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Selectmen's Meeting
May 11, 2005
7:00 p.m.

Present: Selectmen McCusker, Mezzetti, Cahill, Donovan and Isaacson; Rosemary
Hanson, Barbara Webb, Hubert Adams, Bonnie Finkeldey, David Townsend,
Ed Hidek, Tim Guerra, Peter Neff, public and press
Pledge of Allegiance
All stood to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Visitors
Bonnie Finkeldey joined the Selectmen, advising them that she had recently resigned from the Tennis / Skateboard Committee, but had then attended a meeting of the Park and Recreation Commission and felt that she could rejoin the Committee. She expressed concern as to which board or commission would make the final decisi on, and if their (the Tennis / Skateboard Committee) would have their recommendations objectively considered.
With assurances from the Selectmen that their Committee and the Park and Recreation Commission would have their recommendations considered by the Selectmen, who would make the final decision, Finkeldey indicated that she would like to be re-appointed.
Mezzetti moved to re-appoint Bonnie Finkeldey to the Tennis / Skateboard Committee, seconded by Isaacson and unanimously approved.
Ad-Hoc Ethics Committee - Discussion
On a motion by Donovan, seconded by Mezzetti, Barbara Webb and Hubert Adams were appointed to a new Code of Ethics Review Committee.
The present Code was enacted in 1971, confirmed in 1977 and re-confirmed in 1989. The Selectmen have agreed that it should be reviewed and possibly updated, and plan to appoint a total of five members to this Committee.
Three others have been contacted but were unable to attend this meeting this evening.
A meeting will be convened when all are available. Webb and Adams were sworn in by First Selectman McCusker at 7:15 p.m.
Town Planner Discussion - Ad HocCommittee
Ed Hidek and Tim Guerra, Co-Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Town Planner Study Committee, joined the Selectmen. Hidek, Vice Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, spoke at length of the need for a Town Planner, as Clinton continues to grow, and sewers will be constructed.
Rules and Regulations need strengthening, and the Planning and Zoning Commissioners usually do not have the expertise of a Town Planner.
Hidek continued, noting that if Grant funds are available, the town needs someone with expertise to apply for the Grant, and someone with expertise to administer it.
Tim Guerra added that a Planner would be involved in many areas.
It was noted that today, many matters are sent to an engineering consultant or an architectural firm, but a Planner could probably handle many of these at great savings to the town.
A starting salary was estimated to be $55,000.- $65,000., with another$20,000 - $25,000. in benefits. Guerra stated that we need a professionally trained person to lead the town..
Lois Kinney, speaking from the audience, suggested a long list of boards and commissions that could use the services of a Planner.
Guerra added that all boards and commissions should know what all of the other boards and commissions are doing, and a Planner could assist all of them. The Committee has prepared a Job Description for Town Planner. It is attached to these Minutes.
Line Item Transfers - Rosemary Hanson, Director of Finance
Hanson distributed requested line item transfers, copies of which are attached to these Minutes. Cahill moved to approve a request for $44,960. to cover contractual salary increases and transfer other lesser amounts and send them on to the Board of Finance for their consideration. (Copies of these requests are attached to these Minutes.) Mezzetti seconded the motion and this was unanimously approved.
Hanson also noted that $38,000. had been received from the federal government to help cover the cost of snow removal this winter. Selectman's Report Isaacson noted leaks in the Town Hall and was advised by McCusker that Jacunski Architects were preparing a proposal for repairs, A reply has not yet been received from the town attorney re a question from Isaacson in connection with a recent charge of conflict of interest.
Isaacson noted concern over cuts in roads for utility work that were not properly closed.
McCusker asked for specifics and will contact the utility companies to complete their work.
McCusker reminded the members that the next meeting, on May 18, will be at 8:00 a.m.
Members of the Public Works Commission and employees will attend that meeting.
Minutes
Mezzetti moved to approve the minutes of May 4, 2005. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved.

Adjourn
It was unanimously agreed to adjourn at 7:55 p.m.

Shirley Morrison
Administrative Assistant
Cc: Town Clerk
Selectmen
Director of Finance
PZC

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Selectmen's Meeting
May 4, 2005
8:00 a.m

Present: Selectmen McCusker, Mezzetti, Cahill, Donovan and Isaacson;
Members of the public and press
Pledge of Allegiance - Moment of Silence
All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
First Selectman McCusker then asked for a moment of silence in memory of Joseph
Vailette, son of Edward Vailette, our Director of Public Works.
Visitors
None wished to speak at this time.
Resignations / Appointments
None.
Line Item Transfers
The Director of Finance was unable to attend this meeting.
Dog Ordinance
The proposed Dog Ordinance was briefly reviewed. One of the considerations would be to close the Town Beach to all dogs from May 1
to October 30; to have a large sign
giving the hours the beach is open; repairing the gate and having it closed at a stated time.
Public hearings will be scheduled for the proposed Dog Ordinance and also for the
proposed Blight Ordinance.
Ad-hoc Board of Ethics Committee
The following persons will be invited to attend the May 11, 2005 meeting of the Selectmen to discuss their interest in being part of
an ad-hoc committee to review and
revise the Code of Ethics: Barbara Webb, Hubert Adams, Anselmo Delia, Malcolm Gill and Martin Gibbs. A Charge to the Committee will
be prepared.

Selectmen's Meeting 2 May 4, 2005Add to Agenda
Donovan moved to add to the agenda "DUI Grant". This was seconded by Mezzetti and unanimously approved. The Department of
Transportation has advised the approval of a $1,551.Highway Safety Strategic Plan grant for the "2005 Memorial Day / Fourth of July
Enforcement Program", effective May 26, 2005. Mezzetti moved to approve the acceptance of this $1,551. grant and forward a
request for approval on to the Board of Finance. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved.
Selectman's Report
Isaacson noted that on March 23, 2005 a decision of the Board of Ethics concerning him was to have been given to Town Attorney John
Bennet for his review and advice. To date there has been no reply.
Donovan advised that contracts for the Basketball court are almost ready to be drawn. He also noted that the Capital Expenditures
Committee allowed $40,000. for cameras
to be installed at different parks and playgrounds. McCusker noted that a new bench had been thrown into the water at the Town Dock,
and this type of vandalism to town equipment and to boats at the Dock could possibly be avoided with camera equipment.
Cahill advised of a newly proposed state conveyance tax on the sale of property, with the first $100,000. tax free. It is House Bill
6393.
Cahill noted that the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance had reviewed a Fire Department Retirement program. It is to be
forwarded to the new Town Actuary for review.
Cahill mentioned the possibility of waiving a portion of the taxes paid on the pool and the tennis courts at Hammock Parkway, using
this as an incentive instead of taking a portion of this property by eminent domain in connection with a drainage problem on
Loop Road.
McCusker noted a special town meeting schedule d to be held t his evening, which will adjourn to referendum on May 11, 2005 . He
also advised that the Town Planner Study Committee would make a presentation on May 11. Also, the Public Works Commission and DPW
employees will attend the May 18th Selectmen's meeting to review some concerns.
Minutes
Isaacson moved to accept the minutes of April 27, 2005. Donovan seconded and this
Selectmen's Meeting 3 May 5, 2005was approved by McCusker, Isaacson and Donovan. Mezzetti and Cahill abstained as they were not
present. The motion carried..
Adjourn
Mezzetti moved to adjourn at 8:40 a.m., seconded by Donovan and unanimously approved.

Shirley Morrison
Administrative Assistant
Cc: Town Clerk
Selectmen
Director of Finance
Public Works Commission
Public Works Staff-J. Heser

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Selectmen's Meeting
April 20, 2005
8:00 a.m.

Present: Selectmen McCusker, Mezzetti, Cahill, Donovan and Isaacson; members of the public and press

Pledge of Allegiance

All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Visitors

None wished to speak at this time.

Appointments / Resignations

None at this time.

Administrators' Salary Requests-Clinton Police Department/Board of Police Commissioners

McCusker noted that the salary increases recommended by the Police Commission for the Chief of Police and two
Majors are for 3 %, and recommended 3%.
McCusker then recommended a 3% salary increase plus fifty cents per hour for Administrative Assistant Kathleen Nicely, as requested
by the Police Commission.
Following discussion, Donovan moved to increase the salaries for the Chief of Police
and two Police Majors by 3%, and increase the salary for the Administr ative Assistant
by 3% plus fifty cents per hour, with all increases effective July 1, 2005. Isaacson
seconded this motion and it was unanimously approved.

Cahill urged that in the future, the Police Commission adhere to town policy.

"Former" Police Station Discussion-Peter Neff, Building Committee Chairman

Neff joined the Selectmen and asked for their recommendations as to renovations to this building. Among the
items discussed: cutting $600,000. from the cost by eliminating public bathrooms and use of the upstairs; using upstairs for
offices for the Fire Marshal,
Dept of Public Works and Probate Judge, and the need for work on the building if nothing is to be done.

The Selectmen agreed that the building should be fully renovated. An elevator will make the upstairs comply
with state mandates. Four offices and a general conference room can be made available for town use, leaving the lower level for
general community
purposes. Neff will contact Architect Al Jacunski for a proposal on this work.

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April 20, 2005

Add to Agenda - Joel School and Other School Projects

Neff advised that the last bill was in on the Mediation on the Joel School-Asbestos and Mold problems.

Neff , Chairman of the School Building Committee, reviewed a letter from Jacunski Humes Architects dated
February 7, 2005 listing four phased proposals for Architectural /
Engineering Services for seven projects at the Pierson, Eliot and Morgan Schools. Details are attached to these minutes. Mezzetti
moved to approve a $70,000. appropriation to cover cost of this Architectural and Engineering work. Isaacson seconded and this
was unanimously approved. This will be sent on to the Board of Finance for their consideration.

Harbor Management Commission Funding Request-Stephen Hayes, Chairman

The Board of Finance, at their meeting April 18, 2005 approved a request from the Harbor Management Commission
for an appropriation of $300. to cover the cost of
a Department of Environmental Protection Permit Application to allow the Town to retain the existing Town docks, and $2100. for
Coastline Consulting, LLC to prepare the necessary drawings and applications. Research by the DEP has shown that the docks
were not installed as originally approved in 1967.

Mezzetti moved to approve the action of the Board of Finance in approving this request.
Donovan seconded and this was unanimo usly approved.

Add to Agenda- Roof of Holiday Dock

Mezzetti then moved to approve the action of the Board of Finance on April 18, 2005 in approving a $4,000.
appropriation to have the roof of the Holiday Dock Snack Bar replaced. Donovan seconded and this was unanimously approved.

Line Item Transfers-2004/05 Budget Review- Rosemary Hanson

Following discussion, Mezzetti moved to ratify all transfers of funds requested by Director of Finance Hanson
as approved by the Board of Finance on April 18, 2005. A $20,000. transfer is to be scheduled for the agenda of a special town
meeting on April 27, 2005. Donovan seconded and this was unanimously approved.

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April 20, 2005

Add to Agenda - Technology Committee

Mezzetti moved to ratify the action of the Board of Finance on April 18, 2005 in approving an appropriation of
$13,000. for the Technology Committee for the Town Hall Infrastructure Project . Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously
approved.

Add to Agenda-Water Pollution Control Commission Request

Donovan moved to approve a request from the WPCC for an appropriation not to exceed
$15,000. to have Camp Dresser McKee prepare a Development of Onsite Wastewater
Management Plan, and send this on to the Board of Finance. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved.

Rosemary Hanson

Hanson suggested that an agenda for the May 4th meeting of the Selectmen include a letter giving department
heads s deadline date for the issuance of purchase orders. Also,
the medical buyout form for the 2005-06 year, and part-time salary increases.

Selectman's Report

Isaacson advised that the Elderly Housing consultant is preparing an RFP, and asked if the "STEAP" grant of
$350,000. had gone to a town meeting. (Staff research showed that
the consultant is handling this, and had just prepared the papers applying to the state for
these funds. The First Selectman has signed them and sent them on to the state)

Isaacson also noted that the Town Planner committee had requested to be on the agenda of the May 11, 2005
meeting.

Isaacson advised that a large body of water on the Minkowitz property is not mentioned in the appraisal of that
property, and feels that it should be.

Donovan advised that the Director of Park and Recreation will recei ve one checkbook from the state for the three projects being done.

Mezzetti noted that the RFP for the Technology Project at Town Hall will be advertised on April 24.

Mezzetti also commented on the services for Fire Department Lt. Jeffrey Miller, noting th e heavy turnout of fire and police personnel and townspeople.

McCusker noted the April 27th meeting will start at 7:00 p.m., with at town meeting at 8:00 p.m.

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April 20, 2005

McCusker, the town attorney, the chairman of the Water Pollution
Control Commission and several others met with the Attorney General's office
to review concerns about the WPCC wastewater disposal project.

McCusker also commented on the funeral services for Lt. Miller, adding that Fire Chief Scott Andrews spoke eloquently at the Church.

McCusker, addressing Selectman Isaacson, asked if there was a petition being taken for presentation to the Town
Clerk, and if so, what did it say? And did it relate to both the
Camp Hadar property and the Minkowitz property? Isaacson replied that there was a petition to take the Camp Hadar property to
referendum with a purchase price of $3,300,000. plus bonding costs.

McCusker, again addressing Isaacson, said that as a Selectman, he-Isaacson-had a responsibility to the Board of
Selectmen to keep them advised. He-McCusker-said that
he would have expected to have seen it by now.

Isaacson replied that he-McCusker-was entitled to his opinion.

McCusker said "yes". He then added that he is receiving calls from the public expressing concern over the
owner's statements as to the number of housing units that could be built on Camp Hadar property.

McCusker asked Isaacson to provide him with a copy of the petition.

Minutes

Mezzetti moved to approve the minutes of April 6, 2005 with a correction to show $3,000. not $2,000. at the top of page 2. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved.

Executive Session

At 9:05 a.m. Mezzetti moved to go to executive session, inviting Chairman of the Board of Finance Peter Neff to join them, to discuss property negotiations. Donovan seconded and this was unanimously approved. Property negotiations were discussed.

At 9:30 a.m. Mezzetti moved to return to open session and adjourn. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved.

Shirley Morrison Administrative Assistant

Cc: Town Clerk (w/attachments)
Selectmen
Director of Finance
Peter Neff
WPCC
Chief Faughnan

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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
March 30, 2005

PRESENT: J. McCusker, D. Mezzetti, D. Donovan, A. Isaacson, L. Cahill
Guests: Attorney McDonnell
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance
Visitors: No one wanted to speak to non-agenda items.
Resignations/ Appointments: The Democratic Town Committee recommended Sally Cotter be appointed to the Historic District Commission.
She appeared before the board and gave a brief overview of herself. A motion was made by D. Mezzetti, seconded by A. Isaacson
to appoint Sally Cotter to the alternate position on the Historic District Commission until June 30, 2007. The motion was
approved unanimously.
Gerald Cotter, an unaffiliated, has placed his name into the ring for an appointment to the Historic District Commission. In
previous years, he has served on numerous other boards and commissions in town. A motion was made by L. Cahill, seconded by A. Isa
acson to appoint Gerald Cotter to the alternate position on the Historic District Commission until June 30, 2006. The motion
was approved unanimously.
A letter was received from the Democratic Town Committee recommending Lawrence Ouellette and Peggy Adler be appointed to the Open
Space Advisory Committee. J. McCusker noted that according to Town Charter the Open Space Advisory Committee would be reducing
its members by one (from 8 to 7 members) July 1, 2005. A motion was made by L. Cahill, seconded by D. Mezzetti to appoint
Lawrence Ouellette to the Open Space Advisory Committee until June 30, 2005. The motion was approved unanimously. It was noted
that Lynnabeth Mays appoint had expired June 30, 2004. She has been on this committee since its conception, therefore L.
Cahill made a motion, seconded by D. Mezzetti to reappoint Lynnabeth Mays to the Open Space Advisory Committee until June 30, 2006.
The motion was approved unanimously. J. McCusker explained that a member is on a particular committee, commission or board
until such time as they are replaced. Therefore it is important for the DTC, RTC and all unaffiliated to review the expiration
dates of terms for all members. K. Bozzi suggested all committee chairpersons be given an updated list of members and their
expiration dates. Also it was questioned h ow the Open Space Committee would go from 8 members to 7 members at the end of
June. J. McCusker suggested that attendance records will be reviewed and that may help to make that determination.

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Minutes - March 30, 2005Emergency Antenna Funding - Clinton Police Department. J. Hansen, T. Lawrie, S. Andrews, K. Archer were
present. A letter dated March 28, 2005 from Major Fitzgerald regarding transmission and reception problems with our emergency
service radios on the Cow Hill tower was received. The five (5) antennae are deteriorating and are in need of replacing. Each
antennae costs approximately $1,000 and there is a 6 week produce and ship time. A motion was made by A. Isaacson, seconded by D.
Mezzetti to recommend an appropriation not to exceed $6,000 for replacement of the five antennae on the Cow Hill Tower and
move this to the Board of Finance. The motion was approved unanimously.
Administrative Salary Merit Increase - Clinton Police Department: A letter dated March 24, 2005 from Police Commissioner Chairman
Stuart Fox regarding an increase in salary for Mrs. Nicely was received. A motion was made by D. Mezzetti, seconded by A.
Isaacson to send this issue back to the Police Commission and recommend that it be made part of the regular budg et salary
increases. The motion was approved unanimously.
A motion was made by D. Mezzetti, seconded by D. Donovan to move item 7 to 5a. The motion was approved unanimously.
Historic District Commission Project: They are requesting $9,475 to hire experts and consultants who will design an achievable plan
that builds on the community's strengths and historic assets. A motion was made by D. Mezzetti, seconded by L. Cahill to
appropriate $9,475 to the Historic District Commission for work performed by the Yale Urban Design Workshop and send this to the
Board of Finance. The motion was approved unanimously.
Wastewater Status Review: T. Dupuis of Camp Dresser McKee was in attendance as well as members of the WPCC. A letter dated March 18,
2005 from the Betsy Wingfield of the DEP was received and various sections of this letter were discussed. Six items from a
previous letter dated March 19, 2003 from the DEP were reviewed and discussed. A motion was made by D. Mezzetti, seconded by
L. Cahill to go into Executive Session at 7:25 p.m. to discuss negotiations, litigation and claims made in the March 18, 2005
letter from DEP with invited guests to include Attorney K. McDonnell, R. Grenon, T. Dupuis and members of the WPCC. The
motion was approved unanimously.
A motion was made by D. Mezzetti, seco nded by D. Donovan to close the Executive Session at 8:40 p.m. The motion was approved
unanimously.
A motion was made by D. Mezzetti, seconded by D. Donovan to move out of Executive Session at 8:40 p.m. The motion was approved
unanimously.

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Minutes - March 30, 2005Phone System - Town Hall: J. O'Connell presented the information regarding a new phone system for the town
hall. He reported that when the power is lost, even for a short time, it affects the phone and a replacement system is
required, as they no longer manufacture parts for the old system. Prices for the various systems were provided. D. Mezzetti reported
that the Technology Committee is investigating a new phone system, which would be connected or go through the computer
system. It is anticipated that the town hall will be wired for technology by July 1,
2005. R. Nash stated an UPS could possibly solve the problem during the interim of upgrading and updating the town hall. A motion
was made by D. Mezzetti, seconded by D. Donovan to request an appropriation of $1,000 for an UPS to hold the phone system
until Voice Over IP is in place and send this to the Board of Finance. The motion was approved unanimously.
Selectmen's Reports
Isaacson: K. Cooga n of Loop Road questioned the status of the work to be done. J. McCusker explained a pump is made available when
needed, E. Vailette, Jacobson, and the town engineer are drawing up a plan, and there is the possibility of a prescript
easement. The selectmen suggested having town counsel give them direction as to what can be done to expedite the remedy to this
road problem.
Questioned the status of the outsourcing for the grass cutting. J. McCusker waiting for input from the PWC.
A motion was made by A. Isaacson, seconded by L. Cahill to set a referendum date of May 25, 2005 for Open Space and a public hearing
date of April 27, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. for Open Space and go ahead and execute the contract and strike from it the naming
requirement and send it to the owner's attorney. The motion did not carry with a vote of 2 in favor (A. Isaacson, D. Donovan) and 3
opposed (J. McCusker, D. Mezzetti, L. Cahill). L. Cahill noted there is a meeting with Minkowitz on April 5, 2005 and he would
like to have that meeting first.
Donovan: All Park and Rec projects are progressing, Eliot field, Peter's basketball court and skatepark RFP.
Cahill: Nothing.
Mezzetti: The letter dated March 28, 2005 from Peggy Adler should be sent to the town attorney along with other documents and
letters rece ived regarding the Board of Ethics. A. Isaacson objected to this review as it is not allowed in the town charter and
the Board of Selectmen should not be providing free legal review for any resident disagreeing with a decision made by a board
or commission.

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Minutes - March 30, 2005Rev Woodbridge noted it is improper to take a private conversation and make it public, it is improper to
call for a review by town counsel and it is a dead issue and P. Adler should lay it to rest.
McCusker explained that a response will not be received from town counsel (J. Bennett) until he returns from his vacation.
A motion was made by D. Mezzetti, seconded by L. Cahill that the March 28, 2005 letter from Peggy Adler be included with the rest of
the information and sent to town counsel for his review. The motion carried with a vote of 3 in favor (J. McCusker, D.
Mezzetti, L. Cahill) and 2 opposed (A. Isaacson, D. Donovan).
Members of the audience questioned the precedent being set tonight. If any resident has a dispute with a decision reached by any
board, commission or committee they can bring it to the Board of Selectmen for the town counsel's review?W. Church questioned how
the Board of Selectmen or Board of Finance will handle their resp onses to the questions the residents asked at the public
hearing regarding the CEC budget. There will be more town meetings on specific projects. Also the CEC will prepare the answers
to the questions and determine how they will be communicated to the public.
McCusker: The next meeting will be held April 6, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. There is also the Board of Finance's public hearing to review the
budget April 6, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
J. McCusker and L. Cahill will meet with Minkowitz next week.
An emergency grant of approximately $49,000 has been received.
Minutes: A motion was made by A. Isaacson, seconded by D. Mezzetti to approve the minutes of March 23, 2005 as amended (page 2 under
Open Space change "particular member" to "V. Cimino" and page 3 Moved into Executive Session at 7:44 p.m.). The motion was
approved unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Wendy McDermott
Clerk

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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Special Meeting
March 16, 2005

PRESENT: J. McCusker, D. Mezzetti, D. Donovan, A. Isaacson, L. Cahill
GUESTS: P. Adler, E. Isaacson
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.
All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Visitors: P. Adler distributed a memo dated March 16, 2005 to the Board of Selectmen with questions to be answered at the end of the
memo. A. Isaacson noted a point of order stating the Board of Ethics has exonerated him from the complaint from P. Adler
noting he was just doing his job as a selectman. A. Isaacson stated people should stop attacking him and discontinue distributing
papers involving him in any wrongdoing. The selectmen discussed whether to accept the memo from P. Adler, just receive the
memo but not accept it or even to read it into the record. The memo was received and they will read it at their convenience.
Resignations and Appointments: None.
Bluff Avenue/ Connecticut Water Company issue: Some general history was reviewed with regards to the construction of an office
building on Bluff Avenue and the installation of the water line down this road. At that time, 1988, the residents were able to tie
into this water main and secure loan payments (back to the town who initially out laid the money required for these
installations) at a low rate of $68.75 a quarter for 20 years. However Mr. Rossetti paid the entire sum required for K. Hathaway's
home on Bluff Avenue and she has been paying the required $68.75 for the past 18 years. She is now requesting the total of
these payments be returned to her as her water connection was paid in full at the time of installation. This will be reviewed at
the next meeting of the selectmen where a decision will be finalized.
Discussion of "former" police station: Revised plans have been submitted by A. Jacunski in which the entire second floor is not
renovated which also affects renovations to the exterior of the building. D. Mezzetti feels the town should bite the bullet and
renovate the entire building, utilizing it to its full potential. It will also tie into the Clinton Landing project. The
selectmen feel it the building will be best served for community purposes.
Board of Finance Public Hearing discussion. There will be power point presentation of the Capital Expenditure Plan tonight, to which
the townspeople have been invited and encouraged to attend. D. Mezzetti reviewed the summary of the Capital Expenditure Plan
with the selectmen and briefly discussed some of the possible avenues of funding. There is a Capital Expenditure budget of
$67,270,000 over the next 5-6 years.
J. McCusker noted that the selectmen never approved the 3.3 million or 2.1 million-dollar requests for the purchase of the two open
space parcels of land presently noted in the Capital

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Minutes - March 16, 2005Expenditure Plan. They did agree to send it to the townspeople and have a public vote regarding these two
parcels. D. Mezzetti explained her feelings that the Minkowitz property should be reviewed first as it all set for
development, obtaining all the necessary permits and documentation. The selectmen also discussed how they feel these properties
should be presented on the ballot, buy one parcel (either one) or buy both and should we pay 50% over the appraisal cost for one
property. J. McCusker questioned the selectmen about the use of the open space parcels, keep them as just that open space or
have an opportunity to develop them for the town's needs in the future.
J. McCusker will speak on behalf of the selectmen at the public hearing regarding the open space issue. If the open space issue goes
to referendum another public hearing would have to be held to discuss the impact these costs would have to the taxpayers
taxes (mil rate).
Selectmen's Reports
A. Isaacson: The Board of Ethics has dismissed the complaint against him from P. Adler.
Questioned whether a report on subcontracting the grass cutting in the town has been obtained. J. McCusker will follow up on this
report.
He also questioned the report from the engineers r egarding the town hall review. J. McCusker reported the engineers were out
surveying the building, but to date no report has been received.
D. Donovan: A new RFP for the skateboard park is being worked on with input from R. Potter.
He would also like to begin work on the outstanding ordinances shortly.
L. Cahill: He brought to their attention an article in the CCM publication regarding municipalities banding together to purchase
electricity. J. McCusker will obtain more information on this subject.
D. Mezzetti: She had nothing to report, however she did do an exemplary job as fill in hostess at Chip's Pub while E. DiBona was on
vacation.
J. McCusker: The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Wednesday night, March 24, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
The skatepark is developing a new RFP.
J. Bennett will sign off on the West Shore Road issue.
The open house in the Museum Room of the Andrews Town Hall went well and the Historic Commission did a superb job of the restoration
of this room and displays.
A motion was made by D. Mezzetti, seconded by A. Isaacson to approve the minutes of March 9, 2005. The motion carried with a vote of
4 in favor and 1 abstention (L. Cahill).
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Wendy McDermott, Clerk

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Selectmen's Meeting
February 23, 2005
7:00 p.m.

Present: Selectmen McCusker, Mezzetti, Donovan and Isaacson; Cahill excused;
Board of Finance Chairman Peter Neff, Tom Carmody and Jeff Heser of the Department of Public Works, public and press
Pledge of Allegiance
All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Visitors
Tom Carmody and Jeff Heser of the Department of Public Works addressed the Selectmen to express concern, noting that Ed Vailette,
Director of DPW, had advised them that the Selectmen were planning not to replace a member of their Department who i s
retiring in March, and also that there were plans to outsource care of the lawns and fields. Carmody asked why this was being
considered, and where was the Department of Public Works headed?
McCusker replied at length, stating that no final decision had been made to not fill the position at this time, adding that it was a
matter of economics, as the budget was being finalized and they did not want to have any layoffs, but were considering
helping to cut the budget by attrition. He complimented the DPW crew on the snow removal and
appearance of the community. They do not want to cut services.
Donovan said he knew that Carmody was very proud of the condition of the athletic fields and the parks, and he, Donovan, did not
think that work would be outsourced.
Neff agreed, noting that possibly the lawn care, but no layoffs were being considered.
Heser noted that their Department used to do routine maintenance, and now they do
Construction projects along with maintenance, and yet there are plans to not fill a
pending vacancy. They also hear rumors. Carmody noted the town is growing, with
77 miles of roads to be plowed and maintained.
Neff stated that the DPW is not the only Department, and there are some critical problems. Everything is on the table-they are
avoiding layoffs-and it is safer now to hold off on this replacement until the final budget decisions are made. The budgets are
tight, but they are too high. Difficult decisions must be made, and it is possible to do this by
attrition.

Selectmen's Meeting 2 February 23, 2005Resignations / Appointments
Mezzetti moved to accept the resignations of Pamela Perry and Marcy Rothenberg from the Board of Directors of the Youth and Family
Services Bureau. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved. It was noted that with the appointment of a Republica n,
the Bureau would now have seven members instead of ten, meeting the requirement of the 2004 Charter which reduces the
membership of this Bureau to seven.
RESOLUTION - ELDERLY HOUSING
Isaacson moved to adopt a Resolution in connection with a request for financial assistance from the Connecticut Department of
Economic and Community Development
in the amount of $350,000. for elderly housing. Mezzetti seconded and this was unanimously approved. A copy of the Resolution is
attached to these minutes.
Budget Review-2005/06
McCusker advised of a joint meeting of the Selectmen and Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m., with a final decision
on the proposed 2005-06 budget to be made on March 8.
The Selectmen agreed to hold a Special Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on March 1, and then attend the 7:00 p.m. meeting with the Board of
Finance.
It was agreed to cancel the 8:00 a.m. regular meeting now scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 2.
Mezzetti stated that no budget year is a good year, and attrition is the best way to reduce the budget. Isaacson agreed. McCusker
expressed concern that class sizes at the elementary schools, now at 20 students per teacher, not be increased. Neff noted that
the Board of Education could reduce their budget by $70,000. each for the elimin ation of from one to four positions. The
Board of Education controls the bottom line.
OSHA Report
McCusker advised that an OSHA inspector visited him recently. He inspected four town facilities, and the town received citations for
a few minor issues. A fine of a total of $500. will be paid, and all violations taken care of. He complimented Melanie Yanus
and
Tom Fitting, Co-Chairmen of the Safety Committee, for their over-seeing of the Town Hall.
Selectmen's Meeting 3 February 23, 2005
Property Appraisal
The appraisal of the Minkowitz property - Houpert's Landing-Fyber has been received, and is $600,000. less than the asking price.
Donovan questioned who would h andle negotiations. McCusker hopes to have the Open Space Advisory Committee in for a meeting
prior to the March 16 public hearing.
Proposed Ordinances - Blight, Noise
McCusker advised that the public hearings on these proposed ordinances were not closed, and will be continued in mid-April. Legal
Notices will advertise the public hearings.
The public hearing on the proposed budget for 2005-06 will be held on April 6 at 7:00 p.m.. and possibly on April 7. The Annual
Budget Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. and will adjourn to Referendum on May 11, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Add to Agenda
Mezzetti moved to add "Funding" and "The Morgan School Boilers" to the agenda, seconded by Isaacson and unanimously approved.
Funding
Mezzetti moved to appropriate $283.20 for an ad in the Clinton Recorder advertising the public hearing to be held on March 16 at
7:00 p.m. regarding future expenditures. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved. This has already been approved by
the Board of Finance.
The Morgan School Boilers
Peter Neff, Chairman of the Continuing School Building Committee, advised that the Boilers at The Morgan School are failing and
plans must be made to replace them.
Mezzetti moved to appropriate $40,500. from the undesignated fund balance, as approved
by the Board of Finance on February 22, 2005. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved.
This matter will be on the agenda of a special town meeting to be held on March 2, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
Selectman's Report
Donovan noted a $56,000. LOCIP grant to the town.

Selectmen's Meeting 4 February 23, 2005Mezzetti commented on the placement of a
legal ad in the Harbor News last week, noting that there had been some confusion about it because of Isaacson's call to the
newspaper.
McCusker acknowle dged correspondence received in his office on February 22, 2005 and recommended that this matter be passed on to
the proper Commission in a timely manner.
Isaacson moved to send this correspondence on to the proper Commission, seconded by
Mezzetti and unanimously approved.
McCusker advised that he had received copies of several letters of protest sent to the Governor and to the Department of
Environmental Protection following a recent meeting
in Madison concerning the DEP's approval of a plan to send wastewater from Unilever
by pipe along Route 1 to the Hammonasset River.
McCusker noted that negotiations on the police contract are presently at a standstill due to the police desire to change unions from
IBPO to COPS. The State Labor Department is reviewing this.
McCusker advised that he plans to contact Jacunski Humes, Architects regarding work to be done at Town Hall.
Minutes
Mezzetti moved to approve the minutes of February 16, 2005, seconded by Donovan and unanimously approved.
Adjourn
Mezzetti moved to adjourn at 7:50 p.m., seconded by Isaacson and unanimously approved.

Shirley Morrison

cc: Town Clerk
Selectmen
Director of Finance
Director of Public Works
Jeff He ser
Tom Carmody
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Selectmen's Meeting
February 16, 2005
8:00 a.m.

Present: Selectmen McCusker, Mezzetti, Donovan and Isaacson; Cahill excused.
Also: Ron Nash, Peggy Adler, press
MOTIONSMezzetti moved to accept the resignation of Sally Huebner from the Board of Directors of the Youth and Family Services
Bureau, seconded by Isaacson and unanimously approved.
Mezzetti moved to accept the recommendation of the Water Pollution Control Commission, presented by member Ron Nash, to increase the
Scope of Work of
Consultants from Camp Dresser McKee, using $5,000. in available funds from a $47,900. amount previously approved to cover
inspections at Heyden's Creek. CDM recommended that this additional testing be done. Donovan seconded and this was unanimously
approved.
Mezzetti moved to accept the Bioterrorism / PH Emergency Preparedness Plan submitted by Joel Severance, of Hannah Watrous with
letters of approval to be obtained from the Fire and Police Departments. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved.
Mezzetti moved to add "Requests from Fire Department" to the agenda, seconded by Isaacson and unanimously approved.
Mezzetti moved to approve a request from the Fire Chief, presented by David Burns, for an amount not to exceed $5,000. for a
radiator for Engine 954. Donovan seconded and
this was unanimously approved.
Mezzetti moved to approve a request from the Fire Chief for an increase of $9,500. in the
Department's "contractual services" line item for the '04-'05 fiscal year to cover the
increase in cost for their secretary and bookkeeper. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved.
Mezzetti moved to approve a line item transfer in the amount of $9,000., increasing the
"Pension Plan-Other" and decreasing the Street Lighting account. Donovan seconded and this was unanimously approved.
Mezzetti moved to approve an amount not to exceed $2700. to cover the cost of a snow blower. Donovan seconded and this was
unanimously approved.
Selectmen's Meeting 2 February 16, 2005Mezzetti moved to approve an appropriation not to exceed $16,000. in additional costs re
the removal of fuel tanks at Holiday Dock, pending clarification by the First Selectman as the contractor has advised that
contaminated fuel must be secured and removed. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approv ed.
Motion by Mezzetti to add "Eliot Roof Project" to the agenda, seconded by Isaacson and unanimously approved.
Motion by Mezzetti to accept the recommendation of Peter Neff, Chairman of the School Building Committee, to accept the Eliot Roof
Project as complete. Isaacson seconded and this was unanimously approved.
Motion by Mezzetti, seconded by Isaacson, to disband the Eliot School Building Committee with thanks for a job well done was
unanimously approved.
Motion by Mezzetti, seconded by Donovan, to accept a grant from the Middlesex County
United Way in the amount of $12,243, to be used to reduce substance abuse. This was
unanimously approved.
Motion by Mezzetti to approve a sum not to exceed $390. for the printing and advertising in the Harbor News information re a public
hearing on March 16, 2005 was seconded by Donovan and unanimously approved.
Motion by Mezzetti to approve the minutes of the February 2, 2005 meeting of the Selectmen was seconded by Isaacson and unanimously
approved.

Shirley Morrison
Administrative Assistant
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Selectmen
Director of Finance
Fire Chief
Police Chief

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Special Selectmen's Meeting
January 26, 2005
7:00 p.m.

MOTIONS
Motion by Isaacson, seconded by Mezzetti to appoint ( R) John Picard to the Open Space Advisory Board for a term to June 39, 2005
was unanimously approved.
Motion by Cahill to add the Minkowitz property to the Camp Hadar property for discussion at the public hearing scheduled to be held
on February 16, 2005 was seconded by Mezzetti an d unanimously approved.
Mezzetti moved to appoint Peter Neff, John Crovo, Sue Skidmore, and William Comeau and James Diamond to the Continuing School
Building Committee, seconded by Cahill and unanimously approved.
Motion by Cahill to approve the recommendation of the Harbor Management Commission and keep the rates for the Town Dock Slips and
Stakes the same as
last year was seconded by Mezzetti and unanimously approved.
Motion by Cahill, seconded by Mezzetti to approve the emergency purchase of a Snow Blower for the Department of Public Works at a
cost of $2700. as authorized by First Selectman McCusker was unanimously approved.
Motion by Cahill, seconded by Isaacson to accept the minutes of January 19, 2005 was unanimously approved.
Motion by Mezzetti, seconded by Donovan and unanimously approved to adjourn at 9:20 p.m.

Shirl ey Morrison
Administrative Assistant
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Selectmen
Director of Finance

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Special Selectmen's Meeting
January 19, 2005
8:00 a.m.

Present: Selectmen McCusker, Mezzetti, Cahill, Donovan and Isaacson; David Townsend, Carl Neri, Karen Marsden,
Melanie Yanus, public and press
Pledge of Allegiance
All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Visitors
None wished to speak at this time.
Resignations / Appointments
Mezzeti moved to accept the resignation of William Fritz from the Public Works Commission. Donovan seconded and this was unanimously
approved.
Loop Road Drainage
McCusker reviewed the drainage problems in the Loop Road area. David Townsend, a resident of that area, described in detail the
periodic flooding after a heavy rain. If there is a period of very cold weather, the ground freezes and the rain water accumulates
on top of the road and lawns.
Carl Neri, Chairman of the Public Works Commission and a local contractor, advised that there are septic systems within ten feet of
the area in question. Following discussion, it was agreed that Neri, Townsend and the Dire ctor of Public Works should
arrange to meet with Wade Thomas of Nathan Jacobson Associates (engineering consultants) to review this problem and possible
solutions.
Cahill moved to have the Public Works Director, Neri, Townsend and Thomas meet as soon as possible and then advise the Selectmen of
an immediate plan to relieve this problem. Mezzetti seconded and this was unanimously approved. Townsend asked for an
"interim action plan" and was advised by McCusker that he, McCusker had alerted the Fire Chief and Public Works Director of the
possible need for a strong pump in the Loop Road location in the event of heavy rains.

Selectmen's Meeting 2 January 19, 2005Town Hall Museum Room Lighting
McCusker briefly reviewed for the Selectmen the work done by the Town in the last year or so in the Museum. A professional cleaning
service had been hired to do the whole room, the windows had been washed, air conditioning installed, and portions of the
wood treated to protect it. The Historical Society has been doing an inventory of what they have, and displays have been planned.
An electrician / electrical contractor with museum lighting experience was contacted, and a $14,000. fee for this person to do
specialty lighting in the museum was approved by the Historical Soc iety.
The Board of Selectmen voted to reimburse the Historical Society the $14,000. The Board of Finance turned this down, and told them
to request this money through the normal budget procedure and the Capital Expenditures Committee (CEC). It would then be
reviewed, and if approved would be put out to bid as per Town Charter requirements. This was not done, and the work has been
started. The CEC has recently denied the requested reimbursement. The Historical Society has again asked the Selectmen to reimburse
them. The First Selectman and Director of Finance met with two officers of the Historical Society.
In a lengthy discussion, the possibility of obtaining funds from the William Stanton Andrews Trust Fund to reimburse the $14,000. was mentioned.
Cahill moved to investigate the William Stanton Andrews Trust as a way of reimbursing the Historical Society.
Donovan seconded and this was unanimously approved.
Budget Review
Director of Finance Rosemary Hanson joined the Selectmen. Budgets were reviewed for the following Departments: Social Services,
Youth and Family Services, the Finance Department and the Selectman's office.
It was explained that the benefit package for First Selectman, Tax Collector and Town Clerk customarily follow that for the members
of the Supervisors' Union.
More budgets were reviewed - Probate, EDC and Assessor.
Resolutions re Fair Housing
Cahill moved to authorize the First Selectman to sign Resolutions in regard to a Fair Housing policy, assuring of non-discrimination
by the Town of Clinton.

Selectmen's Meeting 3 January 19, 2005
Selectman's Report
Isaacson asked about the Study Committee re a Town Planner. McCusker noted that he,
Isaacson, David Townsend and Ed Hidek had been appointed, but the Committee was not yet complete and no meetings had been held.
Isaacson will request a list of all restaurants in town, showing which ones have been inspected, how often, and which ones need to
be inspected. Following discussion, Isaacson moved to schedule a Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 for the Board of
Finance, at which time the Board would make a presentation of the upcoming financial obligations facing the town now, along with a
list of other expenditures being considered. The Public Hearing would be held only if all of the necessary facts and figures
are available by then. Donovan seconded and this was unanimously approved.
Donovan questioned the new gasoline station being built a Stop and Shop. Isaacson, former Planning and Zoning Commissi on Chairman,
advised that P & Z had no basis on which to deny it, and that while the Inland Wetlands Commission had denied it, the Courts
overruled them and approved it.
McCusker asked Donovan, member of the Skateboard Committee, to carefully review recent minutes of this group, as they indicate that
no attendant would be needed and no admission charge would be established.
McCusker noted that the fund-raising dinner held by the Fire Department at The Morgan School for a volunteer fireman was a great
success, and very well organized.
McCusker attended the United Methodist Church service on January 17. Their Bishop was in attendance to help celebrate the 175th
Anniversary of this church. State Senator
Daily and State Representative O'Connor were also present.
The Open Space Advisory Committee will attend the Selectmen's Meeting on January 26. The Annual Joint Meeting of Boards and
Commissions will be held at 7:00 p.m. on January 31, followed by the Annual Town Meeting and a Special Town Meeting. Daily and
O'Connor will be at the Joint Meeting.
Minutes

Selectmen's Meeting 4 January 19, 2005Isaacson moved to accept the minutes of January 12, 2005, seconded by
Donovan and unanimously approved.
Adjourn
Donovan moved to a djourn at 10:50 a.m., seconded by Cahill and unanimously approved.

Shirley Morrison
Administrative Assistant
Cc : Town Clerk
Selectmen
Director of Finance
Public Works Commission
Director of Public Works
Board of Finance
Tax Collector
President, Historical Society
David Townsend

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