BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MAY 23, 2007
STONINGTON POLICE STATION COMMUNITY ROOM
The Stonington Board of Selectmen held a meeting on this day at 7:00 p.m. at the Stonington Police Station. Present were First Selectman William S. Brown, Selectman Peter L. Balestracci and Selectman Stephen E. Bessette. Members of the public and press were also present.
1. Call to Order
Mr. Brown called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
2. Approval of Minutes- May 9, 2007
A motion was made by Mr. Bessette, seconded by Mr. Balestracci and voted unanimously to accept the minutes as distributed.
3. Comments from the Public
Gail Shea had questions on the Quorum Clarification Ordinance and P&Z fee structure.
Bill Sternberg commented on the Permanent Building Committee report and P&Z fee structure.
a) Waterfront Commission
A motion was made by Mr. Balestracci, seconded by Mr. Bessette and voted unanimously to reappoint Sandy Grimes to the Waterfront Commission.
b) Recreation Commission
A motion was made by Mr. Bessette, seconded by Mr. Balestracci and voted unanimously to reappoint Beth Quesnel and George Thayer to the Recreation Commission.
5. Street Numbering
Joe Larkin, Zoning Official, forwarded the following recommendation for assigning street numbers in accordance with the Street Naming and Numbering Ordinance.
32 Jeffrey Rd., Pawcatuck, CT 06379
A motion was made by Mr. Balestracci, seconded by Mr. Bessette and voted unanimously to approve the recommended street assignment.
6. Permit Fee Waiver – Mystic Middle School
Mr. Brown read a letter from Bill King (BOE) requesting a fee waiver for the permit needed to install a drainage system on the athletic fields behind
Mystic Middle School. A motion was made by Mr. Bessette, seconded by Mr. Balestracci and voted unanimously to waive the permit fee for the work to be performed on the school athletic fields.
a) Greater Westerly Pawcatuck Chamber “River Glow” Event
A request was received from Kirsten Petrizzo from the Chamber requesting permission to use Pawcatuck Park for the Chamber “River Glow” event to be held on July 7, 2007 from 7-10 pm with the raindate of Sunday, July 8, 2007. A motion was made by Mr. Balestracci, seconded by Mr. Bessette and unanimously voted to grant permission to the Chamber to use the Pawcatuck Park for the “River Glow” event.
b) Mystic Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Parade
Mr. Brown read a memo from Bill Lewis, Parade 2007 Committee, Mystic Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3263 requesting permission to hold their Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 2007 at 2:00 pm.
A motion was made by Mr. Bessette, seconded by Mr. Balestracci and voted unanimously to grant permission to the Veterans to hold their parade on Monday, May 28, 2007.
c) Stonington Village Improvement Association Farmers Market
A memo was received from Stuart Vyse Coordinator, Stonington Farmers Market requesting permission to use the Stonington Town Dock field for the Farmers Market Saturday mornings from 9AM to 12 Noon, June 9 thru October 13th. A motion was made by Mr. Bessette, seconded by Mr. Balestracci and voted unanimously to grant permission to the SVIA to use the Town Dock field for the 2007 Farmers Market.
d) Letter of resignation- Affordable Housing Commission
Mr. Brown read a letter from Hamilton Lee resigning from the Affordable Housing Commission. The Board of Selectmen acknowledged his resignation.
8. Discussion of the Report from the Permanent Committee to Study
The Needs and Use of Town Public Buildings including Town Hall Facilities
Mr. Brown read the following recommendation:
The Board of Selectmen charge the Permanent Committee to Study the Needs and Use of Town Public Buildings including Town Hall Facilities with the recommendations they suggested in their letter dated March 22, 2007 Report to the Board of Selectmen. The “Committee” will report back to the Board of Selectmen with estimated costs associated with each recommendation before any study begins. This work will be funded by the Lo-Cip program.
1. Develop a long term plan
2. Conduct a study of Town Hall space requirements and develop factual data to support future action
3. Evaluate a range of alternatives and weigh the options
4. Seek additional funding sources
This recommendation was unanimously approved to be sent to the “Committee”.
9. Town Attorney Tom Londregan to facilitate a workshop with Jason Vincent, Director of Planning & Zoning regarding P/Z Permit Fees
A motion was made by Mr. Bessette, seconded by Mr. Balestracci to hold a workshop with Atty Londregan and Jason Vincent regarding P/Z permit fees. Discussion occurred and the motion was withdrawn and reworded to read “Town Attorney Tom Londregan to facilitate workshop regarding P/Z fees. Jason Vincent will be present as a P/Z resource.” Motion passed unanimously.
10. Rename Pawcatuck Park to Donahue Park
A motion was made by Mr. Bessette, seconded by Mr. Balestracci and unanimously voted to rename the Pawcatuck Park to Donahue Park in recognition of the Donahue family’s contribution to the Town.
11. New Business
12. Old Business
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.