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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.

Summary:

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

Introductions

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

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

NEW BUSINESS

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)

COMMITTEES

Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt

PersonnelSelectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Lenz

Adjourn Regular Meeting and Convene into Execution Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Discussion Regarding Tax Refund RequestVincent Marino, Town 

Counsel

Adjourn Executive Session and Convene into Regular Meeting

Adjourn Regular Meeting

FYI

Approved Minutes of September 10, 2014 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Memo from OBOE Regarding American Education Week

2015 Board of Selectmen Meeting Schedule 

Appointments/Reappointments

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.

Sep 102014
 

zeoli to williamsThe regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen will take place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

AGENDA

Call to order, Fire Exits, Pledge of Allegiance, Introductions

Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing

PUBLIC HEARING

To consider and act on the request to approve Luxurious Spa as a massage establishment (enclosure) – Qiulan Piao

Motion to Close Public Hearing and reconvene Regular Meeting

VOTE

To vote on the approval of Luxurious Spa as a massage establishment

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

To consider and act upon the minutes of the Public Hearing & Regular Meeting of August 13, 2014  (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

• To consider and act on the request for field expansion at Fred Wolfe Park (enclosure) – Bill McNeil on behalf of Amity Girls Youth Lacrosse Association, Orange Soccer Association & Amity Boys Youth Lacrosse

• To consider and act on the request to conduct the Platt Tech 5K Race and Fun Walk in Orange (enclosure) – Susan Murphy, Platt Tech Athletic Director

• To consider and act on the bid recommendation for MSW Hauling & Disposal (enclosure) – Robert Hiza, PE, Town Engineer

• To consider and act on the referring the amendment to Section 211 of the town code – Discharge of Firearms Restricted – to a Public Hearing in October (enclosure) – Town Counsel Vincent Marino

To consider and act on the request to amend the Library Ordinance to reduce number of members from 14 to 9 – Town Counsel, Vincent Marino

• To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman to execute the acceptance documents for the temporary property rights and permanent easement for a bridge replacement on Route 114 (enclosures) Selectman Zeoli

• To consider and act on the approval of the Board of Selectmen Annual Town Report for FY 2013-2014 (enclosure)

• To consider and act on the request to approve Health Insurance Waivers for one town employee (enclosure)

• To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds for the month of September in the amount of $12,858.91 (enclosure)

• Discussion of Housatonic Overlook – Selectman Zeoli

COMMITTEES

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Lenz

Close Regular Meeting 

FYI

Approved Minutes- Special Meeting – July 10, 2014

Approved Minutes – July 9, 2014

Revenue & Expenditure Reports

Appointments/Re-appointments

Originally Published on: Sep 5, 2014 @ 16:33

Sep 092014
 

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThis week’s meetings include:

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Inland Wetlands Commission at Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

OVNA (Orange Visiting Nurse Association) Board of Governors at the Clark Building 8:30 a.m.

Safety and Health Committee in the Case Memorial Library at 9 a.m.

Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

WPCA (Water Pollution Control Authority) at Town Hall 7 p.m.

Community Services Commission at High Plains Community Center 7:30 p.m.

Sep 022014
 

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 7.42.14 PMTonight’s Town Plan & Zoning Commission meeting was brief, but many subjects were covered.

Economic Development Director Paul Grimmer requested (in writing) a zone change for the corridor between Prindle Hill Road and the Boston Post Road in order to attract more business to Orange.

This is the area of the Capecelatro property where there currently are greenhouses.

The subject will be discussed further at the next TPZC meeting where Grimmer will be present.

There is a draft of the plan of conservation and development that will be presented in two weeks.

Paul Dinice said he has had many blight and bamboo complaints recently.

One problematic blighted property has been cleaned up.

“Illegal” signs on the Boston Post Road need to be addressed, according to Chairman Walter Clark.

Temple Emanuel Application was not fully prepared, so it has been continued to the next meeting in 2 weeks.