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Update On High Plains Renovation Projects

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Jul 072019
 

The bond oversight committee on tour of High Plains

On Thursday, June 27, Orange Live joined the Bond Construction Oversight Committee at High Plains Community Center for a tour of the South Wing and Pool renovation projects.

Anyone who spent time in the South wing for meetings or during the annual train show may remember that the tiled walls were a highly glossed beige.

Since, they were sanded down, prepped and re-painted green. In May, the committee noted that the paint was peeling from the walls in multiple locations. The painting contractor was fired and a new one hired to complete the job.

There are two large areas that had formerly been two rooms, but the dividing walls were knocked down. They are now waiting for Accordion dividers so organizations can make the meeting spaces smaller when necessary.

The men’s and women’s bathrooms have been completely renovated and are bright, clean and modern.

In May, the Pool Locker Room schedule was updated showing the start of tile work on June 5. Floors were puddling badly in the men’s and family locker rooms and were reconfigured for better drainage.

Committee member Mitch Goldblatt, an Orange selectman, said he was disappointed that the job hadn’t been completed before the Recreation Department’s camp program started. He added that the Nursery School should be able to open again in late August.

From what we observed during the tour, we think everyone will be pleased with the “New” and improved High Plains Community Center.

Agenda For June 12 Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jun 102019
 

The Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:

PUBLIC HEARING

Application for the Neighborhood Assistance Program from the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Service for funding of $150,000 for the New Haven Hebrew Day School – Hershy Hecht, Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy.

Motion to close Public Hearing and reconvene the Regular Meeting

VOTE

Vote to approve on accepting the Neighborhood Assistance Program Application submitted by the New Haven Hebrew Day School for funding for $150,000.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

Discuss and act on Minutes from three past meetings.

NEW BUSINESS

1. To consider and act on the approval of a vending license for July 5, 2019 firework show – Howard Dragonoff, Action Enterprises

2. To consider and act on three Orange Board of Education Capital Projects – First Selectman Zeoli

3. To consider and act on the request to conduct a Block Party in the Ox Yoke Road Neighborhood – First Selectman Zeoli

4. To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the Independence Day Celebration – First Selectman Zeoli

5. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for June in the amount of $2,386.30

COMMITTEES

 

 

May 7 TP&Z Meeting Agenda

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May 062019
 

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

Following is the Agenda for the Town Plan And Zoning Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 at Town Hall at 7 p.m.

1. Review of the Minutes from the April 16, 2019 meeting.

2. Old Business 3. New Business PUBLIC HEARINGS (*2)

4. * APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING – -Submitted by 131 Boston Post Road LLC for the property known as 131 Boston Post Road – To include earthwork to regrade and fill the lot.

The purpose of regrading is to make site elevation closer to road elevation and improve egress and functionality of the site.

The project will consist of adding 951 6+/- cubic yards of fill and to spread and compact fill. (Continued from the April 16, 2019 meeting.)

5. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission To amend the Orange Zoning Regulations relative to the definition and regulating of Trailers. (Continued from the April 16, 2019 meeting.)

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.