NOTE:  All original art on this webpage by Margaret Wirtenberg.  All info rmation posted here is unofficial and our source is named - About Town!.
    

"ABOUT TOWN'S" BOARD OF SELECTMEN NOTES BELOW IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER; PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS' HERE
Digging deeper than just the actions, because actions are not always possible to anticipate!  The less you know, the easier it is for Government to keep control.  More Charter Revision in the wind?

MEETING SCHEDULE 2019

MEETING SCHEDULE 2018
Review of first eight months of 2018 scheduled meetings - summary report.

BUDGET REVIEW SCHEDULE FY'20

UPDATED
BOARD OF SELECTMAN INITIATIVES (2-14-18 rev); 

TAX SALE.






SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN
November 29, 2018
Time and location T.B.A.




SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN
November 8, 2018, 6pm - merging into 7:30pm Board of Finance:
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/11-8-18BOSSpecialMeetingAgenda.pdf

SELECTMEN DID THIS
We followed up with the action items related to new Ordinances and Code changes.  Approved or should I say, re-approved.  To be published in a newspaper NOT the Stamford ADVOCATE.

        

FIRST UP WAS THE SENIOR CENTER WITH THEIR SPACE PLANNING ANALYSIS STUDY...
This report will be on the Town Website soon (we asked) - including facilities, parking and projected utilization.

AT SOME POINT WAS MENTIONED THE...
$35 million "ask" in the pipeline for renovation of schools...just a rumor?

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE PROPOSALS
Selectmen voted "yes" to send these concepts to Town Attorney for drafting/research...BUT first thru the Town Administrator review.

WITH HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION IN THE AUDIENCE...
From the audience, Historic District Commission notes that they were not notified of this meeting item #8 -"Discussion/decision about renovation and repair restrictions placed on municipal buildings by virtue of their being located in Weston Historic District Number One"
NEWS:  Ordinances and Code changes RE-approved - we will let you know WHERE TO LOOK for official notices as soon as we hear!!!
We had followed up on Historic District matter, thus missing the then as yet unverified approvals or re-approvals of Ordinance and Code matters - with the untimely disappearance of the newspaper of record, publication of the new/changed municipal matters is in limbo.

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION...AT LEAST I WAS...IN RE THE SPEND-DOWN OF SURPLUS
We note that this is a very, very important couple of meetings.  Why?  As About Town sees it, spending or committing to spend the really really large excess in General Fund surplus at this time might be a wise thing to do.

PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO TOWN HALL, FIRE HOUSE ETC. WILL BE ON TOWN WEBSITE IN THE FUTURE
Prior to moving into proposed improvements to Fire Department, EMS and Police ("Public Safety") new assistant Town Clerk appointed, resignation received, tax refunds made, minutes approved....recess until 7:30pm.

New Assistant Town Clerk appointed;  resignation from Finance Board;  Sustainability ideas;  discussing getting out of historic district for town properties...

GO TO BOARD OF FINANCE FOR PART TWO



THE FIRST HISTORIC DISTRICT...FOR NOW;  C.G.S. REFERENCE
Above, the area for the Public Safety Complex 2018 proposal.  More on Selectmen here and Finance here.








BOARD OF SELECTMEN
November 1, 2018, 7:30pm
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA - http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/11-1-18BOSRegularMeetingAgenda.pdf
NOTE:  Regular Meeting on Nov. 15, 2018 cancelled to be replaced by two (2) Special Meetings, probably  @6:30pm.or earlier.

Remember the 345kv line story?  What is the settled science? 
Thank you LWV of Weston website history. (Links do not work.) Is the new proposal really a workaround to get to 345kv capabilities?  Or is 115kv worse for you?kv worse, anyway?

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November 1st Board of Selectmen:  Return of power supply issues in NW corner of town - Redding-Wilton 115kv  line "improvements.
This is the headline, but this time, what was CL&P and is now Eversource's power plan, as dictated by ISO New England.  Why do they always blame the animals?


NO ONE ALLOWED TO SPEAK FROM AUDIENCE





SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN - http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/10-18-18BOSSpecialMeetingAgenda.pdf
OCTOBER 18, 2018, 6:30pm, THMR
   
Business of a regular nature
New Weston member for WWHD appointed.  Re-appointments made.  Property Tax refunds approved.  Executive Session to discuss "sale of Real Estate" - is that something in the Center of Town?.

...TIMING IS EVERYTHING.  Add the cost of taking an advertisement in a paper that no one reads...to the FY20 budget.
Then...fall out from newspaper of record closure - need for Special Town Meeting, Nov. 1, 2018 at 7pm in Town Hall Meeting Room to get approval to do a short version for publication in...the Stamford ADVOCATE (the paper of record for...Weston?)  Plus Selectmen will have to re-approve the 4 items (2 new Ordinances and revisions to Town Code).

Discussion/decision regarding a request from the Board of Education to create a new capital account #5019664 - 55001 entitled “BOE WIS & WHS Roof Maintenance” and to transfer into said account $43,000 from Capital Account # 5019652 - 55001, entitled “BOE Repair Knee Wall WIS” - approved but then to go to Finance Board...

Grants applications in the works for sidewalk extension plan.  "Whistle blower policy for Town employees discussed.  Minutes of Oct. 4th approved.


A crowd assembles for Joint Meeting - which only rolled out much much later in the evening.. 
I felt very safe considering that both Fire Department and E.M.S. were there in force but to no avail since another meeting will be needed to explain further.

 
LITTLE LEAGUE AWARD AND GIFT to the champs!!!

7:30pm:  JOINT SELECTMEN/BOARD OF FINANCE - http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/BOS_BOFMeetingAgenda101818.pdf
7:30pm event apparently was the Finance Regular Meeting as well, so it ran late into the evening.  Meeting posted as they were because there was a quorum of both boards at the second one..for more on this, please find report here 








NO MORE PLASTIC BAGS IN ANY OF THE STORES AT CHECK OUT ALLOWED IN WESTON CENTER BY ORDINANCE:
We have to say that this was a new way to do things in Weston - shows how much more democratic the Town Meeting is, after all. 

Meeting lasted for two hours.  Code Enforcement now empowered to issue citations with creation of citizen "hearing officers" to have final say before anyone goes to court.







SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, 11am
Town Hall Meeting Room
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/revBOSAgenda092818.pdf

Friday morning "special" does a bit of business
    

BAMBI ATTENDED SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN AT 11am
Board of Selectmen met to set bow hunting sites on Town property - no vote taken until Oct. 4 Selectmen's meeting.  Bambi will pass the news along to others.

2018 locations:  Transfer Station, Fromson-Strassler, Lachat rear field (after Lachat Town Farm is finished with events for the year), Moore property, Bisceglie (only the west side over the river)







SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Friday, September 14, 2018, 9:30am
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/9-14-18BOSSpecialMeetingAgenda.pdf

 
QUICK MEETING (at least the public portion - no decision to be announced after Executive Session)
Removal of fracking ban item from Selectmen approved Oct.4 Public Hearing agenda;  no action taken on Weston Library partial roof job...








SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Tuesday, September 4, 2018  9am
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA



P&Z got approval for supplemental appropriation for Town Plan. 

PART TWO OF MEETINGS FOR SEPT. 4th
Since Board of Selectmen approved supplemental appropriation of $27,030 for Town Plan - Board of Finance must approve as well - meeting at 7:30pm this evening.


After lengthy discussion, Code amendments tweaked on the spot, new Ordinaces.
OCTOBER 4th, 7:30pm in Town Hall is for PUBLIC HEARINGS on new Ordinances as well as changes to Town Code. 



FIVE (5) items on PH calendar (the order T.B.A.) - final wording of the five (5) items not yet available. 

ATTENTION ALL LAWYERS - THESE NEW SUBJECTS PLUS FEE AND PROCESS CHANGES COMING - TO BE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION IN TOWN HALL.:


PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE FOR THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON PROPOSED ACTIONS
Inquiring minds may wonder why the Selectmen seem to think that the public doesn't care enough to show up - of course, they might not read the newspaper for legal ads...does the FORUM still carry these?

So who avoids these regulations?  The Board of Education.  Why?  Because they do these things already.  Or not?

BACKGROUND:  FRACKING NEWS:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180904_municipal_lobby_and_environmentalists_trade_barbs_on_model/




Sept. 6 canceled.
SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday August 30, 2018
Town Hall Meeting Room

Here is a link to the revised agenda:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/8-30-18BOSSpecialMeetingAgendaFinal.pdf



The Board of Selectmen, meeting Thursday in another Special, in the air conditioned Town Hall Meeting Room did a few things but not set date and time for Public Hearings on Ordinances:

Appointments made including Youth Services Director and Town Hall "floater" plus interview and approval of new  insurance broker/risk manager.



MEOW
First Selectman reported on bobcat siting near Hurlbutt playground and response from Police, Animal Control and DPW (for trimming bushes in the area used for cover).

HEADS UP:

In Town Hall Meeting Room Joint Meeting of P&Z and Selectmen Tuesday Sept. 4 at 9am:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/P%26ZAgenda9.4.189am.pdf

Special Board of Selectmen, 9am Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, Town Hall Meeting Room:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/9-4-18BOSSpecialMeetingAgenda.pdf

In Town Hall Meeting Room - Planning and Zoning Commission Special Meeting at 6:45pm Sept. 4 Agenda:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/P%26ZAgenda9.4.18645pm.pdf

FYI - No agenda yet posted, but there is a Special Meeting of the Board of Finance set for Tuesday September 4th at 7:30pm, ALSO IN THE Town Hall Meeting Room.





BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Thursday August 16, 2018
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/8-16-18BOSRegularMeetingAgenda.pdf


Not a long or complex meeting.

     
NOT LIVE TONIGHT. BUT WILL BE UP TOMORROW


Sustainability Committee member appointed..Another appointment made (no photo) 


LIBRARY REVIEW AND APPLICATION FOR OUTSIDE FUNDING
Grant application news - all good!  Discussion of other grant opportunities to pursue. 


BIKE-PED OPPORTUNITY
Added to the agenda: official notice of Valley Forge Road closure Saturday September first (Newtown Turnpike to Godfrey Road East).7:30 to 11:30). No executive session.





SPECIAL SELECTMEN'S MEETING
Friday August 10. 2018 10:15am
Town Hall Meeting Room (no video yet)

AGENDA


Lou Martirano new DPW Director.

One item.  DRAFT Minutes:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/8-10-18BOSSpecialMeetingMinutesdraft.pdf





AUGUST 2nd regular meeting cancelled.




JULY 19th Special Town Meeting at 6:45pm...
"S.R.O." - in this definition/usage, "Standing Room Only"


Special Town Meeting on Lachat Lease at 6:45pm which said YES

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:30pm
Town Hall Meeting Room

WARNING:  We tell you blow-by-blow what we heard.  If "facts" appear different in other publications and you don't believe us, the Draft minutes of this meeting should be available within a week.

AGENDA
for July 19, 2018 and summary of actions taken including no action.  This is policy wonk time. 
Ten items below with some graphics and comment.  A travesty?  Or not - could just be opening the process to all!  We'll assume the latter.

WHO MADE THE CALL?
OR DID ANGRY PEOPLE E-MAIL? "So you are holding public hearings on important things in the summer?"
This August date changed later...from a summertime public hearing to an after Labor Day one.  And combined with - at least that's what seemed the direction - as a double hearing with Plastic Bag one.


Storm water regulations
Further requirements (unfunded mandate) eagerly awaited.  This should be used as another reason why Weston should remain undisturbed by construction of large edifices.


JMO - but if anyone cares what I think, elected boards do their jobs well and should continue with enforcement.

DATE SET FOR P.H. AFTER SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION
Gosh, Westport's been doing this for 10 years - no he's not sure if it is being uniformly enforced (as I heard it).  We wonder about legality.


"HEARING OFFICERS" to see if fines levied and then objected to can be mitigated after review if appropriate.
This is the big one for us - if you listen to this, it is a way to turn neighbor against neighbor.  And make work for litigators.  Is this taking away necessary oversight of Town employees by Boards and Commissions?
ENFORCEMENT:  WHO DOES WHAT WHEN?

PLAY-BY-PLAY NO PIX
1. DOG PARK modifications of M.O.U. by new Board of Selectmen (Third Selectman recuses himself).
2. Town Attorney and Sustainability Committee:
 
3. Town trees that fall on private property issue-  on hold.
4. Insurance guy hired.  Collective bargaining and other talents as contracts come up.
5. WE DIDN'T GET THE DATES:  Community tag sale in High School Parking Lot for Senior Center and closing Valley Forge to traffic - more to come (early September ???).  Commission on Aging, Third Selectman visited Boards and Commissions for street closings and other permissions.  (We listened to the tape again for dates...)

TAG SALE is set for Sept. 23 in W.H.S. Parking Lot
VALLEY FORGE ROAD CLOSURE Sept. 1






BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, July 5, 2018 7:30pm
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA



LACHAT LEASE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING JULY 19, 6:45pm Town Hall

Call:  On July 19, 2018 at 6:45pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room




"Notice of Levy and Sale of Real Estate."
If you don't go to Town Hall and/or find out some other way, here's Weston property notice for "TAX SALE"  (L) - a baker's dozen.  It looks as if everyone is doin' it...City of Norwalk tax sale from 7-24-18 HOUR here.







BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA

Two items added to the agenda:  Coyotes and Little League fields extra lighting time for two (2) playoff games June 26 & 28 (until 10:15pm).



Fast meeting (public part) - vote to add two items to the agenda.  





BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDAhttp://www.westonct.gov/media/file/6-7-18BOSRegularMeetingAgenda.pdf
One item added - receipt of gift to Police from Gun Club.



CONCEPTUALLY, THE TWO SYSTEMS WILL INTEGRATE FLEXIBLY IN THE CLOUD.
Although not first on the agenda, a couple of special appropriations will have to go to Board of Finance - Town-School I.T. "divorce".  Extremely significant.


"RESIDENT FARMER" ON THE AGENDA TO BE DISCUSSED BUT NO DECISION YET
As hard as the Town has tried to get a response in time, because The Nature Conservancy has not completed its review, Special Town Meeting cannot be scheduled officially yet.


Appointment made to Survey Committee.  Lots of re-appointments made later (see agenda link above).


INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
COMMISSION ON AGING (more to come)
Discussion very interesting regarding Weston as a place to retire.  Are services available to encourage this?


CMED
Communications can make the difference in emergency medical situations.  Great presentation!

And last but not least, after $58,000 of tax refunds, minutes of previous meeting approved, gift approved as received with comment that clutter was not helpful, and finally, the big one.

Which was a discussion among the Selectmen in public and on Town TV re:  Town exemption from zoning on its own land, and the "8-24" process.  To be continued with Town Attorney at the next meeting.






BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/5-17-18BOSRegularMeetingAgendarev.pdf
Rev. to agenda is for additional funding for "Mile of Safety" - a new police officer request.


S.R.O. AS IN "STANDING ROOM ONLY" NOT SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
The pictures tell it all.  Appointments, re-appointments and resignations done first.  Survey Committee now fully staffed, we think. Then the big stuff...


EMS makes a deal
Now seems like a great idea in 2018 (3-0 vote to go ahead) - a "public-private partnership" to add sleeping quarters and a new roof to rear of fire house one.

         
THE BIG ASK...
Chief Henion made great points, as well as Superintendent re: revamping social service within schools, Children & Youth Commission revamped.  We are not "re-active" like some other towns.
  1. Mile of Safety begun under Dr. Keating (who had just come to Weston from Ridgefield...);
  2. Police Station #1 in central part of town in the municipal complex, next door to Hurlbutt Elementary School;
  3. Regional Crime lab close to other buildings on "Mile of Safety" - officers on duty from many towns there.

And then there was a review of Beautification Committee work for the benefit of those watching at home.
As well as the Historic District Commission (not pictured) and what it is up to.  Finally, the Sustainability Committtee volunteers got to speak...

 

EXCELLENT PRESENTATIONS

What I heard was a focus on making the center of town well defined and clear as to "walk-ability" in the Town Hall "surround"


SPECIAL TOWN MEETING TO COME FAIRLY SOON...WILL BE AT 7PM BEFORE A SELECTMEN'S MEETING
Job descriptions updates for 2 positions;  minutes approved for 3 meetings.  Adjourn.







Special Meeting Wednesday May 9th at 6:30pm approves W.I.S. construction fix.  Quick meeting.





SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 5:30pm,
Town Hall Meeting Room.

AGENDA:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/BOSAgenda050318.pdf

This meeting was a "special" because we believe there was a continuation of the Conservation Commission public hearing on the Dog Park probably at 7:30pm in the Annex.  I would bet that WGTV did streaming video of it, too!

First the pledge.  Then...


APPROVED
Then the June 9th Lemonade Stands from "Al's Angels" for the third year in a row.


SECOND SELECTMAN
Ex-Officio member of Survey/data team; new member appointed.


THIRD SELECTMAN
After report to the Selectmen of what's on their plate (W.I.S. parapet fix, Library roof) an answer to some long-held suspicions appeared...

Minutes approved.

Tax refunds total $77,000 made.







SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN, Tuesday, 10am, 4-24-18
And we ask, how many meetings of all the Boards, Commissions and Committees including "advisory" entities?


 

"MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE" APPOINTED
So how many new Committees has this Board of Selectmen appointed so far?  How to figure it out? 

------------------------

And by the way, how many were "Special" and how many Regular (time and date posted with Sec'y of the State before the beginning of the year) - now fully transparent list on Town of Weston website.





Board of Selectmen
4-19-18
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/4-19-18BOSAgenda.pdf

    
BOARD OF SELECTMEN MEETING 4-19-18
This was a fully loaded agenda including all types of activities - from appointments, joining compacts, tax refunds, approval of minutes and interviews for appointment to informational announcements.

New Republican Registrar of Voters
Appointed to fill vacancy - wonderful Republican Registrar steps aside before crazy election season starts (i.e. Primaries in both Parties, etc.)

Tax Assessor
Reports on status of reval so far and introduces staff from reval company...
Tax Refunds
$42,000 of tax refunds - this Board of Selectmen keeps it a "secret" how many are car leases and how many other kinds. For all we know it could be just a few large ones!


First Selectman plugs various good things to happen - like Household Hazardous Waste Day April 28th, 8:30am to 12:30pm.  Green Up Day.



P.S.  I wonder if the intent of naming a second date for a "too high too low" vote is intended to have the first date cancelled? I say that because this is the way the Town website phrases the scheduled first date:


Wasn't there a public notice of this already, not to mention voting by those who attended the aborted ATBM???





Begins at 6:30pm instead of 7:30pm
Special Board of Selectmen:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/BOSagenda040518.pdf


New Town Attorney interviewed. 


THE BIG ASK AND THEN A SMALLER ONE - ONLY THE BEGINNING OF APRIL - TWO MONTHS TO GO 'TIL FY'19...
  1. Board of Education bats .500 - a "yes" on the Special Ed overrun - which I heard as "$1.7" but actually was "$1.1 million" - I specifically asked those who should know after 4-19-18 meeting; 
  2. First Selectman brings up the fact that the Selectmen now have only $84.000* left to use for supplemental appropriations before July 1**.
  3. Then no voting on #2 request because they would have had to say NO for the record...for the $15,000 request for IT to save them from using their own funds (which might be compromised).  Second Selectman on speaker phone.
*What does the Charter say about supplemental appropriations?
TWO PERCENT OF THE BUDGET (FY'18) IS 2% OF $67,444,880, we think (total net budget)...OR of total gross budget - $70,367,5669??? 
**CORRECTION!!!  The actual number remaining for FY'18 is $176,000 - we heard the full story at the Finance Board meeting April 12th.  And the rest as mentioned in #1 above.




Now make that only $54,000 (NOT THAT LOW...) left for supplemental appropriations...we assume the $176,000 includes the supplemental to the Tree Warden.
Tree Warden has to clear out hanging limbs at the tops of trees from the latest storm before they fall in power lines.  With all the storms his budget is zilch (my choice of words)  3-0 vote.


Above, not the Children's section of our Library
Board of Selectmen apologized for keeping everyone waiting...and approved the new part-time Children's Ass't Librarian (my choice of title) in a flash!!!

Then there were interviews for Marketing & Communications Advisory Committee - decision and charge in 2 weeks.
Discussion of a few other possible advisory committees in the works...the survey of the townspeople (or others???) about what makes Weston either a place they want to live or not??? 


PAGE TWO OF AGENDA...WE DID MENTION THAT THEY STARTED EARLY?

Moving right along...

SECOND Referendum date on the FY'18 budget established - MAY 12, 2018, from 12 noon to 8pm, W.M.S. GYM.  ONLY IF 1st Referenum goes down.
In the event that the first Referendum on the FY'18 budget does not pass, a date and provision for "IF 'NO' VOTE - TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW?" will be used.  Is this inviting a  "NO" vote???  How many "YES" votes will vote "NO" the second time - if the School Budget is increased???


Saving the best for last - CT HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD
And get ready for an 8-24 to P&Z on the subject of having a farmer live in the apartment in the Lachat Homestead, which would be possible if the Friends of Lachat get a sub-lease of the Homestead from the Town.  Full details will be worked out since 3rd Selectman will have to pass his version by the Town Attorney and Friends of Lachat as well as Lachat Town Farm Commission.  And the deadline is PLANTING SEASON


Tax refunds done.  Minutes approved (3 sets).  A bit over two hours long.








We'll check the Board of Selectmen's minutes and see if there is anything in writing about how they plan to put houses up for auction...it was noted that they are inprgress with the effort (at the April 5, 2018 Special Meeting)








Please note that there was a Public Hearing on the Dog Park 3-22-18 that we did not attend in person - but we watched it later...





A most reliable source reported that this was being done to be sure to have had it posted legally...

Special Board of Selectmen Monday...as it turns out, we showed up at 9am and found out it would be at 11am.  Executive Session to take place?

The agenda is the same for 3-19-18 at any of these times:  9am, 11am or 7:30pm.
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/3-19-18BOSSpecialMeetingAgenda900am.pdf





Special Board of Selectmen
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7 PM

AGENDA
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/031518BOSSpecialAgenda.pdf


The meeting began with "Girl Scout Week" proclamation...
Later in the agenda a brief description of affirmative action by Board of Finance March 14 for special appropriation for $26,500 (when I watched it live it from home I couldn't hear the correct figure).  This is to arrange for IT services for Town because of ."divorce" from Board of Ed IT.

INTERVIEWS FOR NEW ADVISORY COMMITTEE

PLUS REAL ESTATE AGENT NOT SHOWN
Interviews for new Committee to "market" the town.  "Marketing and Communication Advisory Committee" still more interviews to come.



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING APRIL 19, 2018 TO LEASE LACHAT TOWN FARM TO FRIENDS OF LACHAT
Apparently this was always the plan, it just took a bit longer than everyone had expected.  I have a lot of questions about this but will have to wait to understand what it all means.



EVEN THE DOG PARK IS INVOLVED IN THIS
THIS WAS BIG NEWS, TOO. "LEGAL REVIEW" REPORTS
Please see summary which names new firm as its recommendation

Minutes approves, tax refunds made, Executive Session about Town Employee.







Special Selectmen's Meeting
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 9a.m.

In the midst of the third weather event in 10 days, About Town was not able to make this meeting - the first one we've missed in so long I can't recall if it was in the late 1990's...

The Selectmen present (one other recused) under Charter rules as a Special Town Meeting and as such an adjournment to April 4th -  rescheduling the referendum:


Above from Iditarod XLVI - an illustration of one way to get to a Weston Selectmen's meeting
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/LegalNoticeSpecialTownMeeting032218Vote040418.pdf






Special Selectmen's Meeting
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6pm

AGENDA includes I.T. $$ for Board of Education.  How's that again?  And tax lien sale came to a vote, too. over by 7:09pm.









 
What would Collymoor have wanted?

SPECIAL MEETING THURSDAY FEB. 22, 2018, 6PM, IN THE TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM
Agenda:  http://www.aboutweston.com/2-22-18BOSSpecialMeetingAgendarevised.pdf


FULL BOARD
Appointments made, resignation accepted.



FIRST SELECTMAN ASSERTS HIMSELF ON ORDER OF ACTION
Third Selectman (l.) recuses himself , leaving the room as he is a member of the Board of the Aspetuck Land Trust that is presently negotiating with the Town for preservation purposes we think, from further discussion setting date and time and locus of Petitioned Special Town Meeting. 

The remaining two Selectmen, after disputed order of procedure, rejected #8 and chose #9 and #10 as actions to take.  That would be a Friday March 9 at 7pm in the high school cafeteria for a Public Hearing and Saturday March 10 referendum at the Town Hall Meeting Room from 12 noon to 8pm.



Tax overpayment returns, approval of three sets of minutes, adjourn.






SPECIAL MEETING TUESDAY FEB. 20, 2018, 7:30pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room.

Agenda:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/022018BOSagenda.pdf

SELECTMEN VOTED ON FIRST SELECTMAN"S BUDGET, NAMED THEIR CHOICE MODERATOR FOR A.T.B.M.

ATBM:  Selectmen vote to recommend Susan Moch, Moderator, Woody Bliss, Parliamentarian.(Parliamentarian appointed by the Moderator after he or she is elected).



Reprise of Second Selectman's "draconian" scenario.   Director of Finance does the math: 

Third Selectman  points out this concept is exactly what we don't want to signal to young families considering moving to Weston.

After that exercise (that actually sounded as if some up front were serious about it) the new Board of Selectmen decided to:

AND THE FINAL NUMBER IS...
Total modified First Selectman's Budget:  $13,072,298.  Or .02 cut from proposed budget, some or all of which might return as Special Appropriations before July 1, as necessary.








How the Weston FORUM reported this:  https://aspetuck.news/lead-news/weston-first-selectman-proposes-2-65-town-budget-increase-98312

SPECIAL MEETING FEB. 12, 2018, 7:30pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room

First Selectman presents his budget to the Board of Selectmen.  Wonderful presentation.  Hand outs showing the usual department-Town-School-Capital proposed outlays.


SO
SO WHAT ARE THE TAX IMPLICATIONS?
What we picked up as an overarching policy was to not depend on $$ from outside sources.  Also, a willingness to possibly defray the effects of additional capital expenditures.
Town Hall/Fire Department roof replacements and related maintenance $$ for buildings mentioned as well as reduction in General Fund balance.



HOW WILL THIS PROPOSED BUDGET AFFECT DEPARTMENT BUDGETS AND FUTURE PLANS?  SEE RED STAR FOR WHERE THE SPECIAL ED INCREASE WAS SUBSUMED INTO THE SCHOOL BUDGET.
What we heard was that with deadlines approaching, the details of how the plan for transparency will wait 'til next fiscal year.  We are not surprised, as long ago it became clear to us, as a PhD in bureaucracy [we are joking here - what we are talking about is organizational behavior in the public sector, learned about while studying for a Ph D in planning, that "government time" is always "times two" (if not more).

   
BOARD EXPLAINS TO TOWN DEPARTMENTS WHY NOT ALL REQUESTS WERE GRANTED...

Second Selectmen had had questions, Third Selectman commented in person, participating live.  First Selectman reported on his plan for next budget process (FY'20).

How many departmental requests raised questions?  "FTE" is budget speak for full time employee with benefits.  See photos and captions below.

        
Staff given opportunity to answer Selectmen's questions and ask "why?"  Story on "TAR"- https://ctmirror.org/2018/02/15/cities-and-towns-press-for-release-of-road-repair-funds/
L-R:  Numbers didn't justify 2nd "FTE";  why a new road re-grader for unpaved town roads - share one?  Close Bisceglie Park Pond?  Why such a jump in Registrars' $$?  Ans.  Party Primaries.

 
ANY CHANGES TO BE MADE?
Selectmen vote next week to move the First Selectman's Budget on to the Board of Finance.









SPECIAL MEETING FEB. 6, 2018



Board of Selectmen review of Board of Education Budget
They hit all the high notes - Special Education changes and how to balance all the needs of all families in Weston.  We will not comment on what was asked and answered, as we left after 90 minutes...



Everything's up to date in Weston - as this meeting was streamed LIVE.  Sharp questions and deep delving into details, too.





BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, 7:30pm
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA



At the Board of Selectmen Feb. 1, 2018
Play-by-play at typical meeting which lasted at most for an hour:





SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6PM
Town Hall Meeting Room

Single item:
Discussion/decision to authorize the First Selectman to enter into a Solar Power Services Agreement with Windham Solar LLC.


AT THE SPECIAL MEETING...
 3-0 and tons of praise for First Selectman, Town Administration and wonderful new volunteers! 

Next step:  Special Board of Education meeting Jan. 26th at 11am  to confirm their participation...we'll report here the final final word!  The final word is yes, it is a go - Superintendent and/or Chair. to sign the papers.







BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, January 18, 2918
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA - our take on what happened below

A full house tonight at this excellent meeting.  It was very educational to see what a new Board of Selectmen considers as priorities. 

In addition to the 14 items on the agenda, two more were added.  One revolved around sustainability and the other changing the date of "continued ATBM/Referendum" to second opportunity to vote in Referendum to Saturday, 9-5, April 28 (from a Thursday two days before).  Interestingly, this had been a suggestion  some years ago during the the most recent Charter Revision process.

The meeting ran for 2 1/2 hours. 

NOTE:  Selectman Grozinger was brought up to speed as to what may have been discussed off line, and allowed to express his opinion about the Dog Park.  As it is proposed on the Moore Property.  ("Caucus" of Majority Party on the Board of Selectmen can talk about matters off line.)  But not if a Minority Party member is involved - that is an "illegal meeting."

First Selectman Spaulding reported on the plan to proceed.  The Plan:  Prior to the vote to send the proposal with access off Lord's Highway East to Conservation, P&Z, Park's & Rec. (they forgot to include Police?) with the intent to have a Public Hearing and then a machine vote ("referendum") I believe only that night??? 

No "Special Town Meeting" - unless someone figures out how to do this under the new Charter - perhaps the State Statutes prevail?  Animal Control Officer asks why not just have a "sense of the community" Special Town Meeting to gauge whether there is town-wide interest in it at all??? 

First Selectman reported on WestCOG meetings.

PICTURE STORY:


LOOKIN" GOOD!
Very gracious presentation from First Selectman for "Nina Daniel Recognition Day" 1-19-18.


     
Added to the agenda:
Fracking waste presentation by Jen Siskind; change in date for continued A.T.B.M./Referendum to SATURDAY 9-5 (instead of Thursday).

  
New volunteers
Sustainability (formerly) Committee (announcing name change) appointees (l) and Board of Ethics position (r) filled.


What was most important to me was this item
Fire House roof design and bidding documents funding approved (previously approved - 1-11-18 - by Finance Board).

 
DOG PARK
The room was filled with pro and con citizens and an attorney for con group.  All data on Town website Friday (we looked at lunchtime).  (R) Major report here.

  
NOT A GOOD IDEA SAYS ONE SELECTMAN - BUT UNANIMOUS VOTE TO MOVE IT AHEAD
Selectmen agree to pass the Dog Park revised plan to Conservation, P&Z and Parks and Recreation (we wonder why the Police Commission not included...). 

Tax refunds, minutes' approval and then after 2 1/2 hours, adjourned!






BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:30pm
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA



Actions:  Items checked off are those who will be seated on boards and commissions, panels and also reappointed to care for animals.
And with snow approaching, perhaps, Town Hall-Senior Center employees at full ranks. 





SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Friday, December 8, 2017 3 - 3:22pm
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA


SNOW FOR THE WEEKEND?


  
A SHORT MEETING
Apart from hiring two part-time dispatchers, job description revision for Dial-a-Ride driver, not much here!  Not on Town TV.

Items 4b and 4c not done.

First storm for new First Selectman!  Good luck!!!






SPECIAL MEETING OF BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Monday, December 4, 2017
Town Hall Meeting Room

AGENDA

        
Former Selectman who retired honored. 
We think every day for the past 10 years has been "Dennis Tracey Day" in Weston!  And he still is volunteering!!!


No discussion of Dog Park on agenda, referenced in explanations of "objectives" report. 3 categories here.
Lots of Westonites showed up at this, the second meeting of the new Board of Selectmen.  It was specifically noted that it (woof - dog park) perhaps on the next agenda, would restart it - and that a negative P&Z 8-24 might be expected once again.


2nd Selectman tries to make clear nobody is going on the record.  Woof.
Honor to retiring Selectman after 3 terms on the Board of Selectmen (at top).  Not to mention his role on first Legal Review Select Committee.
Sense of the meeting that the "objectives" for this Board of Selectmen should be 8 of "Tier One", 2 of "Tier Two" and one of "Tier Three" * - or in another words, almost 3/4 of the items are top priority.  "Sustainability" only of medium importance.


3rd Selectman weighs in on Charter. 
Re-statement of the Charter duties of the First Selectman to hire and fire - and after discussion decision is "not so fast" - it was observed that the Charter appears to contradict itself.


1st Selectman reports on Virtual Net Metering: 
On the agenda ($15,000 item from last time), as a report...news to us...The Board of Finance isn't jumping to do this and did not approve it at the 1pm Tues. Special Meeting last week.

Appointing of a new Legal Review Select Committee
First Selectman expresses confidence in Dennis Tracey (Chair. of the 2008 committee) as new chair. and discussion (see photo at top of report)

PLUS Executive Session on discussion of real estate purchase.  No decision to be made.

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*must do, should do, could do and degree of difficulty to accomplish also noted.





SPECIAL MEETING OF BOARD OF SELECTMEN - unapproved official minutes.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, 8am to 10:30am
Town Hall Meeting Room

STRATEGIC PLANNING IN GOVERNMENT
An example or two - notice there is a financial element here.


FIRST SELECTMAN SURE KNOWS HOW TO RUN ONE OF THESE!
Congrats to First Selectman for professionalism in working his way through his two page list of possible activities in his term and working collaboratively with his fellow Board members...meeting took a bit more than two hours.


POWER POINT NOT AS POWERFUL AS THE CONVERSATIONS
Three page working document - page 3 was the Third Selectman's set of ideas (pages one and two combined thoughts the other Selectmen).  Prioritization suggestions to come...




REALITY CHECK ON IMPLICATIONS OF TAX BILL TOO
Finance Board Chair., the only person from the public other than About Town present, makes the point (agreeing with Third Selectman) regarding the need to support seniors and for retaining them as resident taxpayers.


AND ON CUE THE FIRE ALARM IN TOWN HALL WENT OFF!
As it turned out, there was a fire in town - on Saw Mill Road (town line with Fairfield right down the middle of it).


               
    
LOTS OF TOPICS DISCUSSED INCLUDING...BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

Great meeting - congratulations all around for what must have been an exhaustive effort to prepare so quickly.  You can always tell a great meeting because everything goes smoothly!  Bravo to WGTV as well for facilitating technical stuff and great suggestions!

As mentioned, @2 1/2 hour event.  We note that Monday the 20th we received the report below, hot link to article in Westport NEWS:







In the absence of minutes...
https://vimeo.com/243228250

BOARD OF SELECTMEN - No draft minutes posted yet (Nov. 28) perhaps because of holidays and the detail required for this set - link to F.O.I.
DRAFT minutes posted now (Dec. 1. 2-17)
November 16, 2017
Town Hall Meeting Room


AGENDA


SECOND SELECTMAN GORDON
A very gentlemanly action or two or three - bipartisanship on display.

 

Actions
  1. Dates for 2018 meetings set (1st and 3rd Thursdays except for holiday changes);  Budget Process Schedule published.
  2. Second Selectman elected, nominated by Third Selectman..
  3. Appointments made.  Will everyone show up even if these are reappointments?  No, but everyone was reappointed.
  4. Five items got action:
*WHERE IS THIS KNEE WALL?  Or is this the decorative piece at the entrance shown above second from the right?



HOT BIDDING ON BUILT PROPERTIES - CLICK HERE FOR LARGE SIZE OF GRAPHIC BELOW
PICTURE GRAPHIC OF TAX SALE, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018, 10-11am, TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM (9 properties - photo at left):  Note that we are protecting the privacy of successful bidders. 

We note as well that as we heard it, the winning bidder who met the requirements by statute have a week to pay the full amount of their bid and that the present owner as well has the right to pay up taxes due.  Nothing is final until six months from now and in some cases, up to a year from the auction date.  The Town may on collect the bottom line of "Notice" (2nd from left). 

The Tax Collector is in charge (3rd from left) and the expert attorney (r) explained the process.  Copyrighted copies of the process as explained verbally were distributed to those wishing them - but we are obviously not going to upload any copyright  material!

QUESTIONS:  One thing that occurred  to me was what if someone pays more than was due in taxes?  Who gets the excess $$?  Three properties sold at auction for more than the amount listed.  ANSWER:  These excess funds are held by Pullman & Comley earning interest (which is the Town's to keep).   


EXHIBIT ONE - TAX SALE

Nothing in government happens quickly, so this was only the first step in the "tax sale" process. 

I think the main result of this effort, while funds are nice to recoup, and what is perhaps the best outcome of all, is the creativity exhibited.  Think smarter. 

In the past it was like turning the Titanic to avoid the iceberg...for the Town to try something new.  Previous administrations broke new ground in taking a holistic approach to Town finances and purchase of open space and of land rights.. 

But I sense the Town side seems to be light on their feet now.  We appreciate these efforts!






2018 WESTON BOARD OF SELECTMEN MEETING-TYPE REVIEW. 


As of August 30, 2018...that's eight months of meetings, the Board of Selectmen was slated to have 16 meetings - the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7:30pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room - barring an official date change for holidays or other known reasons (as filed annually in December with the Sec'y of the State).

Just casually using my own records (so this is not official), there is "good news" and "bad news" but no really BAD news.  They actually met 26 times.  So we're getting our money's worth from this hard-charging group!

There were 16 Special Selectmen's meetings so far this year.  But there were only 10 Regular meetings, with six other regular ones having been cancelled.  "Regular" means being posted officially with the Sec'y of the State - and these are predictable by time, date and location. 

The big news is that I missed two Special Meetings: July 19th and August 10th.*
 
 
Please note that almost all of the Selectmen's meetings are videotaped.  Except for one that I missed that took less than 20 minutes.  All the rest (as well as Town Meetings and Public Hearings) can be watched on WGTV Ch. 79.  Or  online. 

How many people watch?  More than you might think!!!

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* = MEA CULPA.  With only 24 hour's notice, it is beyond reason, don't you think, to expect perfect attendance in the summer from their most faithful attendee (family event out of state and medical appointment my excuses)  Up until this particular Board of Selectmen, I had made all but one...since July of 1991.  .   




NOTE:  Previous minutes/notes of actions taken in prior Boards of Selectmen here.