MONROE – Town Council Chairman Frank Lieto officially announced the names of those board and commission members who will make up the newly reinstated Open Space Preservation and Acquisition Committee at the council’s meeting on Monday, October 28.

The council also voted to issue an additional $7 million in refunding bonds, adopted two agreements, accepted several donations and made two reappointments to town commissions.

The $7 million in refunding bonds will be added to the $5 million approved by the Town Council on Monday, March 25. The bonds will replace existing bonds, but at a lower interest rate. This month’s action increases the amount of refunding bonds to a total of $12 million which may result in savings up to $280,000.

The council agreed to a three-year extension in the participation agreement for the CT Partnership Plan 2.0, an employee medical insurance plan. The previous three-year agreement expired October 31.

A new agreement with St. Jude for use of the former St. Jude School for Parks and Recreation activities is less than the agreement for similar activities last year.

First Selectman Ken Kellogg said the town was able to collaborate with the Board of Education on increased use of Monroe Public Schools for recreation activities, thereby reducing the amount from the $19,000 budgeted last year to just $9,200 this year.

The donations received include $1,250 for the Food Pantry, $1,500 from The Mellen Foundation to Emergency Medical Services and a generator for WMNR from John Babina, III.

The council reappointed Jocelyn Hudson Brown, D, to the Housing Authority and Ed Kusinski, D, to the Lake Zoar Authority.

The Open Space Preservation and Acquisition Committee members are: Sean O’Rourke, Town Council; John Ostaszewski, Board of Finance; Karen Burnaska, Conservation Commission; Clark Gingras, Inland Wetlands Commission; Christine Wittenauer, Economic Development Commission; Frank Dutches, Parks and Recreation Commission; Christina Cascella, Board of Education; and Michael O’Reilly, Planning and Zoning Commission.

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