MINUTES: BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING -- 12/2/89
Room 5 - Old Saybrook Town Hall
PRESENT: First Selectman Roger Goodnow, Selectmen Carl Von
Dassel and Robert Fish, Executive Assistant Elaine Staplins
and members of the Old Saybrook Fire Department.
The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m.
Goodnow suggested that approval of the minutes of 11/16/89
and 11/29/89 be moved to agenda of next regularly-scheduled
meeting of 12/7/89 to allow time for review. So MOVED. -.
Von Dassel/Fish. Unan.
AD HOC SAYBROOK PT. DEVEL. COMM.
..During discussion of the Ad Hoc Saybrook Point Development-
Committee Sel. Von Dassel suggested a paring down of the committee
to nine members. Sel. Goodnow and Fish concurred that there are too
many people on the committee but were not in favor of
anyone who is presently understood to be a part of the committee.
The selectmen reviewed the charges of the committee as
in the Resolution adopted at the November 16th Board of
Selectmen's meeting. In response to Sel. Goodnow's suggestion
that chairmanship of the counittee lie with the Parks and
and the request of Ray Dobratz for that position, Sel. Fish and Von
Dassel indicated that a committee works better if it elects
its own chairman. The selectmen: agreed to the following
amendments to the Resolution adopted at the November 16th Board of
-Paragraph 7 to read "budget" request, rather than "check" request.
-Paragraph 9. Add "possible" before funding and delete "and
-In conclusion, add a sentence to read "a tentative deadline for
report to the Board of Selectmen should be February 15, 1990.
As. amended, it was a unanimous consensus of the Board of
Selectmen to adopt this Resolution
Upon a MOTION of Sel. Fish, seconded by Sel. Goodnow, it
was unanimously voted to appoint Sel. Von Dassel as the Board of
Selectmen's representative on the Ad Hoc Saybrook Point Development
FIRE DEPT. EXPENSES & SUPP. BUDG.
..Selectmen reviewed-itemized list, of status of the Fire
Expenses and Supplies budget as of 12/2/89. An educational and
informative discussion followed between the Board and members
The selectmen indicated that they would present the list at the
next Board of Finance meeting and requested that a
narrative/explation be prepared giving an overview of how
they arrived at the
$24,000 figure for apparatus maintenance/repairs (what is spent,
what is still to be spent and the fact that the extra items do not
Insurance coverage was discussed with regard to hazardous
materials. (The matter is being pursued with Atty. Cronin.)
DESIGNATE ELAINE STAPLINS TO APPROVE DISBURSE
..Upon a MOTION of Sel. Von Dassel, seconded by Sel. Fish, it was
unanimously voted to designate Executive Assistant Elaine Staplins
as an Agent for the Board of Selectmen for the purposes of
approving disbursements in the event that any or all of the Board
of Selectmen are not available to approve and sign disbursements.
..Upon a NOTION of Sel. Von Dassel, seconded by Sel. Fish, it
was unanimously voted to authorize Executive Assistant Elaine
Staplins to sign check requests for all department budgets.
AD HOC SEWER COMM.
..RE: Proposed Ad Hoc Sewer Committee
Selectmen attempted to identify clear objectives of proposed
committee up to the point of the next referendum. As pertinent
information is presently being compiled by Town San. Jack Milkofsky
which addresses issues and concerns which need to be satisfied, the
selectmen agreed to review Mr. Milkofsky's report in order to
determine how to proceed prior to appointment of a committee.
The selectmen concurred that input from the community is necessary
and acknowledged the importance of communication with the public and
that possibly a nine-member committee representing different
areas of town and different points of view (pro and con) could
supply essential input to the Board. The Board agreed that the
committee should not be autonomous, rather it should work with the
Board of Selectmen.
Upon receipt of Mr. Milkofsky's report, an informal meeting with
the Board, the proposed committee, Hayden-Wegman representatives
and Mr. Milkofsky would be in order, the selectmen said.
The selectmen discussed creation of a sewer ordinance as a means
to address issues of concern.
The Board concluded that responsibility for the success of the next
referendum lies ultimately with them. Communication with and
education of the public is a priority, they agreed.
..PRIORITIES IDENTIFIED BY SELECTMEN:
--Completion of the Master Plan of Development (be pro active with
regard to sewers and affordable housing).
--Coordination of land use boards/commissions. It was a consensus
of the Board to appoint Sel. Von Dassel as a liaison in this
endeavor. Sel. Fish indicated he would also attend meetings.
Addressing the possible need for a town planner through the
coordination of these boards was discussed by the selectmen.
--Establishment of a policy regarding consistency in bidding.
--Personnel policy review and update.
--Consolidation of town permit stickers.
--Exploration of possibilities of regionalization of contracting
of services (recyling, brush/chipping machine).
--Budget planning (in context of not destroying our tax base).
--Communication with public.
--Involvement in youth actiivities within the school system.
--Attendance at meetings of boards and commissions (Sel. Fish said
that he would attend the Board of Education meetings.)
--Work in partnership for common goals.
..Sel. Von Dassel expressed concern about Westbrook's renewed
interest in school regionalization as it would relate to Old
Saybrook's current school building project.
..The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.