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Board Tables Projects, Approves Others
At the May 21st Board of Selectmen meeting, they discussed fire station improvements, marching band uniforms, police radios and animal shelter renovations, as well as a new truck, high school track resurfacing and a new mower. They approved using $343,993 from prior years capital non-recurring to purchase a new truck, resurface the high school track and purchase a new mower for Parks and Recreation.

Consideration of High School Marching Band Uniforms, renovations at the animal shelter, improved water service at the South Street Fire Station and portable radios for the Police Department were all tabled.

The water main replacement project was referred to the Board of Finance before being put before a Special Town Meeting, set for June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Center.

The A&E Services Contract for Small Cities Grants was approved subject to review by Town Counsel.

The date for the Religious Holiday Committee to complete their work was extended to June 26th.

Acceptance of 7 Sunset Hill Road for open space was passed.

The complete meeting minutes are below.

Board of Selectmen - Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

7:00 p.m.

CJH Municipal Center-Meeting Room "A"

Present: First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker, Selectman Paul Satkowski Selectman Richard Straiton and Town Counsel Martin Lawlor. Also in attendance were Fiscal Director of Education Theresa Yonsky and Park and Recreation Director Eileen Earle.

First Selectman Knickerbocker called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Correspondence: None

Public Comments: None

Approval of minutes for Regular Meeting, May 7, 2019: Selectman Straiton made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Szatkowski to approve the minutes of Regular Meeting, May 7, 2019. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

First Selectman's Report: First Selectman Knickerbocker updated the Selectman on legislature happening at the Capital.

First Selectman Knickerbocker made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Straiton to add consideration of approval to purchase Bethel Police Department portable radios from Capital Non-Recurring to the agenda as New Business item 9. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

Selectman Straiton made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Szatkowski to add consideration of New 4" Water Service – South St Fire House exterior and interior installation and plumbing to the agenda as New Business item 10. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

Selectman Straiton made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Szatkowski to add Consideration of A&E Services Contract to the agenda as New Business item 11. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

First Selectman Knickerbocker made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Straiton to discuss the Capital Non- Recurring accounts. Discussion ensued. First Selectman Knickerbocker informed the Board of Selectmen that the unallocated CNR from Prior Years in the CNR account is$ 358,082.00.

First Selectman Knickerbocker made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Straiton to approve the purchase of I Class 8 Truck in the amount of $ 180, 585. 00, BHS Track Resurface in the amount of 135,000.00 and I Ventrac Mower in the amount of$ 28, 408. 00 with a total amount of$ 343. 993. 00 and forward to the Board of Finance. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

New Business:

1) Consideration of approval of bid waiver to purchase Bethel High School Marching Band Uniforms: Selectman Straiton made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Szatkowski to approve the Resolution Authorizing Participation in the National Purchasing Cooperative ( BuyBoard") as stated The Town of Bethel, Fairfield County, CT Board of Selectmen has elected to join the National Purchasing Cooperative operating as BuyBoard, a program created for the benefit of governmental entities and school districts nationwide. The Board of Selectmen authorizes the Town to enter into the National Purchasing Organizational Interlocal Agreement with BuyBoard and authorizes the Town Comptroller Bob Kozlowski to execute said agreement subject to Town Attorney review and approval". Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously. First Selectman Knickerbocker made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Straiton to table items # 2, # 5, # 9 and # 10 under new business. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

2) Consideration of approval for funding Bethel High School Marching Band Uniforms from Capital Non- Recurring account— Tabled

3) Consideration of approval of funding the resurfacing of Bethel High School Track from Capital Non-Recurring

4) Consideration of approval for funding Park and Recreation Ventrac mower from Capital Non-Recurring

5) Consideration of approval for funding Animal Shelter renovations from Capital Non Recurring—Tabled

6) Consideration of approval for funding 42, 000 LD GVW Dump Truck from Capital Non Recurring

7) Consideration of approval for the 2019 Water Main Replacement project and forward to Board of Finance and Special Town Meeting: First Selectman Knickerbocker made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Straiton to approve 2019 Water Main Replacement project in the amount of $ 998,000. 00 to include Mansfield St., Pleasant St., Grassy Plain Terr., Highview Terr., Oakland Heights., and Maple Ln., as an alternate to be forwarded for approval by the Board of Finance and Special Town Meeting. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

8) Consideration of setting date for Special Town Meeting for the 2019 Water Main Replacement project. First Selectman Knickerbocker made motion, which was seconded by Selectman Straiton to approve the date June 18, 2019 in the Municipal Center, Meeting Room A at 6:30 p. m. for a Special Town Meeting for the 2019 Water Main Replacement Project subject to approval of the Board of Finance. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

9) Consideration of approval to purchase BPD portable radios from Capital Non-Recurring–Tabled

10) Consideration of New 4" Water Service – South St Fire House exterior and interior installation and plumbing- Tabled

11) Consideration of A& E Services Contract: First Selectman Knickerbocker made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Szatkowski to approve the A& E Services Contract for the Small Cities Grants, subject to review of Town Counsel. Discussion Ensued. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

Old Business:

1) Consideration to extend Religious Holiday Committee completion of meetings date to June 26, 2019: First Selectman Knickerbocker made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Straiton to extend the date of completion to June 26, 2019 for the Religious Holiday Committee. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

2) Consideration of acceptance of Open Space, Cote, 7T aka 7 Sunset Hill Road, 147, 110 Sq. Ft., 3.377 Acres: First Selectman Knickerbocker made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Straiton to accept the open space at 7 Sunset Hill Rd, 147, 110 Sq. Ft. 3. 377 Acres owned by the Cote family subject to final review and approval of Town Counsel. Discussion ensued. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.

3) Consideration of acquisition of property (executive session anticipated): First Selectman Knickerbocker made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Szatkowski to enter into executive session with Recording Secretary Dionne Craig and Town Counsel Martin Lawlor at 7:54 p.m.

Executive session ended at 7: 58 with no action being taken.

Since there was no other business on tonight's agenda, Selectman Straiton made a motion, which was seconded by Selectman Szatkowski to adjourn the meeting at 7: 59. Vote, all in favor, motion approved unanimously.


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