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Notes In A Nutshell: Board Of Selectmen Wednesday, Aug. 8

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Aug 082018
 

The Orange Board of Selectmen met at Town Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Following are Notes from that meeting:

The first hour of the meeting was dedicated to the apparent Orange Community Nursery School displacement.

Orange Community Nursery School at High Plains were told on July 16th they’d have to vacate the location during building renovations and asbestos abatement.

The School administrator wants renovations to the classroom area and an extended lease for the preschool.

A parent said 1 in 5 children at Mary L come through OCNS and excel in school in the future.

She said they weren’t told soon enough that they would be displaced and it is not fair.

Another parent who signed his son up for September said he was shocked and disgusted with the way his and 54 other families have been treated regarding this matter.

He wants assurances that the school will be open at High Plains for the 2020-21 school year.

Yet another dad said these pre-school years are very important in a child’s formative years.

A tearful mom said the school has made arrangements to move temporarily to a space in Woodbridge, but it will be difficult to get to school events on work days.

The first selectman who took the brunt of the blame spoke next.

He said the reason they were not informed sooner was that the project had to go out to bid a second time and it did not come through or meet approval until last month’s selectmen’s meeting.

Many improvements to the two rooms used by the school had been planned.

He said the town granted the school a new lease and approved the 5-year lease at a very reasonable cost.

Zeoli’s belief was that the school would be displaced for a couple of weeks, but because of some of the work, it’s safer for the children not to be there. The school is more than welcome to return in 2019 through the end of their contract.

The school is not the only group that is being inconvenienced by the renovations. CERT, Scouts, Seniors and more also are being affected by the building work. It has to be done and there is no convenient time to do it.

Zeoli said he called several places in town to help out and nothing was available. In the audience the school’s administrator, Danielle, shook her head “no” and he called her out on it.

The Community Center renovations came up at the town meetings, a referendum and budget hearing at which everyone had an opportunity to voice their opinions and to vote.

Zeoli revealed that a new playground was going to be built on the other side of the basketball courts and if the nursery school did not like their private playground anymore they could take it down and use the new one.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, who is chairman of the bond oversight committee said the electricity will be disrupted and there are contaminant abatements that need to be done when the children are not present.

Selectman John Carangelo said he has small children and he is sad that everyone is so frustrated by this issue, but the town has entered into a contract and the work has to be done.

Danielle said she did not have any idea of what was going on until the week of Father’s Day. Furthermore, she said the Park and Rec Department ruins the school’s playground every summer and it costs her a fortune to keep it up to state standards when school begins.

The displacement has cost the school $40,000 and even though they found a space in Woodbridge, it will be very inconvenient for the parents.

The last mom at the podium said as the mother of small children, her nighttime schedule includes making dinner, doing homework, getting the kids bathed and ready for bed and there really isn’t time to attend meetings.

She also said that she wished she knew more about what was discussed at meetings and what was on the agendas of meetings so she could be better informed.

Agendas and Minutes can be found at http://www.orange-ct.gov/ and you can sign up for e-mail blasts with whatever information interests you.

Public Announcements

On Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon the free paper shredding, mattress disposal and Orange Community Women’s Collection drive will take place at High Plains Community Center.

On Monday, Sept. 3, Town Hall and the Transfer Station will be closed for Labor Day

The town went out for bonding maintained an AAA bond rating – the best you can get.

Fire Marshal requested a new vehicle for the fire marshal’s office “special services vehicle” 2006 SUV is worn out, need a new one to carry equipment need approval for a 2018 Chevy Tahoe (the least expensive vehicle) Unanimously approved

Police Chief Gagne requested forego the usual bid process for cell block improvement project — would improve suicide prevention and officer safety.

Other departments want to do the same thing and the work would be contracted together with them through a company that is an “expert” in police cellblock doors.

Unanimously approved

 

A large wet parcel behind Best Buy would be gifted to the town. It will put a nice buffer between the commercial and residential zones in the area. The Zoning Commission recommended approval and the “gift” was Unanimously approved by the Selectmen.

The property that was planned for the Orange Train Station, which came up at the Plan and Zoning Commission also was discussed. Click on the “On Demand” button at the upper left of this page to hear the lengthy discussion.

 

 

Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda

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Jul 102017
 

  • The Orange Board of Selectmen meets at Town Hall on Wednesday, July 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 upon the minutes of the Special Meeting of June 15, 2017
    (enclosure)
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the
    Fireman’s Carnival (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    2. To consider and act on the request to approve the Board of Selectmen’s
    Annual Report (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    3.To consider and act on the waiver of medical benefits for one employee
    (enclosure)
    COMMITTEES
    1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel Committee – Selectman Zeoli, Okenquist and Davis
    5. Charter Revision Commission – Selectman Carangelo
    Adjourn
    FYI
    Approved Minutes, May 10, 2017
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports
    Appointments/Reappointments

A Light Agenda For Tonight’s Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jun 152017
 

 

  • The Orange Board of Selectmen will have a special meeting at Town Hall tonight, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
    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 Public Hearings and Regular
    Meeting of May 10, 2017 (enclosure)
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. To consider and act on the approval of a vending license for July 2, 2017
    firework show (enclosure) – Howard Dragonoff, Action Enterprises
    2. To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the
    Independence Day Celebration – First Selectman James Zeoli
    3. To consider and act on the tax assessment agreement between MLG Real
    Estate, LLC and the Town of Orange (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
  • 4. To consider and act on the appointment of Shannan Carlson to the Amity
    Board of Education – First Selectman James Zeoli
    5. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for wood and
    brush disposal (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    6. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for refuse
    collection services (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    7.To consider and act on the waiver of medical benefits for one employee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    8.To consider and act on the formation of a Charter Revision Committee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    9. To consider and act on the request to put on the Suspense List the unpaid taxes
    from 2013 in the amount of $41,734.22 (enclosure)
    10. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for June in the amount
    of $6595.90 (enclosure)
    11. Update on the Redesign of the Town Website
    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 Commission – Selectman Carangelo
    FYI
    Approved Minutes, Public Hearing & Special Meeting – April 5, 2017
    Appointments and Reappointments
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports
    2017 Orange Volunteer Fire Association Carnival Raffle Prize Brochure
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Full Agenda For The Board Of Selectmen

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May 082017
 

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

    The Orange Board of Selectmen meets at Town Hall, Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

    Following is the agenda:
    PUBLIC HEARING
    Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits for (enclosure)
    James R. Hassenmayer, Orange Ale House Bar & Grille
    Heather Allen, Paugusset Club
    Motion to close Public Hearing
    Amending the Code of the Town of Orange – Chapter 350. TAXATION – Article
    VIII Additional Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Sections 350-29-350-33
    (enclosure)
    Motion to close Public Hearing
    To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange – Chapter 350.
    TAXATION – Article VIII Additional Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Sections
    350-29-350-33.
    Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing
    PUBLIC HEARING
    Amending the Code of the Town of Orange – Chapter 223. FLOOD DAMAGE
    PREVENTION – Article III General Provisions Section 223-7 Basis for establishing
    the areas of special flood hazard (enclosure)
    Motion to close Public Hearings
    VOTE
    To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange – Chapter 223.
    FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION – Article III General Provisions Section 223-7
    Basis for establishing the areas of special flood hazard.

    Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing

  • PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    MINUTES
    To consider and act upon the minutes of the Public Hearing and Special Meeting of April 5, 2017 (enclosure)
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. To consider and act on the approval of the 5th Annual Rotary Club of Orange Thanksgiving Day 5K and to hang a banner to promote the event (enclosure) – Carl Russell, Race Chairman
    2. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner on the fence at HPCC to promote the Shredding/Mattress Event (enclosure) – Tom George, Orange Recycling Committee
    3. To consider and act on the bid recommendation for the reconstruction of Derby Milford Road (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    4. To consider and act on the approval of the Firefighter Abatements on the 2016 Grand List tax (enclosure)
    5. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for May in the amount of $8301.95 (enclosure)
  • 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 Committee – Selectman Carangelo
    Adjournment
    FYI
    Approved Minutes from March 8, 2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting
    Notice for Town Budget & Charter Revision Referendum
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports

Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Board of Selectmen – Aug. 10

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Aug 102016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 8.03.40 PMThe regular meeting of the Orange Board of Selectmen will take place at Town Hall, Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said that drugs are a problem throughout the state and that Orange has a dedicated ambulance/paramedics and the Orange Police are the town’s first responders. So we’re in good hands if it happens here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Farmers’ Market is on this Thursday from 3:30 – 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5 Town offices and transfer station are closed for Labor Day

Thursday, Sept 8 the state will host a meeting regarding an environmental study at the proposed train station location in the High Plains Gymnasium.

Racebrook Road Bridge work is halted because the materials (cement, etc) need to cure properly. [nothing done by the state runs quickly]

The home at 445 Turkey Hill Road which was approved for purchase during a town meeting has been closed on, and the Selectmen and members of the Orange Historical Society toured it on Saturday.

 

  • NEW BUSINESS
  • To consider and act on the request to hold the 24th Annual Platt Tech 5K Road Race and Fun Walk.  9:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.  Unanimously Approved
  • To consider and act on the request to hold the 20th Annual Chilly Chili Run  on New Year’s Day – Jane Opper, Race Coordinator. Already went to Park and Rec for approval. It attracts many 90 + year old runners. 700 registered last year. people from 93 cities and towns participated. Runner Bill Benson, 97, passed away 2 weeks ago. Unanimously Approved
  • To consider and act on the request for temporary lights at Fred Wolfe Park  – Tom Pisano & Bill Hoffman, Orange Soccer Association. Park & Rec approved it. Pisano said one bank of lights shined on a home last year, but that will not happen this year. the lights would ONLY stay on until 8 p.m. Oct 17-Nov 20. 
  • To consider and act on the resolution allowing First Selectman Zeoli to sign the contract between the town and DEEP regarding the Ewen Preserve Trail System Grant. – First Selectman Zeoli  this is for an $8,000 grant. Unanimously Approved
  • To consider and act on Temporary Easement Agreement and Quitclaim Deed regarding 69 Marsh Hill Road. – First Selectman Zeoli Unanimously Approved
  • To consider and act on the request to allow First Selectman Zeoli to sign letter from theDepartment of Transportation accepting the commitment tfund the reconstruction of the DerbyMilford Road Bridge over thWepawaug River  – First Selectman Zeoli  Unanimously Approved
  • 7. To consider and act on the tax refunds for the month of August  Unanimously Approved
  • 8.  Bids for street sweeping work recommended by the Highway Department. Unanimously Approved
    COMMITTEES
    Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt State approved money for bridge work. 
    EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS and VOTE
    Discussion of pay rates and insurance co-pays for non-union salary and hourlpositions
    John Carangelo made a motion to approve pay raises for per diem employees etc that was discussed behind closed doors. Unanimously Approved
    Discussion of WPCA salaries
    Discussion of Election Day/Poll Worker pay rateClose Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting Approved – Goldblatt abstained.

Here’s What’s on Tap For Tonight’s Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jul 132016
 

board of selectmenThe Board of Selectmen meet at Town Hall tonight 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 8, 2016
    (enclosure)
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Lobsterfest – Glenn Pearson, Rotary Club
    2. To consider an act on the request to add a deck to a house (355 Smith Farm Road) on military property Tai Chao, Homeowner
    3. To consider and act on the request to install a rooftop solar system to a house (351 Sybil Street) on military property – Lorraine Liebal, Homeowner
    4. To consider and act on bid recommendation for the roof replacement project for the highway garage (enclosure) Robert Hiza, Town Engineer
    5. To consider and act on the request of LOCIP funds for the roof replacement project for the highway garage in the amount not to exceed $180,000 – Robert Hiza, Town Engineer
    6. To consider and act on the request to allow First Selectman Zeoli to sign a letter from the Department of Transportation accepting the commitment to fund the reconstruction of Derby Milford Road – First Selectman Zeoli
    7. To consider and act on the waiver of medical benefits for one employee
    COMMITTEES
    1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel Committee – Selectman Zeoli, Okenquist and Davis
    5. Charter Revision Commission – Selectman Carangelo
    Adjourn
    FYI
    Approved Minutes, May 11, 2016
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports
    Letter from Historical Society
    Town of Orange Code Supplement
    2

    3. To consider and act on the request to install a rooftop solar system to…

Board Of Selectmen Meet Tonight

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May 112016
 

Zeoli BOSThe Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall tonight 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 James R. Hassenmayer, Orange Ale House Bar & Grille

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 April 13, 2016 (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the approval of the 4th Annual Rotary Club of Orange Thanksgiving Day 5K and to hang a banner to promote the event Carl Russell, Race Chairman

To consider and act on the request to approve the Resolution allowing First Selectman Zeoli to enter into an agreement with Connecticut Green Bank/C-Pace Program – Nicholas Zuba, Connecticut Green Bank

Discussion regarding Indian River Road property requested by Connecticut Pest – First Selectman Zeoli.

Discussion regarding school bus tax abatements  – First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the request to approve the bid recommendation for Bulky Waste Hauling & Disposal  – Bob Hiza, Town Engineer

To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for May in the amount of $9256.48 

COMMITTEES

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis

Adjournment

                                                              FYI

Approved Minutes from March 9, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Appointments/Re-appointments/Resignations

(2) Memos from Planning & Zoning – (Salemme & Christmas Tree Lane)

Letter from Conservation Commission

Flyer for Strutt Your Mutt Event

Revenue & Expenditure Reports

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 Pio 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: 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

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