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June 21, 2010
TOWN OF EAST WINDSOR
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
11 Rye Street, P. O. Box 389
Broad Brook, CT 06016


Regular Meeting Minutes
June 21, 2010



I.      ESTABLISHMENT OF QUORUM:

        Members Present:        Eric Moffett, James Richards, Richard Covill,  and Matt                                         Crossen.

        Members unable to
        Attend:         Josh Kapelner and Michael Malone

        Also in attendance:     Laurie Whitten, Town Planner; Bob Lyke, guest

Chairman Moffett called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. at the Planning and Zoning Office, 11 Rye Street, Broad Brook, CT.

II.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

MOTION: To APPROVE the Minutes of May 17, 2010 as presented.

Covill moved/Richards seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

III.    GENERAL DISCUSSION:

·       Incentive Housing Zone:

Town Planner Whitten reported the Town has received a $20,000 grant to do a feasibility study for workforce housing, possibly in conjunction with mixed use development along Route 140 or within the Warehouse Point area.  A mixed use development would be similar to Pasco’s Commons on Route 5. The Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC)  has sent out requests for proposals (RFPs); 8 consultants have responded.  The PZC will meet to interview potential applicants.  


·       Route 140 Sewers/Business Development Plan:

Mr. Moffett reported he had met recently with the Director of the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) regarding the status of the USDA grant.  The pump station at Shoham Road is failing; replacement would cost $400,000+/- should the grant not be received.  The Commission discussed alternatives for presenting information to the public.

MOTION: That the EDC work with the WPCA to develop an informational
workshop as soon as possible on a date prior to a Town Meeting to present information on the Route 140 sewers.

Covill moved/Richards seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

Mr. Moffett will contact Paul Andersen, Chairman of the WPCA, to schedule the meeting.

·       DCF Facility/Policies & Procedures:

Town Planner Whitten advised the Commission she had written a letter regarding the DCF facility at the request of a potential applicant.  The letter allows the developer to participate in the bidding process for construction of the facility.  

MOTION: To TABLE any further discussion on the DCF facility until more information becomes available.

Richard moved/Covill seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

·       Incentives:

The Commission discussed past history with regard to abatements, and considered various types of incentives to attract potential businesses to East Windsor.  Mr. Moffett suggested Town Planner Whitten discuss this issue with Metro Hartford Alliance.

·       Bylaws:

Mr. Moffett reported a letter has been sent to the Board of Selectmen (BOS) to request: 1) removal of non-participating EDC members, and 2) reducing the number of Commissioners to 5 regulars and 2 alternates.  He understands the BOS must create an ordinance to deal with both issues.  

MOTION: That Chairman Moffett send a letter to the Board of Selectmen questioning the status of the requests as noted above.

Covill moved/no second/motion failed.

MOTION: To remove, with regret,  Michael Maloney from the Economic Development Commission due to lack of attendance and lack of response to letter from Mr. Moffett questioning the reasons for not attending Commission Meetings.

Richards moved/Crossen seconded/

DISCUSSION:  Commissioner Covill suggested the removal of Mr. Maloney was very regrettable.

VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

MOTION: To send a letter to the Board of Selectmen noting the removal of Michael Maloney as an Economic Development Commissioner.

Richards moved/Crossen seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

Town Planner Whitten noted samples of bylaws from other surrounding towns have been provided for the EDC for reference.  No action taken on bylaws.

·       Pending Movie Studios:

The status of the development of the movie studios remains pending.

·       Economic Development Issues:

Town Planner Whitten to follow up with the Metro Hartford Alliance regarding information on possible incentives to attract new, and retain existing, businesses.

IV.     ADJOURNMENT:

MOTION: To ADJOURN this Meeting at 9:00  p.m.

Richards moved/Covill seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous


Respectfully submitted,

Peg Hoffman, Substitute Recording Secretary