Jan 092013

Inside the Turkey Hill Preserve.

Wednesday night’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting was rather interesting.

Selectman John Carangelo took the First Selectman’s seat at the head of the table while Jim Zeoli attended two elementary school PTO meetings.

The one item that drew the most public interest was the discussion regarding a request from the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) to approve a plan to construct and maintain a shared use trail on the former Hubbell property, now known as the Turkey Hill Preserve.

The Conservation Commission asked that the decision be put of for one month so they could go over the plans and make suggestions before any work is done.

The board members discussed it, went back and forth over what a great plan it is and if there will be enough room on the trails for bikes and hikers or if it would be a hazard.

They heard from members of the NEMBA and the community, both hikers and bikers and everyone seemed to agree that the NEMBA proposal was a good fit for the town.

The Board voted to table the item until the February BOS meeting to give the Conservation Commission the month it requested to look things over.

When the discussion was over, the First Selectman arrived and took over the meeting.

• The Selectman approved the tax refunds totaling $8,523.

• Zeoli told the Board that the town had an opportunity to join in on a CCM Prescription Discount Card Program.

A free card would be available to everyone and would give all residents discounts on prescriptions at Costco, Sams, Walgreens and other places in town. It also covers Lasik and hearing aids.

A postcard, with information about the card will arrive in the mail with town of Orange information on it. It will look like junk mail — do not throw it out. Guilford, where Selectman Mitch Goldblatt works just signed on and he said it is a good plan.

• There is a Capital Planning meeting at High Plains Community Center on Thursday, Jan. 10 (no time given) The public is invited to attend.

Selectman Joe Blake said lunch at Community Services is only $2 and is very good.
Lunch is served Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri.— call 203-891-4765 one day in advance if you plan to attend.

At around 9:30 p.m. the board went into exec session to discuss teachers union contracts and a drainage issue on Wild Rose Drive.

The location of the entrance to the Turkey Hill Preserve.

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