Old Lyme Flood & Erosion Control Board
January 24, 2011
The meeting was called to order at 5:01 PM by Chairman Steve Ross.
Present: Steve Ross, Todd Machnik, Steve Martino, Bob Chapman, Gary Smith,
Ellie Czarnowski – alternate, Dave Roberge – Ex-Officio Member
Guests: David Wheeler, Old Lyme Shores
Steve Ross reported that he had received a letter from the Board of Selectmen informing him of the reappointments of Steve Martino and Robert Chapman to the Flood and Erosion Control Board for terms ending in January 2013, and Ellie Czarnowski as an Alternate, term ending in January 2012.
Steve Ross reported on the email sent to Mr. Dente of Miami Beach from Dan Biron of the CT DEP regarding Mr. Dente's complaints of Swan Brook flooding problems. Mr. Biron concluded that he had contacted the Town Public Works Superintendent and was informed that the area in question is private property. The property owners are responsible to clean debris from the brook where it flows on their property. Mr. Ross stated that Miami Beach Association will need to address their concerns with the Board of Selectmen at this time.
2. Approval of November 15, 2010 Meeting Minutes
Todd Machnik moved to accept the minutes for the November 15, 2010 meeting as presented. Bob Chapman seconded the motion. The minutes were accepted.
3. Old Business
Swan Brook – Report from DEP
This item was discussed under correspondence. A hard copy of the email from Mr. Biron to Mr. Dente was distributed.
Sheffield Brook – Mr. Ross stated that the Board is on hold at this time regarding Sheffield Brook. The Board has done all that they can at this time; they did identify the extent of the flooding and how many homeowners are affected. David Wheeler, (OLS) thanked the Board for all they did to help the Beach Associations regarding Sheffield Brook flooding. He personally appreciated their hard work and perseverance. Todd Machnik reported that he had spoken to Ann Brown in Zoning and in her opinion she did not feel that it would be too difficult for homeowners at the beaches to get permits to raise their homes.
4. New Business
a. Election of Officers
Mr. Ross moved to nominate Todd Machnik as Chairman of the Flood and Erosion Control Board for the year 2011. Gary Smith seconded the motion. SO VOTED.
Mr. Ross moved to nominate Gary Smith as the Vice-Chairman of the Flood and Erosion Control Board for the year 2011. Steve Martino seconded the motion. SO VOTED.
There was a discussion of the goals and responsibilities of the Flood and Erosion Control Board. There was a unanimous consensus that the Board will be proactive when they see a need. They will be reactive when there is a need to respond to issues that property owners, associations, and the Town bring to their attention.
Mr. Ross moved to schedule meetings of the Flood and Erosion Control Board four times per year, on the third Monday of January, April, July and October. Special meetings will be scheduled as needed. Steve Martino seconded the motion. SO VOTED.
Mary Ellen Garbarino will send Eileen Coffee, Ruth Roach and Cathy Frank the updated meeting schedule and the names of the newly elected officers.
b. Other New Business – None
c. Comments – None
5. Our next meeting will be on Monday, April 18, at 5:00 PM, town hall, second floor meeting room.
Todd Machnik moved, and Bob Chapman seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 6:30 PM.
Mary Ellen Garbarino