THOMASTON — The Thomaston Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance hosted a special town meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20 to discuss three action items.
According to the notice on the town’s website, “the electors and those persons eligible to vote in town meetings of the Town of Thomaston, Connecticut, are hereby warned and notified that a Special Town Meeting will be held.”
Present at the meeting were members of the public and town officials, including First Selectman Ed Mone, Town Clerk Cathy DuPont, and town attorneys Michael D. Rybak and Michael D. Rybak, Jr.
The meeting began with Mr. Mone announcing the need for a moderator and recording secretary.
The town chose resident Tom Duffany to moderate and Cathy DuPont to record.
Resident Tom Mueller was then asked to read the first action item to vote on as follows: “Resolved that as recommended by the Board of Finance, Town of Thomaston to appropriate $58,700 from the town’s budget surplus for the current fiscal year to purchase a 2017 Ford E-Series shuttle bus or if such shuttle bus is unavailable, to purchase an equivalent substitute shuttle bus and that the First Selectman and Board of Selectmen be authorized to execute and deliver any and all documents and to perform any and all acts necessary.”
The shuttle bus balance will come from the contingency fund.
Highway Superintendent Glenn Clark said that the 2017 bus would come with a warranty and that it is about $16,300 cheaper than a brand new bus.
The town unanimously approved the purchase of the 2017 Ford E-Series shuttle bus.
Resident Ruthann Fainer was asked to read the second action item to vote on: “Resolved that as recommended by the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission at its December 19, 2018 meeting, the Town of Thomaston adopt the ordinance amending Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission fees, codified at Chapter 54, Article I, Appendix B of the code of the town of Thomaston entitled, ‘Fee Schedule - Inland Wetlands and Watercourses.’”
Chairman of Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission Joseph Fainer said that the IWWC reviews the regulations and ordinances and fee structure for the town on an annual basis.
“Due to some improvements and efficiency in our operations, we are able to reduce the fees,” he said.
He explained that this action item is to propose the fee reduction and some minor regulation changes that would make the regulations consistent with the state’s standards.
The town unanimously approved the proposal for the reduced fees ordinance.
The last action item was read by resident Tim Scatena. “Resolved that as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Town of Thomaston adopt a new chapter and article to Part III of the code of the town of Thomaston entitled, ‘An Ordinance Regulating Small Wireless Facilities in the Town of Thomaston,’” he said.
Land Use Administrator and Zoning Enforcement Officer Stacey Sefcik said that the current cell service is 5G, however, the new cells are smaller which can attach to utility poles or traffic lights.
“This ordinance would link with an already adopted regulation that was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission in May of 2019,” she said.
Ms. Sefcik explained that the state is reviewing the idea and she referenced Public Act 19-163, which was to accelerate the implementation of 5G technology. It explained that the Connecticut Siting Council would work with state municipalities for siting in the municipalities location.
She suggested that if that were to happen, it would benefit the town to have regulations and ordinances in place to clearly delineate the town’s expectation and preferences.
She also stated that there is nothing currently pending.
The town unanimously approved the new chapter and article for the ordinance for regulating small wireless facilities.