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Notes In A Nutshell: Board of Selectmen Feb 10

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Feb 102016
 

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.22 PMThis month’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting took place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Following are notes of what they discussed:
Ordinance to Amend the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling
Copies available at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Discussion:
Tom George of the Recycling Committee. Now in its 16th year the Recycling effort in Orange has grown dramatically. The town came up with an amended ordinance for which he is grateful.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the printer cartridge recycling program is highly successful.
Recycling chairman/selectman Mitch Goldblatt spoke about the grant money
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.52 PMTown of Orange gets $20 per ton from the recycled items in the blue bins.
Goldblatt said the number of residents who recycle is unknown, but in the month of December 100 tons was recycled in Orange — between the blue bins and at the transfer station.
VOTE : To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling.
Unanimously approved.
Announcements:
George Munk an active member of the Orange Country Fair passed away.
Feb. 15 all town offices will be closed, but the transfer station will be open.
March 13 daylight savings time begins.
Sat. July 2 – Independence day fireworks will take place.
Complaint about mail boxes damaged by snow plows. It’s still not too late to put up a “batter board” to protect your mailboxes, but unless they are run over, the town will NOT replace them.
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.37.00 PMDogs on Town Property must be leashed, and you must clean up after them.
Commercial vehicles parked in your residence is not allowed. You may be cited.
Shop Rite is remodeling the interior of the former Stop & Shop on
New Signal Lights including cross walk lights are being installed at the intersection of Orange Center and Old Tavern roads.
MINUTES
1. To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the January 13, 2016
Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
Two corrections were suggested (Davis and Goldblatt)
Unanimously Approved.
NEW BUSINESS
1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Strawberry Festival (enclosure)Marie Gesler, Strawberry Festival Co-Chairperson
Strawberry Festival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds on June 11.
Zeoli recommends that everyone purchase a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie
The Banner will be erected soon after the Memorial Day Parade.
Unanimously Approved
2. 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 (enclosure) – Richard Zorena, Chamber of Commerce
Unanimously Approved
3. To consider and act on request for funding to reevaluate and amend the Orange TODD Regulations (enclosure) Paul Dinice, Zoning Administrator and Enforcement Officer
Regulations were drawn up more than a decade ago when a train station was proposed for Orange. The TP&ZC needs $16,000 to pay Planametrics for its work on the plans.
Selectman Okenquist said the printing costs were not included in the request, so should they add money to the request to meet those costs? Zeoli said NO, they asked for $16,000, if they need more they can come back and ask for it.
Goldblatt asked about a timeline. Town Attorney Vin Marino said he would like to have it wrapped up by April.
Unanimous Approval to send the recommendation to fund it to the Board of Finance. 
4. Review of proposed Charter Revision Committee – First Selectman Zeoli
Zeoli suggested Laura Reid, Roy Cuzzocreo and Leo Imperati Jr. for the committee.
Judy Williams said all have history in town and experience.
Unanimously Approved, John Carangelo abstained. 
5. To consider and act on the request to approve Health Insurance Waivers for 19 employees.
Employees would receive a stipend instead of Insurance if person is covered by a spouses insurance.
Unanimously Approved
6. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $14,606.89
Unanimously Approved
  • COMMITTEES
    1. Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt
    Thurs,  Feb 25 meeting at town hall open to public.
    2. Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist
    $981,000 proposed expenditures.
    A new phone system is being put into elementary schools so all schools are tied together.
    Pubic Works needs a new dump truck to replace 25 year old model.
    Community Services received $25,000 grant for a new van. town would put in $11,000
    PD needs a new digital console and digital radio system. PD would impose a new incription system to prevent public from hearing their transmissions.
    3. Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt
    4. PersonnelSelectman Okenquist, Zeoli, Davis
  • Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session
    EXECUTIVE SESSION
    1. Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange and Supervisors Unit
    (enclosure)
    2. MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between the Town of Orange and
    the Dispatchers Unit (enclosure)
    Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    VOTE
    1. To consider and act on the Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange
    and Supervisors’Unit
    Unanimously approved
    2. To consider and act on the MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between
    the Town of Orange and the Dispatchers’ Unit
    Unanimously approved
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    Upgraded to 37.5 hours and a salary increase.
    Unanimously approved

Notes in A Nutshell: Town Plan & Zoning Jan. 19

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Jan 202016
 

MeetingsThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Town Hall, Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Request by Kathleen Conroy Cass, potential purchaser of 361 Derby Avenue (formerly theEnchanted Gardens and Ponds) to discuss a letter issued by Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice, dated December 16, 2015.

After some discussion and opposition from Cass’s attorney regarding the wording of a prior decision.

The Shop would be allowed to sell seasonal flowers and have a gift shop.

The request was approved. 

6.  Request for modification of Site Plan/Building Architecture, Ravenswood/Oaktree Development LLC – 100 South Orange Center Road.

The footprint would remain the same, but the modification to this active adult development includes a reduction in the square footage, master bedrooms on the first floor.

The Commission approved the changes with a stipulation that the applicant must submit a rendition of the development for the record.

7. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS. Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC.  To amend Article XXIV Transit Oriented Development District Regulations.   (The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015.)  Discussion and possible vote on this petition.

8. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP.  Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC.  To change the zoning designation of the subject property from LI-2/TODD Overlay to TODD.  The submission includes a “concept plan” as required by the Orange Zoning Regulations.  The subject property is an 8.091-acre site located beyond the eastern end of Salemme Lane. 

It is bordered by Dichello Distributors to the south; CTDOT Railroad right-of-way to the east; Yale University West Campus to the north; and Salemme Lane/Town of Orange, N/F Salemme-Riccio, and N/F Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC to the west.  The parcel is currently undeveloped. 

The subject property is shown as “0 Marsh Hill Road,” containing 8.091 acres, on Map #2369 on file at the Orange Town Clerk’s office, and is designated by the Orange Assessor as Map/Block/Lot 3-1-1. The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015. 

(The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015.)  Discussion and possible vote on this petition.

The petitioners wanted to change all the town’s regulations line-by-line.

After discussion the applicant withdrew the plan.

The subject is not closed, though, the town is open to revisions and wants the state to know that it is still interested in welcoming a train station.

9.  8-24 Referral Municipal Improvements – Request to abandon road dedication and construction agreement for a “paper road” located on property known as 260 Bull Hill Lane.  Owned now or formerly by NCC Orange/CT Association LLC.

Someone is interested in the former Builders Square building. The “road” is between the mini mall on the Boston Post Road and the Builders Square building.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(3 )     

*10.  PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS.  Submitted by Roeco, LLC, a New York limited liability company.  To amend the Orange Zoning Regulations to create “Town Center District” (TCD) regulations. 

“The purpose of the Town Center District (TCD) is to permit and encourage a Town Center atmosphere with vibrant, mixed-use development that allows people to live, work, and shop in close proximity. Through retail, office and multi-family use, the TCD is a lively, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use area with an environment of inviting public space, walkable streets, and meaningful architecture.”

*11. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP.  Submitted by Roeco, LLC, a New York limited liability company.  To amend the Orange Zoning Map to change property known as 35 Old Tavern Road & 308 Racebrook Road (a.k.a. Firelite Shopping Center) from Local Shopping Center District (LSC) to Town Center District (TCD).

Many residents spoke against this plan, including First Selectman Jim Zeoli and Selectman Mitch Goldblatt

After the public hearing was closed the commissioners discussed the traffic study.

Petition Denied

*12.  PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – REVISIONS TO THE ORANGE PARKING REGULATIONS.  Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. 

Proposed amendments include “change of use” exemption; location of parking spaces; joint parking spaces; number of spaces required; parking reduction; loading space reduction; trees & shrubs within parking areas; and access management.

It was getting late, so this matter was continued until the Feb. 2 TP&ZC meeting.

Notes In A Nutshell: Jan. 5, 2016 Town Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting

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Jan 052016
 

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 7.40.06 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Orange Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Jan. 5)

This is what happened:

1. As per Section 7.1 of the Bylaws and Procedures for the Town Plan & Zoning Commission of the Town of Orange, this meeting is an organizational meeting, at which time Officers will be elected.

Unanimously approved keeping the Commission membership as it stands and having Paul Dinice as the Council of Governments liaison.

2. Review of the Minutes from the October 20, 2015; November 4, 2015; November 24, 2015; & December 1, 2015 meetings.

(A few tweaks were made on language)

3. Old Business.

A 10 x 13′ shed (that does not require a permit) will be constructed on the Buttonball property that has been the subject of many a TP&Z meeting since mid 2015. Fines have accumulated here. He has until Jan. 30 to do this. 

The owner of another property that has at least three “dead” vehicles on his property and has been fined heavily is now cooperating with the town and said he will remedy the situation. The commission wants to cite him under the town’s anti-blight ordinance. 

Beau Clark said they should fine him for both the zoning and blight violations. 

4. New Business.

None

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

He is working on issues with chickens and roosters on Sheffield Road and Old Tavern Road.

Also he is going to issue warnings regarding signs.

 

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

6. SITE PLAN APPLICATION; SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL SUPPLEMENT; SITE PLAN APPLICATION – LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT; SIGN APPLICATION. Submitted by property owner Shanri Holdings Corp (formerly known as Shanri Properties). For property known as 259 Bull Hill Lane. To locate a 69,390 sq. ft. Shop Rite Supermarket in a building which formerly housed a Stop & Shop Supermarket. Site improvements are proposed.

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.02.21 PMHarry Garafalo took to the podium regarding the Shop Rite Stores he owns. 

Owned Shop Rite in Milford since 2004 and since opened four others in surrounding towns. 

The Orange Store would employ about 200 people. They believe in community service and are environmentally friendly. Recycle plastic, cardboard, wooden pallets and donate food to the food bank. 

The company plans to renovate the exterior of the existing Stop & Shop building to make it more attractive. All sidewalks will be demolished and replaced. 

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 7.58.18 PMThere are 14 trees along Bull Hill Lane that will be removed to improve sight lines.

Two new islands with tall thin trees will be added. Handicapped parking spaces will be re-striped. 

Old shrubbery on islands will be replaced with new shrubs the plantings along Carlson Drive will remain as is. 

Clark said the lighting plans that were submitted show several violations to the regulations. They need to deflect the light from shining off the property. 

The Orange Shop Rite would open sometime around September and the existing gas station would become a Shop Rite Gas Station operated by the Valie family. 

The  Site Plan Application was unanimously approved. (A revised lighting plan would be submitted to Paul Dinice.)

7. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS. Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC. To amend Article XXIV Transit Oriented Development District Regulations. The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015.

Continued to the next meeting

8. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP. Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC. To change the zoning designation of the subject property from LI-2/TODD Overlay to TODD. The submission includes a “concept plan” as required by the Orange Zoning Regulations. The subject property is an 8.091-acre site located beyond the eastern end of Salemme Lane. It is bordered by Dichello Distributors to the south; CTDOT Railroad right-of-way to the east; Yale University West Campus to the north; and Salemme Lane/Town of Orange, N/F Salemme-Riccio, and N/F Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC to the west. The parcel is currently undeveloped. The subject property is shown as “0 Marsh Hill Road,” containing 8.091 acres, on Map #2369 on file at the Orange Town Clerk’s office, and is designated by the Orange Assessor as Map/Block/Lot 3-1-1. The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015.

Continued to the next meeting

9. Review of the proposed TPZC Budget 2016-2017.

The proposed budget is $116,752.

Unanimously approved

10. Not on the provided agenda was the proposal to extend the sewer line to a property on Spring Street.

Paul Kaplan said sewers are an acute need in Orange, and Clark wholeheartedly agreed. 

Unanimously approved — Commissioner Judy Smith recused herself. 

Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen Tonight

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Nov 052015
 

Zeoli BOSThe Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall tonight, Thursday, Nov. 5 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 14, 2015 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request to approve an Eagle Scout projectScout Ben Grasso

To consider and act on a request from the Orange Rotary Club to refurbish the outdoor bathroom building by the Rotary Pavilion at HPCC (enclosure)Robert Sigler, President, Orange Rotary Club

To consider and act on a contract between the Town of Orange and Benesch Engineering regarding Edison Road (enclosure)Paul Grimmer, Director Economic Development

To consider and act on the request to approve the bid for snowplowing services (enclosure) – Robert Hiza, Town Engineer

To consider and act on the request to approve the bid for sodium chloride (rock salt) (enclosure) – Robert Hiza, Town Engineer

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $10,595.75 (enclosure)

To consider and act on a resolution to amend the 401A Pension Plan 

COMMITTEES

Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt

PersonnelSelectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Lenz

Adjourn

FYI

Approved Minutes of September 9, 2015 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Memo from OBOE Regarding American Education Week

2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting Schedule

Appointments/Reappointments

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Notes In A Nutshell: TP&Z Commission Meeting

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Nov 042015
 

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 8.03.09 PM*5.  APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE. Submitted by John L. & Gloria Capecelatro/Mark Capecelatro, Trustee.  For property known as 253 Indian River Road.  This application is submitted as per Sections 383-90 A (2)(a) & E(2);  383-121, & 383-178 of the Orange Zoning Regulations.  For a proposed Tractor Supply Company retail store and related outdoor display areas.  A request has been made for a modification to the parking Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 8.05.47 PMstandards.  A SITE PLAN APPLICATION; SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT; AND SITE PLAN APPLICATION – LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT have also been submitted.

Discussion/Presentation:

The site was previously used for greenhouses, which have been torn down.

The application is for a tractor supply store for the Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 8.09.17 PM“gentleman farmer” will include carhart apparel, gates for livestock, parts for tractors, feed and medicines for livestock.

Plain includes a 19,097 sq ft building, 15,000 sq ft concrete pad for items that won’t fit inside the store.

Driveway would be off of Prindle Hill Road, proposed paint striping stating, do not block driveway.

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 8.05.24 PMCommissioner Aschettino asked if the road could be widened a little to relieve traffic congestion in at the intersection of Indian River Road.

The applicant is going before the Police Traffic Authority on Monday.

The new business will not generate a lot of traffic and will only need about 56 parking spaces, not the 91 that are currently required by the town regulations.

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*6.  APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS  REMOVAL & FILLING.  Submitted by John L. & Gloria Capecelatro/Mark Capecelatro, Trustee.  For property known as 253 Indian River Road.  Work is for required cut, fill & grading of earth materials in conjunction with the construction of a proposed 19,097 sq. ft. Tractor Supply Company retail store with associated parking.  An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF  SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES has also been submitted.

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 7.36.33 PMDiscussion/presentation:

It would be a concrete block building painted tan and sand (taupe).

7.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION; SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT; AND SITE PLAN APPLICATION – LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT  Submitted by John L. & Gloria Capecelatro/Mark Capecelatro, Trustee.  For property known as 253 Indian River Road.  For the construction of a 19,097 sq. ft. Tractor Supply Company Retail Store with associated parking.

Discussion/presentation:

Lights would not disturb neighbors and would be LED lights.

8.    APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES.  Submitted by John L. & Gloria Capecelatro/Mark Capecelatro, Trustee.  For property known as 253 Indian River Road.  For the construction of a 19,097 sq. ft. Tractor Supply Company Retail Store with associated parking.

Discussion/presentation:

Any earth material that is dug up would be reused in another part of the lot.

Work most likely will be done in the spring of 2016, it will take about 4 weeks of work.

Commissioner Judy Smith asked if they would be willing to defer parking and have more green strips on the property.

A permit is not needed from Inland/Wetlands, All other required permits have been obtained, except for the Traffic Authority.

The business also would have a 500 Gallon propane tank for use as a filling station.

At 9:32 p.m. the Commission voted to keep the public hearing open until the next scheduled meeting.

VIDEO: Debate- Senior and Affordable Housing

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Oct 292015
 

The Orange Chamber Of Commerce hosted a first selectman’s debate at High Plains Community Center on Monday, Oct. 26.

HERE  Incumbent Jim Zeoli and challenger Kenneth Lenz offer their thoughts on senior and affordable housing.

HERE is the remainder of the video (after a battery change).

Notes In A Nutshell: Oct. 14 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Oct 142015
 

Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 8.18.48 PMThe Board of Selectmen met at town hall tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Someone stole numerous Democrat and Republican political signs overnight on Tuesday Oct. 13 – Wednesday, Oct. 14.  Keep an eye out for these thieves, they could be charged with larceny.

Everyone is reminded to keep valuables out of sight when leaving their parked cars. Lock Your Car even if you are only “running inside” for a second.

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Walk in front of High Plains Community Center.

  1. To consider and act on the request from the Lion’s Club to waive the customary rental and janitorial fees for their Annual Thanksgiving Dinner scheduled for Sunday, November 29, at 12:30 p.m. at HPCC  — Unanimously Approved

2) To consider and act on the request from the Orange Chamber of Commerce to waive the customary rental fee for the gym and kitchen at HPCC for the Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Market event scheduled for December 12. — Unanimously Approved

3) To consider and act on the request to approve the Resolution authorizing the First Selectman to sign the 2015 Recycling Rewards Program Service Agreement 

Goldblatt: The Orange Recycling Committee received a $6,840 grant to promote recycling in town. Instead of the board having to sign it, Zeoli would be authorized to do it.

— Unanimously Approved.

To consider and act on the request to approve the Schedule of Regular Board of Selectmen meeting for 2016-2017 

Goldblatt: change the October 12, 2016 meeting to October 19.

— Unanimously Approved

4) To consider and act on the request to approve the waiver of medical benefits for one employee — Unanimously Approved

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $5815.21 — Unanimously Approved

Accept the low bids  for the replacement of the sidewalk in front of the Orange Police Department  — Unanimously Approved

COMMITTEES

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

2 motions were passed at the Sept. 10 pension board meeting.

The contribution rate of a retirement fund will be going up.

401A Plan (not the 401K) allow all employees to withdraw thier money at age 59 1/2 – motion passed

Bond Construction Oversight Committee – Selectman Goldblatt

looking for a new architect to work on the High Plains Community Center project

Interviewing firms to oversee the design and re construction of the Derby Milford Road Bridge

Motion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION (2 hours)

Discussion regarding Memorandum of Understanding Between the Town of Orange and UPSEU Supervisors’ Unit

To consider and act on the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Town of Orange and UPSEU Supervisors’ Unit  — Approved 5-1

Tonight: A Public Hearing Regarding a Massage Establishment Permit

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Oct 142015
 

special BOS MeetingThe Board of Selectmen will meet at town hall tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting includes a public hearing regarding a massage establishment permit.

Following is the 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 Vista Massage Orange, LLC, d.b.a. Massage Green Spa, as a massage establishment (enclosure) –  Robert Tobais

Motion to Close Public Hearing and reconvene Regular Meeting

VOTE

To vote on the approval of Vista Massage Orange, LLC, d.b.a. Massage Green Spa, as a massage establishment

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the September 9, 2015 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request from the Lion’s Club to waive the customary rental and janitorial fees for their Annual Thanksgiving Dinner scheduled for Sunday, November 29, 2015 at HPCC (enclosure) – Ann Carollo – Orange Lions Club

To consider and act on the request from the Orange Chamber of Commerce to waive the customary rental fee for the gym and kitchen at HPCC for the Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Market event scheduled for December 12, 2015 (enclosure) – Richard Zorena – Vice President – Orange Chamber of Commerce

To consider and act on the request to approve the Resolution authorizing the First Selectman to sign the 2015 Recycling Rewards Program Service Agreement (enclosure)First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the request to approve the Schedule of Regular Board of Selectmen meeting for 2016-2017 (enclosure)

To consider and act on the request to approve the waiver of medical benefits for one employee (enclosure)

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $5815.21 (enclosure)

COMMITTEES

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Bond Construction Oversight Committee – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel – First Selectmen Zeoli, Selectman Okenquist, Selectman Lenz

Motion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Discussion regarding Memorandum of Understanding Between the Town of Orange and UPSEU Supervisors’ Unit (enclosure)

Discussion regarding OPD Record Specialist P   osition

Discussion regarding the Historical Society Leases

Motion to close Executive Session and convene into Regular Meeting

VOTE

To consider and act on the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Town of Orange and UPSEU Supervisors’ Unit

Adjournment

FYI

Approved Minutes of August 12, 2015 Regular Meeting

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Shredding Event Flyer

Smoothie King Fundraiser Flyer

Letter from Congregational Church

Invitation to GNHIC Open House

Police Commission Approves Scinto’s Marsh Hill Building Proposal

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Aug 162015
 

Aerial view of the Scinto building site from Edison Road to the I-95 exit ramp

Aerial view of the Scinto building site from Edison Road to the I-95 exit ramp

Attorney Stephen Studer and Neil Olinski, representing R. D. Scinto presented the Police Traffic Authority with plans for a new building that would be erected on the “Gateway into Orange” on the former Stew Leonard Property at 161 Marsh Hill Road.

The plans are for an 80,700 sqft (4 story, 57-foot tall) office building.

The men explained that this would be the first phase of a large building project that Scinto has planned for the property he purchased from Leonard around 2012.

Scinto’s people had a traffic study done that proved the space can accommodate office traffic.

The existing traffic and future traffic may require some timing adjustments with the traffic signals. They propose extending the southbound turn lane on Marsh Hill by about 250 feet or re-striping the road.

Police Chief Robert Gagne said the state would have to get involved considering its’ impact on Route 1 and other roads.

The entrance to the Scinto complex would be from Edison Road (NOT near I-95) to avoid traffic back ups on the ramp and overpass.

The town Wetlands Commission approved the plans at its July meeting and the police traffic authority also approved it pending approval from the state.

 

Aug 122015
 

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 7.33.55 PMThe Board of Selectmen met at the Orange Town Hall Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The first speaker said she was not proud to live in Orange because the selectmen approved a gun show at the Community Center in November.

“Shame On You,” she said.

Resident Marilyn Cohen said she knew there would be beautiful antique guns there but also some firearms for sale and she would like the board to rethink holding it at the community center.

The third speaker said she did not believe children should be exposed to guns on town property and asked that the board reconsider the matter.

A Dogwood Road resident said she did not believe the Community Center was a proper venue for the show. She had several questions.

Q: What would be sold at the show?

A: There are several types of items that could be sold, but it is up to the police and state what WILL be allowed to be sold. Any guns that are banned by the STATE will not be available at the show. Whatever is legal in the state of CT

How will the building be secured at night? First Selectman Jim Zeoli said no working guns would be in the building at night.

Police and other personnel will be providing security.

American Legion Commander Lou Merritt said the legion has had two shows recently and the club that is running the show adheres to all the state regulations.

Anyone who is purchasing items at the show must be trained and licensed and must produce all the proper documentation and ID.

Q: Why High Plains and Not The Legion Hall Because High Plains Has Children present for other activities.

A: The Legion is not large enough for the show, parking is an issue and High Plains was chosen by the police.

A: The pool area where children will be is in the rear of the building and separate from where the show is going to be held.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt asked where the Legion would draw the line on the sale of firearms at the show.

Merritt said if it is legal to sell in CT, then they would not restrict it from being sold.

Q: Will Ammunition be sold?

A: Town Attorney Vincent Marino said he spoke to Chief Gagne and NO Ammunition would be on site.

Goldblatt asked to make a motion to reconsider the prior decision.

Selectman Ralph Okenquist said he’d like to see the issue put on the agenda in September after the Legion has an opportunity to meet with public safety professionals on the 27th of this month.

Zeoli said when the board hears a request from a group they make sure it’s a legal use. He said he is unhappy about the club from Stratford that is joining with the Legion on this show is getting 75% of the profits and the Legion is only getting 25%.

The discussion on this matter will be continued to the Sept. 9 Selectmen’s meeting

Briefs

DEEP Awarded 7 communities with grants for their recycling efforts. Orange was among the recipients

The Community Services received a grant for a new bus – cost to the town is $10,000 state pays for rest.

Peck Place School, Firehouse #1 and Orange Community Center will be paved next week.

The State’s paving of Orange Center Road has been brutal on resident’s sleep, but it should be done soon.

Thursday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Old Tavern Park. Mom’s Hit The Field Cancer Benefit Softball game. Come On Out!

Indian Tribes that previously applied for recognition and were denied, are exempt from applying again. So, Rainbow Trail residents you are safe for now.

DRONES

Drones have many positives and negatives, so the Police Chief gave his input and Town Attorney Vin Marino got cracking on it.

The town has the power to enact an ordinance regarding the use of drones in the municipality.

People should be free to do what they want on their own property without fear of invasion of privacy.

Gagne said someone should be allowed to fly one over their own home but…what was the board’s thoughts on the matter?

Everyone loved Kevin Arnone’s Fireworks Video from the Independence Day Celebration, but some people were concerned when they saw the drone flying above them. Kevin was very polite and compliant when asked to move it on over.

Editor’s Note: An inexperienced person like myself may crash one in a crowd. Which would be a serious public safety concern.

The Selectmen would like to hear from the public about their thoughts and customize something for the town.

Executive Session

Discuss refilling a couple of positions at the library.

29.5 to 35 hrs per week for both the adult services and children’s library positions

increase copays for positions by 1%

All unanimously approved.

These decisions were made in the hopes that the Library would be able to re-open on Saturdays.