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January 18, 2005 minutes



First Selectman Linda Roberts called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall conference room.


        Present:  First Selectman Linda Roberts and Selectmen Mike Balf, Ken Crouch,
        Al Regina, Tom Sinsigallo and recording secretary Linda Nolan.


Ms. Roberts recommended adding to the agenda, Item VIII.B., Reappointments to Grave Committee.

Upon motion by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To approve the added agenda item.


        A.      Regular Meeting Minutes of January 18, 2005

Upon motion by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Crouch, it was unanimously

VOTED: To approve the minutes of January 18, 2005.


Marie DeSousa said she had received a letter from the Selectmen in which she was advised to go back to the Veteran’s and Cemetery Commissions to revisit her proposal that the town budget for perpetual care of veterans’ gravesites.  She stated that she did not want to send the request back to those commissions and would like the Selectmen to take her proposal under consideration.

Mr. Farrell said that, in his opinion, this matter should be handled by the Cemetery Association.


A.      Notification of Number of Electors and Number of Voting Machines


B.      Eastern Connecticut Health Network re: Legislative Priorities for 2005


C.      Hartford Courant Editorials


D.      Winter Newsletter 2005


E.      Letter requesting Surplus Police Vehicle Information


F.      Letter regarding Perpetual Care at the Veterans Cemetery



§       L. Roberts, First Selectman

Ms. Roberts asked for a volunteer to serve as a liaison from the Board of Selectmen for the Historical Commission.  No one volunteered at this time.

§       K. Crouch, Deputy First Selectman

Mr. Crouch informed the Board that the River Commission is looking at cleaning up the Scantic River this spring.  

Mr. Crouch reported that the Building Committee has signed off on the Town Hall roof, but that the Annex still has some problems that need to be worked out.  

ZBA is taking up the Kement property issue at its next meeting.

Discussion taking place whether a fence will be put up at cemetery.  Discussion re “hero’s path”.

§       A. Regina, Selectman

Nothing to report.

§       T. Sinsigallo, Selectman

Reported on Wetlands Commission meetings.  

§       M. Balf, Selectman

Sidewalk work on Dean Avenue could take place this summer.


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
Board of Finance:
One Alternate, R or U, vacancy to be filled, term to expire 11/22/2005
Municipal Building Code Board of Appeals:
Five Regular Members
Property Maintenance Code Bd. Of Appeals:
One Reg. R or U, 4-yr. term

Vacancy notices have been distributed.  

B.  Resignation: None
Re-Appointment: None

New Appointments, Applications to be considered: None

                Reappointment/Grave Committee, one Year term to expire February 1, 2006.

Upon motion by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To appoint the following to the Grave Committee as recommended:

George Butenkoff, republican
Ron Hwalek, republican
Fred McDermott, unaffiliated

IX.     UNFINISHED BUSINESS                

A.      Warehouse Point Library Ad Hoc Study Committee Interim Report

Vinnie __________, Gil Hayes and Ed Farrell reported that the committee had met four times and would meet at least one more time.  The committee is discussing the possibility of transferring the building and property to the Town.  The committee is preparing a presentation for the Board of Selectmen.


Upon motion by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To go out of order to take up Agenda Item X.A., East Windsor Ambulance.

Board of Finance members Bill Dove, Ed Farrell, Gil Hayes and Jack Mannette joined the Selectmen at the table.

On behalf of the East Windsor Ambulance Association, Tom Clynch requested a $110,000 added appropriation for the immediate purchase of an ambulance.    A lengthy question and answer period followed.  The Boards requested a five-year ambulance replacement schedule. Ms. Roberts said that the town Safety Committee could take an active role in purchasing public safety vehicles.   Discussion followed concerning the use of ambulances, in-town and out-of-town calls, revenue, repair costs, the association’s audit report, town financial support.  It was agreed that the East Windsor Ambulance Association provides a needed service to the Town.  Ms. Roberts stated that the Ambulance Association receives in-kind and financial support.  Ms. Roberts commented that she would like to see some town representation on the AA’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Mannette handed Mr. Clynch a list of questions.  Once the Boards receive the answers, they want to sit down to discuss the request for appropriation.  The Boards want to meet with the Ambulance Association and the Association’s auditor to discuss the audit.  

Ms. Roberts recommended holding a joint Boards of Finance and Selectmen meeting to review the relationship between the Town and the Ambulance Association.  

Upon motion by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To hold the joint meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2005.  The agenda will be to assess the ambulance service, five-year plan, goals and need for a new ambulance.


Upon motion by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To return to the agenda at 9:27 p.m.

        B.      Ethics Ordinance

Ms. Roberts stated that Board members’ differences should be worked out at a Board meeting before an issue goes to a public town meeting.  

Upon motion by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Regina, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To let the Ethics Commission review the ordinance and if it is suitable, send it to a public hearing before coming back to the Board of Selectmen.

C.      2004 Plan of Conservation and Development

        Upon motion by Mr. Balf, seconded by Mr. Regina, it was unanimously

        VOTED:  To set up an ad hoc committee to study town facilities needs.

The committee would be made up of one or two representatives from the following:  

Board of Selectmen
School Department
Board of Education
Senior Citizens
Finance Board

Mr. Balf volunteered to serve on the ad hoc committee.

Upon motion by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo, it was unanimously

VOTED:  That the charge of the ad hoc committee would be to develop integrated municipal facilities and evaluate and implement improvements and expansions of new and existing municipal facilities.
        D.      Request from WHPFD for Surplus Vehicle

                For a future meeting.

        E.      Property located at 47 Woolam Road

                For a future meeting.

        F.      Ordinance Regulation Alarm Systems

                For a future meeting.

        G.      Employee Handbook

                For a future meeting.


        B.      Requests for Added Appropriation

                1.      Physicals and Immunizations

                2.      Printing

                        Upon motion by Mr. Balf, seconded by Mr. Crouch, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To recommend to the Board of Finance payment of $3,200 for the printing the 2003-2004 annual town report.

C.      Budget FYE 2006

        The FYE 2006 Board of Selectmen’s budget contains a 3% increase for salaries.  
The Board discussed where a 5% reduction would come from.  Ms. Roberts said it could only come from salaries.

D.      Park and Recreation Director Search

The Board discussed the pros and cons of hiring a part-time director.  Ms. Roberts said hiring a part-time director would be a step backwards and would not serve the town’s best interest.

E.      CHFA Police Homeownership Program

        Information distributed.  The Board, by consensus, took no action.

F.      Tax Refunds

        Upon motion by Mr. Balf, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo, it was unanimously

        VOTED:  To approve the tax refunds as presented.


        Upon motion by Mr. Balf, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo, it was unanimously

        VOTED:  To adjourn at 10:17 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Nolan
Recording Secretary