Board of Selectmen Meeting Highlights

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April 3, 2023

Fair Housing

Selectmen re-adopted the Fair Housing Resolution, Fair Housing Policy Statement, Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Affirmative Action Policy Statement, Municipal Grievance Procedure, and Americans with Disabilities Act Notice.

Neighborhood Assistance

Selectmen conducted the required annual review that allows Granby to continue its participation in the Neighborhood Assistance program, authorizing the town manager to complete all requirements. Organizations that wish to participate should contact Sandra Yost, director of human services.

Abandoned, Inoperable or Unregistered Vehicles

In compliance with a state law, selectmen have established an updated permit application fee of $75 for abandoned, inoperable/unregistered vehicles.

Technology Appropriation

Selectmen authorized use of American Rescue Plan funds of $10,890 for GIS software, fire inspection software for $5,950, and a large format printer/copier/scanner for $10,000, for a total allocation of $26,840.

Adjustment to FY 2023-2024 Proposed Budget

The board of finance has approved selectmen’s proposed budget, adding $30,000 to the benefits health plan, bringing the administration department’s total budget to $5,297,689 for the next fiscal year.

Neglected Cemetery Grant

Selectmen authorized First Selectman Mark Fiorentino to manage all aspects of the 2023 Neglected Cemetery Account Grant Program.

Public Session

Glenn Ballard offered selectmen use of a tool that he created that could assist tracking unfinished business.

April 17, 2023

New Library Services Director

Amber Wyzik brings wide experience to Granby, including improving technology services and in grant writing and implementation.

Wildflower Meadow,

Aubrey Schultz, president of Friends of the Granby Wildflower Meadow, said the group has begun mowing, data collection and removal of invasive species on the town-owned land at 175 Salmon Brook Street that in August 2021 was designated as a wildflower meadow.

Town Manager Search Committee

On the advice of town counsel, selectmen will serve as the executive search committee for a new town manager.

ARPA To Fund HVAC Upgrades

Selectmen approved about $400,000 of American Rescue Plan funds to upgrade the HVAC system on the town hall campus. Engineering firm Russell and Dawson, low bidder at $59,200, will evaluate needs and recommend improvements.

Town Manager’s Report

Finance director Kimi Cheng said tax collection is at 99 percent and the short -term interest rate has increased since last year.

First Selectman’s Report

First Selectman Mark H. Fiorentino expects a final draft report from the charter revision commission soon, noting that this will impact selectmen’s summer meeting schedule.