SOUTHBURY — The Board of Selectmen approved a bid, discussed various task forces and discussed the Plan of Conservation and Development at its meeting on Thursday, October 7.

The board unanimously awarded a construction bid to Reliable Excavating of Danbury.

“This is going to be an effort to catch up on our curbing that needs to be done throughout the town,” First Selectman Jeff Manville said.

The board also discussed the Community Relations Task Force.

The board formed the task force at its Thursday, April 1, meeting. There has been no record of the task force meeting since then.

Selectman Emily Harrison read an email from Selectman Mike Rosen into the record.

Mr. Rosen’s email requested that Mr. Manville update the board on the task force recommendations and interviews.

“It’s been pretty difficult with all the other things that have been going on in Town Hall,” Mr. Manville responded.

He said that the Board of Selectmen could potentially revisit the task force after election season.

During selectmen liaison reports, Selectman George Bertram suggested the board help bridge the Public Works Department and the Energy Task Force since the task force is limited in what it can do.

Mr. Bertram said the task force is interested in energy conservation in town buildings, something that Public Works is interested in as well.

“The task force is offering its assistance to the Department of Public Works,” he said. “It’s clear that a lot of this would be involved with the Public Works and town operations.”

Mr. Bertram said that the town might want to consider putting a cell tower in at the Purchase Firehouse. He said the cell tower could boost service to areas in town with limited service and be a financial asset to the town.

Ms. Harrison said that there was still an opening on the Emergency Medical Services Committee.

No decisions were made at the meeting.

Planning Commission Chair Richard Teardo and Robert Collins from SLR Consulting presented the commission’s work updating the Plan of Conservation and Development.

The POCD is a guiding document for conservation, growth and development for the town.

“The POCD establishes a vision and objectives to address housing, business and infrastructure development as well as parks, open space, historic and natural resource protection and sustainability,” Mr. Teardo said.

Mr. Collins said the state requires each municipality to have a POCD and state statutes require POCSs be updated every 10 years.

“That’s basically the process that we’re getting underway now,” Mr. Collins said.

The document has to be updated by December 2022.

Mr. Collins said, “the crucial thing to remember is that the POCD is a land use document. It’s the policy and guiding principles for the town related to land use.”

Mr. Manville encouraged residents to take the survey as well.

The survey will be live until Wednesday, October 20.

Residents interested in taking the POCD survey may visit www.southbury-ct.org/POCD.

Residents may also get a paper copy of the survey from Town Hall, 501 Main St. South; the Southbury Senior Center and Parks and Recreation, 561 Main St. South; the Southbury Library, 100 Poverty Rd., and Heritage Village Activities Building, 11 Heritage Way.

Paper surveys can be dropped off at a drop box at the Parks and Recreation Building or the Southbury Library. Paper surveys can be mailed to the Planning Department, 501 Main St. South.

Paper surveys can also be scanned and emailed to landuseadmin@southbury-ct.gov.

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