BOARD OF SELECTMEN

 

REGULAR MEETING

January 17, 2006

 

 

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:

         Judy Neville, First Selectman

       Johnny Potts, Selectman

       Paul Giusti, Selectman

 

ALSO PRESENT:  George Maranis, Administrative Officer;  Cheryl Jones, Personnel Director;  John Howe, Superintendent of Parks;  Carol McDonald, Director of Human Services;  Chris Kaiser, Manager of Information Technologies;  Dr. Lewis Annunziato, Chairman, Town Council;  Laura Kenyon, New Canaan Advertiser;  John Mordecai, New Canaan News-Review

 

Judy Neville called the meeting to order at 10:06 am, called the roll, and asked that the minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 5, 2006 be approved.  On the motion of Mr. Potts and the second of Mr. Giusti, the minutes were approved unanimously.

 

Mr. Howe then presented a request from the Parks Department to purchase a 2006 Chevrolet Rack Body Truck from the second low bidder, Karl Chevrolet.  The amount requested is $43,469, below the budgeted amount of $46,000, but $165 more than the first low bidder, who did not meet the required specifications.  Mr. Howe explained that the truck was not a replacement, but an addition to the fleet and, in response to inquiries from the Selectmen, he justified the need for the truck.  On the motion of Mr. Giusti and the second of Mr. Potts, the request was approved unanimously.

 

Ms. McDonald then presented the plan of the Department of Human Services to conduct a Senior Needs Assessment Study in New Canaan.  She described the process of conducting a “Senior Seniors” survey, with a goal of interviewing at least 300 seniors, to be completed by April 2006.  The questionnaire is being developed by George McAvoy and will be administered in conjunction with the United Way. It will be privately funded. Matters to be covered by the survey are quality of life, aging in place, care and support, and affordability.  Considerable discussion was held on the number of seniors of New Canaan, particularly their classification by age ranges over 65, with Ms. McDonald stressing the importance of getting them all “connected” with the Department of Human Services. The Selectmen endorsed the goals of the Department and wished Ms. McDonald luck in her endeavors.

 

The Selectmen, on the motion of Mr. Giusti and the second of Mr. Potts, next unanimously approved the following appointments:

·        Peg (Mary) Sherry, Carlyn Tiefenthaler, and Mickey Stayman to the Health & Human Services Commission for terms to expire on December 1, 2008.

·        John Ponterotto from Alternate to Regular Member of the Planning & Zoning Commission for a term to expire December 1, 2008, replacing Robert Coburn, whose term has expired.

·        Richard Ward as an Alternate to the Planning & Zoning Commission for a term to expire December 1, 2007, replacing John Ponterotto, who has been advanced to Regular Member.

·        William Knoblock to the Deer Committee, replacing Robert Ker, who resigned.

 

Tax refunds were then approved unanimously, on the motion of Mr. Potts and the second of Mr. Giusti.

 

At this point, 10:28 am, the Board voted unanimously to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.

 

Upon returning to Regular Session at 11:05 am, the Selectmen voted unanimously, on the motion of Mr. Potts and the second of Mr. Giusti, to approve the hiring of Sal Delucia as a full-time (from part-time) employee in the Information Technologies Department, with the title of Technology Specialist/Webmaster. 

 

                                                                   

                                                                   Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                   George M. Maranis, Secretary