Feb 032015

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 7.36.07 PMThe Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission met Tuesday night at Town Hall.

The commission heard a site plan application submitted by Adnan Akil for 254 Bull Hill Lane, owned by the New Haven Islamic Center.

The proposal was to locate a 3,000 sq. ft. restaurant and bakery in an existing building.

Several parts of the application were not completed, so it was unacceptable.


Adnan Akil

Commission Chairman Beau Clark said the paperwork has to be done properly before the commission can vote on it.

Even though the plan is a proper use of the building, the amount of parking spaces on the provided paperwork did not match.

After a brief discussion, Akil said it takes a lot of time to do the paperwork and he changed his mind. “I give up, I’ll just go to West Haven it’s just a couple of blocks away.” With that, he withdrew his application.

Old Business

Regarding the discussion at the last meeting on making a Zone Change for two properties on Indian River Road, the commission will refer the issue to Consultant Planner Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics for review.

Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer 

• 158 Ohman Ave. was a littered mess when ZEO Paul Dinice went to check on it.

• Buttonball property Dinice will discuss fine payments with the owner

• 756 Wheelers Farm Road there are 6-7 vehicles on the property

• 449 Derby Milford there is a blight order out for that property and there are 2 campers (occupied) in the yard, for which the property owner also will be cited.

• 420 Michael Court abandoned cars and unkept property

The Open Space Priority List from Conservation Commission is the same list as from 2000, and needs to be updated. A new list has been compiled and will be discussed next week.

Feb 032015

Orange Volunteer Firefighters clear a hydrant

Orange Volunteer Firefighters clear a hydrant

Tonight, after coming home from a full day’s work at their paying jobs, our Orange volunteer firefighters will be out in the freezing cold on Hydrant Detail.

They’ll be shoveling out the fire hydrants in YOUR neighborhoods that are covered in snow and ice.

The firefighters know all too well how long it takes to clear a hydrant, and how precious those extra minutes are when they have to get to a home for a fire emergency.

If YOU have a hydrant near your home, PLEASE shovel it out.

Jan 142015

The Orange Board of Selectmen met at Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Jan. 19 Town Hall Offices will be closed for Martin Luther King Day, but the Transfer Station will be open.

Kim Browe

Kim Browe

 To consider and act on the request to approve the 6th Annual Race Brook School Rockin’Road Race and to hang a banner for the event 

Kim Browe spoke for the event

June 6 the Kids fun run 9 am. 5K at 10 a.m. certified route.

Participation is usually very good, revenue was high last year even though participation was down for whatever reason.

Unanimously approved for race and banner. 

 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.  

53rd anniversary Hunt will be March 28.

Unanimously approved.

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 8.09.00 PM To re-consider and act on changing the boiler at the Orange Center Road Firehouse from gas to dual fuel (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

Furnace at firehouse blew up last week. Insurance will cover part of the cost. $32,388 cost for dual Fuel. (gas would be $30,000 but who knows what the price of either fuel will be at any given time)

Unanimously approved.

 To consider and act to participating in a mattress recycling program (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

 ADDED to agenda Benefit concert for Community Services Charitable programs. Gary Harger and Barbie Harger will be featured along with the new chorus.

Tickets will be $20 each.

The show will be followed by a reception with coffee “and” in the cafeteria.

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 8.10.46 PMThis is a self sustaining fund, meaning it depends upon private donations

Unanimously approved.

 To consider and act on recommending to the Board of Finance appropriations for the new grass fields at Fred Wolf Park 

Money is coming in from different organizations to cover the costs of equipment and work. The town will contribute $20,000 to help.

Unanimously approved

 To consider and act on the 2015 Plan of Conservation and Development 

Sandy Pierson

Sandy Pierson

The Board of Selectmen would discuss it and then offer their thoughts on the plan before the March 17 public hearing.


 To consider and act on entering into a contract with Quality Data Services for on-line collection of tax payments 

Tax collector Sandra Pierson said there is a company that would offer this service by summer and give residents an opportunity to see their information online, including when they paid their bills, how much they paid, what they owe, etc.

Cost would be $2,4o0 annually with a $125 set up fee, and it wouldn’t go into effect until July.

Zeoli said you can check out the North Haven website, which already has it, and see how it would work.

Unanimously approved

 To consider and act on SuperGreen Solutions Window enclosures for the Academy Building 

A sample of the window enclosure.

A sample of the window enclosure.

LOCIP funded project. South side of building — six 40″ X 93″ windows (original to the building) opposite the Clark Building — would get UV protection windows, the other side would receive regular (without UV protection). It would be good for energy efficiency.

Judy Williams said the heat rises and in old buildings like this, the attic could be a huge problem, since they lose a lot of heat through it.

This item was tabled

 To consider and act on the request to approve the re-appointment of Denise Stein as the Municipal Agent for the Elderly

Unanimously approved

 To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $2594.57 (enclosure)

Unanimously approved

Dec 182014

IMG_7976During last week’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting a request to change the name of recently completed Edison Road to PEZ Boulevard was unanimously approved.

PEZ has been making its famous candy in Orange since 1974, and in December 2011 the long awaited visitor center at 35 Prindle Hill Road opened to the public.

Today, Thursday, Dec. 18, the town fulfilled its promise and PEZ Boulevard was dedicated.

Among those in attendance was Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who was instrumental in making the Edison Road project a reality. She was a tireless advocate for the project from start to finish bringing in millions to ensure its completion.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the new road, which connects Prindle Hill and Marsh Hill roads and is home to PEZ, Aurora Products and Restaurant Depot, to name a few also opens up the possibility of attracting more businesses to open on the 65 additional acres to which it is connected.

Joe Vittoria, President and CEO of PEZ said the thoroughfare has brought more than 80,000 cars to the Visitor Center so far.

Dec 102014

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 12.14.30 AMThe Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation and Amity High School Young Adult Book Club hosted a visiting author event on Nov. 25 in the High School Library.

Matthew Dicks is a local teacher and author of the novels “Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend,” “Something Missing” and “Unexpectedly, Milo” and the rock opera The Clowns.

The evening was full of laughter and fun. Matthew discussed how he became a writer, gave away prizes and answered questions.

Dec 042014

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 10.40.40 PMThe Orange Police Department is hosting a training session from January 12-16, 2015. This Intelligence Analysis course is offered by The Alpha Group.


This is a one week (36 hours) “hands-on” program.

This course will provide you with an arsenal of techniques you can use to organize and analyze crime data, identify conspiratorial activities, establish relationships between people and organizations, and effectively present your findings in criminal court proceedings.

You’ll learn how to develop and use intelligence at the specialized investigative unit level to plan and direct investigative attention in combating criminal activities, at the departmental level to facilitate the operational and administrative decision-making process, and at the central or regional level to project national and international trends.

Contact Gary Canapinno @ 203.891.2134 or via email at [email protected] for information.

The Alpha Group website can be found at: www.alphagroupcenter.com

Nov 252014

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 10.36.44 PMIn August, Orange Live published a story about the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (CTNSI), at the Yale West Campus in Orange offering art classes in natural science illustration.

The courses were open to all levels and abilities.

Well, now it’s time to see what the students have accomplished with the 2014 Student & Faculty Exhibit, Sunday, Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m.

The student exhibit presentation will take place at 3 p.m.

CTNSI, located at 230 West Campus Drive, offers the following courses: Beginning Drawing, Botanical Watercolor, Landscape Painting, Drawing and Painting Birds and Mammals, Colored Pencil, Mixed Media Painting and Field Sketching.

Nov 172014


Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

The following information regarding police activity in October was revealed at this month’s police commission meeting.

Officers responded to 2,712 calls for service including: 

• 3 Burglaries (2 residential, 1 commercial), 125 Activated Burglar Alarms and 139 Medical Emergencies.

There were 32 Criminal Arrests; 17 Shoplifting/Larcenies; 21 Fights/Disturbances; 5 Arrests for DWI; 97 Traffic Accidents; and 220 Motor Vehicle Citations Issued

Nov 122014

zeoli boardThe regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen will take place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the AGENDA:

Call to order

Fire Exits

Pledge of Allegiance



(2 minutes per speaker)



To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the October 8, 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure) 


To consider and act on the use of open space at Wright Farms (enclosure) – Sterling Adams

To consider and act on amending the Library Ordinance (enclosure)Vincent Marino, Town Counsel. 

To consider and act on the property tax abatements for United Illuminating (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli 

To consider and act on bid recommendation for boiler replacement at Orange Center Road Firehouse using LoCip Funds (enclosure)First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the bid recommendation for a new 3.0 Cubic Yard Class Four Wheel Drive Loader (enclosure) – Robert Hiza, Town Engineer

To consider and act on the donation of land known as 1-5 Lots on Hemlock Drive (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman on behalf of the Board of Selectmen to execute the FFY 2014 State Homeland Security Grant Program Region 2  Memorandum of Agreement (enclosure) – Tim Smith, Fire Marshal

To consider and act on disbanding committees (enclosure)

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $12,491.47 (enclosure)


Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt

PersonnelSelectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Lenz

Adjourn Regular Meeting and Convene into Execution Session


Discussion Regarding Tax Refund RequestVincent Marino, Town 


Adjourn Executive Session and Convene into Regular Meeting

Adjourn Regular Meeting


Approved Minutes of September 10, 2014 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Memo from OBOE Regarding American Education Week

2015 Board of Selectmen Meeting Schedule 


Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Lohman Letter to ZBA

Originally Published on: Nov 7, 2014 @ 14:20 

Sep 162014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 7.50.22 PMThe Town Plan and Zoning Commission met at Town Hall Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC – Frank Dilieto for property known as 0 Salemme Lane a.k.a Assessor’s Map 3-1-6. The proposal is for the use of the property as a temporary warehousing/dumpster supply company. Empty dumpster-containers will be stored on-site and enclosed with a slatted chain link fence.

The required 50 ft frontage is not met.

There also was a discussion regarding the parcel which did not meet the minimum acreage required.

The application was denied and the attorney for the applicant should discuss the issues with the town attorney.

If the applicant wants to re-apply the application fee will be waived.

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 7.48.49 PMFRED WOLFE PARK

A new plan for the proposed lacrosse fields and parking area was presented.

Resident James Denton sent a letter opposing the plans, stating that traffic in the surrounding neighborhoods would be a problem.

TPZ&C Chairman Walter Clark said the plan is a good one and this location makes the most sense.

Commission member Ralph Aschettino agreed with Clark.

Clark added that if traffic becomes a problem they could easily work on access and egresses.

The Commission made a recommendation to approve the plans.

The Group that is working on getting these fields built will have a fundraising golf tournament at Orange Hills Country Club  on Oct 3

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 7.57.35 PMPLAN OF CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT 

Proposed update and workshop on the Plan of Conservation & Development – The TPZC will be meeting with Consultant Planner Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics. They will be reviewing the First Draft of the 2015 Plan of Conservation and Development.

The commission went over the initial plan page by page. The booklet will be made available on the town website.

6. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Review of Zoning Activities Log.