Promotion-East Windsor, for a total of $5,000.00.             Richards / Covill / Unanimous

 Economic Development Issues

Mr. Richards gave an up-date on new businesses and activities in town.

Mr. Moffett noted that Sharon Aprea has officially resigned from the Commission.

MOTION: To send a letter to Sharon Aprea from the EDC thanking her for her services.                    Richards / Covill / Unanimous

Ms. Menard referred to a memo regarding Freedom of Information sessions to be held on February 7, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m.

Ms. Whitten indicated that there is a proposed rezone for property on the south side of Bridge Street from industrial to commercial.  She said the Plan of Development calls for Bridge Street to be rezoned for commercial development

MOTION: That the EDC would be in favor of rezoning the property on Bridge Street to B-2 for commercial development in the area.
                                                Covill / Crossen / Unanimous


MOTION: To approve the minutes of December 17, 2007.
                                                Kapelner / Covill / Unanimous


        MOTION: To adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.                                                                                             Kapelner / Richards / Unanimous

Respectfully submitted,

        Marlene Bauer, Recording Secretary