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Notes In A Nutshell: Board Of Selectmen

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Jul 122017
 

The Board of Selectmen met on Wednesday, July 12.

Following are notes from that meeting:

A list of all the roads scheduled for repaving was announced. [We will post it soon. If you can’t wait, click on the OGAT Video On Demand link to the left in a couple of days].

First Selectman Jim Zeoli suggests that residents make a batter board to protect their mailboxes NOW instead of waiting until winter when the snow has already fallen.

The town is seeking bids for work that is needed on the South Wing of High Plains Community Center, including the pool area [that specifically will be done in 2018] and Orange hopes to work out a plan with the JCC and the YMCA to allow residents to use their pools while the town pool is out of commission.

Hilton Suites extended stay hotel will be coming to Orange off of Marsh Hill Road, Northbound side.

 

 

Public Hearing and Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Tonight at High Plains

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Apr 052017
 

  • File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

    Tonight is a busy meeting night in Orange. Immediately after the Special Town Meeting at High Plains tonight at 7, the A public hearing and Board of Selectmen’s meeting will take place at the Community Center.

    Following is the Agenda:
    PUBLIC HEARING TO APPROVE RENEWAL OF PUBLIC DANCE HALL/POOL ROOM/EXHIBITION OR AMUSEMENT PERMITS AND SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN
    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017 IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING AT 7:00 PM
    HIGH PLAINS COMMUNITY CENTER
    AGENDA
    Call to order
    Fire Exits
    Pledge of Allegiance
    Introductions
    Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing
    PUBLIC HEARING
    Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits for (enclosures)
    Jack Kealey, Race Brook Country Club
    William Janikies, Grassy Hill Country Club
    Motion to close Public Hearings
    VOTE
    Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits
    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    MINUTES
    To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 8, 2017
    (enclosure)
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. To consider and act on the request from the Lions Club to conduct a Christmas
    Tree Recycling Program (enclosure) – Fred Turner, Lions Club
    2. To consider and act on the request from the Lions Club to donate a water
    fountain (enclosure)Ken Lenz, Lions Club
    3. To consider and act on the request to approve the Resolution allowing the Town
    Clerk to apply for the 2018 Historic Preservation Grant (enclosure) – Patrick
    O’Sullivan, Town Clerk
    4. To consider and act on the request to approve the contracts for funding of
    services at Silverbrook Estates (enclosures – minus the Assisted Living Services
    Agreement) Sue Mauro, Administrator Silverbrook Estates
    a. Congregate and Rental Assistance Subsidies
    b.Housing Management Agreement
    c. DOH Management Plan
    d. Continuance of Security Contract with Securitas Security
    e. Food Services contract with CW Resources
    f. Renewal of Assisted Living Services Agreement between Utopia
    Assisted Living Services and Silverbrook Estates
    5. To consider and act on the dates for the Annual Town Meeting and Budget
    Referendum (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
  • 6. To consider and act the date for the Town of Orange Charter Revision
    Referendum (enclosures) – First Selectman Zeoli
    7. To consider and act on recommending to the BOF appropriations for the
    purchase of a truck – First Selectman Zeoli
    8. To consider and act on Firehouse leases (enclosures)First Selectman Zeoli
    9. To consider and act on recommending the sale of town property on Indian
    River Road to the Annual Town Meeting (enclosures) – First Selectman Zeoli
    10. To consider and act on referring the proposed amendments to Article VIII,
    Section 350-29, et seq., Additional Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, to a
    Public Hearing (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    11. To consider and act on referring the Amendment of Chapter 223, Article III,
    section 223-7 to a Public Hearing to conform to the revised preliminary Flood
    Insurance Rate Map panels associated with the Quinnipiac River Watershed
    Restudy project for Hartford and New Haven Counties (enclosures) – First
    Selectman Zeoli
    COMMITTEES
    1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    5. Charter Revision CommissionSelectman Carangelo
    Motion to close Special Meeting
    Adjournment
    FYI
    Approved Minutes – February 8, 2017
    Appointments/Re-appointments
    Announcement Band for 2017 Independence Day Concert
    Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fundraiser
    Special Town Meeting Notice
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A New Building and 2017 Bond Proposal On Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Mar 032017
 

File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 8 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 February 8, 2017 Public Hearing Regarding Recommended Amendments to the Town Charter and the Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen  (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the approval of the 5th Annual Doc’s Race (enclosure)Jane Opper, Race Coordinator

To consider and act on the Veterans Tax Exemption Request (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 State Homeland Security Grant Program Region 2 Memorandum of Agreement (enclosure)

To consider and act on adopting the revised FEMA map regarding the Town’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (enclosure)

To consider and act on the proposal for a new storage building for the Orange Fairgrounds (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the request to approve a 3-year commitment resolution confirming the Town’s participation in the HazWaste Central Program (enclosure)

Continued discussion regarding recommended revisions to the Town of Orange Charter (enclosures)

To consider and act on the 2017 Bond Proposal (enclosure to be sent to you on Monday, 6, 2017)

To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for the month of March in the amount of $9,677.16 (enclosure)

COMMITTEES

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis

Charter Revision Commission – Selectman Carangelo

Motion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Agreement between the Town of Orange and Communication Workers of America AFL-CIO (enclosure)Michael Dorney, Labor Counsel

Motion to close Executive Session and convene into Regular Meeting

VOTE

To consider and Act on the Agreement between the Town of Orange and Communication Workers of America AFL-CIO

Adjournment

FYI

Approved Minutes of the January 11, 2017 Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Friends of the Case Memorial Library Spring Book Sale Flyer

Meet the your State Representatives Flyer

Town of Orange Employee Directory

Community Awareness Flyer

Agenda for Dec. 14 Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Selectmen's Meeting.

Selectmen’s Meeting.

The Orange Board of Selectmen meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 14 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 November 9, 2016 Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request from Cub Scout Pack 922 to waive the customary rental fee for HPCC for Pinewood Derby Event (enclosure) – Jeff Cap, Cub Scout Pack 922

To consider and act on Civic Plus proposal  (enclosure) – Patrick O’Sullivan

Discussion on updating Chapter 36, Community Services, Orange Code (enclosure) – Jim White, Chairman, Community Service Commission

To consider and act on bid recommendation for street level digital imagery contract for the October 1, 2017 revaluation of the Town (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on adding Farmington Bank to the list of approved depository for the Town of Orange (enclosure)  – First Selectman Zeoli 

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $12,734.45 

COMMITTEES

Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt

PersonnelFirst Selectman Zeoli, Selectman Okenquist, Selectman Davis

Charter Revision – Selectman Carangelo

Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Agreement Between the Town of Orange and Local 1303-316 of Council #4, AFSCME, AFL-CIO – School Nurses  (enclosures)

Discussion of Staffing in the Town Clerk’s Office (enclosure)

Discussion of Staffing in the Park & Recreation Office

Discussion of the compensation for Registrar of Voters  (enclosure)

Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting

VOTE

To consider and act on the Agreement Between the Town of Orange and Local 1303-316 of Council #4, AFSCME, AFL-CIO – School Nurses

To consider and act on staffing proposal for the Town Clerk’s Office*

To consider and act on staffing proposal for the Park & Recreation Office*

To consider and act on proposed compensation for Registrar of Voters*

*Pending Personnel Committee Meeting scheduled for December 13, 2016

Adjournment

FYI

Approved Minutes of October 12, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Letter from Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Notes In A Nutshell: Nov. 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Nov 092016
 

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThe Orange Board of Selectmen met at High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the business they discussed:

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Veteran’s walk in front of High Plains.

Friday, Nov. 18, Town Auction, Vehicles, equipment, 2 Kilns also will be available at the auction buy “as is”

Sat. Nov 19, Cub Scout Pack 922 food drive and Wreath Sale in front of High Plains Community Center

Sunday, Nov. 20, Interfaith Service at Orange Congregational Church

Thursday, Nov. 24 Thanksgiving everything closed. 8 a.m. Rotary Turkey Trot

Friday, Nov. 25 town offices closed transfer station open.

Sunday, Nov. 27, Lions Thanksgiving Dinner  at noon, call for reservations

Sunday, Dec. 4, 3-6 p.m. Holiday Festival

Tuesday Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m. Amity Referendum with ONE Orange polling place at High Plains Community Center, $2 million bond for repair, maintenance projects.

Remember to put up a protective barrier near your mailbox to keep it from being damaged by snow plow activity

Racebrook Road Northbound side is being completed, now, during winter, Left hand side work will begin.

Indian River, culvert near Chip’s will begin and a third (turn lane) will go in at Lambert and Route 1.

The new Dunkin Donuts near Citizen’s Bank will finally open this weekend and the one in the plaza near ELI’s will be closing.

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman to sign the Master Municipal Agreement for RIGHT OF WAY 

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $13,616.04 

Unanimously approved

COMMITTEES

Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt   There is a vacancy, if you are interested in serving, contact Town Hall

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist  Waiting for requests from department heads

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt  working on plans for bridge over Derby Milford Road, looking into a bond amount.  Also projects at town pool, school etc. 

PersonnelSelectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis

Charter RevisionSelectman Carangelo

Adjourn

FYI

Approved Minutes of September 14, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting

2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting Schedule

American Education Week Letter from OBOE

2016 Holiday Festival Flyer

Letter from Historical Society Regarding Bryan-Andrew House

Summary of 2012 Bond Issue for Road Improvements

Appointments/Reappointments

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

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

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Sep 142016
 

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-8-03-35-pmThe Orange Board of Selectmen met at Town Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 14, which included a rather large audience.

Following are notes of what happened.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mitch Goldblatt gave a tribute to the late Wilda Hamerman, A former State Rep. and member of the Orange Board of Selectmen who grew his interest in politics.

Jim Zeoli spoke highly of the late Estelle Marren, stating she was a wonderful kindergarten teacher and a lifelong friend.

The Orange Country Fair is this weekend, starting with a pickup truck pull Friday night. The Satellite food tent will be open Friday night.

No Farmers’ Market this Thursday.

Town pool will be closed during the fair.

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request to hold Race Brook School’s Monster Bash and 5K Dash Theresa Fitol, RBS Race Coordinator

June road race was postponed and the Halloween fair are combined now to make a big and exciting Halloween event.

Oct. 22 event begins at 2 p.m.

Residents along the race route are asked to decorate their homes.

They also request a banner to be hung over Orange Center Road for 2 weeks.

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party in the South Greenbrier Drive and Burning Tree Drive neighborhood 

Sept 24th 2-8 p.m. (rain date Sept. 25)

Unanimously approved.

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party in the Rainbow Trail, Red Fox and Rail Fence neighborhood 

Unanimously approved.

To consider and act on the Board of Selectmen 2015-2016 Annual Report 

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on the request to use bond project contingency funds for the completion of road paving project – Robert Hiza, Town Engineer

The expenditures went a little over budget, so $110,000 is needed to complete the project in the Ridge Road area.

Roads that were earmarked for work had been approved and the bond oversight committee recommended it.

Approved.

To consider and act on the Governmental Entity Certificate of Resolution between the Town of Orange and TD Bank 

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on the assignment of lease from the Estate of Janet Livingston to Nicholas Campos and Kaetlynn Sobocinski concerning property know as 359 Sybil Street, Orange, Connecticut

Janet Livingston passed away, so the board has to consent to the reassignment of the lease of the land.

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds for the month of September in the amount of $5,054.86 

Unanimously approved

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-8-12-05-pmTo consider and act on the request to approve New England Men’s Health Initiative 5K

Eli’s Mustache Dash will begin at Eli’s Restaurant up Old Tavern, Lambert, Wellington, Rolling Ridge, then return to Eli’s, etc. It will include a fundraiser for the Amity boys and girls cross country teams.

Will raise money for the Initiative that raises the awareness for men’s cancer issues.

Police will keep 1 lane of traffic open for traffic.

They will notify residents in areas where they may be effected.

(I will find out the date and post it later)

Unanimously approved

COMMITTEES

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist — nothing really going on yet.

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt — Plan went up 1.6%, however the yearly valuation came out and there was a —.75% reduction. If the “assumption” rate is lowered the costs for the town and police department will go up. Pension plans have been closed for quite the past 16 years or more. 

Watch this section on OGAT Video on Demand for a better understanding. 

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt — the Derby Milford Road bridge replacement will cost around $4.4 million. Around 50% will be reimbursed by the state. There is no money from the town in place at this time. Pool locker room repairs, School parking lots, and work at the library still need to be done. If everything pans out, the bridge work could begin in 2017 and last about 5 months.

Watch this section on OGAT Video on Demand for a better understanding. 

Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION 

Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting

2016 – 2019 Proposed Labor Agreement between the Town and the Supervisors Union 

unanimous

2016 – 2019 Proposed Labor Agreement between the Town and the Clerical/Town Employees Union 

unanimous

2016 – 2020 Proposed Labor Agreement between the Town and the Highway Union 

unanimous

2016-2019 Proposed Labor Agreement between the Town and Police Union 

unanimous 

Proposed Memorandum of Agreement between the Orange Police Department and the Police Union related to pay and benefits for Lateral Hires 

unanimous

Proposed Memorandum of Agreement between the Orange Police Department and the Police Union regarding eligibility for Promotional Examinations, involving Police Officers including Lateral Hires 

unanimous

Discussion regarding the hours for the Assistant Director OVNA Position

from 37.5 to 40 hours

unanimous

To consider and act on the 2016 – 2019 Proposed Labor Agreement between the Town and the Supervisors Union  (enclosure)

Adjourn Regular Meeting

Orange Board of Selectmen Meet Tonight

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Apr 132016
 

board of selectmen The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet tonight at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Following is the agenda:
Call to order
Fire Exits
Pledge of Allegiance
Introductions
  • Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing
    PUBLIC HEARING
    Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits for 
    Jack Kealey, Race Brook Country Club
    William Janikies, Grassy Hill Country Club
    Heather Allen, Paugusset Swim & Tennis Club
    Motion to close Public Hearings
    VOTE
    Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits
  • PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    MINUTES
    To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 9, 2016
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. Short presentation and vote on engineering firm for the Derby Milford Road
    Bridge Project
    2. To consider and act on the approval of the 4th Annual Doc’s Race – Jane Opper, Race Coordinator
    3. To consider and act on the request to approve the contracts for funding of services at Silverbrook Estates – Sue Mauro, Administrator Silverbrook Estates
    a. Congregate and Rental Assistance Subsidies
    b. Food Services contract with CW Resources
    c. Continuance of Security Contract with Securitas Security
    d. Renewal of Assisted Living Services Agreement between Utopia Assisted Living Services and Silverbrook Estates.
    4. To consider and act on the request to approve the Resolution allowing the Town Clerk to apply for the 2016 Historic Preservation Grant  – Patrick  O’Sullivan, Town Clerk
    5. To consider and act on the request from Attorney Votre to abandon Christmas Tree Lane  – First Selectman Zeoli
    6.To consider and act on the request for a road right of way – Salemme Lane – First Selectman Zeoli
    7. To consider and act on the request for a staging area for the Derby Milford Road Reconstruction Project  – Robert Hiza, Town Engineer
  • 8. Review of Firehouse Leases (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    9. To consider and act on the request to put on the Suspense List the unpaid taxes from 2012 in the amount of $57,099.64
    10. To consider and act on the approval of the Firefighter Abatements on the 2015 Grand List tax
    11. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for April in the amount of $8886.27
    12. To consider and act on the date for the Annual Budget Referendum
    COMMITTEES
    1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    Motion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive Session
    EXECUTIVE SESSION
    Discussion of potential land acquisition (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    Motion to close Executive Session and convene into Regular Meeting
    VOTE
    To consider and act on potential land acquisition
    Adjournment
  • Approved Minutes – February 10, 2016
    Appointments/Re-appointments/Resignations
    General Code Updates
    Letter from DEEP
    Strutt Your Mutt Flyer
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports

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

Tonight’s Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Sep 092015
 

Zeoli BOSThe Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party in the South Greenbrier Drive and Burning Tree Drive neighborhood (enclosure)

To consider and act on the request to appoint the Bond Construction Oversight Committee to be involved with the Derby Milford Road Bridge project (enclosure)

To consider and act on the request to approve the 2015 Extension to Agreement between the Town of Orange and Local 1303-316 of Council #4, AFSCME, AFL-CIO (School Nurses) (pending on Personnel Meeting approval – enclosure)

To consider and act on the request to approve the renewal leases for the three historic buildings (enclosure)

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds for the month of September in the amount of $37,720.70 (enclosure)

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 BOS Minutes – July 8, 2015

Revenue & Expenditure Reports

New Haven Islamic Center postpone postcard

New Haven Islamic Meet & Greet Request

Orange Lions Club Comedy Night Flyer

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.