AGENDA• Call to order• Fire Exits• Pledge of Allegiance• IntroductionsPUBLIC PARTICIPATION(2 minutes per speaker)ANNOUNCEMENTSMINUTESTo consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the January 10, 2018 PublicHearing Regarding a Massage Establishment Permit, Public Hearing on theProposed Financing by the Orange Volunteer Fire Association and the RegularMeeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)NEW BUSINESS1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote theStrawberry Festival (enclosure) – Marie Gesler, Strawberry Festival Co–Chairperson
2. To consider and act on the bid recommendation for the Replacement ofBridge No. 04099 Derby Milford Road over Wepawaug River (enclosure) –First Selectman Zeoli3. To consider and act on the dates for the Annual Town Meeting and BudgetReferendum (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli4. To consider and act on the request to approve Health Insurance Waiver forone employee (enclosure)5. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling$18,845.53 (enclosure)COMMITTEES1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt2. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt4. Personnel – Selectman Okenquist, Zeoli, DavisClose Regular Meeting convene into Executive SessionEXECUTIVE SESSION1. Land Discussion2. Potential Appraisal Discussion3. Personnel DiscussionClose Executive Session and convene into the Regular MeetingVOTE1. Potential Vote on Appraisal2. Potential Vote on Personnel ItemsAdjourn Regular Meeting
FYI• Approved Minutes of December 13, 2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting• Appointments and Reappointments• Annual Town Report 2016-2017• Revenue and Expenditure Reports
The regular meeting of the Orange Board of Selectmen will take place at Town Hall, Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Call to order Fire Exits Pledge of Allegiance IntroductionsPUBLIC PARTICIPATION(2 minutes per speaker)ANNOUNCEMENTSMINUTES To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 13, 2016NEW BUSINESS
- To consider and act on the request to hold the 24th Annual Platt Tech 5K Road Race and Fun Walk. – Susan Murphy, Athletic Director
- To consider and act on the request to hold the 20th Annual Chilly Chili Run – Jane Opper, Race Coordinator
- To consider and act on the request for temporary lights at Fred Wolfe Park – Tom Pisano & Bill Hoffman, Orange Soccer Association
- 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
- To consider and act on Temporary Easement Agreement and Quitclaim Deed regarding 69 Marsh Hill Road. – First Selectman Zeoli
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 the Derby Milford Road Bridge over the Wepawaug River – First Selectman Zeoli7. To consider and act on the tax refunds for the month of AugustCOMMITTEES1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis5. Charter Revision Commission – Selectman CarangeloClose Regular Meeting convene into Executive SessionEXECUTIVE SESSION Discussion of pay rates and insurance co-pays for non-union salary and hourlypositions Discussion of WPCA salaries Discussion of Election Day/Poll Worker pay rates Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular MeetingVOTE To consider and act on pay rates and insurance co-pays for non-union salary and hourly positions To consider and act on WPCA salaries To consider and act on Election Day/poll worker pay rates Adjourn Regular MeetingFYI Approved Minutes – June 8, 2016 Regular Meeting Revenue & Expenditure Reports Orange Players Flyer
Following is the AGENDA: Call to order Fire Exits Pledge of Allegiance IntroductionsPUBLIC PARTICIPATION(2 minutes per speaker)ANNOUNCEMENTSMINUTESTo consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the February 10, 2016Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)NEW BUSINESS1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner from 3/25 – 4/11 topromote the Annual Artisan Festival (enclosure) – Paul Grimmer, EconomicDevelopment2. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner from 7/22 – 8/8 topromote the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Carnival (enclosure) –Donald Foyer, OVFD Carnival Chair3. To consider and act on the Fuel Pump Station Proposal – Robert Hiza, TownEngineer4. To consider and act on the 8-24 Referral Municipal Improvements for re-construction of Derby-Milford Road (enclosure) – Paul Dinice, ZoningAdministrator and Enforcement Officer5. To consider and act on adopting a Resolution to set a deadline for a finalreport from the Charter Revision Committee to the Board of Selectmen(enclosure) – Vincent Marino, Town Counsel6. To consider and act on the Agreement between the Orange Teachers’League and the Orange Board of Education (enclosure)7. To consider and act on the request to approve Health Insurance Waivers forone employees (enclosure)8. To consider and act on the request to approve the resolution of endorsementof SCRCOG applications for RPIP Grants (enclosure) – First SelectmanZeoli9. To consider and act on the request to approve the 2016-2017 BudgetMeeting Dates (enclosure)10. To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for themonth of March in the amount of $14,836.20 (enclosure)COMMITTEES1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt2. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt4. Personnel – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, DavisMotion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive SessionEXECUTIVE SESSION1. Land Appraisal Discussion2. Historical Society Memorandum DiscussionMotion to close Executive Session and convene into Regular MeetingPOSSIBLE VOTE1. To consider and act on Land A ppraisal2. To consider and act Historical Society MemorandumAdjournmentFYI Approved Minutes of the January 13, 2016 Meeting of the Board ofSelectmen Revenue and Expenditure Reports Appointments and Reappointments
This coming Saturday, the Case Memorial Library will not be open, nor will it be open ANY Saturday during the Month of August, based on a decision by the Library Commission.
At its last meeting, the Library Commission discussed the staffing shortage and decided that the best way to offer residents with quality services Monday – Friday, the best thing they could do is cut out Saturdays for the month of August.
Library Director Meryl Farber said, “The library has several unfilled positions and it’s impossible to stay open six days a week until those positions are filled. We have some wonderful trained volunteers, but the staff consists of professionals with masters degrees and trained paraprofessionals.”
The Board of Selectmen is aware of the staffing issue and they are prepared to try to remedy the situation as soon as possible.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said, “Two positions are up for discussion at our Board meeting in two weeks. Two assistants dropped out because of low pay and no benefits. We will be talking about those positions and perhaps a third in our personnel portion of the meeting.”
Discussions regarding personnel issues always are held in executive session.
“We hope to have this resolved by the end of August,” he said.
Call to order
Pledge of Allegiance
Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing
Amending the Code of the Town of Orange – Chapter 350. TAXATION – Article 1X – New Haven Hebrew Day School Tax Exemption, Section 350-33 – Town Counsel Vincent Marino
Motion to close Public Hearing and reconvene the Regular Meeting
To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange – Chapter 350. TAXATION – Article 1X – New Haven Hebrew Day School Tax Exemption, Section 350-33.
(2 minutes per speaker)
To consider and act upon the minutes of the Public Hearing & Regular Meeting of May 13, 2015 (enclosure)
To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for the MLT exterior painting project (enclosure) – Mike Luzzi, OBOE
To consider and act on the bid recommendation for HPCC parking area sub base (enclosure) – Robert J. Hiza, PE, Town Engineer
To consider and act on the approval of a tax refund in amount of $17,500 – Town Attorney, Vincent Marino
To consider and act on Fred Wolfe Park Lacrosse Project (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the Independence Day Celebration – First Selectman James Zeoli
To consider and act on the approval the request to waive medical benefits for two employees (enclosure)
To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for June in the amount of $7,954.16 (enclosure)
Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Lenz
Approved Minutes, Public Hearing & Regular Meeting – April 8, 2015
Approved Minutes, Special Meeting – April 15, 2015
2015 Paving Fund Balance
Appointments and Reappointments
Revenue & Expenditure Reports
There was a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the purpose of going over the plans to move Peck Place School students to the Yale West Campus.
By now most residents know that Peck Place Elementary School sustained a good amount of damage after water pipes burst during a cold snap. Much of the flood damage already has been repaired and the students were split up between Turkey Hill and Race Brook schools.
Several parents have told Orange Live that the children are doing well and enjoying the new experience.
The Orange Board of Education reached out to several locations around town, then Yale offered space. But what parents don’t know is that Bruce Alexander Vice President of Yale was not happy with the premature release of information about it and actions that already had been taken.
On Monday, Jan. 13, Orange schools finance director Kevin McNabola told First Selectman Jim Zeoli that he had to call Alexander, who refused to go forward with the agreement with the BOE and would only sign the agreement if it was between the First Selectman and Yale — end of story.
Zeoli and Alexander discussed the specifics of the agreement and prior to Monday’s special Peck Place meeting at Mary L. Tracy, it was understood that Yale has a use for the building in April and the town of Orange can only use it until Monday, March 31.
The BOE still started moving items over to Yale on Tuesday on Zeoli’s word that the town would abide by Yale’s requirements.
The BOE is aware of the details of the agreement and Zeoli spoke to McNabola, making it known that they still have time to back out of Yale and keep the kids in the two other elementary schools if they so choose.
Zeoli said the town is looking at a 10-week window to have Peck Place School back up and running. Once the insurance damage work is done, it’s then up to the town to complete the work.
“We believe that can be done in 7.5 weeks and give the school back to the Board of Education so they can welcome the children back on March 24,” Zeoli said. “The agreement covers the Yale plan through March 31.”
John Carangelo said if the abatement doesn’t get done in time the town faces a $30,000 penalty, which he feels is excessive. All alternative spaces are a “no-go” for a variety of reasons.
He’s concerned about the March 31 date and Yale’s penalty provision. He asked, “What do we have as a contingency?”
Zeoli answered, ” At the Board of Education meeting last night, the Superintendent stated clearly that there is no contingency plan. The building has to be ready to accept students.”
Town Attorney Vincent Marino said he just received a copy of the agreement 30 minutes prior to this special meeting. He called Yale’s attorney after he toured Peck Place with BOE Chairman Bill Kraut and Facilities Director Mike Luzzi, but he hadn’t heard back from him yet.
Marino said there is no rental fee for the Yale space. “We need to get the kids back into a stable learning environment,” he said.
Marino said he was hoping that the contract would be negotiable so the children could at least get through the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) period which may extend into the first week of April.
“What will we do if this falls through? There are special needs kids and after school children who need to be considered,” Carangelo said.
• McNabola said with all the kids at other schools there are 28 kids per classroom instead of 19.
• The Yale space is 51,000 square feet whereas Peck is 54,000 square feet.
• Insurance would pay for rental space and moving costs — close to $100,000
Zeoli said, “Ceilings already have been replaced and floors in worst flooded rooms replaced. The selectmen will have 1-2 more special meetings and look at the state bid list and waive the town bid process to move things along quickly.”
The Board of Finance will be brought in for some decisions, McNabola will work with BOS to get things done. The board will make recommendations for the BOF when they have enough information to share with them.
• The town will line up with removal vendor, installation vendor etc for everything that is needed.
• The work at Peck Place includes, getting the old floors out, new floors in and painting. All have to be done and Zeoli believes it can be done in a timely fashion.
A motion was made to go into an agreement with Yale and the town to expedite the agreement and get the kids over there —- Unanimously approved.
Zeoli said the situation is not as daunting as portrayed. The photos that are circulated were taken the day of the flooding, but everything already looks different.
The BOE is in charge of the children, programming, education and relocation, health, safety and welfare.
“The town and BOE, in a joint venture would get the school straightened out,” Zeoli said. “The school is not that old and not in bad shape. I’ve heard the rumblings out there that the school has been neglected. That is NOT true. A frozen water pipe is NOT a neglect of maintenance.”
Zeoli told Orange Live that the most important thing to him regarding this situation is the stability and support of the education process for the kids. “I can only assume that the BOE is going to take hold of that and monitor it and provide whatever is required by the state Board of Education,” he said. “That’s my biggest concern is that there’s continuity in the kids learning.”
“My next step is making sure this gets done. it was put on me this morning,” he said. “I work well with Scott Allen and Kevin McNabola, they are both hard workers and with their help this job will get done.”
Zeoli and other selectmen will meet with Insurance Company reps on Wednesday morning to discuss the coverage to take care of this situation. (On Wednesday, Zeoli said the insurance meeting went well.)
First Selectman Jim Zeoli praised the Fire, Highway and Police departments for their excellent work during the horrendous weather this past weekend.
At Selectman Goldblatt’s request Zeoli addressed the ongoing dispute between Cablevision and WFSB 3 (Channel 3 disappeared from the airwaves in Milford, Orange and Woodbridge late last week).
“It’s all about money,” Zeoli said. The two entities are still in negotiations and in the meantime, residents in the three towns are not happy.
Cameras on School Busses
The Supt of Schools requested that the board approve a contract to get cameras on the school busses to catch violators who disregard the flashing lights on a school bus. The fine is $468, of which the town would receive a portion of the fine.
Cameras would be placed on a few busses where violators have been a problem. If another route has difficulties, the cameras can be removed from one bus and placed on another.
The Board unanimously approved the Guardian program.
Peck Place School Flooding
The school authorities have been on top of the situation at Peck Place School where a water pipe (or pipes) burst on Monday sometime before 7 a.m. displacing the students.
Everyone is working hard, getting the school cleaned up so the kids can return.
In the meantime they have made other arrangements and bringing students to other Orange Elementary Schools so the children don’t miss valuable class time.
The ‘language’ in the proposed ordinance was discussed to make sure there won’t be any problems down the road.
As it stands, any resident who does not abide by the ordinance and remediate (get rid of the bamboo plants) there will be a $250 per day fine.
Selectman John Carangelo asked, what happens for new homeowners who discover bamboo on their property that was previously not visible.
Town Attorney Vin Marino said the presence of bamboo should show up on a title search. Then, there’s the question – if the town remediates it for one parcel, do you have to remediate it for another parcel?
This will be potentially expensive proposition, Carangelo said.
Judy Williams said she was uncomfortable with being the town’s gardeners – why not take a milder step before putting our necks on the line?
Marino said bamboo destroys septic systems and if it gets out of control, it could force the town to install sewers everywhere.
Goldblatt said he believes the board should go forward with the ordinance, with the addition of having existing bamboo mentioned on land records.
Two residents said all species of running bamboo should be included in the ordinance as it grows 20-feet underground per year and is extremely difficult to get rid of.
Selectman Okenquist said the ordinance is important and as drafted (with above mentioned inclusions)
Zeoli said he is opposed to the ordinance, but the DEEP will never do anything, so maybe they have to do it on a local level.
The Board voted unanimously to have Marino complete writing the proposal and bring it on back to the table in February.
The regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen takes place tonight in the lower level meeting room of Town Hall, at 7:30 p.m.
Following is the agenda:
- Call to order
- Fire Exits
- Pledge of Allegiance
(2 minutes per speaker)
To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 10, 2013 (enclosure)
To consider and act on the bid recommendation for mill and pave of Lambert Road (enclosure) – Stephen Savarese, Director of Public Works
To consider and act on the bid recommendation for the Case Memorial Library Roof Replacement/Painting (enclosure) – Stephen Savarese, Director of Public Works
To consider and act on the request from the American Cancer Society to use the fairgrounds May 31-June 1, 2014 for the Relay for Life event (enclosure)
To consider and act on the approval of a sign for Ewen Farm Preserve – James Zeoli, First Selectman
To consider and act on the request to conduct the Platt Tech 5K Race and Fun Walk in Orange (enclosure)
To consider and act on the request from Verizon Wireless to lease land for a cell tower at Turkey Hill Preserve (enclosure) – Selectman Zeoli
To consider and act on the approval of the Board of Selectmen Annual Town Report for FY 2012-2013 (enclosure)
To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds for the month of August in the amount of $958.08 (enclosure)
- Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
- Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
- Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
- Personnel Committee – Selectmen Blake, Okenquist, Zeoli
Close Regular Meeting and convene Executive Session
Personnel Discussion Regarding Salaries & Benefits for Elected Officials
Close Executive Session and convene Regular Meeting
- Possible Vote on Salaries and Benefits for Elected Officials
Close Regular Meeting
- Approved Minutes, June 12, 2013
- Revenue & Expenditure Reports
- Labor Day Weekend Concert Flyer
- Updated/Recently Printed Town of Orange Street Map
- Memo regarding Bank Deposits/New Treasury Clerk
The Boy Scout National Jamboree will take place in West Virginia this year, so the Ct Yankee Council asked to use the Orange Fairgrounds on June 15-16 to host about 500 Connecticut scouts and leaders in preparation for the Jamboree.
At Wednesday night’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting William Amidon from the Ct. Yankee Council presented the request.
As it went to the Board of Selectmen for discussion, Selectman Goldblatt asked to speak.
He said, “Tonight I must oppose the request of the Connecticut Yankee Council Inc. …”
Goldblatt said he voted in favor of similar requests in years’ past, but, “I feel that the time has come for the town of Orange to take a stand.”
Although he and his son had been scouts when they were younger, and he has attended many Eagle Scout ceremonies and even received the CT Yankee Council Good Scout Award in 2005, he has been troubled by the Boy Scouts continuing to exclude gay boys and gay and lesbian adults from serving as leaders.
In July, the BSA emphatically reaffirmed its exclusion policy, which reflected the “beliefs and perspectives of the organization.” and then decided to take no further action on its membership policy.
He added, “In January, my son and I stood on the Lawn of the United States Capitol and heard our President proclaim in his Inaugural Address, that “our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.”
“I have decided that it is time to speak out against such bigotry and discrimination and ask that we take a stand as a board together,” he said. “I urge my fellow members of the OBOS to deny this request because the Boy Scouts of America’s values are not Orange values.”
He asked that the board deny the scouts’ request to use the farigrounds on June 15-16 unles the ban on gay scouts and gay and lesbian sout leaders is lifted prior to that date.
Board Members’ Reaction
Selectman Joe Blake said he wished he knew Mitch was going to present this statement before the meeting so he could have thought about it.
“I don’t know if we should penalize people who want to use the grounds now, but possibly consider denying it in the future,” Blake said.
Selectman Ralph Okenquist agreed that he would have liked to have had more information earlier but admired Goldblatt for his initiative.
Selectman Judy Williams agreed that the town should take a stand. We’re coming into a modern era where race color, creed and sexual orientation should not matter, however, she said she thought it was too late to deny it now.
She said, “We should bring it up next month and consider it.”
Goldblatt said he appreciated everyone’s comments, but as a community, we teach our kids about diversity. ” “I don’t have anything against you Bill,” he said addressing Amidon. “But I feel we should deny this unless the ban on gay and lesbian leaders is lifted by the June 15 date. Evidently the scouts are reconsidering it now, but some artists have pulled out of attending the Jamboree for the same reason.”
Blake said he thinks the approval should go forward but the policy should change.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli also said he wished the board had a heads up on the subject so they could have thought about it.
He, personally, was mixed on the subject. “This would send a message to the scouts chief administration but we’ll be penalizing the young kids who don’t know what’s going on.”
Goldblatt stood by his conviction that the board should take a stand.
Goldblatt made a motion to deny request the Ct Yankee Council’s request to hold a for preparation weekend for people going to National Jamboree unless the ban on gay scouts is lifted before the date (June 15).
Town Attorney Vin Marino said the First Amendment bans Government officials from discriminating against a group for their opinions. Of course, I came up with that after 7 minutes of smart phone research.
He also said he wished he knew about the statement earlier so he could have done research and had an educated opinion by this meeting.
“We can’t deny them because of their viewpoint, It would be violating their first amendment rights,” he said.
Goldblatt still stood by his motion.
Although Goldblatt had moral support, the board voted 5-1 to deny the motion.
Okenquist raised a motion to allow the scouts’ request.
This passed 5-1, with Goldblatt as the only dissenting vote.