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February 15, 2005 minutes
TOWN OF EAST WINDSOR
BOARD OF SELECTMEN

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
February 15, 2005


I.      TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING
Ms. Roberts call the meeting to order on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the East Windsor Town Hall

II.     ATTENDANCE
SELECTMEN PRESENT:
Linda Roberts, First Selectman
Al Regina, Selectman
Kenneth Crouch, Deputy First Selectman
Thomas Sinsigallo, Selectman
Michael Balf, Selectman

III.    ADDED AGENDA ITEMS - None

MOTION: To add two agenda items, the resignations of Dan Onofrio, Economic Development Commission and Ruth Mezzetti, Elderly Commission to BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS, ITEM B.
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Crouch
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

IV.     PREVIOUS MINUTES
A.      Regular meeting minutes of February 1, 2005

MOTION: To accept the Regular meeting minutes of February 1, 2005, as submitted.
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Balf
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

V.      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION - None

VI.     COMMUNICATIONS – The following were for the Board’s review and information:

A.      Connecticut Trolley Museum re: Membership renewal
B.      Chamber of Commerce News
C.      Charter Revision Commission Invitation to Public Hearing

VII.    SELECTMEN’S REPORTS
A.      L. Roberts, First Selectman
·       The Leo Club inducted 22 new members, it was a very nice event;
·       Charter Revision Commission held their first public hearing on February 14;
·       The Governor’s Foot Guard was at the high school performing on February 14.


B.      K. Crouch, Deputy First Selectman
·       BUILDING COMMITTEE:  The Human Services office renovation is complete and ready for occupancy.  The police bid package is ready         to go out  bids will be opened on March 30.
C.      A. Regina, Selectman – No report.

D.      T. Sinsigallo, Selectman
·       Mr. Sinsigallo inquired if there is any update on the North Road Sewer Project, Ms. Roberts stated there was no update.
E.      M. Balf, Selectman
·       BOARD OF EDUCATION:  They have information on two search companies for the Superintendent search; the BOE meetings will be on   the public access channel.

VIII.   BOARD AND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATION
A.      Vacancies:
American Heritage River Commission:
Four reg. R or U vacancies, 4-yr. terms
Four Alt. vacancies, 4-yr. terms
Cable Television:
One reg. R, 2-yr. term
Conservation Commission:
One alt. R & U, term to expire 11/01/04
Municipal Building Code Board of Appeals:
Five Regular Members
Property Maintenance Code Bd. Of Appeals:
One Reg. R or U, 4-yr. term


B.      Resignation:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
MOTION: To accept, with regret, the resignation of Dan Onofrio from the Economic Development Commission.
Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Crouch
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

ELDERLY COMMISSION
MOTION: To accept, with regret, the resignation of Ruth Mezzetti from the Elderly Commission.
Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Balf
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

Re-Appointment:   None.

New Appointments, Applications to be considered:

BOARD OF FINANCE
MOTION: To appoint Dale Nelson as an alternate to the Board of Finance to fill a vacancy term to expire 11/22/05.
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Balf
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION: To go out of agenda order to New Business, Item A, Volunteer Incentive Committee
        Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Crouch
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

a.      Request for Added Appropriation  Volunteer Incentive Committee

members of the Volunteer Incentive Committee came before the Board.  Chief Meyers gave a brief statement regarding the Volunteer Incentive Program and how it appears to be working as there is an increase in response to emergency calls, including day time response.  The program helps retain, provide and train volunteers.  Training costs can be controlled by schedules, where as emergency calls outs are  not.  The Committee is here for an appropriation on the emergency call out portion.  The fact that emergency call out response is up, is a sign the program is functioning  so the good news is the plan is working, the bad news is it needs to be paid for.   The chief also outlined two items that should be explored  he urges the alarm ordinance be put in place as it will help with call volume and grants need to be explored.  The day time response is better.

A brief discussion on the concerns raised about fire department response to medical calls was held.  This was a slow evolution, started by dispatch changes. The Department wants to provide good service and comfort to the residents.

The Volunteer Incentive program is a good concept, it will just take a few years of operation to get the budget numbers in place and under control.  The committee knows once it is under control it can be forecasted, but again that will take a few years to put in place.   They also submitted that they will be asking for more money in the upcoming budget requests  $205,500.

MOTION: To recommend to the Board of Finance and added appropriation of $18,000 for the Volunteer Incentive Program.
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Crouch. 
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION: To Return to agenda order.
                Made by Crouch, seconded by Regina
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

IX.     UNFINISHED BUSINESS                

A.      Property located at 47 Woolam Road

The appraisal of the property came in at $3,000.  The Park and Recreation and Planning and Zoning have recommended the sale.  It was recommended the cost of the appraisal be added to the purchase price.

MOTION (as amended):    To recommend to Town Meeting the sale of 47 Woolam Road for $3,350 which equals the appraisal price and cost of appraisal.
        Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

B.      Budget FYE 2006

The Governor’s proposed budget forecasts 2.3% for East Windsor.
The calendar of budget events was discussed.
The Board of Selectmen workshops will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the East Windsor Town Hall on March 29, 2005 and March 31, 2005.

C.      2004 Plan of Conservation and Development

·       Municipal Facilities Study Committee
There was confusion as to who was to be represented on this Committee  the following outlines the members of this committee  one (1) member from each of the following:  Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, School Administration, Board of Education, Parent Teachers Organization, Senior Citizens (Representative Elizabeth Burns), Park & Recreation, Police Commission, Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Warehouse Point Volunteer Fire Department, Town Engineer, Planning & Zoning, WPCA, EDC.  

Selectman Michael Balf will represent the Board of Selectmen.

·       Natural Resources Preservation Committee
This is the interim plan until the Conservation Commission can be split out from the current Inland Wetland Conservation Commission.  The Inland Wetland Conservation Commission has moved to adopt this subcommittee, the Board of Selectmen are endorsing that movement.

MOTION: To establish an ad hoc Natural Resources Preservation Committee and to incorporate the charge as outlined in the Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands and Watercourse Agency Motion (see Attachment A).  
                Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Crouch.  
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION: To appoint the members of the current Farmland Preservation Committee (G. Grant, A. Grant, O’Donnell, Kehoe, & Smiegel) to the Natural Resources Preservation Committee for a term to expire July 31, 2006.
                Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Balf.
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION: To disband the Farmland Preservation Committee.
                Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Regina
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

D.      East Windsor Ambulance

The Ad hoc committee is meeting on Friday, February 18.  Currently they are seeking contracts from other towns for comparison.  It was noted that it appears, by observation, that commercial companies use the van-type ambulances.  

E.   Charter Revision

Ms. Roberts outlined that she and Selectmen Balf and Sinsigallo attended the February 14 public hearing and meeting of the Charter Revision Commission.  Ms. Roberts made it clear that the Selectmen had not discussed the revision yet as a board and anything stated that night was coming from the selectmen individually.  Items suggested were general clean up and movement of the budget prep dates to allow for more time.

F.      Park and Recreation Director Search

There is an interested, qualified person, who is currently considering the offer.
G.      *Warehouse Point Library Ad Hoc Study Committee
H.      *Ethic Ordinance (referred to Ethics Commission)
I.      *Request from WHPFD for Surplus Vehicle
J.      *Ordinance Regulating Alarm Systems
K.      *Employee Handbook

X.      NEW BUSINESS
A.      Request for added appropriations

·       Volunteer Incentive Committee  addressed above
·       Physicals & Immunizations  no action
·       Insurance

Ms. Roberts outlined the heart and hypertension line expenses.

MOTION:~        To recommend to the Board of Finance an added appropriation of $75,000 to the insurance line.
Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Crouch
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.~ MOTION CARRIED.

B.      Tax Refunds
MOTION: To approve the tax refunds in the amount of $6,437.98 as recommended by the Tax Collector.
Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Regina
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.
        
        XI.      ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: To adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.
                Made by Mr. Balf, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted


Cynthia D. Croxford
Recording Secretary


*Starred items will not be discussed, but will remain on agenda pending receipt of additional information.