September 16, 2019
Present: B. Scott Kuhnly, Sally King, James Lofink, Mark Neumann, Edward Ohannessian, and John D. Ward, Town Manager
On A Motion by Selectman Neumann, seconded by Selectman King, the Board voted unanimously (5-0-0) to reorder the agenda placing V.B. Consideration of Collective Bargaining Matters (Item Deemed Appropriate for executive session) to follow viii. Selectman Reports.
First Selectman Kuhnly apologized to anyone who stopped by for Koffee with Kuhnly this morning to find he was not there. Koffee with Kuhnly will be next week, September 23, at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room.
On A Motion by Selectman Neumann, seconded by Selectman Ohannessian, the Board voted unanimously (5-0-0) to approve the appointment of James C. Tsaptsinos (R), 25 Stonewall Drive, West Granby, to the Board of Finance.
Vacancies: Commission on Aging (1), Conservation Commission (1), School Projects Building Committee (1), Local Complete Count (3). Anyone looking to be a volunteer should contact the Democratic Town Committee Chairman Christine Chinni, the Republican Town Committee Chairman Mark Neumann or the Town Manager’s Office.
There will be an orientation meeting Sept. 19, for the three building committees, to establish a calendar for their meetings, choose a chairman, and review their charge.
Town Manager Ward met with Interim Superintendent Mark Winzler to discuss the possible use of the Kearns School building as an educational facility again. He will follow up with CREC after that.
Senator Witkos will be part of a working group investigating issues pertaining to bears. He anticipates that the group will make recommendations for the 2020 legislative session. There is talk of a possible recommendation for a state-wide ordinance.
Selectman Ohannessian asked Town Manager Ward about the future of Kearns School. Ward indicated that he and Mrs. Kenyon expect to come back to the board with a review of options regarding this.
There was discussion of getting a jump on the upcoming budget season. The board is looking for data to review ahead of time regarding needs and goals for the budget. Ward asked for specifics as to the information they would like. First Selectman Kuhnly suggested the board members email their requests to him and he will forward them to Town Manager Ward and the board.
First Selectman Reports (B. Scott Kuhnly)
Selectman King inquired about the repair of the door at Cossitt Library. It was noted an RFP is being drafted for an architect for historic buildings before the repair can be made. A grant was received to hire an architect.
On A Motion by Selectman Lofink, seconded by Selectman Ohannessian, the board voted unanimously (5-0-0) to recess the regular Board of Selectmen meeting at 7:18 p.m. First Selectman Kuhnly called the executive session of the Board of Selectmen to order at 7:20 p.m.
Present: B. Scott Kuhnly, Sally King, James Lofink, Mark Neumann, Edward Ohannessian, and Town Manager John D. Ward
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss collective bargaining matters.
At 7:50 p.m. the regular meeting of the Board of Selectman resumed.
On A Motion by First Selectman Kuhnly, seconded by Selectman Neumann, the board voted unanimously (5-0-0) to adjourn the executive session at 7:50 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, John D. Ward, Town Manager