The Weston Board of Selectmen met on Thursday, Sept. 6. The following were among the agenda items discussed.
Lynne Barrelle was unanimously appointed the new town historian. She fills a vacancy left by Kathy Failla. Ms. Barrelle’s term will expire June 30, 2014.
William Proceller was appointed to fill a vacancy (Don Gary) on the Building Committee. He was appointed to a two-year term.
Four members of the Insurance Advisory Committee were reappointed for terms that expire June 30, 2014. They are Michael O’Brien, Eric Bell, Larry Cass and Robert Pickholtz. The board also unanimously appointed Harry Spencer to the Insurance Advisory Board to fill a vacancy left by P.J. Sacchetta. His term also lasts until the end of the 2014 fiscal year.
The selectmen were notified that the town recently received a rebate, money from an energy conservation block grant, and municipal revenue sharing money from the state.
The energy grant was given for new, more energy efficient air conditioning units that were installed last year. It totals $54,000. Tom Landry, town administrator, said the town spent about $57,000 installing the air conditioning units.
The town will also receive a $20,400 rebate from new boilers installed at town hall, representing an 11% rebate for the $180,000 project.
Mr. Landry said the rebate was not anticipated when the work was done. He was talking to the delivery person from the gas company and when he showed him the new boilers, Mr. Landry was told the town could get a rebate for them. “He had the paperwork with him [and] we did it in 10 minutes,” Mr. Landry said.
The town also recently received a $62,000 check from the state. Rick Darling, director of finance, told Ms. Weinstein the municipal revenue sharing money was generated from the real estate conveyance tax increase approved by the state legislature for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Mr. Darling said the town also did not budget this extra money in the current 2012-13 budget and so “we should expect another $70,000 or so later this fiscal year.”
Ms. Weinstein told the selectmen she will have an update on regionalization efforts sometime in October.
The first selectman said after the meeting, the time has come to “move forward and decide yea or nay” on the question of whether to set up a regional dispatch for emergency services.
Ms. Weinstein said she, along with the Weston police and fire chiefs, is scheduled to meet with the Wilton first selectman, police chief and fire chief at the end of September.
When it comes to combining dispatch capabilities with anyone else, “Wilton, at this point, is the town that makes the most sense,” Ms. Weinstein said.
Meeting date change
The board voted to cancel its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20. That night is the Weston High School parents’ night, and all three selectmen have children at the high school.
The selectmen voted to instead hold their next meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.