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Notes In A Nutshell: Information From the July 8 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jul 082015
 

The Orange Board of Selectmen’s meeting took place Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Selectman Judy Williams said the crews did a wonderful job on the roads and she hopes that more roads can be done with the same quality workmanship.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 7.36.22 PMWilliams said the Farmer’s Market last week was great, adding that Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck will attend the Market and be selling pizza.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said two dedicated townspeople, Ed Vaughn and John Serfilippi both recently died and will be sorely missed.

The 4th of July event was excellent with a great band and larger fireworks show. He suggested everyone watch Kevin Arnone’s Fireworks Drone Video.

Roadwork is complete except for Dogwood Road which is 3/4 of the way done. Backfilling and seeding near the new curbs still has to be done.

The work in the grassy area in front of High Plains Community Center is the preparation for a parking lot.

The Farmers’ Market goes on until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

NEW BUSINESS

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.00.09 PMTo consider and act on the request to hold a concert at the Orange Fair Grounds – Alec Melotto

Benefit concert for the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.

Bands would audition for participation (much like the Amity Pops Concert).

The Foundation would benefit from Donations only.

He expects about 200 people in the audience for the 3 hour show 6:30 – 9:30 (approximate).

Concert Friday, Aug. 7  rain date on Sat. Aug. 8.

Request was unanimously approved.

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.01.55 PMTo consider and act on the request from the American Legion Post 127 for the use of HPCC for a fundraiser (enclosure)Lewis Merritt

November 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekend. Stratford Gun Collector’s Association Show and exhibit. Includes classes and lectures. antique firearms.  — No guns will be fired

Everything conforms to the state laws and have been Ok’d by the town and state police. Security personnel will be on hand at all times.

This will benefit the American Legion Post 127, which serves Orange Veterans.

Request approved 4-1.

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 7.58.32 PMTo consider and act on the proposal for a trial period cleaning service for the Case Memorial Library (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

Local business to be used for a trial 6 month trial period, then if it proves to be worthwhile, it would go out to bid.

The former custodian John Serfilippi recently passed away prompting the town to consider different options.

Two selectmen didn’t care for the idea of not going out to bid, two thought it was a good idea to have a trial period with a vendor.

Zeoli said 3 months wouldn’t be long enough to prove its worth, and he didn’t want to commit to a year.

Vangard Cleaning Services.

Unanimously Approved

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 7.37.44 PMTo consider and act on the waiver of medical benefits for one employee (enclosure)

Unanimously Approved

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $11,400.45(enclosure)

Unanimously Approved

COMMITTEES

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Bond committee pleased with roads projects, may have to go out for another bond for additional road work next year.

Close Regular Meeting and convene Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Discussion of the Collective Bargaining Agreement Between The Town of Orange and United Public Service Employees Union, Local 424, Unit 21 (Clerical) (enclosure)  James Zeoli, First Selectman

Unanimously Approved

Discussion of the agreement between the Town of Orange and Amaya Architects – Vincent Marino, Town Counsel

Terminate an agreement with the contractor for the HPCC.

Unanimously Approved

Discussion of pay rates and insurance co-pays for non-union Town of Orange employees– James Zeoli, First Selectman

for 2015-2016

Unanimously Approved

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan & Zoning Commission July 7 Meeting

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Jul 072015
 

The Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets tonight, Tuesday, July 7 at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.39.51 PMFollowing is the Agenda:

1.  Request by Ms. Kathleen Conroy Cass to discuss use of former Enchanted Garden property at 461 Derby Avenue.   

Cass said someone wants to open a garden statuary/plant business very similar to the former business.

Chairman Clark said the parking cannot be expanded, the greenhouse must remain a greenhouse but the building must remain the same.        

(Note: This was last discussed in March. See http://wp.me/s3NANz-39319

The Commission will discuss the proposal with the town attorney then they will explore it further with the applicant. 

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.50.27 PM2.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – For property known as 111 Boston Post Road  Submitted by property owner Helen Filipidis, Goodies Orange LLC.  For proposed façade work on an existing restaurant building.                       

The proposal is for the expansion of parking areas servicing existing office use.

Discussion: The applicant said the lighting will remain the same, the parking spaces will be the same. the “greenhouse” area in front will be removed and replaced with solid walls. Landscaping will be done.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.58.45 PMRe roof with red roofing, get rid of the Kenny Rogers features that still exist. Building will be brick on the bottom, stucco in the middle then the roof.

They plan to put a large recycling area in as well.

He is confident that the application meets all the town requirements.

Plans were unanimously approved

3.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION,  For property known as 34 Prindle Hill Road.  Submitted by property owner Colonial Building Associates, LLC. 

The plans meet all the town requirements.

Plans were unanimously approved

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.57.31 PM4.  Review of the Minutes from the June 16, 2015 meeting.

5.  Old Business.

6.  New Business.

7. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Paul Dinice has issued several abatement and cease and desist orders around town.

He took photos of 119 Buttonball which still has issues with garbage and debris in yard.

The fines are piling up.

Ohman Avenue (Rogers Property) debris in front yard, and evidently neighbors filed false complaints along with legitimate complaints about the house.

Town Atty. Vin Marino said they’re working with Frank Rogers on selling the house.

The problem with running bamboo has continued in town and is being addressed.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)     

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 8.03.32 PM8. *SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION For Outdoor Storage and DisplaySubmitted by Home Depot for property known as 440 Boston Post Road.  For the outdoor storage and display of seasonal items & merchandise.

Discussion: Chairman Clark has been checking up on the placement of merchandise. The business has been “good” about keeping the merchandise off the sidewalks. 

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino said during the holiday weekend the store was in compliance with the town regulations and he wanted to congratulate the store manager for a job well done. 

This meeting went much better than past presentations with Home Depot.

The Application was unanimously approved.


Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 8.14.59 PM9. *
AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road. Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road.  [Former Galvin Pool]

The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component.  Ten apartments are proposed. 

Discussion: Jeff Gordon, a representative for the applicant, said Orange is low on the spectrum for affordable housing.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 8.29.56 PM1-2 bedroom apartments most likely will attract small families who are seeking temporary rental housing (are “between” homes).

The building will not work well as a commercial building because of the location, but is great for this residential plan.

Chairman Clark said the “affordability” part of the application was missing and therefore it was incomplete, so the commission could not vote favorably on the application.

Gordon said his client is willing to work with the commission to make sure it’s approved. He could bring the missing piece with him at the next TP&Z meeting later this month.

This subject has been continued until the August meeting. 

Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting

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Jun 162015
 

The Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission met on Tuesday, June 16.

Following is the agenda:

1. SUBDIVISION APPLICATION – “Subdivision of Assessor’s Lot 7 and Portion of Assessor’s Lot 8”. Submitted by property owner Racebrook Estates, LLC. Location 846 Racebrook Road (Assessor’s Map 90-1-7) and portion of lot 8. To subdivide 8.3 acres of RES Residential land into 2 lots.

2. Request by Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church to hold it’s annual Odyssey Festival September 4, 2015 to September 7, 2015.

 

Zoning enforcement officer will be going out to have “illegal” temporary signs removed from in front of businesses along the Boston Post Road.

158 Ohman Ave. difficulties continue, residents complaining. Frank Rogers’ son is living in the house, so it is “legal” Outside storage is a problem and will be addressed on Wednesday.

6. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.03.07 PM7. *SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION For Outdoor Storage and Display – Submitted by Home Depot for property known as 440 Boston Post Road.For the outdoor storage and display of seasonal items & merchandise.

Mark Maltese from Home Depot said he couldn’t meet with the police commission until July.

Walter Clark said there is a portable bathroom in the fire lane, he showed Maltese photos he took of a port-a-potty, shingles and other items that were in the fire lane. Clark said the sidewalk has not been cleared since the last meeting, which is unacceptable.

Clark said there is a total disregard for the violations and he thinks the request should be denied and have a cease and desist order  on the plans immediately.

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.12.45 PMThere must be a 6-foot clearance on the sidewalk for public safety. The town has clear regulations that define this. the columns complicate the issue, but the store must comply with the regulations.

Judy Smith Morgan said the store should start from scratch and bring ALL merchandise inside the store and then bring items out in compliance with the regulations.

Ozzy Parente said the store should comply with the regulations… before anything else can be done.

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.23.41 PMRalph Aschettino also visited the store several times and photographed what he knew were violations, backing up everything Clark said.

Maltese insisted that he has complied with the commission’s instructions and as a manager, some of the issues did not come from him. He admitted that he did not understand some of the instructions he’d been given.

Clark said the application is incomplete. Paul Dinice would stop by and inspect the store Wednesday morning and if everything was not in compliance by Monday, June 22, a cease and desist order would be applied, and fines would begin.

The Commission granted an extension to the application until July 7.

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 8.31.47 PM8. *RE-SUBDIVISION APPLICATION – 831 Derby Milford Road. Submitted by Walter M. & Mary Ellen K. Bespuda Living Trust, for property known as 831 Derby Milford Road. The proposal is to create 2 lots from 34.6 acres. Zoned Residential RES.

Jeff Gordon speaking for the applicants. The Bespudas would construct a 2 bedroom ranch style home on a portion of their land.

An attorney representing a Rainbow Trail resident addressed some concerns regarding restrictions on their property from a prior sub-division.

These are the restrictions from 2011:

solely for single family residences

no satellite dishes or solar panels

no livestock or chickens

no sheds

only in ground swimming pools

no exterior clothes lines

The Attorney wanted the commission to impose these conditions for the new home.

The Commissioners stated they would not have the authority to do that.

The attorney’s argument continued that the driveway could not accommodate a fire truck in an emergency.

Gordon contested that the driveway has been used by school busses, tractors and other heavy farm equipment for many years.

Since the proposed house would be built more than 1,000 feet from any existing homes, all of the arguments listed above were pretty much meaningless and the subdivision would not lower property values of neighboring properties.

The applicant received ALL of the necessary signatures from town departments and the Commissioners said the plans complied with all regulations, therefore they had no reason not to approve it.

The subdivision was unanimously approved.

 

May 19 Town Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting Agenda

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May 192015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.41.11 PMThe Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall tonight, Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. REVIEW OF FINAL “DRAFT” ORANGE 2015 PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT. In accordance with Section 8-23 of the Connecticut State Statutes, a public hearing to obtain public comment, concerns, and questions was held and closed (April 21, 2015).

The commission may vote to revise the plan and may adopt the plan or any part thereof or amendment thereto by a single resolution or may, by successive resolutions, adopt parts of the plan and amendments.

2. Review of the Minutes from the April 21, 2015 meeting.

3. Old Business.

4. New Business.

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(3)

6. *APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE. Submitted by property owner Stellato Realty, LLC. For property known as 403 Derby Avenue. The proposal is to have a wine tasting facility in conjunction with a vineyard on site. Also for the sale of agricultural products produced on site. Sales include wine and accessory items such as cheeses, breads, and other complimentary food items. Facility will be a 5,878 sq. ft. addition to an existing 2,733 sq. ft. building. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has also been submitted in conjunction with this application.

7. *APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE – DRIVE THRU SERVICE WINDOW. Submitted by property owner Stanley A. Jacobs Et Al. For property known as 111 Boston Post Road. The proposal is to install a Drive Thru Service Window for a proposed restaurant in an existing building.

8. *RE-SUBDIVISION APPLICATION – Re-Subdivision of 0 Marsh Hill Road (Assessor’s Map/Block/Lot 3-1-1) and 55 Marsh Hill Road (Assessor’s Map/Block/Lot 3-1-10) to reconfigure these two (2) existing lots into two (2) reconfigured lots; Total acres 29.031; Zoning District LI-2; Applicant: Orange Land Development LLC; Property Owner: Dichello Distributors, Inc. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION as to 55 Marsh Hill Road has also been submitted seeking confirmation that existing improvements on proposed reconfigured 55 Marsh Hill Road are in compliance with applicable requirements of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

9. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – 55 Marsh Hill Road. Submitted seeking confirmation that existing improvements on proposed reconfigured 55 Marsh Hill Road are in compliance with applicable requirements of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

10. SUBDIVISION APPLICATION – Subdivision for Paul Clark, 560 Lambert Road. To subdivide 3.51 Acres of RES Residential Land to create 2 lots.

Reality Based Self Defense Seminar In Orange May 17

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Apr 292015
 

unnamedFighting Fitness Gym, 367 Boston Post Road, Orange asks “Will you be ready when danger strikes?”

The gym is offering a reality based self defense seminar for up to 20 participants (Men, Women and Teens) of all skill levels, on Sunday, May 17 from noon to 3 p.m.

The Live Confident/Live Prepared Series will teach you how to defend yourself in a violent assault with simple, practical and effective methods. Cost is $65 per person.

What you learn may potentially save your life. No experience necessary.

If you refuse to be a victim, call Fighting Fitness at 203-795-0198 for more information or to pre-register.

 

Staneski Observes Fire Service Day

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Apr 222015
 

Staneski_Fire_service_DayIn celebration of Fire Service Day at the State Capitol, State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-119) met with Deputy Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department on April 22nd.

Deputy Chief Dumas had the opportunity to discuss pending legislation with Rep. Staneski. Additionally Staneski was asked to support funding for the state fire schools.

“I’m so glad I was able to talk to the Deputy Chief Dumas. Hearing from constituents advocating for or against specific pieces of legislation, especially from an expert in the field of fire service, helps me do my job better,” said Rep. Staneski.

Some of the other bills that the may be considered this legislative session, pertaining to the fire service are:

·         HB-5871, An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation Coverage For Current And Former Uniformed Members Of Paid Municipal Or Volunteer Fire Departments which would provide adequate workers’ compensation for current and former uniformed members of a paid municipal or volunteer fire department who suffer from certain diseases as a result of performing their jobs.

·         SB-902, An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation Coverage For Police Officers, Firefighters And Emergency Medical Services Providers With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which would provide workers’ compensation coverage to police officers and firefighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a direct result of witnessing the death of a human being or the immediate aftermath of such death.

·         HB-6776, An Act Concerning Just Cause Dismissals for Municipal Fire Chiefs, requires a showing of just cause for municipal fire chief dismissals.

·         HB-5921, An Act Requiring the Display of House Numbers which would require homeowners to prominently display the street number assigned to their home.

You May Be Interested In This Week’s TP&Z Meeting Agenda

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Apr 202015
 

File photo from zoning meeting

File photo from zoning meeting

The Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Silverbrook Plaza at 350 Boston Post Road, submitted by owner Barbara Thomas.  The proposal is to construct a 136 sq. ft. stair and entrance addition from the lower level to first floor of Wasabi Restaurant.

Request for Release of Bond Starbucks, 538 Boston Post Road.  For $105,000 Performance Bond and $5,000 cash bond held for approved Site Plan work.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(3)     

3.   PUBLIC HEARING ON “DRAFT” ORANGE 2015 PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.  In accordance with Section  8-23 of the Connecticut State Statutes, this is a public hearing to obtain public comment, concerns, and questions.  A copy of the proposed plan has been filed in the Office of the Orange Town Clerk and is also available in the Orange Zoning Department and Town of Orange Website.

After completion of the public hearing, the commission may revise the plan and may adopt the plan or any part thereof or amendment thereto by a single resolution or may, by successive resolutions, adopt parts of the plan and amendments.

4.    APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE.  Submitted by property owner Stellato Realty, LLC.  For property known as 403 Derby Avenue.  The proposal is to have a wine tasting facility in conjunction with a vineyard on site.  Also for the sale of agricultural products produced on site.  Sales include wine and accessory items such as cheeses, breads, and other complimentary food items.

Facility will be a 5,878 sq. ft. addition to an existing 2,733 sq. ft. building. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has also been submitted in conjunction with this application.

5.  APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE – DRIVE THRU SERVICE WINDOW.  Submitted by property owner Stanley A. Jacobs Et Al.  For property known as 111 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is to install a Drive Thru Service Window for a proposed restaurant in an existing building.  [this is the former samurai restaurant]

Discussion and possible vote on ORANGE 2015 PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.  If approved an effective date will be determined.

7.  Discussion and review of “Draft” LI-3 Modifications as prepared by Consultant Planner Glenn Chalder.

5.   Old Business.

6.   New Business.

Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log. 

Mar 192015
 

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 6.54.49 PMFrom Amity Middle School Orange Campus:

Tonight’s PTSO meeting (Thursday, March 19) that will take place in the Amity Regional High School at 7:00 p.m. followed by Superintendent Charles Dumais presenting the 2015-2016 Amity Budget.   Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

 Here is the calendar for the remainder of the 2015 school year.

  • March 20 – No School for students (Teacher PD)
  • March 24 – Solo/Ensemble Concert, 6:30 p.m. in the gym
  • April 3 – No School, Good Friday and Passover
  • April 20 – 24 – Spring Recess
  • May 7 – Spring Concert, band, choir, strings, 7:00 p.m. in the gym
  • May 13 – 14 – Eighth Grade overnight trip to Philly
  • May 15 – Career Fair (if you would like to be a presenter, please call Pam Pero in the guidance office).
  • May 22 – Music Adjudication and Six Flags Field Trip …time schedule TBA in April
  • June 19 – Eight Grade Step Up Ceremony (if there are no more storm days)
  • June 22 – Last day of School (if no more storm days)

Orange Volunteer Firefighters Receive Service Awards

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Mar 122015
 

Lisa Kaplan

Lisa Kaplan – 5 yr

 

On Tuesday, March 10, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department hosted its 90th annual meeting/dinner at Grassy Hill Lodge.

Fourteen members were presented their service awards.

5 Years of Service

Lieutenant Joseph Duplinsky

Firefighter Lisa Kaplan

Firefighter Dave Evans

Firefighter Jeremy Bartow

10 Years of Service

Lieutenant Drew Panapada

Firefighter Greg Lockwood

The following Firefighters received citations from the state, presented by Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, and from the town, presented by First Selectman Jim Zeoli.

20 Years of Service

Firefighter George Geane

25 Years of Service

Firefighter Roman Oleschuk

35 Years of Service

Secretary Peter Daniel

Chief Engineer David Gagel

40 Years of Service

Past Chief Charles Gagel

Firefighter Don Foyer

45 Years of Service

Past Chief / Assistant Chief Dr. Charles Sherwood

50 Years of Service

Firefighter Fred Palmer

Orange Police Release Summary of February Police Activity

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Mar 112015
 

Orange Police Headquarters

Orange Police Headquarters

Orange Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo presented the following information during the monthly police commission meeting on Monday afternoon.

Here are some of the challenges we faced in the month of February, 2015:

2810 Calls for Service
1 Robbery
5 Burglaries (3 residential, 2 commercial)
112 Activated Burglar Alarms
28 Criminal Arrests
19 Shoplifting/Larcenies
15 Fights/Disturbances
5 Arrest for DWI
79 Traffic Accidents
161 Motor Vehicle Citations Issued
109 Medical Emergencies