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Minutes 03/08/06
The Stonington Board of Selectmen held a regular meeting on this date at 7:00 p.m. at the Stonington Police Station.  Present were First Selectman William S. Brown, Selectman Stephen E. Bessette and Selectman Peter L. Balestracci.  

(1)     Call to Order
        Mr. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

(2)     Comments from the Public
        (Mr. Joel Rinebold, representing Broadwater Energy, arrived at 7:05 p.m and was invited to comment at that time.)
        Joel Rinebold, representing Broadwater Energy, distributed a packet of information to the Board of Selectmen and spoke briefly regarding Broadwater Energy’s proposal to construct and operate a marine liquefied natural gas terminal and connecting pipeline for the importation, storage, regasification and transportation of natural gas.  Brief discussion between Mr. Rinebold and the Board took place.  Mr. Brown thanked Mr. Rinebold for his comments and stated that the Board will be taking no action on this matter tonight.

(3)     Connecticut Municipal Consortium for Fiscal Responsibility - request for resolution
        Mr. Brown spoke to the Board members briefly about the Connecticut Municipal Consortium for Fiscal Responsibility.  The Consortium’s Mission is to enhance lines of communication between and among local municipal, finance, and education officials on issues affecting them before the Legislature; educate and advise members of the Connecticut Legislature and Executive branch as to the significant challenges posed to local government by State actions past, present, and contemplated; advocate for legislative changes to permit Connecticut communities to live within their means without negatively impacting needed services, education, and property tax rates.  The Consortium encourages the governing authorities in every town and city to join them by endorsing the Consortium effort and by participating in pressing state lawmakers for change.  Mr. Brown presented a proposed resolution for adoption by the Board.
        A motion was made by Mr. Bessette, seconded by Mr. Balestracci and unanimously voted to adopt a “Resolution in Support of the Consortium Group” (see Appendix A of these minutes).

(4)     Bid Awards / Letters of Agreement - None.

(5)     9-1-1 Street Numbering
        Joe Larkin, Zoning Official, forwarded the following recommendations for assigning street numbers in accordance with the Street Naming and Numbering (Emergency 9-1-1) Ordinance.  The Assessor concurs with these recommendations.

93 Sunrise Avenue, Pawcatuck, CT  06379
67 Wolf Neck Road, Stonington, CT  06378

        A motion was made by Mr. Balestracci, seconded by Mr. Bessette and unanimously voted to assign these street numbers as recommended by the Zoning Official.

(6)     Correspondence
a.      Mystic Cooperative Task Group
        A letter dated February 21, 2006 was received from the Mystic Cooperative Task Group, inquiring about the status of the Mystic Multi-Modal Transportation study.  Mr. Brown commented that the Task Group has also requested that a member of the Board of Selectmen be appointed to the Group and attend their meetings, in addition to members of our Planning Department.  Brief discussion was held but no action was taken.

b.      Letter from Marjorie Parry requesting consideration of property tax freeze for  senior citizens over 75 years of age.
        A letter dated January 25, 2006 was received from Marjorie G. Parry, Mystic, requesting the Board of Selectmen consider freezing property taxes for senior citizens over 75 years of age.  Brief discussion was held but no action was taken.

c.      Mystic Irish Parade
        A letter dated March 7, 2006 was received from the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation, requesting permission to conduct their 3rd Annual Saint Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, March 19, 2006.
        A motion was made by Mr. Bessette, seconded by Mr. Balestracci and unanimously voted to grant permission to the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation to conduct their St. Patrick’s parade as outlined in their March 7, 2006 correspondence.

d.      Petition for Special Town Meeting
        Correspondence dated March 1, 2006 was received from Cynthia Ladwig, Town Clerk, as follows:  “Please be advised that on February 28, 2006, I received a petition which bears the verified signatures of over 20 persons, qualified to vote in Town Meetings of the Town of Stonington, requesting that the attached resolutions be sent to Town Meeting pursuant to the provisions of Section 3-4 of the Stonington Town Charter.”  Petitions and resolutions were attached to Ms. Ladwig’s correspondence.  Mr. Brown commented that the request for Special Town Meeting has been forwarded to the Town Attorney for review and a response is expected within the next day or two.

(7)     Re/Appointments Boards and Commissions - None.

(8)     Old Business
a.      First Selectman’s membership on K-12 School Building Committee
        A letter dated February 9, 2006 was received from Town Attorney Thomas Londregan, who reviewed the issue as to whether or not the First Selectman’s membership on the school building committee poses any conflict.  After a review of the General Statutes and current case law, he is of the opinion that the mere fact that the First Selectman is a member of the building committee is not a conflict.

b.)     Town Hall Addition Project Update
        Mr. Brown read a statement regarding the Town Hall Addition project (see Appendix B of these Minutes)

(9)     New Business
a.      Westerly-Pawcatuck Veterans’ Board of Control Memorial Day Parade
        A letter dated February 1, 2006 was received from the Westerly-Pawcatuck Veterans’ Board of Control, requesting permission to conduct their Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 29, 2006.
        A motion was made by Mr. Balestracci, seconded by Mr. Bessette and unanimously voted to grant permission for the Memorial Day parade as outlined in the correspondence from the Westerly-Pawcatuck Veterans’ Board of Control

(10)    Adjourn
        There being no further business to come before the Board, the regular meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kathy A. Kent
Recording Secretary