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BOS Agenda Includes Racism as a Public Health Crisis

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Nov 172020
 

The regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen will be a ZOOM format taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

NOTICE: In accordance with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7B Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, this meeting will be held remotely with no in-person attendance.

The meeting will still be broadcast live on OGAT.

Call to order Introductions

AGENDA

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

NEW BUSINESS

1.Expansion Project – Michael Gray, Director of Business and Operations, Orange BOE

To consider and act on the request to approve the bid for Turkey Hill School Loading Dock

2. Bob Brinton, Town Engineer

To consider and act on the request to approve the bid for Silverbrook Estates Fire Sprinkler System

3. To consider and act on Racism as a Public Health Crisis – First Selectman Zeoli

4. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $9,886.74

EXECUTIVE SESSION

1. Discussion of pay rates and insurance co-pays for non-union salary and hourly positions

2. Discussion ofadiustmems to positions

3. Discussion of potential land acquisition

Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting

VOTE

1. To consider and act on pay rates and insurance co-pays for noti-union salary and hourly positiom

2. To consider and act on adiustments to position

3. To comider and act on potemial land acquisition

COMMITTEES

1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
2. Emergency Management – Selectman Novicki
3. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
4. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
s. Personnel – First Selectman Zeoli, Selectman Okenquist & Novicki

Adjournment

FYI

* Approved Minutes of the Public Hearing regarding a massage establishment permit and the September 9, 2020 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

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Approved Schedule of 2021-2022 Board of Selectmen Meetings Appointments/Re-Appointments

Klarides’s Thoughts On The Minneapolis Tragedy 

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May 302020
 

Statement from House Republican Leader Themis Klarides:

I know I cannot begin to understand the depths of pain and suffering inflicted on our African American communities – not just in the last several weeks – but over the last several centuries – brought on by systemic racism and inequality that led us to where we are today. 

I know that not a single thing I say today will end that pain and suffering, but it is so vitally important for me and, frankly, for all of us to not remain silent as our friends and neighbors of color are suffering. 

First and foremost we must condemn these horrendous acts of violence against Black Americans. George Floyd, Ahmaoud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are just three of the countless lives lost to a system that failed to protect them. 

We must acknowledge these wrongs. We must hear the concerns and the feelings of our friends and neighbors who are scared and angry. And for those of us in position to make a difference, we must vow to take these difficult and emotional issues head-on. 

This is not a problem in another city, in another state. We know this is a problem in our cities and towns right here in Connecticut. 

We cannot naively believe that what is happening in other places does not make very real the fear and sadness felt by our communities of color in Connecticut. 

We can and must do better. 

“If we allow this conversation to devolve into political posturing and finger-pointing, we will have failed to rise to this moment. 

I am here to listen, to speak, and to keep up the fight.”