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October 04, 2005 Minutes
TOWN OF EAST WINDSOR
BOARD OF SELECTMEN

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
October 4, 2005



I.      TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING
Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the East Windsor Town Hall

Ms. Roberts called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. at the East Windsor Town  Hall, 11 Rye Street, Broad Brook, CT

II.     ATTENDANCE

Linda Roberts, First Selectman
Kenneth Crouch, Deputy First Selectman
Al Regina, Selectman
Michael Balf, Selectman
Thomas Sinsigallo, Selectman  

III.    ADDED AGENDA ITEMS - None
                       

IV.     PREVIOUS MINUTES
A.      Regular meeting minutes of September 20, 2005

MOTION: To approve the regular meeting minutes of September 20, 2005, as submitted.
                Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Balf
                Members in Favor:  Regina, Crouch, Balf, Roberts
                Abstained:  Sinsigallo
MOTION CARRIED


V.      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION - None


VI.     COMMUNICATIONS – The following were reviewed for the Board’s information
A.      Connecticut Labor Force Data/July 2005
B.      CCM’s 23rd Annual Conference and Expo – The selectmen were advised to let Ms. Roberts know by 10/4 if they wish to attend.
C.      State of Connecticut Estimates of State Formula Aid To Municipalities
D.      EPA 2005 Clean Water Recognition Awards Program/E.W.WPCA
E.      CERA News

VII.    SELECTMEN’S REPORTS
A.      L. Roberts, First Selectman –No report
B.      K. Crouch, Deputy First Selectman – No report
C.      A. Regina, Selectman – No report
D.      T. Sinsigallo, Selectman
Mr. Sinsigallo referenced the letter the Selectmen received from Dale Nelson, citing the second paragraph where there is information that the Commission in July, 2005 had a vote 4-0.  He referenced the minutes of 7/27/05 and pointed out that no vote was taken at the meeting and that was illegal.  

****Later in the meeting, Ms. Roberts submitted that per her discussion with the Chairman of the Ethics Commission the vote was taken on September 1.  The Board of Selectmen letter, which is from the attorney, has an error in reference.  


E.      M. Balf, Selectman – No report.

VIII.   BOARD AND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATION

Re-Appointment:  
·       Blaine Simpkins, (R) Park & Recreation Commission, 4-yr. term to expire October 1, 2009

MOTION: To reappoint Blaine Simpkins to the Park and Recreation Commission for a four (4) year term to expire October 1, 2009
Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Balf
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.  

·       Public Safety Committee

MOTION: To re-establish the eleven (11) member public safety committee and to appoint the following individuals for an 18 month term to expire 4/1/07:  Steve Andrusco, Tom Clynch, Mary Buckley, Richard Sherman, Edward Endee, John Madigan, Cal Myers, Gary Mazzone, Andy Ouellette, Gil Hayes and Peter Waraksa.
                Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Crouch
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

·       Volunteer Incentive Committee

Mr. Regina gave a brief presentation on the work done by this committee to date and its need to continue as it provides information which is used by the Board of Finance in the budget needs for this line item.




MOTION: To re-establish the six (6) member Volunteer Incentive Committee and to appoint the following four (4) individuals (noting two vacancies), and noting that the two fire chiefs will continue to serve as advisors to the committee, for an 18 month term to expire 4/1/07: Edward Farrell, Ron Masters, Ernie Texeira, Jay Madigan
                Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Crouch
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

New Appointments, Applications to be considered:
Eric F. Moffett, (R) EDC, 4-yr. vacancy to be filled, term expiring 10/1/2007

MOTION: To appoint Eric F. Moffett to the Economic Development Commission for a four (4)  year term, filling a vacancy, term expiring 10/1/2007.
        Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Crouch
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

**MOTION:       To go out of Agenda Order to Unfinished Business, Item B. Request to Assign Municipal Tax Lien.
        Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Regina
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

**REQUEST TO ASSIGN MUNICIPAL TAX LIEN

Ms. Roberts recapped the discussions at the last meeting in this regard.  Attorney Fahey was present and he stated that he has had discussions with the Town Attorney regarding the proposed ordinance.  Attorney Fahey felt the ordinance was acceptable and works well.  This ordinance limits the instances where this can take place, it involves the Board of Selectmen and the Tax Collector in the process, as well as provides for three checks and balances in the procedure.  As no debate has been raised with this issue, it was determined no public hearing was necessary and the item could go directly to  Town Meeting.

MOTION: To recommend adoption of “An Ordinance Authorizing the Assignment of Tax Liens”  and to forward this Town Meeting, date to be determined by the First Selectmen
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Regina
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.   

**MOTION:       To remain out of Agenda Order to discuss New Business, Item B. Parks & Recreation (Request for Transfer of funds and Removal of Barn debris at Reservoir Road)
        Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Balf
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.




Parks & Recreation Commission
·       Request for transfer of funds

Melissa Green, Park and Recreation Director and Sandy Foster, Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission came before the Board.  Ms. Foster outlined that they want to take CIP funds from site acquisition and move the monies into site improvement as they have an extensive list of things that need to be done.  The Town has purchased the former Kogut property, so it was felt some site acquisition funding could be put to use making improvements to recreation sites in an attempt to upgrade the facilities to pristine condition.   The Selectmen wants from the Commission a comprehensive plan with priorities detailing the improvements that the transferred monies would be used for and also outlined that they expect the bid process followed.   This item will need to go to Town Meeting, pending BOF approval, because it is allocating specific monies for a different purpose.

MOTION: To recommend to the Board of Finance a transfer of $115,000 from the capital account Site Acquisition (#1-08-55-1025-7-799) to the capital account Site Improvement (#1-08-55-7-799-0473-0) contingent upon the condition that the Park and Recreation comprehensive priority plan is presented to the Board of Selectmen at the October 18, 2005 meeting.
                Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

·       Removal of barn debris at Reservoir Park

Ms. Foster presented the Board of Selectmen current photographs of the debris, along with information on the time line of events and discussions with the Building Committee regarding removal of the barn.   Neighborhood concerns regarding a burn have been expressed.  Ms. Foster indicated she advised the neighbors they need not be present at tonight’s meeting because she would express their concerns. Ms. Roberts added that a controlled burn is not an option as neighbor concerns have been expressed.  Ms. Foster relayed past discussions with the Selectman’s Office and the Building Committee of where the monies would come from to remove the debris.  It was felt some of the above referenced site improvement transfer monies could be used.

MOTION: For the Park and Recreation Commission to spend up to $2500 from the capital improvement site improvement line for the barn removal expense.
                Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Regina.
ALL MBMERS IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.

Brief Recess 10 minutes

Ms. Roberts addressed the issue again of the Park and Recreation barn debris removal, stating that there are available monies in the Trash Removal Account which could be used to take away the barn debris.  It was the consensus of the Board to use the trash removal monies for barn debris removal.

**WITHDRAWN MOTION:     For the Park and Recreation Commission to spend up to $2500 from the capital improvement site improvement line for the barn removal expense.
                Withdrawn by Mr. Crouch, second withdrawn by Mr. Regina.
MOTION WITHDRAWN

MOTION: To return to agenda order
                Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Balf
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

IX.     UNFINISHED BUSINESS                
A.      Proposed Scenic Road Ordinance

The Board discussed the proposed ordinance presented, with highlighted concerns regarding Maintenance and Protection.  Ms. Roberts outlined concerns with the highlighted Maintenance and Protection sections and the Board gave scenarios of concerns with such restrictions and paving needs.  The Bethany ordinance was used as a guide per the Town Attorney’s recommendation, but Bethany is less developed than East Windsor, with more dirt roads, so it might not be a good parallel to use for purposes of a scenic road ordinance.  The statute language may be more effective for East Windsor.  

MOTION:         To table this item to the next meeting. 
                Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Crouch
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.


B.      Request to assign Municipal Tax Lien – **addressed above, out of order

C.      Ethics Ordinance

The Town Attorney has reviewed the ordinance.  The additions and deletions of the Town Attorney were discussed.  The Board requested a clean version of this proposed ordinance before making a decision.

MOTION:         To table this item to the next meeting. 
                Made by Mr. Regina, seconded by Mr. Crouch
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

D.      *Proposed Developers Agreement Town of East Windsor/Chapman, (response due on November 1, 2005)
E.      *Tax Relief for the Elderly (Report due 11/15/05)

X.      NEW BUSINESS            
A.      National Federation of the Blind request for proclamation
“White Cane Safety Day”


MOTION: To Proclaim October 15, 2005, White Cane Safety Day.
                Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Balf
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

B.      Parks & Recreation Commission – **addressed above, out of order
·       Request for transfer of funds
·       Removal of barn debris at Reservoir Park

C.      Connecticut Water Advisory Council RE: Appointment

MOTION: To move this appointment to the list of vacancies
                Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

D.      Tax Refunds

MOTION: To approve the tax refunds in the amount of  $3,880.36 as recommended by the Tax Collector.
Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Balf
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.


      XI.      ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: To adjourn at 8:50 p.m.
                Made by Mr. Balf, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted

/cdc/

Cynthia D. Croxford
Recording Secretary