TOWN OF OLD LYME
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
The Board of Selectman held a Regular Meeting at 7:30 pm January 2, 2018 in the Meeting Hall of the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall. First Selectman Bonnie Reemsnyder, Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal and Selectman Chris Kerr were present.
December 18, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes
Selectwoman Nosal requested the following change:
Page 1, 4.b. last sentence of the first paragraph to read: She and Frank Pappalardo have phone conferenced with the inspector to discuss options.
A motion was made by Selectwoman Nosal, seconded by, Selectman Kerr to approve the minutes of the December 18, 2017 regular meeting as amended. Motion passed.
3. Appointments: January 2018 Appointments
First Selectman Reemsnyder thanked the selectmen for recommending and encouraging residents to volunteer for committees and commissions.
Howard Margules (D) – Economic Dev. Commission – 5 yr term, exp. Jan. 21
A motion was made by Selectwoman Nosal, seconded by Selectman Kerr, to appoint Howard Margules (D) to the Economic Dev. Commission. Motion passed.
Gregory Symon (R)- Economic Dev. Commission – 5 yr term, exp. Jan 20
A motion was made by Selectman Kerr, seconded by Selectwoman Nosal, to appoint Gregory Symon (R)- Economic Dev. Commission. Motion passed.
Justin Fuller (U) – Economic Dev. Commission – 5 yr term, exp. Jan. 19
A motion was made by Selectwoman Nosal, seconded by Selectman Kerr, to appoint Justin Fuller (U) to the Economic Dev. Commission Motion. passed.
Jeffrey Meinke (U) – Harbor Mgmt. Commission – 4 yr term, exp. Jan. 22
A motion was made by Selectman Kerr, seconded by Selectwoman Nosal, to appoint Jeffrey Meinke (U) to the Harbor Mgmt. Commission. Motion passed.
Mark Beatty (U) – Harbor Mgmt. Commission, alt. – 4 yr term, exp. Jan. 22
A motion was made by Selectwoman Nosal, seconded by Selectman Kerr, to appoint Mark Beatty (U) to the Harbor Mgmt. Commission, as an alt. Motion passed.
William McNeil (R) – Inland Wetlands Commission, – 3 yr term, exp. Jan. 21
A motion was made by Selectman Kerr, seconded by Selectwoman Nosal, to appoint William McNeil (R) to the Inland Wetlands Commission. Motion passed.
Selectman Kerr asked if there is a list of open positions. First Selectman Reemsnyder replied she will have Cathy Frank update the list and send it to the Selectmen.
4. Old Business:
- Boathouse Hains Park Improvements Project
First Selectman Reemsnyder reported that she had a discussion with Phil Parkack and Todd Machnick regarding the drainage issues and they are looking at various options. They are still waiting to meet with BSC to discuss drainage options with them.
- Rte. 156 Bikeway/Sound View Improvements
First Selectman Reemsnyder asked Selectwoman Nosal for the update. Selectwoman Nosal reported the committee met on December 22, 2017 and they updated them on the conference call she and Frank Pappalardo had with the inspector and the committee agreed they should go with the new vendor for the shorter skirting. She passed the committees agreement onto the inspector but has not heard back from him yet.
- Cross Lane Playground Committee Update
First Selectman Reemsnyder reported volunteers have begun digging holes for the equipment, but the progress is going slowly due to the weather. She also reported that the equipment is scheduled to be delivered on Thursday but may change due to the expected storm.
Selectwoman Nosal suggested that the committee’s (Rte. 156 Bikeway/Sound View Improvements
& Cross Lane Playground Committee) may want to take advantage of the down time to plan for the ground-breaking ceremonies.
First Selectman Reemsnyder reported she has sent the draft Blight Ordinance to all of the officials and has not received any feedback from them yet. She also reported she has forwarded Selectwoman Nosal’s questions onto the Town Attorney requesting his feedback.
First Selectman Reemsnyder reiterated they do not want to rush this. She would like to be able to have hardcopy available for the publics review, have it posted on the Town Website and hold a public information session before taking this to a Town Meeting.
The BOS agree the Blight Ordinance is close, but would like their questions answered before posting it.
First Selectman Reemsnyder foresees the possibly of scheduling a Special Town Meeting for the end of February or early March for items not ready for the January Town Meeting.
- Police Services Options Committee
First Selectman Reemsnyder reported she has given the Selectmen an updated copy of the draft charge reflecting Selectwoman Nasal’s suggested edits along with additional information regarding the agendas, minutes, the ethics code requirements and the updated Town Clerks email.
The BOS discussed the changes/additions made to the charge including: evaluating police services and needs, adding other viable options that may be made by the committee and collaborating with community stake holders.
She also added she has received two additional applications (which she has forwarded to the Selectmen for their review) which puts the number of applications at seven. She would like to see more applications from interested residents before they begin the selections process for the committee.
5. New Business:
- Annual Town Meeting Draft Call Discussion
- Acceptance of Annual Town Report FY2017
- Announcement of Citizen of the Year
- Appropriation of $200,000 for Road Reconstruction Project
First Selectwoman Reemsnyder reviewed the CALL for the January Town Meeting and it is the consensus of the BOS they approve the CALL.
A motion was made by Selectman Kerr, seconded by Selectwoman Nosal, to approve the CALL of the January 22, 2018 Annual Town Meeting. Motion passed.
6. Public Comment: None
7. Other Business:
First Selectman Reemsnyder reported she has spoken with the Town Attorney regarding potential litigation and they may need to schedule a Special Meeting on January 16th at 7:30pm to hold a combined executive session with the BOS and the BOF. The meeting will be posted with the reason for the executive session prior to the meeting.
First Selectman Reemsnyder also added that the Budget meeting scheduled for Jan. 8th has been cancelled.
First Selectman Reemsnyder reported she will be gone on vacation from January 5th and returning on January 14th and will be available by cell phone. Cathy Frank will contact the Selectmen during her absence if any Town business needs to be addressed.
Selectwoman Nosal reported that he Girl Scouts will be holding a ceremony on Sunday at 4pm in the Town Hall to hand out Silver Awards earned by members that have achieved this honor.
First Selectman Reemsnyder was sad to report that Diana Attwood-Johnson passed away yesterday. She was Chair of the Open Space Commission and has done a lot for the Town of Old Lyme over the years and will be truly missed.
8. Executive Session: None
A motion was made by Selectwoman Nosal, seconded by Selectman Kerr, to adjourn at 7:58 pm. Motion passed.