This past election season was “quiet” at the level of the Board of Selectmen, as we three faced no competition. While we appreciated not having to add the burden of campaigning to our already busy work lives, we regret having missed out on the personal interaction that comes with seeking your vote.
Two members of a panel charged with overseeing the town’s new animal control facility spent most of their presentation to the Board of Selectmen on September 16 detailing design and construction issues that are affecting the facility’s operation nearly a year after it officially opened.
Adria Henderson and Robin Olson, who lead the seven member Animal Control Advisory Board, appeared to present their annual report which is required as part of the board’s charge.
Following a few minutes of discussion and tweaking the fine points of its language, the Board of Selectmen this week completed the charge to its soon-to-be-seated Permanent Memorial Commission.
First Selectman Pat Llodra and Selectmen Will Rodgers and James Gaston, Sr decided Wednesday evening that instead of mandating a routine for the commission to regularly report to the board, the panel should be available to appear when and if the selectmen required an update to its efforts.
“On time and under budget” was the mantra being chanted by several presenters August 19 as the Board of Selectmen heard a report on a group of major projects in town either nearing completion or well under way.
Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell was first up, accompanied by the project manager and lead contractor for the Hawley School boiler replacement project.
The Board of Selectmen learned August 19 that a large metal gate will replace the masonry barriers on Dickinson Drive that prevent vehicles from entering the former Sandy Hook School grounds.
Prior to the meeting, First Selectman Pat Llodra told The Bee that the gate will be more of a visual deterrent to the occasional visitor or group that arrives hoping to see or access the now infamous site. At the same time she said it will also improve the image of the area.
The Board of Selectmen is due to take up several capital and wage related transfers Monday night, July 1 at one of two regular summer meetings planned before September.
The two highest profile actions on the agenda are the transfers of $161,579 from the Capital budget line to Contingency. Then a combination of two transfers from contingency will provide wage and benefit bumps totaling $67,477.
The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved $361,645 in budget transfers Monday June 3, much of that amount devoted to repairing or restoring town equipment, and covering unbudgeted storm-related costs.
Finance Director Robert Tait told The Bee prior to the meeting that unlike the school district, which maintains both a facilities maintenance and emergency maintenance account, the town uses its contingency fund for emergencies.