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July 18, 2006 Minutes
TOWN OF EAST WINDSOR
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
JULY 18, 2006

                                                
I.      TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the East Windsor Town Hall

II.     ATTENDANCE

Linda Roberts, First Selectman
Kenneth Crouch, Deputy First Selectman
Thomas Sinsigallo, Selectman  
Edward Filipone, Selectman
Gilbert Hayes, Selectman

III.    ADDED AGENDA ITEMS – None

IV.     PREVIOUS MINUTES

A.      Regular meeting of June 20, 2006

MOTION: To accept the regular meeting minutes of June 20, 2006, as submitted.
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Filipone
                Members in Favor:  Roberts, Crouch, Sinsigallo, Filipone
                Abstained:  Hayes
MOTION CARRIED.

V.      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

William Loos, Melrose Road
The WHP/BB Fire Department issue regarding billing for MVA’s keeps getting postponed – this is a way to get money for the town.  [Ms. Roberts expressed that the Board is awaiting more information, which was just received, so it should be on for the next meeting]

Robert Lyke, Rye Street
He understands the Board will be entertaining the Charter – he was wondering if the 20% in the Charter was a typographical error – as the people at the public hearing spoke 100% against the charter.

VI.     COMMUNICATIONS – The following were briefly over viewed for the Board’s information.

A.      Robinson & Cole/ State of Connecticut Clean Water Fund Program
B.      Town Clerk/ Historic Preservation Grant $7,000.00
C.      CCM/List of Municipalities Exempt from Affordable Housing Appeals Procedure
D.      Invitation from WHPFD to Annual Firemen’s Parade
E.      Invitation to Millpond Village National Night Out (Mr. Hayes to attend)
F.      FEMA Reimbursement, Category B (Snow Removal Assistance)
G.      August 12 Scout Hall Flag Pole Dedication at Noon.

VII.    SELECTMEN’S REPORTS – Detailed in minutes to follow

A.      Linda Roberts, First Selectman
·       Joseph Stanley won $5,000 on Nickelodeon for playground equipment – there will be a campaign to do a nice playground – donations handled through the Treasurer’s office.

B.      Kenneth Crouch, Deputy First Selectman – No report.
C.      Thomas Sinsigallo, Selectman
·       He outlined the accolades given to Mulnite Farm – Farm of the Century in the July/August 2005 Public Farm Bureau Magazine.  He suggested that at the next meeting there be a Proclamation that was presented to the Mulnite's.  This family has run the business for 100 years, it is a tough business to maintain.
D.      Edward Filipone, Selectman
·       PZC discussed the methane electric generating station at the rear of NORCAP.  Taco Bell and KFC may go in by Wendy’s.  
·       WPCA – he reviewed the approvals.
·       EDC – October 26 there will be a meet your neighbor event, including a landscape beautification contest.  Time was spent on the web site.
E.      Gilbert Hayes, Selectman
·       BOE - The Millpond after school program with 30 students working together on homework in competition for grades was discussed.  Millpond gets a bad wrap but this is a real good step forward.

VIII.   BOARD AND COMMISSION RESIGNATIONS & APPOINTMENT

A.      Resignations:   None
B.      Re-Appointments:

·       Edward Filipone (R) Building Committee, Six-year term to expire 8/1/2012

MOTION: To reappoint Edward Filipone to the Building Committee for a six year term to expire 08/01/2012.
                Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

·       Natural Resource Preservation Committee, 18-month term to expire 2/1/2008

MOTION: To continue the Natural Resource Preservation Committee and to reappoint its members to an 18 month term to expire February 1, 2008.  Members are:  George Grant, Albert Grant, James O’Donnell, Janice Warren, Barbara Smigiel, Michael Kovalcek and Douglas Wilson, with two vacancies for alternates.
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Hayes
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

        George Grant came before the Selectmen to outline the status of the bonding issue.  They are slated to go before the Board of Finance at its next meeting.  Janice Warren presented an example of what the intention is.  They are trying to get it on the ballot this year.  This will be to Town Meeting prior to September 7.  Asked they get the data to the Selectmen early so they can review it.

C.      New Appointments/ Applications to be considered: None

IX.     UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A.      Request to amend Ordinance 87.2 “Regulating the Use of Recreation Vehicles, Snowmobiles & all Terrain Vehicles”/Public Hearing held

The recording secretary read the notes from the public hearing.  The state statute reference needs to be confirmed.  There is a valid concern how this ordinance references motorcycles on legal roads.  There is language within the document that clarifies that by stating “motorcycles on nonpublic road”.  The implied consent was discussed.  The noise level parameters need to be checked to see if they are realistic.  Ms. Roberts will contact other towns to see what they do with recreation vehicles and to determine if the fine amounts are in line.  The Town Attorney will review the ordinance. Mr Sinsigallo relayed that in the early 70’s a piece of land was used by bike clubs for recreational use and it created a good relationship with bikers and the town

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

B.      *BBFD & WHPFD/ re billing MVA/ Town Ordinance
C.      *Natural Resource Preservation Committee: re bonding money for Farmland Preservation
D.      *Transition of WHP Library to Town of East Windsor

X.      NEW BUSINESS

A.      Bertha Shemansky Re:  Ordinance

The Board did not know if this was something they wanted to pursue and if there were complaints in this regard.  Ms. Roberts will forward this to Animal  Control for comments.

MOTION: To table this item pending response from Animal Control.
                Made by Mr. Hayes, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

B.      Police Commission/Potential Liability for Separation pay  

Richard Sherman, Chairman of the Police Commission came forward to discuss this item and began by apologizing for the misinformation being spread.  The Commission is not trying to dictate policy, only offer a suggestion to the Board of Selectmen in an effort to obtain the ultimate goal set by the Board of Finance, in that the Police Commission had to find a way to control the budget.  

Mr. Sherman relayed the monies that had to be paid at the beginning of the new budget to pay separation and contract buy out (comp time) resulting in the Department running $34,477.16 in the red.   There is no way to budget cumulative benefits for someone who leaves.  Extensive discussion ensued about this process and the budget consequences.  The Commission felt a possible solution was to have a line everyone could draw on for the cumulative benefits.  The Board argued that point that the contingency fund is the mechanism in place and actually serves the same purpose.  The Board suggested that when items are occurring it is imperative that the commission keep the Boards of Finance and Selectmen apprised of the situation.   If needed a larger contingency can be carried, but everyone needs to be informed, as soon as a problem is determined.

C.      Charter Commission Presentation/ Proposed Charter

The Charter Commission came before the Selectmen and Chairman, Richard Leborious outlined what the Commissions driving force and focus was with this revision.   The major changes in the document, including the addition of a Town Administrator was explained, as well as the Commission’s rationale behind recommending such a change.   Other major changes include the elimination of the Park and Recreation Commission and Police Commission with Advisory Boards in place in stead, automatic budget referendum, to name a few.  The Charter questions are intended for the ballot in November.  The question has to get to the Town Clerk no later than September 7.  The series of events from this date to that were outlined in detail.   The 20% requirement for referendum vote was discussed in detail and its intent to limit referendums and the cost of same.   The recommendations by this Commission were made unanimously.  The public hearings held by the Commission were discussed too.  How the question of the Charter Revision is framed is to be determined by the Board of Selectmen.  The Board of Selectmen will schedule a public hearing on the Charter, followed by a Joint meeting of the Selectmen and the Charter Revision Commission to move this item along to make it in time for the ballot in November.

D.      Connecticut River Watershed Council funding

MOTION: To send this to the River Commission.
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Hayes
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

E.      Gina Starks re:  The National Anthem Project-Restoring America’s Voice

MOTION: To entitle the First Selectman to do a Proclamation as indicated.
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Filipone.
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

F.      Cancel August 1, 2006 Board of Selectmen’s meeting

MOTION: To cancel the August 1, 2006 Board of Selectmen meeting
                Made by Mr. Sinsigallo, seconded by Mr. Hayes
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

G.      Tax Refunds

MOTION: To approve the tax refunds in the amount of $766.57 as recommended by the Tax Collector.
Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED


I.      ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: To adjourn at 9:30 p.m.
                Made by Mr. Crouch, seconded by Mr. Sinsigallo
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.



Respectfully submitted,

Cynthia D. Croxford
Recording Secretary