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Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting Includes Special Hearing On Veteran’s Tax Break

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Feb 132019
 


The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The regular meeting includes a public hearing to consider amending a section of a town code to provide additional property tax exemptions for veterans.

AGENDA

Call to order Fire Exits

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions

Motion to close the regular meeting and convene Public Hearing

PUBLIC HEARING

Amendment Section of Code of the Town of Orange – Chapter 350. TAXATION – Article VIII Additional Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Section 350-29-33

Motion to close Public Hearing

VOTE

To consider and act on amending the section of Code of the Town of Orange Chapter 350. TAXATION – Article VIII Additional Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Section 350-29-33

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Motion to close the regular meeting and convene Public Hearing

1 MINUTE

To consider and act on the unapproved minutes from the 1/9/19 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)

To consider and act on the unapproved minutes from the 1/28/19 Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Strawberry Festival (enclosure) – Marie Gesler, Strawberry Festival CoChairperson

2. To consider and act on the use of open space at Wright Farm – First Selectman Zeoli

3. To consider and act on the request for a tax abatement from Tirollo Bus Company (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

4. To consider and act on the request from Elio and Susanne Meneo to sell a Military Site Affordable House located on 342 Sybil Street (enclosure) – FirstSelectman Zeoli

5. To consider and act on the request to approve the Renewal of the License Agreement for the rental of farm fields at Wright’s Farm Property owned by the Town of Orange (enclosure) – James Zeoli, First Selectman

6. To consider and act on the request to approve the Renewal of the License Agreement for the rental of a farm field at the Racebrook Tract Property (enclosure) – James Zeoli, First Selectman

7. To consider and act on the request to approve the Renewal of the License Agreement for the rental of a farm field near Meeting House Lane at Fred Wolfe Park (enclosure) – James Zeoli, First Selectman

8. To consider and act on the request to authorize a LOCIP application for a project to replace boiler #2 at HPCC (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

9. To consider and act on the dates for the Annual Town Meeting arid Budget Referendum (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

10. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $4,794.65 (enclosure)

COMMITTEES

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4.

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt Personnel – Selectman Okenquist, Zeoli, Davis

Adjourn Regular Meeting

FYI

Approved Minutes of December 12, 2018 Board of Selectmen Meeting Appointments and Reappointments Town of Orange Annual Financial Report – June 30, 2018, Sponsorship Flyer for the 2019 Independence Day Concert & Fireworks

To consider and act on the unapproved minutes from the 1/9/1 9 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)

To consider and act on the unapproved minutes from the 1/28/19 Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)

 

Special Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Plan To Help Federal Employees

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Jan 252019
 

The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Monday, Jan. 28 at 4:30 p.m.

The Special Meeting is called to consider and act on the resolution establishing a tax deferment program for Federal employees affected by the Government Shutdown.

 

Agenda: Jan. 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jan 072019
 

The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES To consider and act on the minutes of the December 12, 201 8 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

NEW BUSINESS

1. To consider and act on the request to hold the Cinco K de Mayo Road Race, waive the rental fee for HPCC gym/cafeteria and hang a banner on Orange Center Road  – Leslie Marsh, Chamber of Commerce

2. To consider and act on the request from the Lions Club to waive the customary rental fees for use of the gym at HPCC for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt – First Selectman James Zeoli

3. To consider and act on the agreement between the Orange Teachers’ League and the Orange Board of Education – First Selectman James Zeoli

4. To consider and act on referring the amendment 350-29 of the Town Code to a Public Hearing – First Selectman James Zeoli

5. To consider and act on a bid recommendation for High Plains Community Center Pool Locker Room Renovations – First Selectman James Zeoli

6. To consider and act on the request to approve the re-appointment of Denise Stein as the Municipal Agent for the Elderly – First Selectman James Zeoli

7. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $7959.36

COMMITTEES

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel – First Selectman Zeoli, Selectman Okenquist & Davis

Adjournment

FYI  Approved Minutes of the November 14, 2018, Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen Approved Minutes of November 29, 2018, Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen Meeting, Orange Board of Education & Board of Finance Revenue and Expenditure Reports Appointments and Reappointments 2019 Living Treasure Award Nomination Form

 

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan And Zoning

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Nov 072018
 

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Town Hall. The agenda was sparse, but it included two very important business presentations.

Winery on Route 34

There is some movement with the Vineyard on Derby Avenue.

The grapevines that were planted when the family first purchased the property are now established and they have submitted a zone change request including new plans in which they are requesting to extend the planting area from 3.5 acres to a total of 5 acres and a tasting room inside their building to highlight the wine they produce there.

The kitchen that was included in the initial application has been eliminated.

A single-family residence inside the building also has been eliminated from the plans.

During the public hearing portion of the meeting, neighbors aired their concerns about the business and the potential impact on the neighborhood.

Chairman Ozzie Parente tabled the issue until the next regular meeting after which the town attorney would have had a chance to look over the papers and the Zoning Enforcement officer would have provided some insight.

Former Stew Leonard’s Property

The second item on the agenda was in regards to the former Stew Leonards property.

The purchaser provided paperwork the shows a large parcel that would be left undeveloped to protect the wetlands.

The new business would be closed during weekends, and only open until 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The new owners would provide an attractive berm and tree buffer to keep the business from being seen from I-95 and Marsh Hill Road.

The company presenters were secretive about the identity of the business (we’ve heard it’s a FEDEX  or UPS shipping company.)

The Majority of traffic would be from Edison Road. A total of 273 vehicles – employees and truck traffic would enter/exit each day.

                     Positive impact on the community

More than half a million in tax revenue for the town, employment opportunities, employees shopping at existing Orange  businesses.

This meeting continued past 9:40 p.m. To see what else was discussed before it was continued, click on the OGAT On Demand button at the top Left of this page and search for the Nov. 7 TP&Z meeting.

 

Agenda For This Week’s Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Oct 092018
 

The regular Board of Selectmen’s meeting will take place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the September s, 2018 Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

NEW BUSINESS

1. To consider and act on the request from the Lion’s Club to waive the customary rental and custodial fees for their Annual Thanksgiving Dinner scheduled for Sunday, November 25, 2018, at HPCC Ann Carollo – Orange Lions Club

2. To consider and act the request from the Rotary Club to hang a banner over Orange Center Road to help promote the 5K Turkey Trot on November 22, 2018 – First Selectman Zeoli

3. To consider and act on the updated Financial Administrative Regulation – John Cifarelli, Finance Director

4. To consider and act on the resolution to adjust expenditures for 201 7 Bond – John Cifarelli, Finance Director

5. To consider and act on the request to approve the contract for Internet Services for the Town of Orange with CEN/Castle Crown  – Paul Mongillo, IT Director

6. To consider and act on the request to approve the bid for snowplowing services – Bob Brinton, Town Engineer

7. To consider and act on the request to waive the bid process for asbestos abatement project for HPCC  – First Selectman Zeoli

8. To consider and act on the request to use LoCJP Funds for asbestos abatement project at HPCC  – First Selectman Zeoli

9. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $23,672.09

COMMITTEES

1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

3. Bond Construction Oversight Committee – Selectman Goldblatt

4. Personnel – First Selectmen Zeoli, Selectman Okenquist, Selectman Davis Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

• Update concerning the purchase of the train station property and terms of State Grant

• Discussion regarding wage adjustments for Utility Clerk Position and Library Position

Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting

VOTE to possibly consider and act on taking action concerning the advancement of the purchase of the train station property

* To consider and act on the wage adjustments for the OPD Utility Clerk Position

Adjourn Regular Meeting

 

Plan And Zoning Commission Meeting Includes Neighbor Complaints

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Sep 182018
 

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Request by Lawrence J. Greenberg, representing Mr. Pasquale Minore, to address the TPZC concerning lighting issues at Turkey Hill School.  A representative from the Orange Board of Education has also been invited.

2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Craig Way for the HB Nitkin (property owner). For property known as 150 Boston Post Road; a.k.a. Assessor’s Map 44-4-6. The proposal is for a change of use from retail to
Automotive Repair. It includes minor parking lot modifications & restriping. There is no proposed additional pavement.

3. Review of the Minutes from the September 4, 2018 Meeting.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

5. Old Business

6. New Business

7. Review of possible standards regulations concerning ‘trailers’, ‘notification of adjacent property owners’ and ‘prohibition of roosters’.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 7:30 p.m. *(1)

8. *SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION – Request for the reduction in the number of required parking spaces as per Section 383-175 of the Orange Zoning Regulations. For property known as 393 Derby Ave. Submitted by property owner Chinmaya Mission. Additional parking is required to utilize existing basement space. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has also been submitted.

Thank You For Coming Out To Vote

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Sep 062018
 

Plenty of residents attended the Special Town Meeting at the High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting was to consider and act on the purchase of property known as 28 Salemme Lane from Orange Land Development Holdings, LLC contingent on the receipt of a grant-in-aid in the amount of $6,143,250.00 from the State of Connecticut.

The town needed at least 100 registered voters to attend and vote on the matter, which was no problem.

The vote passed.

 

Short Agenda For Aug. 21 Town Plan And Zoning Commission Meeting

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Aug 172018
 

The Orange Town Plan And Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

Following is the Agenda. This will be a short meeting.

1. Review of the Minutes from the August 7, 2018 Meeting.

2. Request by Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church to hold the annual Odyssey Festival August 31, 2018 to September 3, 2018.

3. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF BOND – URBAN AIR; For property known as 260 Bull Hill Lane. All site work has been completed and a Certificate of Occupancy issued. The request is to release $10,000 cash bond.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

5. OldBusiness.

6. New Business.

Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Police Commission

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Aug 132018
 

The Orange Police Commission met at the Police Department on Monday, Aug. 13.

Following are notes from that meeting:

Mobile MRI

Jeff Gordon of Codespoti Associates made a presentation regarding a project at 330 Boston Post Road (Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists).

The proposal is to have a Mobile MRI Unit in the parking lot about 3 days per week. The patient would be wheeled out to the parking lot to the trailer and placed on a lift that will get them up to the platform where the entrance door stands.

The MRI machine is inside the trailer and can move to whatever location it is needed.

NOTE: there is a mobile MRI that parks at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Maine a few days a week and it works out well. 

Gordon said the plans include removing a light pole, and an asphalt island from the parking lot. He said there is enough parking under the town regulations — there are 39 spaces when only 35 are required. The trailer would take up the excess parking spaces.

After a short discussion, the Commission unanimously approved the proposal.

Monthly Activity

The monthly activity log for July showed a total of 3,338 incidents, including 42 criminal arrests, 128 motor vehicle citations, 2 residential burglaries (backyard sheds where tools were reported missing), 6 commercial burglaries on the Boston Post Road (among them New England Ballet, Blue Moon Massage and Spa) 5 stolen motor vehicles, 88 motor vehicle accidents.

Records Revenue

Reports $397.18, Records Checks $20,  Fingerprints $5

Expenditures

• As of 9:15 a.m. Monday morning, the department’s Communications Room is completely renovated, the radio system is fully digital now. All radio transmissions are encrypted like may other towns for officer safety. (Scanners will not be able to pick them up anymore)

• When the phones are replaced, the phone contract is partially reimbursable by the town.

• One officer was sent to School Resource Officer training, and another to DARE training.

• The budget is in order and Overtime is in good shape.

• After a problem was discovered with the service pistols, the department ordered new ones. The US Army uses the same weapon, so the order was backlogged. Once they are delivered later this month, each officer will receive a replacement (the same model) and will be required to qualify with the new gun.

• The lobby of the OPD is now home to a new prescription drug disposal box. The BOW Drug / Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) donated the receptacle.  Bring your old, unused or unwanted prescription medications in and drop them into the box. The drugs will be disposed of properly along with collections from other police departments. Commissioner Christopher Carveth suggested circulating a flyer to the schools about it since children’s prescriptions expire quickly and shouldn’t be left around the house.

• The cell block project requested at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last week, “forego the usual bid process for cell block improvement project — would improve suicide prevention and officer safety.

Other departments want to do the same thing and the work would be contracted together with them through a company that is an “expert” in police cellblock doors.”

Since the Selectmen approved the request, the work will begin soon.

• This Thursday, August 16, the Orange Police Department will be participating in the annual Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, from 5-9 p.m.

UPS Battery System

The Orange Police Department uses a UPS battery system to keep continuous power in the Communications Center in the event of a power outage. Since it takes time for the generator to power up, the battery system keeps everything running protecting the expensive equipment from being damaged by, for example, a power surge.

The current UPS is 10 years old and needs replacement and with the department adding more IT equipment the new unit will have to be bigger and have the ability to be expanded on in the future.

The unit may cost up to $30,000, but the exact cost for Orange has not yet been determined.

Annual Report

The town wants all municipal departments to submit their yearly reports by the end of the month.  The Orange Police report includes its yearly statistics, wants and needs. The OPD averages 100 requests for service per day, including 4.7 medical calls.

Letters and Communications

• Lt. Andrew Steinbrick filed papers for retirement, his last day was August 3. In his absence, Sgt. Mike Kosh has been serving as the interim commander of the Investigative Services Unit.

• Sheila Craw from the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support delivered artwork from children who appreciate law enforcement. The pictures will be hung in the break room so officers can see them.

• Chief Gagne received a note from Deputy Chief Joseph Perno of the West Haven Police Department. Perno thanked the OPD for responding to the West Haven Beach on July 3 (along with several other departments) after a disturbance broke out during the annual fireworks show.

• Children from Camp Courant in Hartford sent a thank you card and drawings to K-9 Loki and Officer Chris Brown after they visited the camp.

• Chief Gagne sent thank you notes to Officer Paul Piscitelli for bringing and ATV to Camp Courant and to Officer Brown and K-9 Loki for their visit as well.

• Chief Gagne also Congratulated Brown and Loki on their first place win at the K-9 Olympics earlier this month.

• Loki and Officer Brown will be part of the K-9 demonstrations at the Milford Oyster Festival this weekend.

Notes In A Nutshell: Board Of Selectmen Wednesday, Aug. 8

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Aug 082018
 

The Orange Board of Selectmen met at Town Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Following are Notes from that meeting:

The first hour of the meeting was dedicated to the apparent Orange Community Nursery School displacement.

Orange Community Nursery School at High Plains were told on July 16th they’d have to vacate the location during building renovations and asbestos abatement.

The School administrator wants renovations to the classroom area and an extended lease for the preschool.

A parent said 1 in 5 children at Mary L come through OCNS and excel in school in the future.

She said they weren’t told soon enough that they would be displaced and it is not fair.

Another parent who signed his son up for September said he was shocked and disgusted with the way his and 54 other families have been treated regarding this matter.

He wants assurances that the school will be open at High Plains for the 2020-21 school year.

Yet another dad said these pre-school years are very important in a child’s formative years.

A tearful mom said the school has made arrangements to move temporarily to a space in Woodbridge, but it will be difficult to get to school events on work days.

The first selectman who took the brunt of the blame spoke next.

He said the reason they were not informed sooner was that the project had to go out to bid a second time and it did not come through or meet approval until last month’s selectmen’s meeting.

Many improvements to the two rooms used by the school had been planned.

He said the town granted the school a new lease and approved the 5-year lease at a very reasonable cost.

Zeoli’s belief was that the school would be displaced for a couple of weeks, but because of some of the work, it’s safer for the children not to be there. The school is more than welcome to return in 2019 through the end of their contract.

The school is not the only group that is being inconvenienced by the renovations. CERT, Scouts, Seniors and more also are being affected by the building work. It has to be done and there is no convenient time to do it.

Zeoli said he called several places in town to help out and nothing was available. In the audience the school’s administrator, Danielle, shook her head “no” and he called her out on it.

The Community Center renovations came up at the town meetings, a referendum and budget hearing at which everyone had an opportunity to voice their opinions and to vote.

Zeoli revealed that a new playground was going to be built on the other side of the basketball courts and if the nursery school did not like their private playground anymore they could take it down and use the new one.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, who is chairman of the bond oversight committee said the electricity will be disrupted and there are contaminant abatements that need to be done when the children are not present.

Selectman John Carangelo said he has small children and he is sad that everyone is so frustrated by this issue, but the town has entered into a contract and the work has to be done.

Danielle said she did not have any idea of what was going on until the week of Father’s Day. Furthermore, she said the Park and Rec Department ruins the school’s playground every summer and it costs her a fortune to keep it up to state standards when school begins.

The displacement has cost the school $40,000 and even though they found a space in Woodbridge, it will be very inconvenient for the parents.

The last mom at the podium said as the mother of small children, her nighttime schedule includes making dinner, doing homework, getting the kids bathed and ready for bed and there really isn’t time to attend meetings.

She also said that she wished she knew more about what was discussed at meetings and what was on the agendas of meetings so she could be better informed.

Agendas and Minutes can be found at http://www.orange-ct.gov/ and you can sign up for e-mail blasts with whatever information interests you.

Public Announcements

On Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon the free paper shredding, mattress disposal and Orange Community Women’s Collection drive will take place at High Plains Community Center.

On Monday, Sept. 3, Town Hall and the Transfer Station will be closed for Labor Day

The town went out for bonding maintained an AAA bond rating – the best you can get.

Fire Marshal requested a new vehicle for the fire marshal’s office “special services vehicle” 2006 SUV is worn out, need a new one to carry equipment need approval for a 2018 Chevy Tahoe (the least expensive vehicle) Unanimously approved

Police Chief Gagne requested forego the usual bid process for cell block improvement project — would improve suicide prevention and officer safety.

Other departments want to do the same thing and the work would be contracted together with them through a company that is an “expert” in police cellblock doors.

Unanimously approved

 

A large wet parcel behind Best Buy would be gifted to the town. It will put a nice buffer between the commercial and residential zones in the area. The Zoning Commission recommended approval and the “gift” was Unanimously approved by the Selectmen.

The property that was planned for the Orange Train Station, which came up at the Plan and Zoning Commission also was discussed. Click on the “On Demand” button at the upper left of this page to hear the lengthy discussion.