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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.

 

 

 

Orange Board of Selectmen’s July 8 Meeting Agenda

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Jul 082015
 

MeetingsThe Orange Board of Selectmen’s meeting takes place tonight, Wednesday, July 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 upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 10, 2015 (enclosure)

To consider and act upon the minutes of the Special Meeting of June 17, 2015 (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request to hold a concert at the Orange Fair Grounds – Alec Melotto

To consider and act on the request from the American Legion Post 127 for the use of HPCC for a fundraiser (enclosure)Lewis Merritt

To consider and act on the proposal for a trial period cleaning service for the Case Memorial Library (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

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

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

COMMITTEES

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel Committee – Selectman Zeoli, Okenquist and Lenz

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

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

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

Close Executive Session and convene the Regular Meeting

VOTE

To consider and act on the Collective Bargaining Agreement Between The     Town of  Orange and United Public Service Employees Union, Local 424, Unit 21 (Clerical)

To consider and act on a resolution with the agreement between the Town of Orange and Amaya Architects

To consider and act on the pay rates and insurance co-pays for non-union Town of Orange employees

FYI

Approved Minutes, May 13, 2015

Revenue & Expenditure Reports

Appointments and Reappointments

Board Of Selectman’s Meeting: Christmas Tree Recycling, Renaming Edison Road on The Agenda

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Dec 102014
 

zeoli boardThe Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 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

  • Amending The Code of the Town of Orange – Chapter 91.LIBRARY Section 91.4 (A) Library Commission Established – Vincent Marino, Town Counsel

Motion to close Public Hearing convene Regular Meeting

VOTE

  • To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange – Chapter 91.LIBRARY Section 91.4 (A) Library Commission Established

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

  • To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the November 12, 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure) 

OLD BUSINESS

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

NEW BUSINESS

  1. To consider and act on the request from Platt Tech High School to conduct a Christmas Tree Recycling Drive in Orange on January 2, 3, 10 and 11, 2015  (enclosure)Mykal Kuslis, Platt Technical High School Teacher, Coach, Attendance Officer
  2. To consider and act on the request to increase the base fee for all zoning applications (enclosure) – Paul Dinice, Zoning Administrator and Enforcement Officer
  3. To consider and act on renaming Edison Road – First Selectman Zeoli
  4. To consider and act on disbanding committees (enclosure)
  5. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $20,115.38 (enclosure)

 

COMMITTEES

  1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
  2. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
  3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
  4. Personnel – First Selectman Zeoli, Selectman Okenquist, Selectman Lenz

Adjournment

FYI

  • Approved Minutes of October 8, 2014 Public Hearing & Board of Selectmen Meeting
  • Revenue and Expenditure Reports
  • Town of Orange Updated Code
  • 2014 Holiday Festival Flyer
  • 2014 Town of Orange Holiday Hours
  • Appointments & Reappointments

Originally Published on: Dec 6, 2014 @ 20:23

Meeting Agenda For Nov. 12 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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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 

Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Includes Public Hearing Regarding a Massage Business Permit

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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

April 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting: Public Hearing to Renew Permits and more

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Apr 052014
 

Zeoli BOSFollowing is the agenda for the Wednesday, April 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting at Town Hall 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 

  • Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits for (enclosures)
    • Bart A. Rivezzi, Corner Pocket Café
    • William Janikies, Grassy Hill Country Club
    • James Hassenmayer, Orange Ale House Bar & Grill
    • Philip Grande, Jr., Paugusset Club
    • Jack Kealey, Race Brook Country Club
    • Jason Ebert, RSVP Orange

 

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 12, 2014 (enclosure)

 

NEW BUSINESS

  1. To consider and act on the request from the Orange Players to waive the customary rental fees for the theatrical production “A Kick Out of Cole” at HPCC  (enclosure) – Marianne Miller, Orange Players
  1. To consider and act on the request for the abandonment of a no name right of way between Taft Road & Alling Road (enclosure) – Selectman Zeoli
  1. To consider and act on the request for a Paint Recycling Program at the Town Transfer Station (enclosure) – Selectman Zeoli
  1. To consider act on the request to approve the bid for replacing catch basin tops on Wheelers Farm Road (enclosure)
  1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Carnival (enclosure) – Donald Foyer, OVFD Carnival Chair
  1. To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman on behalf of the Board of Selectmen to execute the FFY 2013 State Homeland and Security Grant Program Region 2 Memorandum of Agreement (enclosure) – Selectman Zeoli
  1. To consider and act on the request to approve the contracts for funding of services at Silverbrook Estates (enclosure) – Sue Mauro, Administrator Silverbrook Estates
    1. Congregate and Rental Assistance Subsidies
    2. Housing Management Agreement
    3. DECD Management Plan
    4. Food Services contract with CW Resources
    5. Renewal of Security Contract with Securitas Security
    6. Renewal of Assisted Living Services Agreement between Utopia assisted Living services and Silverbrook Estates
  1. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for April in the amount of $17,988.91 (enclosure)
  1. To consider and act on the request to put on the Suspense List the unpaid taxes      from 2010 in the amount of $57,084.69 (enclosure)

 

COMMITTEES

 

  1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
  2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
  3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
  4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Blake, Okenquist, Zeoli

 

Adjournment

FYI

  • Approved Minutes, February 12, 2014, February 19, 2014 & February 24, 2014
  • Invitation from the Tree Committee
  • Appointments/Re-appointments/Resignations
  • General Code Updates
  • Revenue & Expenditure Reports
  • Dates for Budget Hearing, Town Meeting and Referendum

Peck Place Remediation On Agenda For Special Meeting

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Feb 192014
 

Peck Place School

Peck Place School

There is a Special Board of Selectmen’s meeting tonight at Town Hall at 5 p.m.

The Selectmen and Key School officials will discuss the proposed remediation work and costs at Peck Place School.

As you may know, the Board of Selectmen approved Phase 1 of the remediation plan at the Feb. 12 meeting.

Tonight, they will discuss Phase 2 and 3 (the proposed contingency plan is NOT on the agenda).

First Selectman posted the following on his Facebook Page:

“There seems to much confusion about tonight’s Board of Selectman’s meeting. The meeting is to discuss in further detail two contracts submitted by the OBOE for consideration. These are phase 2 and phase 3 for remediation work at Peck Place School. 

There is NO agenda item for Contingency plan as put out there by the OBOE. That would be a Legislative charge of the OBOE.

I anticipate better explanation in person than the one and two page documents forwarded to the Selectmen for consideration. Then action will be taken on the contracts.7

There is no other item on the agenda.”

At last Wednesday’s BOS meeting, I believe they said there won’t be any public comment section during this meeting.

Originally Published on: Feb 19, 2014 @ 13:51

Have Bamboo? Pay Attention: Town Has A Strict Ordinance Against It

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Feb 172014
 

A view of a bamboo grove and how the rhizomes travel.

A view of a bamboo grove and how the rhizomes travel.

If you have been following the Board of Selectmen’s meetings over the past few months, you most likely are aware of a growing problem in Orange that demanded their attention.

Bamboo may be beautiful, with its graceful stalks and flowing leaves, but in a town such as Orange, where many residents have septic systems and homes in close proximity to their neighbors, one simple planting of bamboo can lead to a nightmare situation for the homeowner and their neighbors.

Bamboo roots spread and travel underground far from the visible plants and new shoots can pop up just about anywhere. They are strong enough to tear up patios and foundations and destroy septic systems.

After much consideration, the Board of Selectmen came up with an ordinance for the town of Orange that expands on the state statute defining running bamboo as a nuisance.

Look over this entire ordinance so you will be aware of your rights if you have bamboo on your property or if a neighbor has bamboo that is invading your space.

Existing bamboo will appear on land records, so potential new homeowners won’t have any surprises.

TOWN OF ORANGE

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT OF SECTION OF CODE

In accordance with Section 3.4 of the Charter of the Town of Orange, notice is hereby given to the legal voters and those persons qualified to vote in Town Meetings of the Town of Orange that on February 12, 2014 the Orange Board of Selectmen amended a Section of the Code of the Town of Orange, by adding a new Chapter 175 – An Ordinance, adopted Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 7-148 (c) (7) (E), Defining Running Bamboo As A Nuisance And Adopting Regulations For the Control of Running Bamboo.

CHAPTER 175

AN ORDINANCE, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO CONN. GEN. STAT. §7-148 (c) (7) (E), DEFINING RUNNING BAMBOO AS A NUISANCE AND ADOPTING REGULATIONS FOR THE CONTROL OF RUNNING BAMBOO

 

SECTION I. PURPOSE AND INTENT.

The Town of Orange, through Board of Selectmen, has determined that running bamboo, as defined herein, is a nuisance.  The purpose of this Ordinance is to preserve and protect private and public property from the damaging spread of running bamboo grasses and to protect indigenous plants and the wildlife they support from the invasive spread of such bamboo.

 

SECTION II. DEFINITIONS.

Running Bamboo – Any bamboo in the genus Phyllostachys, including Phyllostachys aureosulcata, including rhizomes.

Running Bamboo Owner(s) – Any property owner(s) who, or which, have Running Bamboo planted in the ground on their property, even if the Bamboo has spread onto their property from an adjoining property.

Buffer Zone – A distance of at least 100 feet from any abutting property or public or private right of way.

D. Town – The Town of Orange, New Haven County, State of Connecticut.

E. Enforcement Officer – The zoning enforcement officer and/or the inland wetlands and watercourses enforcement officer may enforce the provisions of this Ordinance.

Notice – Any written notice by, from or on behalf of the Town, notifying the Running Bamboo Owner(s) that they are in violation of this Ordinance and directing them to cure or fix the violation. Such Notice shall conform with section 195-8 of the Town Code and shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the owner(s) listed on the current tax address on file with the Town. A copy may also be posted on the property in question.

Receipt of Notice – Receipt of the Notice required herein shall be three days after the date of mailing of said Notice, or, if applicable, posting of the Notice on the property in question, whichever is earlier.

 

SECTION III. NO PLANTING OF RUNNING BAMBOO.

A. Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. §7-148 (c) (7) (E), Running Bamboo is determined to be a nuisance and the planting of Running Bamboo is prohibited in the Town.

B. Any existing Running Bamboo may not be replanted or replaced after any such existing Running Bamboo has died or been removed.

Any person who plants or replants Running Bamboo within the Town limits after the effective date of this Ordinance shall be in violation of this Ordinance and shall be subject to the penalties set forth herein.

 

SECTION IV. REGULATION OF AND LIMITATIONS ON EXISTING RUNNING BAMBOO.

Any Running Bamboo already in existence on any property within the Town limits as of the effective date of this Ordinance, may remain on such property, subject to the following regulation: Running Bamboo shall not be permitted to exist within any Buffer Zone.

B. Running Bamboo Owner(s) shall take all necessary measures to ensure that any Running Bamboo on their property does not exist within any Buffer Zone.  Such measures shall include, but are not limited to, cutting down Running Bamboo existing in the Buffer Zone and physically removing or applying herbicide the rhizomes or spraying any regrowth for several years until the Running Bamboo is dead and, if the removal of the Running Bamboo is impracticable, then by installing a barrier of impenetrable material and placed no less than 25 feet from the property line at a sufficient depth to prevent any growth of Running Bamboo within any Buffer Zone.

No person shall cause Running Bamboo or the rhizomes of Running Bamboo to be deposited, discarded or otherwise placed into compost or mulch or disposed of at the Town Transfer Station. 

This Ordinance shall not be deemed to alter any rights at common law, as provided by P.A. 13-82 or otherwise that any property owner may have to recover the cost of removal of Running Bamboo on their own property from another property owner from whose property the Running Bamboo has spread.

 

SECTION V. REMOVAL OF RUNNING BAMBOO.

If Running Bamboo on any property grows in or into any Buffer Zone or if Running Bamboo is discovered to have been deposited, discarded or otherwise placed into compost or mulch, the Town, through its Enforcement Officer(s), shall give Notice to the Running Bamboo Owner(s), as required by this Ordinance, that the said Owner(s) are responsible for the extermination or removal of such Running Bamboo from the Buffer Zone.

Any Running Bamboo Owner(s) receiving Notice under this Ordinance shall remove all Running Bamboo that is in violation of this Ordinance within thirty (30) days of the Receipt of Notice, as defined herein.

In the event that any Running Bamboo Owner does not remedy and correct the violations set forth in any Notice issued by the Enforcement Officer, then Town, in accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. §7-148 (c) (7) (E), may, upon the action of the Board of Selectmen, abate and remove any Running Bamboo that is in violation of this Ordinance, take all reasonable action to eradicate its re-growth and restore any real property to its natural condition.  The Running Bamboo Owner(s) shall be liable to the Town for the costs of the abatement and removal of the Running Bamboo.

 

SECTION VI. PENALTIES.

Any property owner, whether a person, firm, corporation, or other legal entity, violating any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be subject to the following penalties, upon conviction of such violation:

A. A fine in the amount of $250.00 shall be assessed for each day on which a noticed violation remains in existence beginning thirty (30) days following the Receipt of Notice.

Each day on which the violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense under this Ordinance.

 

SECTION VII. APPEAL

Any property owner receiving Notice under this ordinance may contest his or her liability before a citation hearing officer in accordance with section 195-8 of the Town Code.

 

SECTION VIII. SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.

If any part of this Ordinance is found to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, for any  reason, such unconstitutionality, illegality, or invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining provisions or parts of this Ordinance and those remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

 

SECTION IX. EFFECTIVE DATE.

This Ordinance shall become effective twenty-one (21) days after its publication in a newspaper having circulation within the Town.

Notice of Amendment of Code adding a new Chapter 175 – An Ordinance, Adopted Pursuant To Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 7-148 (c) (7) (E), Defining Running Bamboo As A Nuisance And Adopting Regulations For the Control of Running Bamboo dated at Orange, CT this 14th day of February 2014.

 

Originally Published on: Feb 14, 2014 @ 15:05

A New Board Member and A Game of Musical Chairs

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Dec 122013
 

Selectmen Mitch Goldblatt and John Carangelo settled in at Wednesday's Selectmen's Meeting.

Selectmen Mitch Goldblatt and John Carangelo settled in at Wednesday’s Selectmen’s Meeting.

With the recent election, came a new member to the Board of Selectmen – and the first meeting after the inauguration brought a bit of musical chairs to the table.

For the past couple of years, if you were facing the front of the room, on the right side of the table Joe Blake was next to First Selectman Jim Zeoli, next to Blake was Judy Williams then John Carangelo.

On the left side, Mitch Goldblatt was opposite Carangelo and Ralph Okenquist between Goldblatt and administrative assistant Mary Shaw.

Joe Blake (D) retired after 34 years on the board and Ken Lenz (D) is new to the team. But the seating at the big table has changed quite a bit.

Goldblatt is still on the last seat on the left, but Carangelo moved across the way and is seated between Goldblatt and Shaw.

The front and right side of the Selectmen's Table.

The front and right side of the Selectmen’s Table.

Okenquist took Blake’s old seat on the front right side, Williams remains in the center and Lenz rounds out the table on the right end.

Why is this important?

Maybe it’s not, but I do recall having a conversation with someone at election time about whether or not the incumbents would keep the same seats or move around.

Wednesday night’s meeting had some meaningful dialogue and Lenz was not shy about participating.

Everyone seemed friendly and civil to one another. It was actually pleasant to see. If this is any reflection of how the next couple of years will be — Orange is in good shape.

After 34 Years of Service, Joe Blake Says Goodbye To The Board Of Selectmen

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Nov 142013
 

Screen shot 2013-04-24 at 1.26.43 AMWho would have thought in 1979 when a young man named Joseph Blake was elected as a member of the Board of Selectmen that he would be leaving the position by choice 34 years later?

Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan brought up the following fun facts during Wednesday’s Selectmen’s meeting — Blake’s last one of his career.

During the time that Joe was on the Board there have been 6 presidents (Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama), 6 governors (Ella Grasso, William O’Neil, Lowell Weicker, John Rowland, Jodi Rell, and Dannel Malloy), and 6 Orange First Selectmen.

“And 1 wife,” Blake added.

Selectman Ralph Okenquist said he has served with Joe for 12 years. “You couldn’t ask for a better person. He’s been an advocate for the veterans and loves to support the country,” Okenquist said “At the end of each meeting Joe says, ‘God bless the troops.’”

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt said, “It’s bittersweet saying goodbye. You’re a legend. All the school kids know you.”

A young Joe Blake when he was seated on the Board of Selectmen in 1979.

A young Joe Blake when he was seated on the Board of Selectmen in 1979.

Goldblatt reminisced, “I remember when you were making your own campaign signs by hand. The art of politics is compromise — you always call for compromise.”

Blake took a moment to thank his fellow selectmen for their kind words and years of friendship. He left them with these words of wisdom, “Don’t listen to your politics, listen to your heart.”

Retirement Party

The public service career of Selectman Joe Blake will be celebrated at a retirement party on Friday, Jan. 31 at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 per person. Dinner choices are baked stuffed chicken, baked scrod, and eggplant parmesan. Reservations may be made through the First Selectman’s Office at Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Orange.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said this is a non-political, non-partisan town event. Instead of buying a gold watch or other chachki, money will be donated to a charity of Joe Blake’s choice.

We will miss Joe Blake and his presence on the Board of Selectmen. Have a long and happy retirement.