Town of Old Saybrook
March 7, 1990
1. The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.
2. Selectmen's Meeting minutes of 2/21, 3/1, 3/2, 3/5, and 3/7/90
were approved as submitted. WPCA minutes of 2/21/90 were also
approved as submitted.
Jerry Adam requested and was granted time to respond to a Hartford
Courant article of 3/7/90 which quoted him as saying that it was
unusual for the two appraisals on the property to be purchased by
the town to be 40% different. Jerry responded that it was NOT
unusual to have this difference between appraisals when they are
done at different times and with different objectives.
3. Old Business:
a. Shirley Annunziata presented a Waterfront Commission request
for $9,985 out of this year's budget in order to allow immediate
repairs, maintenance and improvements at town docks. It was moved
by R. Fish, seconded by C. Von Dassel, and approved unanimously to
recommend this expenditure to the Board of Finance at their next
regularly scheduled meeting. The Waterfront Commission also
submitted their capital improvement plan for the next five years.
b. Dan Christy presented a status report from the Saybrook Point
Study Committee. He praised the committee and the quality of its
members, but recognizes an honest difference of opinion between
members which has slowed progress on the committee. While
continuing to hope that one solution for the development of the
Point will emerge from the process, members are presently working
on two alternative plans for presentation to the Selectmen and then
to the public. Roger Goodnow stated that he hopes that the present
work will result in a single plan, so that a winner/loser vote of
the public can be avoided. The committee is also continuing to
investigate property deeds in order to determine how we might
connect the two parks at the Point.
4. New Business:
a. It was moved by C. Von Dassel, seconded by R. Goodnow, and
unanimously voted to add a discussion of Affordable Housing to the
agenda. Vicki McCourt has been investigating recent state
requirements and presented this information to the Board. Her
recommendation was that we reactivate the town Affordable Housing
Committee, that the Planning Commission include a simple generic
statement of encouragement for affordable housing in its Plan of
Development, that the Zoning Commission then go ahead as soon as
possible to set regulations and conditions which will further
encourage affordable housing in town, and that we then allow
non-profit organizations to take over the actual development
projects. Roger Goodnow agreed to send out a letter this week to
call for interested professional people to become members of the
new housing committee.
5. Comments from Selectmen:
a. The Board of Selectmen has agreed to develop a proposal for a
new policy on bidding procedures to be presented to the Board of
Finance at its regular April meeting.
b. Monthly reports from the Building Department and the Fire
Marshal were presented.
c. It was moved-by R. Fish, seconded by C. Von Dassel, and
unanimously voted to hold a special meeting of the WPCA on
March 14 at 8:00 p.m. in order to discuss the next actions needed
on the proposed sewer project. The Board of Finance and William
Hogan of DEP will be invited to attend.
6. Correspondence and Discussion with Public:
a. A letter was received concerning the Environmental Earth Day
Program to be held in April. The Board agreed to try to find
someone interested in being the town coordinator for the program.
b. A statement was read from Governor O'Neill proclaiming Older
c. The press and citizens in the audience asked the Board of
Selectmen for detailed information concerning the so-called
Re-evaluation Committee that has been formed. Roger Goodnow agreed
to find answers for a list of about nine questions.
d. The press and citizens in the audience asked what the Board of
'Selectmen was going to do about the recent discovery that the SLF
appraisal of the proposed ewer plant site location was considerably
less than the presently-contracted option price on the land. The
Selectmen stated that they were already invest-
igating the situation, but cautioned against over-reaction to this
information. As a response to the Selectmen's concerns about the
costs of delaying the project or the loss of the site,
Mrs. Gesick from the audience stated that we didn't need to worry
about that, because we could just seize the land through eminent
domain. The Selectmen promised a thorough review of all the
7. The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m. C. Von Dassel made the
motion, it was seconded by R. Goodnow, and it passed unanimously.
Submitted by Robert Fish - Selectman