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Berlin Town Council Meeting Has Several Important Issues To Discuss

The high school renovation process update, early retirement for town employees on agenda for tonight's meeting.

 

The Town Council meeting tonight will feature several interesting agenda items.

The first will be a report to the Council regarding the Berlin High School renovation project. It seems likely that it will be a simple report that the Town has contacted and hired Attorney Tim Corey. At the last Town Council meeting, the Council approved to hire and spend no more than $10,000 to obtain outside legal counsel. Corey, who has expertise in construction law, will lay out the options for the town in relation to the stalled high school renovation project.

The Council will also likely approve Economic Development to proceed into Phase II of Veterans Park but without a skateboard park. Veterans and residents came out to object to including the skateboard park in Phase II so it looks like the area will remain passive recreation.

The last item on the agenda says: Approve the Voluntary Retirement Program as proposed. – Town Manager

The Town Manager has worked with Human Resources and Finance to come up with an early retirement program for town employees. Under the plan, the town would save money in trimming staff and hiring new employees at a lower rate than the employees working now.

About two dozen employees would fall into the category of possible early retirees.

Note: Meeting will be shown on Comcast Channel 96 and at U-Verse 99 on Wednesday, September 19 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 23 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

TOWN OF BERLIN

TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Town Council Chambers

7 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

PRESENTATION OF PROCLAMATION      

LEUKEMIA, LYMPHOMA & MYELOMA AWARENESS MONTH

AUDIENCE OF CITIZENS

MEETING AGENDA – Immediately Following the Audience of Citizens

CONSENT AGENDA:

1.     Topic re: Refer the purchase of the generator for Town Hall to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a review pursuant to section 8-24 of the Connecticut General Statutes. – Town Clerk/Public Works

2.     Topic re: Appropriate $200.00 to the Revenue Account, Sale of Labor, Land, and Materials and to Vehicle Reserve Account for the future purchase of vehicles, equipment and related items. – Municipal Garage

NEW BUSINESS:

1.     Topic re:  Report out to the Town Council regarding the Berlin High School renovation project. – Town Clerk

2.     Topic re: Endorse the Economic Development Commission’s recommendation for Phase II of the Park to follow the original concept without a skateboard park. – Economic Development

3.     Topic re: Approve the donation of four eighteen hole rounds of golf, with carts, at Timberlin Golf Course to be used as raffle prizes for Berlin High School Girls Soccer Jamboree that was held on September 8, 2012. The value of the donation is $210. – Golf Course

4.     Topic re: Authorize the Town Manager to award contract # 2012-30 for the purchase of (1) HP P4500 G2 28.2TB SAS Multi-SAN and (2) 3 Year Support Plus 24 SVC to Consolidated Computing, Inc. of Easton, CT in an amount not to exceed $51,011. – Town Manager

5.     Topic re: Waive the Town of Berlin purchasing requirements and purchase two vehicles for Public Grounds and Water & Sewer Departments from Morande Ford of Berlin CT for an amount not to exceed $59,235.00 as this is in the Towns best interest. – Municipal Garage

6.     Topic re: Adopt the attached “Resolution Making Certain Findings with Respect to Unexpended Bond Proceeds of the Town and Appropriating Said Proceeds for Capital Purposes,” which will transfer $73,468.67 from the Beckley Road Bridge, Open Space 2003 and 1677 Berlin Turnpike projects to Debt Service ($30,468.67) and Disaster Recovery Initiatives ($43,000). – Finance

7.     Topic re: Set a Special Town Meeting for October 2, 2012 at 6:45 P.M. to obtain approval to appropriate $67,656.59 premium on note issuance to Other Receipts and Interest Payment Expense. - Finance

8.     Topic re: Adopt the Town of Berlin Connecticut 401 and 457 Defined Contribution Plans Investment Policy Statement as recommended by the Pension Committee. – Finance

9.     Topic re: Refer the construction of a maintenance building at Sage Park back to the Public Building Commission and appropriate the additional $100,000 to State and Federal Grants Revenue and Capital Items- Buildings and Renovations Expenditure within the Sage Park Maintenance Building. – Town Manager

10.  Topic re: Approve the Voluntary Retirement Program as proposed. – Town Manager

APPOINTMENTS:

  1. Board of Ethics Vacancy – Term would expire on January 31, 2014. Can be filled with a D, R or U.
  1. Board of Ethics – Alternate – Vacancy – Term would expire on January 31, 2014. Can be filled with an R or U.
  1. Berlin Cemetery Committee – Richard Poudrier (R) resigned July 26, 2012. Term would expire on January 31, 2013. Can be filed with a D, R or U.
  1. Environmental Protection Advisory Commission (New Commission adopted by Town Council 7/5/2011) – Shall consist of seven (7) members, four of which have already been appointed; Carolyn Wysocki (D) new term ending 1/31/2015, Barbara Coughlin (D) term ending 1/31/2013, Neil McCarthy (D) term ending 1/31/2013 and Karen M. Salwocki (R) term ending 1/31/2013. Three members still need to be appointed and all three (3) members shall be appointed to serve until January 31, 2014. Can be filled with 1 D, 3 R or 3 U. Thereafter, all members shall be appointed to serve a term of three (3) years.
  1. Inland Wetlands & Water Courses Commission Vacancy – Term would expire on January 31, 2015. Can be filled with a D, R or U.
  1.  Inland Wetlands & Water Courses Commission Vacancy – Term would expire on January 31, 2015. Can be filled with a D, R or U.
  1. Inland Wetlands & Water Courses Commission Alternate – Vacancy – Term would expire on January 31, 2014. Can be filled with an R or U.
  1. Plainville Area Cable Television Advisory Council (PACTAC) – Vacancy – Term would expire on June 30, 2013.  Can be filled with a D or U.
  1. Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate – Vacancy - Term would expire on January 31, 2014. Can be filled with a D, R or U.
  1. Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate – Vacancy – Term would expire on January 31, 2016. Can only be filled with a D or U if above appointment is filled with an R.
  1. Water Control Commission Alternate – Paul G. Cavaliere, Jr. (D) resigned June 14, 2012. Replacement term would expire on January 31, 2014. Can be filled with a D, R or U.
  1. Water Control Commission Alternate – Frank Horbal (U) resigned May 1, 2012. Replacement term would expire on January 31, 2014. Can be filled with a D, R or U.
  1. Water Control Commission Alternate –Vacancy - Term would expire on January 31, 2015. Can be filled with a D, R or U depending upon what political party the above vacancies are filled with. There are three alternates and only two of which can be from the same political party.
  1. Youth Services Advisory Board Service Consumer – Vacancy – Term would expire on January 31, 2014.
  1. Youth Services Advisory Board Youth Officer – Brian Dumais resigned 9/6/2012. Replacement term would be until January 31, 2013.

 

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT:

SPECIAL COMMITTEE REPORTS:

COUNCILORS’ COMMUNICATION:

ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES: September 11, 2012

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