MINUTES: BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING -- June 20, 1990
Selectmen's Office - Old Saybrook Town Hall
PRESENT: First Selectman Roger Goodnow, Sel. Robert Fish, Sel.
Carl Von Dassel, Town Counsel Jeremiah Donovan,
Bill Hogan, of the Department of Environmental Protection, Town
Treasurer Gloria Fogg. Sanitarian Jack Milkofsky,
Ronald Baldi, Anthony Ronca, Atty. Hugh Manke, Park & Recreation
Director Vickie Duffy, interested citizens and members of the press.
The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m.
Upon a MOTION of R. Fish, seconded by C. Von Dassel, minutes of
the following meetings of the Board of Selectmen were unanimously
approved as presented: 5/18/90 (WPCA), 6/6/90 and 6/15/90.
A. R. Fish-MOVED and C. Von Dassel seconded approval of
tax refund in the amount of $60.86 to General Electric Credit Corp.
Auto Lease, Inc. per Sec. 12-129, Refund of Excess Payments. Unanimous.
P&R REQUEST $1300
B. Upon a request of the Parks & Recreation Commission and
following discussion, R. Goodnow MOVED and R. Fish seconded
approval of the commission's use of $1300 remaining in 1989-90
capital outlay budget for unanticipated expenses necessary for
operation of the Mini Golf Course at Saybrook Pt. ($1,000) and
needed water line repairs at Harvey's Beach ($300). Unanimous.
V. Duffy requested help from the Board and Treasurer Gloria Fogg
in setting up sponsor accounts.
$ TO COVER EXPENSES TO RUN TOWN
C. Gloria Fogg informed the selectmen that bond counsel has
requested financial information in order to determine the
necessary amount to borrow to cover expenses of town government for
July and August. R. Fish suggested that the tax bills could be
sent out and a savings realized if an interim rate of around
13 mills was set,
the difference to be made up in the January tax bills if that
figure is different from the actual mill rate. Following
discussion, the Board unanimously approved the issuance of
municipal bonds and authorized Gloria Fogg to proceed with bond
D. With reference to possible use of Marine I by the Fire Dept.,
R. Goodnow reported that it is a concensus of the department
officers that Marine I is tired. Regarding its disposition, C. Von
Dassel reminded the Board that Grant Westerson had offered the town
a free appraisal, and the selectmen agreed to pursue that course of
action. R. Goodnow noted that the use of Marine I by Pierini
Construction to alleviate safety problems in connection with the
Baldwin Bridge construction was not met enthusiastically by police
Chief Mosca. The matter was tabled.
E. Addition to agenda: New septic lagoon and cleaning of lagoon.
MOTION: Goodnow/Von Dassel. Unan.
J. Milkofsky explained how the addition of a septic lagoon
and cleaning of one lagoon would generate needed income. He also
elaborated on how weather conditions affect this situation.
Increasing the $25 user fee was discussed. Problems encountered
recently with bids solicited and received were explained by
Mr. Milkofsky. Following discussion the selectmen approved
solicitation of re-bids for a new lagoon and cleaning of a lagoon,
a completion date to be added to the specifications, funds to be
taken from the 1989-90 budget, and contract to be awarded to the
DISC. RE: X-TENSION AGREEMENT TO PURCH. RONCA/BALDI PROP.
Discussion was held with parties involved in the proposed extension
of the agreement to purchase the Ronca and Baldi properties on
Ferry Road as the site for the proposed wastewater treatment plant.
...Atty. Manke representing A. Ronca, noted that if the town goes
ahead with the plant and use of the Ferry Road property, it
is important that the agreement to purchase the land define what
the obligation of the town is going to be and that if the agreement
is modified, it is going to be binding.
...R. Goodnow noted that the purpose of this meeting was to
begin dialogue regarding the extension of the agreement.
...Town Counsel J. Donovan noted that the contract will always
be contingent on funding approval and Tri-town Agreement approval by
...Regarding the town's eligibility for loan, assurance was given
by Bill Hogan, of the D.E.P., that amount in the present contracts
has D.E.P. approval.
...The contingencies in the agreement were discussed; in
particular, which contingencies have been met and the duration of
...The approval process was reviewed; i.e., that the Board of
Finance must recommend proposed project to town meeting which then
must adjourn to referendum. It was noted that if the referendum
were to go down again, D.E.P.'s reaction would be uncertain.
...Atty. Manke emphasized the need to have a sense from the Board
of Selectmen that the issue is not the purchase price, rather the
minor legal issues.
...The Board of Selectmen concurred that the amount is
appropriate but that it translates into the ability to commit
to that price considering other factors over which there is no control.
It was pointed out that a stumbling block was the price of the land
due to the new appraisals.
...It was noted that the D.E.P. is in full agreement with the
original contracts and acknowledges that additional costs would be
incurred if this site were not secured.
...Atty. Manke requested that the Board advocate to the Board of
Finance the purchase price in the present agreement and a 30-day
extension on the agreement in order to carry out its
responsibilities. Atty. Donovan noted that the selectmen are not
in a position to make that kind of a contract.
...It was agreed by all involved to extend the agreement, under its
present terms, to August 1, 1990..
..R. Fish commented on his recent trip aboard the research vessel
Enviro Lab where samples were taken of life at different levels in
the river and the sound.
..Selectmen set July 5th for a Special Town Budget Meeting, and
C. Von Dassel MOVED and R. Fish seconded that said Town Meeting be
adjourned to a referendum vote on July 12th from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
at the firehouse.
DISCUSSION WITH PUBLIC:
Approximately 40-50 town government employees voiced opposition to
the recent reconmiendatjon of the Board of Finance to further
reduce the 1989-90 budget through reduction of their work week by
2 1/2 hrs. A majority of the employees requested that the
selectmen ask the Board of Finance to rescind the notion to reduce
the general government budget by $230,000.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 p.m.
Carol Suits, Secretary