TOWN COUNCIL OF
Dr. Lewis Annunziato Paul Foley
Barbara Beall Christine Hussey
Ken Campbell Thomas O’Dea
Kathryn Devereaux Ruth Smithers
Mark DeWaele Dick White
John Emert Penny Young
ALSO PRESENT: George Maranis, Administrative Officer; Gary Conrad, Chief Financial Officer; Judy Neville, First Selectman; Johnny Potts,
Dr. Annunziato called the
meeting to order at Ms. Young read the Notice of Meeting and
called the roll, recording the presence of each of the members. Dr. Annunziato then asked that the minutes of
the Regular Meeting of
Dr. Annunziato then asked that the Council enact the Amendment to Ordinance on Health and Human Services Commission and, upon the motion of Mr. White and the second of Mrs. Young, the Council voted unanimously to approve the Amendment.
Mr. White next moved, and Mr. Emert seconded, a motion to approve the Amendments to Tax Relief Ordinance. The Council discussed at length proposed changes to the Ordinance. Mr. O’Dea proposed separating the tax credit from the deferral of taxes and raised issues regarding (1)ability of trust fund recipients to qualify, (2) use of “1.5 times the average sale price of homes” as a standard, and (3) the one year residency requirement. Dr. DeWaele also thought the Ordinance would benefit from being “tightened up.” The Council also discussed the appropriateness of the interest rate charged by the Town to the applicants. Carol McDonald appealed to the Council, arguing that the need of certain residents for tax relief is great. Ms. Hussey questioned a provision of the ordinance which makes the grant of tax relief by the Town permissive rather than mandatory, and she questioned a provision which requires an applicant to first make application for relief to the State in order to be eligible for Town tax relief. After addressing all of these issues, the Council agreed to two amendments. Upon motion of Mrs. Hussey and second by Mrs. Smithers, the Council voted unanimously to amend the ordinance as follows – (1) to delete the provision at Section 57-2H which provides that the value of an applicant’s home cannot exceed “1.5 times” the average sale price of homes in New Canaan and to insert in its place a provision stating that the value of an applicant’s home cannot exceed “the average” sales price of homes in New Canaan, and (2) to require appointment of a committee in two years to review the ordinance, rather than in three years. Upon motion of Ms. Hussey and second of Ms. Young the Council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance, after incorporation of the two changes above.
Upon motion of Mr. Campbell and second of Ms. Hussey the Council then voted unanimously to adopt the Amendment to Ordinance on Fees.
Upon motion of Mr. White and second of Mrs. Young, the Council then voted unanimously to refer the proposed Ordinance Providing for Noise Pollution Control back to committee for further study. This action was precipitated by the public dissent expressed in the Public Hearing held earlier in the evening.
Council next heard a request from the New Canaan High School Building Committee
for an appropriation of $2,786,358 for continuation of asbestos abatement at
The Council then, on the motion of Ms. Hussey and the second of Mr. DeWaele, unanimously enacted a resolution entitled “Resolution Appropriating $2,786,358 For Continuation Of Asbestos Abatement At The New Canaan High School And Authorizing The Issuance Of $2,786,358 Of Bonds Of The Town To Meet Said Appropriation And Pending the Issuance Thereof The Making Of Temporary Borrowings For Such Purpose.”
Before proceeding further,
Ms. Wagner, as well as contractors on the project, protested that the Council’s
previous vote attaching conditions to the appropriation request for $2,786,358 could
create situations where asbestos abatement and renovation work might have to
stop until the necessary funds were released by the Council, an often prolonged
process. After further discussion, the
Council realized that, in fact, this could prevent the Building Committee from
performing its work in a timely manner and, upon the motion of Mrs. Hussey and the
second of Dr. DeWaele, the Council voted to rescind its prior vote, ten in
favor, with Mr. Foley voting against and Mr. Campbell abstaining. The Council then modified the motion and, upon
the motion of Dr. DeWaele and the second
of Ms. Hussey, it unanimously voted (Mr.
Campbell abstaining) to approve the request for $2,786,358, upon condition that
the Building Committee not use the contingency fund for asbestos abatement-related
costs except for emergencies, and that if the funds are used, notice shall be
given to the
There being no further business, upon motion duly made, the meeting was adjourned at
Penny Young, Secretary