FYI: Special TP&ZC Meeting On Friday

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Jan 292020

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission will have a Special Meeting on-site at 131 Boston Post Road, Orange (the former Bedding Barn) on Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.

SITE PLAN APPLICATION. For property known as 131 Boston Post Road.  Submitted by 131 Boston Post Road L.L.C.  The proposal is to repave parking areas after filling and grading.  It will also include drainage improvements.  A SITE PLAN APPLICATION-ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT also was submitted.

Commission members will meet and walk the property.  Lucien DiMeo, Building Official also has been invited.  ZEO Paul Dinice & Administrative Assistant Tamara Trantales also will be in attendance.

Notes In A Nutshell: Police Commission

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Mar 302019

The Traffic Authority of the Orange Police Commission met at the Orange Police Department on Monday, March 11.

Following are brief notes from that meeting:

Chief Robert Gagne made the Board aware of the Ride for Hope Charity Motorcycle Ride that will be coming through town on June 2. Lt. Ray LaPlante will be involved.

The monthly meeting of the Orange Police Commission included the following:

The activity of the Department– Assistant Chief Max Martins outlined the February statistics with the Commissioners.

There were 32 criminal arrests

136 motor vehicle citations.

There was l commercial burglary.

There were 2 motor vehicles stolen and neither was recovered.

In addition, there were 23 larcenies and 72 motor vehicle accidents.

There were 3,030 calls for service that generated 490 written reports.


Chief Gagne reported that the Records Division took in the following revenue:

Report sales $139.00

Parking tags $325.00

Fingerprints $20.00

Permits $760.OO

For a total of $1,244.00.


Chief Gagne explained that the expenditures for the month were routine and highlighted expenses for training, medical supplies, a recruit physical, computer equipment, and cleaning supplies.

Budget Balances Chief Gagne went over the budget – no major concerns.

Chief Gagne explained that overtime is continuing to be very low and the department spent less in overtime at this point than it did at the same time last year.

Old Business: 

CLESPP Audit (Compliance to Law Enforcement Standards and Practices Program): This is the minimum standards audit which will eventually lead to accreditation. The audit is complete and was successful, Mark Fasano felt the department was well on its way to accreditation.

DARE Graduations: All are complete, Det. Bailey did an excellent job mentoring, telling stories for parents, etc. It was a successful year for DARE.

Cell Block Project: Chief Gagne advised that there is no real change. He did advise the Board of Finance that bids came in unexpectedly high. Waiting to hear back from the architect.

New Business General Order s-14 Family Violence: There have been changes to the Family Violence Laws, so the OPD policy has been changed to support the new laws.

Wiring Project – New Phone System: The town is implementing a new phone system which requires pre-wiring of all buildings. It is a 3 week/phase project for the Police Department and it is now in phase 2.

Citizens Academy: New Academy will be starting April 24, 2019, for 8 weeks from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Correspondence Charles Sherwood SCCJA – thanking Sgt. Aquino for serving on the oral board examination panel for the position of Recruit Police Officer.

Personnel Letter from Chief Gagne to Sgt. Mike Kosh – thanking him for his service as the ISU Interim Commander. Chief Gagne advised the board that Sgt. Kosh did an outstanding job.

Recruit Graduation – March 27, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at SCSU for Officers Withington and Coutu. Their swearing-in will be Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m.

Super Plunge for Special Olympics – Officer Peterson has taken an enthusiastic interest in the Torch Run and all fundraisers for Special Olympics. He has a fundraising page. On March 30 – March 31, he will be jumping into Long Island Sound in Westbrook every hour for 24 hours. The OPD will have people there to support him.

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan And Zoning

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Nov 072018

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Town Hall. The agenda was sparse, but it included two very important business presentations.

Winery on Route 34

There is some movement with the Vineyard on Derby Avenue.

The grapevines that were planted when the family first purchased the property are now established and they have submitted a zone change request including new plans in which they are requesting to extend the planting area from 3.5 acres to a total of 5 acres and a tasting room inside their building to highlight the wine they produce there.

The kitchen that was included in the initial application has been eliminated.

A single-family residence inside the building also has been eliminated from the plans.

During the public hearing portion of the meeting, neighbors aired their concerns about the business and the potential impact on the neighborhood.

Chairman Ozzie Parente tabled the issue until the next regular meeting after which the town attorney would have had a chance to look over the papers and the Zoning Enforcement officer would have provided some insight.

Former Stew Leonard’s Property

The second item on the agenda was in regards to the former Stew Leonards property.

The purchaser provided paperwork the shows a large parcel that would be left undeveloped to protect the wetlands.

The new business would be closed during weekends, and only open until 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The new owners would provide an attractive berm and tree buffer to keep the business from being seen from I-95 and Marsh Hill Road.

The company presenters were secretive about the identity of the business (we’ve heard it’s a FEDEX  or UPS shipping company.)

The Majority of traffic would be from Edison Road. A total of 273 vehicles – employees and truck traffic would enter/exit each day.

                     Positive impact on the community

More than half a million in tax revenue for the town, employment opportunities, employees shopping at existing Orange  businesses.

This meeting continued past 9:40 p.m. To see what else was discussed before it was continued, click on the OGAT On Demand button at the top Left of this page and search for the Nov. 7 TP&Z meeting.


Thank You For Coming Out To Vote

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Sep 062018

Plenty of residents attended the Special Town Meeting at the High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting was to consider and act on the purchase of property known as 28 Salemme Lane from Orange Land Development Holdings, LLC contingent on the receipt of a grant-in-aid in the amount of $6,143,250.00 from the State of Connecticut.

The town needed at least 100 registered voters to attend and vote on the matter, which was no problem.

The vote passed.


Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Police Commission

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Aug 132018

The Orange Police Commission met at the Police Department on Monday, Aug. 13.

Following are notes from that meeting:

Mobile MRI

Jeff Gordon of Codespoti Associates made a presentation regarding a project at 330 Boston Post Road (Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists).

The proposal is to have a Mobile MRI Unit in the parking lot about 3 days per week. The patient would be wheeled out to the parking lot to the trailer and placed on a lift that will get them up to the platform where the entrance door stands.

The MRI machine is inside the trailer and can move to whatever location it is needed.

NOTE: there is a mobile MRI that parks at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Maine a few days a week and it works out well. 

Gordon said the plans include removing a light pole, and an asphalt island from the parking lot. He said there is enough parking under the town regulations — there are 39 spaces when only 35 are required. The trailer would take up the excess parking spaces.

After a short discussion, the Commission unanimously approved the proposal.

Monthly Activity

The monthly activity log for July showed a total of 3,338 incidents, including 42 criminal arrests, 128 motor vehicle citations, 2 residential burglaries (backyard sheds where tools were reported missing), 6 commercial burglaries on the Boston Post Road (among them New England Ballet, Blue Moon Massage and Spa) 5 stolen motor vehicles, 88 motor vehicle accidents.

Records Revenue

Reports $397.18, Records Checks $20,  Fingerprints $5


• As of 9:15 a.m. Monday morning, the department’s Communications Room is completely renovated, the radio system is fully digital now. All radio transmissions are encrypted like may other towns for officer safety. (Scanners will not be able to pick them up anymore)

• When the phones are replaced, the phone contract is partially reimbursable by the town.

• One officer was sent to School Resource Officer training, and another to DARE training.

• The budget is in order and Overtime is in good shape.

• After a problem was discovered with the service pistols, the department ordered new ones. The US Army uses the same weapon, so the order was backlogged. Once they are delivered later this month, each officer will receive a replacement (the same model) and will be required to qualify with the new gun.

• The lobby of the OPD is now home to a new prescription drug disposal box. The BOW Drug / Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) donated the receptacle.  Bring your old, unused or unwanted prescription medications in and drop them into the box. The drugs will be disposed of properly along with collections from other police departments. Commissioner Christopher Carveth suggested circulating a flyer to the schools about it since children’s prescriptions expire quickly and shouldn’t be left around the house.

• The cell block project requested at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last week, “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.”

Since the Selectmen approved the request, the work will begin soon.

• This Thursday, August 16, the Orange Police Department will be participating in the annual Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, from 5-9 p.m.

UPS Battery System

The Orange Police Department uses a UPS battery system to keep continuous power in the Communications Center in the event of a power outage. Since it takes time for the generator to power up, the battery system keeps everything running protecting the expensive equipment from being damaged by, for example, a power surge.

The current UPS is 10 years old and needs replacement and with the department adding more IT equipment the new unit will have to be bigger and have the ability to be expanded on in the future.

The unit may cost up to $30,000, but the exact cost for Orange has not yet been determined.

Annual Report

The town wants all municipal departments to submit their yearly reports by the end of the month.  The Orange Police report includes its yearly statistics, wants and needs. The OPD averages 100 requests for service per day, including 4.7 medical calls.

Letters and Communications

• Lt. Andrew Steinbrick filed papers for retirement, his last day was August 3. In his absence, Sgt. Mike Kosh has been serving as the interim commander of the Investigative Services Unit.

• Sheila Craw from the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support delivered artwork from children who appreciate law enforcement. The pictures will be hung in the break room so officers can see them.

• Chief Gagne received a note from Deputy Chief Joseph Perno of the West Haven Police Department. Perno thanked the OPD for responding to the West Haven Beach on July 3 (along with several other departments) after a disturbance broke out during the annual fireworks show.

• Children from Camp Courant in Hartford sent a thank you card and drawings to K-9 Loki and Officer Chris Brown after they visited the camp.

• Chief Gagne sent thank you notes to Officer Paul Piscitelli for bringing and ATV to Camp Courant and to Officer Brown and K-9 Loki for their visit as well.

• Chief Gagne also Congratulated Brown and Loki on their first place win at the K-9 Olympics earlier this month.

• Loki and Officer Brown will be part of the K-9 demonstrations at the Milford Oyster Festival this weekend.

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 https://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.



Notes In A Nutshell: Plan And Zoning June 19

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Jun 192018

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission had a lengthy agenda on Tuesday, June 19. Following are brief notes of what was discussed.

Zoning enforcement: The Hotel on Marsh Hill Road is coming along well, there are a few things that still need to be discussed.

A home on Buttonball that had an issue with trailers is being dealt with.

Urban Air did some outdoor plantings and there is a matter of additional business coming in.

The architect spoke on the request for a larger occupancy in the amusement business originally 400, now requesting 700, which would mean an increase in parking.

The application was approved pending a letter from Fire Marshal Tim Smith.

• The Former Bear And Grill Building had a proposal for a virtual reality business “Spot VR Lounge”, to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The parking meets the regulations, no changes to the footprint of the building,

Unanimously approved. 

Public Hearings:

The Gherlones on 535 Highfield Road, requested an elderly apartment permit, received all the necessary signatures and meets all the town requirements.

Unanimously approved.

Special request by Chinmaya Mission on Derby Avenue for a 25% reduction in required parking spaces from 80 to 60 spaces. (use an existing basketball court that is not in use, for parking if needed)

This matter has been continued to the next meeting. 

Senior Housing on Turkey Hill Road. The room was filled with concerned citizens who opposed the application.

One concern is that the septic system could fail. The plan includes each building having its own septic system.

Department heads submitted their comments for the record. Sanitarian said soil testing has been done on the site since 2008, and there are areas of “special concern.”

Public Works Director said he also had concerns depending upon how many units there are and if there will be DEEP

Police Chief said the development would put a strain on police and emergency services, both of which already are overtaxed.

The attorney for the applicant said the following revisions have been made:

She clarified that there is no restaurant in the proposal.

The UNH Campus is NOT a part of the site plan.

Waste systems would be privately owned and not the town’s responsibility.

Reduced maximum building coverage from 30% to 15%

Several residents sent in letters expressing their opposition to the application, citing everything from traffic congestion to safety concerns and the idea that a zone change would open a can of worms that would negatively impact this and other areas in town.

The Attorney presented several letters of support (mostly copies of the same form letter) from residents, most of whom do not live in the immediate area of the proposed development.

Turkey Hill resident Mike DeVito, whose property abuts the proposed site. Initially, he didn’t oppose the plan, but as time went on and the site plan changed the idea became much less desirable. The traffic alone would be unacceptable.

His neighbor and her husband oppose the proposed amendment change.

A resident from Wheelers Farm Road, whose children attend Turkey Hill Road, said he is not opposed to smart growth, but why not put this development in an already approved zone instead of changing a zone to try and fit it in.

Dr. Mohammed from the Health Department said this is not an appropriate location for such a development.

One brave woman stood before the opposition crowd and said some people would actually like to live in a development like this.

The attorneys and other speakers later in the meeting were very chatty. Since I had other work to do, I stopped watching and suggest you click on the video on demand link under the OGAT button to the upper left side of this site and watch the remainder of the meeting.

Notes In A Nutshell: Plan and Zoning Commission Meeting

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Dec 052017

The Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission Meeting took place at Town Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Following are notes from that meeting:

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION. Submitted by property owner Bull Hill Lane Associates. For property known as 260 Bull Hill Lane. (the former Builder’s Square) To create an “Urban Air” Commercial Amusement Center with activities including trampolines, bowling, electric go karts, Laser tag, and rope lines.

The business would employ about 75 people and activities would be supervised, as the participants are expected to be children ages 5-15.

The Commission expressed concerns with the condition of the parking lot, landscaping issues, signage, and lighting.

The applicant agreed to patch and stripe the parking lot and to submit a landscaping plan by the Jan. 2 TPZ meeting.

The application goes before the Police Commission on Monday, Dec. 11.

The discussion will continue at Jan. 2 meeting.
2. Review of the Minutes from the October 23, 2017, Special Meeting and the November 8, 2017, Meeting.

3. Old Business.

4. New Business.

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.


6. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS. Submitted for Senior Living Advisors, LLC for property owner Indian River Road LLC. To amend and edit Section 383-14 regarding the definition of Elderly
Assisted Living Residential Facility. To amend Section 383-14 to add a definition for Dwelling Unit, Senior Independent Living. To Amend the Orange Zoning Regulations to create a Senior Mixed Use District.

The well thought out proposal is in keeping with the plan of conservation and development and is an appropriate area for such a development but opens the door for residential developers to also come in and request zone changes in “light industrial 2” areas.

Resident George Findley (the same G.F. who vehemently opposed Stew Leonard’s) to speak against the proposal.

7. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP. Submitted for Senior Living Advisors, LLC for property owner Indian River Road LLC. To amend the Orange Zoning Map to change property known as 231 Indian River Road – Lot 2 from Light Industrial LI-2 to Senior Mixed Use District.

8. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation and Development
regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange. (The Public hearing on this matter was closed at the November 21, 2017, Meeting.)

9. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange
Zoning Regulations. (The Public hearing on this matter was closed at the November 21, 2017, Meeting.)

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan And Zoning Commission

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Nov 092017

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission met in Room 2 at the High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Following are notes from that meeting.

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – Submitted by David Bushley, LLC., for property known as 91 Boston Post Road (the AT&T Store).

For proposed architectural façade changes at 91 Boston Post Road.


2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Majestic Empire Holdings, LLC; for property known as 348 Boston Post Road. For the re-construction of TGI Fridays Restaurant. Application required to determine compliance due to site changes that were made without required approvals.

Unanimously approved site plan application dependent on the condition of including a breakaway fence for emergency vehicles and landscaping changes to be submitted to zoning enforcement officer.

3. Possible Executive Session to discuss pending litigation concerning 320 Michael Court.


4. Review of the Minutes of the September 19, 2017 meeting.


5. Old Business.


6. New Business.

Chairman Ozzie Parente suggested changing the start time for Commission meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. effective Jan. 1, 2018. (paperwork will be submitted to Town Clerk)

7. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Blight and/or Town Ordinance Violations at 829 Racebrook Road, 711 Laurie Lane, 342 Country Lane.

Public Works will begin removing Non-compliant signs on the Boston Post Road.


8. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation and Development regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

Revised regulations may cause challenges and concerns, and as far as the TODD District, nothing will be done without a train station.

200 units approved can go up to 240.

Commissioner Judy Smith said personally, she does not believe Orange Needs a train station after the West Haven one was built. She’d rather see light industrial in that area.

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino said Orange has limited LI2 space available and it would be thrown away by following through with the train station/residential plan.

2,000 sq ft per unit most commissioners thought it was not necessary. 1,000 sq ft per unit would be acceptable.

9. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill Road. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

10. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS — Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange Zoning Regulations. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

Commuter parking garage could be used by the state of CT.

11. Discussion and possible vote to correct scrivener’s error with regard to the TODD District and “TODD eligible area” on the Orange Zoning Map.

Steven Studer representing Dichello, the company that would benefit from a train station development in Orange.

Proposed construction could be phased in. Studer said not too confident in his proposal before the commission after listening to their earlier discussion during this meeting.

What you’re doing is closing a regulation which won’t do anything. In order for the TODD to benefit the community, it has to benefit surrounding businesses too.

Geoff Gordon representing Dichello – if you don’t look out for the developers, they aren’t going to come.

Everyone dreams of a big research facility, but it’s not going to happen, Gordon said.

A coffee shop near the train platform would attract customers.

The TODD needs to be expanded because what you’ve proposed is half a TODD.

Millennials want to jump on a train and go to New York or Boston.

Studer said Mr. Hall is very disappointed by the way things are going tonight.

The Commission decided to keep Item #10 Open. Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics said if you keep one open then keep all of them open.

Aschettino said they’ve been beating a dead horse and discussing it for months, so why keep anything open.

The newest commissioner, Kevin Cornell, was very vocal and appeared to be in charge.

Notes In A Nutshell: September Police Commission

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Sep 292017

A new subdivision was on the agenda during the Traffic Authority portion of the Orange Police Commission meeting this month.

Traffic Authority

Brian Baker presented plans for 205 Indian River Road, the old Cuzz Acres Golf Course, for a 4 lot subdivision. The area that used to be a driving range has a lot of frontage space. It’s flat on Edison Raod and slopes down on Indian River across from the Christmas Tree Shops building.

Baker explained that Lot 1 would be used for an office building where 240 parking spaces are required by town regulations, but it will have 302 spaces, therefore satisfying the requirements that will come up at a future TP&Z Commission meeting.

He showed schematics of what could go in on Lots 2 and 3 and told the commission that they were going to submit the plans to the TP&Z for a spot on an upcoming agenda.

The Police Commission discussed the plans and approved them after agreeing that there were no sight line issues, no new roads would be required and they would have no impact on the town infrastructure.

Police Commission

During this portion of the monthly meeting, the commissioners heard Chief Robert Gagne’s report on department expenditures, which included maintenance issues and monies spent for new recruits.


Gagne said there are no concerns with the department’s budget, adding that the environmental service unit in men’s locker room needed fixing to take care of a humidity issue.

Carbon Monoxide in Police SUVs

He also discussed the fact that the Ford Patrol SUVs across the country that were having Carbon Monoxide issues, sickening officers and causing accidents was due to holes that were drilled in the vehicles where they didn’t belong.

He was happy to announce that the Orange PD’s vendor did not do this, so it was not a problem here, adding that C/O detectors were installed in the department’s vehicles as a precautionary measure to keep our officers safe.


The Chief reported that the Sig Sauer guns that every officer carries were discovered to have a design flaw.

According to a memo, if the gun was dropped on the ground in a specific way, it was in danger of going off.

The gun manufacturer found that the trigger was too heavy and could fire if it fell on the ground.

Gagne said, “Of course we tell our officers not to drop their guns, and it has not been a problem in our department.” Still, all of the pistols will be replaced this fall with the same model gun that has been modified to take care of the issue.

Charcoal Uniforms

Gagne shared some good, money-saving news as well.

The Orange Police Department has a unique color choice for its uniforms and no other department uses charcoal colored uniform pants.

For many years, Orange purchased its uniforms from Horwitz Uniforms in West Haven.

Recently, the owner notified Gagne that he had many pairs of charcoal pants in stock that were not selling. He offered the Orange PD his remaining inventory of these pants free of charge, asking only that the officers come to him to have them striped.