The town’s Board of Selectmen held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, December 20, moving their meeting forward a week to avoid having to hold their regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 27, a day when Town Hall was scheduled to be closed as an employee Discretionary Day.
NewHartfordPlus previously reported on one of the agenda items of the December 20 Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (see our article ‘A Slew Of Appointments Made To Town’s Commissions By BOS’ ). Below is a link to the complete video recording of that meeting.
In order to make the meeting easier for readers to navigate, we’ve included the full list of Agenda items along with a link to the point in the video where each Agenda item begins. Just click on the Agenda item number below to begin playing the video at that point. Click on the large screenshot below to hear the entire video from the beginning.
(click the link at the beginning of each item to go to that section of the video)
1. Meeting Minutes (Editors Note: Minutes of the previous meeting were not reviewed)
2. Grants Update/BOC update re: Main Street sewer/downtown revitalization;
An update on the two currently ongoing STEAP grant programs. Denton began by providing a background briefing on the activities of the BOC (Building oversight Commitee), beginning with the sewer plant expansion. That project was completed five months ahead of schedule and underbudget. There is a current $453,000.00 cash on hand balance. Denton went on to discuss the Brook Street sewer project and the Main Street Sewer Line Repair and Reconstruction Project. The Main Street repair was temporarily interrupted by the need for an emergency sewer line repair extending from 557 to 551 Main Street. The BOC had explored the possible use of grant money to fund the emergency repair but that was not permitted, so the WPCA took the money from their active funds. Surveying for sewer work in the downtown area has determined that there are two sewer manholes located in Route 44 that have been paved over. The engineering design for this work has been completed and the project will probably be going out to bid in February. The Brook Street sewer project had come in $50,800.00 under budget and the State allowed that money to be carried forward and added the $150,000.00 FY ’11 STEAP grant. The BOC is also working on the Central Avenue and Bridge Street project, which will address traffic management and expanded parking options. Their engineer is developing a conceptual drawing that will be discussed with property owners in the project area. The BOC is looking to fund the project through the DECD (Department of Economic and Community Development) using money left over from the relocation of the Town salt shed.
Future plans include the Industrial Park/Cottage Street Line Extension. It is hoped that the cash on hand balance from the sewer plant expansion can be applied to this project. Denton ended his address by noting that the BOC plans to come back to the Selectmen at their January meeting to discuss the future of clean and waste water operations and to provide some recommendations for future projects.
related documents: BOC Briefing Document (45)
The majority of work continues to be post-storm cleanup.
5. Litchfield Hills Business Energy Efficiency Program. The program requirements have been made less stringent in order to encourage more businesses to apply – see our upcoming BIZ NOTES.
6. Discussion and action of Regional Performance Incentive Program Applications
- Regional Animal Control Facility
- Public Works Equipment Coopererative
- Regional Composting Facility
7. Appointments to Boards and Commissions
8. Set Meeting Schedule for 2012 Calendar Year
9. Approval of Town Hall Holiday Schedule for 2012 Calendar Year
11. Public Comment on Agenda Items ONLY
[Summary of the discussion of agenda items to be completed; thanks for your understanding of our efforts]