MINUTES: BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING -- May 16, 1990
Selectmen's Office - Old Saybrook Town Hall
PRESENT: First Selectmen Roger Goodnow, Sel. Robert Fish, Sel.
Carl Von Dassel, Exec. Asst. Elaine Staplins,
Town Counsel Jeremiah Donovan, Finance Board Chairman
Charles Stone, Fire Chief Cole Bushnell, Asst. Fire Chief
Ed Adanti, Waterfront Commission Chairman Shirley Annunziata,
Harbormaster Robert Jensen, interested citizens and members of the
The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.
Upon a MOTION of R. Fish, seconded by C. Von Dassel, the minutes
of the Board of Selectmen's meeting of 5/2/90 and the Water
Pollution Control Authority Meeting of 5/9/90 were unanimously
approved as presented.
ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:
1) Discuss letter from A. Ronca regarding extension of contract
which the town is currently under for purchase of his property.
2) Consider offer to buy remnants of fire engine.
3) Request of Waterfront Commission.
4) Discussion regarding FEMA money received in connection with
Hurricane Gloria for Ferry Rd. dock.
5) Discussion of adjustments to budget pursuant to recommendation
of Board of Finance.
SO MOVED: Fish/Von Dassel. Unan.
$800 REQUEST OF HARBORMASTER FOR SIGNS
Harbormaster Robert Jensen reported on the necessity to eliminate
derelict boats and moorings, implement mooring standards and
establish a grid system. Mr. Jensen elaborated on his request of
May 1, 1990 for $800 for the purchase ot two signs to be placed on
the shores of the Connecticut River to inform the boating public of
specific speed, safety and noise restrictions between the outer
lighthouse and the entrance to No. Cove. Inquiries of the selectmen
regarding life expectancy, installation and removal, approval from
the Borough of Fenwick, and number of bids were answered by Mr.
Jensen. Upon a MOTION of R. Fish, seconded by
C. Von Dassel, it was unanimously voted to recommend $800
appropriation to the Board of Finance from Contingency for signs as
Discussion was held on the D.E.P. boat which was delivered
this date regarding: the mutual decision by Police Chief E. Mosca and
Fire Chief C. Bushnell that C. Bushnell would be in charge; the
fact that the boat would be the responsibility, financially, of
both the Fire Department and the Police Department; acceptance of
the boat with the pump not working; the Town's responsibility of
$1800/yr. for insurance coverage. Town Counsel J. Donovan reviewed
the present contract the town has with the D.E.P.
R. Fish brought attention to the fact that acceptance of
responsibility for the boat was done with reluctance. C. Von Dassel
expressed reservations as to whether acceptance of the boat was the
right thing to do. R. Goodnow expressed trepidation with regard to
management of the boat. Discussion of costs to make the boat
operational was held. C. Bushnell expressed the opinion that
the boat could be functional, but it would only be functional if
used on a single agency basis. R. Goodnow noted that Bob Byak, of
D.E.P., did not have confidence that a combined use of the boat was
practical or would be successful. Upon a MOTION of R. Goodnow,
seconded by C. Von Dssel, it was agreed not to renew the contract
with D.E.P. and to return the boat to the D.E.P. Unanimous.
A. R. Fish MOVED and C. Von Dassel seconded approval of
tax refund in the amount of $$940 to David Armstrong, per
Sec. 12-129, Refund of Excess Payments.
APPRV. $3,588.53 APP & CUT - FIRE -
B. C. Von Dassel MOVED and R. Fish seconded approval of
$3,588.53 bill from Appleby & Cutone for services during Pye & Hogan fire
and recommended said appropriation to Board of Finance
from Contingency. Unan. It was noted that said bill has been submitted
to FEMA for reimbursement.
CONTRACT RONCA PROPERTY
C. Selectmen and Town Counsel J. Donovan discussed letter from A.
Ronca requesting that he be informed in writing whether the town
has met the contingencies outlined in par. 7 of the
contract which would allow the town to purchase his property
on Ferry Rd; for the wastewater sewage treatment plant and
whether the town wishes to have an extension of said agreement.
Atty. Donovan noted that some contingencies have been done, others
have not, and if the contingencies do not occur and the closing
does not take place by June 30, 1990, the contract becomes null and
void. C. Von Dassel
MOVED and R. Fish seconded that A. Ronca be notified that the town
has not met the contingencies at this time and extension of the
agreement has not been decided at this point; further, that the
possibility of purchasing the site at a future date should not be
ruled out. Unanimous.
ACCEPT OFFER FIRE APP
D. R. Goodnow MOVED and R. Fish seconded approval of acceptance of
George Rehberg's offer of $150 for remnants of fire engine
behind the firehouse, to be removed by Mr. Rehberg as soon as
WATERFRN COMM. SUNKEN BOATS FERRY DOCK
E. Following discussion, R. Goodnow MOVED and R. Fish
seconded approval of request of the Waterfront Commission to use an
excess amount of $2,000 in its Personnel Acct. for removal of sunken
boats at the Ferry Rd. dock, contingent upon a guarantee from the
commission that they will not overextend in the Expenses &
Supplies Acct. in the F.Y. 1989-90 budget.
FEMA FUNDS REPAIRS TO FERRY DOCK
F. R. Goodnow reported that he has reviewed files with
Barbara Maynard regarding the disposition of FEMA funds relating
to Hurricane Gloria; specifically, with reference to the repairs
which were not made to the Perry Rd. dock. He brought the selectmen
up to date on the circumstances known to him at present: that the
town had accepted $17,182.00 for said repair; that the one bid
which was received was too high; that the money had been put into
an exchange account; that an extension had been requested stating
that work would be completed by 9/87; that the money was taken out
of the exchange account and put into the general fund. A letter
will be written to OPM acknowledging that the town did not comply
and requesting an extension, R. Goodnow said. Members of the
Waterfront Commission were asked to initiate a plan and identify in
capital outlay budget.
G. The selectmen signed a Proclamation designating May 13-19 as
National Insurance Women's Week.
H. BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS/REDUCTIONS as recommended by Board of
The following options were discussed:
Per R. Fish: to make adjustments in operating budget appropriation
in the fixed charges area; to take up Fire Department offer -
$47,000 reduction in Capital Outlay; to delete money set aside
for sewer project for this year.
R. Goodnow expressed a desire to retain all or some portion of the
monies in the fixed charges area to implement future salary/benefit
adjustments that may result from current efforts to establish
comprehensive personnel policies and procedures. C. Stone
indicated that the Board of Finance would not allow the monies to
remain without benefit of specific proposed usage. C. Stone
acknowledged that the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance
must be willing to demonstrate a tangible commitment to getting
back on track in honoring the wage step system, as developed in the
Thompson Study, once the personnel policies and procedures have
been completed and accepted.
Following further discussion, R. Fish ROVED and C. Von Dassel
seconded appoval of the following adjustments:
1) Cut $70,000 from Blue Cross/Blue Shield;
2) Cut $140,000 out of Capital Outlay Sewer Fund;
3) Add $10,000 to capital improvement budget for Waterfront Comm.
MOVE BUDGET TO TWN. MTG. & REF.
I. Upon a MOTION of R. Goodnow, seconded by R. Fish, it was
unanimously voted to set dates with regard to the 1990-91
Budget for meetings as follows: 1) Public Hearing; 2) Town Meeting to
adjourn to referendum and budget presented as two separate
questions -- General Government and Board of Education.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Carol Suits, Secretary