SEYMOUR — The Board of Selectmen discussed the town engineer’s road report and the first selectman’s report at its meeting on Tuesday, August 6.
Town Engineer Bryan Nesteriak continued an update on the state of the roads in town which began at the last selectmen’s meeting.
The town had solicited information from town residents on social media and the engineer made notes on cost.
In his report he had a list of roads split with an orange line. Those below the orange line had the highest complaints about them. Above were the top roads Mr. Nesteriak thought should be focused on.
Mr. Nesteriak had swapped out Clinton Road with Washington Avenue in placement since they had received feedback on that road from residents.
His estimate for the roads that he recommended is $10.7 million.
The board had also asked him to review sidewalks. Mr. Nesteriak’s report put every road in the town into categories depending upon if they had sidewalks and how much of the road included sidewalks.
“You might notice that the vast majority of roads in town do not have sidewalks,” said Mr. Nesteriak.
The board asked what kinds of impact would come when fixing roads. Mr. Nesteriak said that most roads could be fixed while the road is still in use. There would also be a strategy on how and when certain areas of the town would be repaired.
He said that repairs should keep roads usable for up to 20 years, but heavy traffic can change that.
“The strategy here is to use this money to get a long-term solution for these roads,” Mr. Nesteriak said. “Another strategy that we could do, even though I wouldn’t recommend it, is to do spot improvements in all the worst areas in the town and hit as many roads as we possibly can.”
First Selectman Kurt Miller also explained that the bond for the repairs would remain at $5 to $6 million and the rest of the money would be planned out over the next years.
The board is planning to put out a ballot initiative on how much money the town should allocate to the road repair plan.
The board will continue to discuss the plan at its next meeting on August 20.
The board voted to authorize an agreement with the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments to employ a town planner.
Administrative Assistant Rory Burke gave a presentation about the Census Complete Count Committee.
The town is trying to gather volunteers to be part of a committee that would go into parts of the community where people may be cautious about coming forward during the census.
“All we’re trying to do is get the word out about the census,” Mr. Burke said.
“It is really just to identify organizations and groups within the community to perform outreach.”
“There is something called Title XIII that protects anyone from any repercussions of responding to the census,” he continued. “So citizenship status, things that would prevent people from responding to it, they cannot be persecuted based on their response.”
The committee wants to identify members of different Seymour communities to post information about Title XIII and other information about the census.
During the first selectman’s report, Mr. Miller said that the negotiations with the police union had reached several tentative agreements and they still needed to accredit compensation time in place of overtime and decide on staffing levels for worker’s compensation.
“Both sides are very committed to getting the contract done but are taking some extra time to work through these two new items to make sure they are set up correctly,” said Mr. Miller.
He also said that the town’s regular financial review had been completed.
The first selectman met with officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to discuss the fix to the fish bypass at Paul Pawlak Sr. Bypass Channel and Park.
“DEEP has a plan in place for the corrections as well as a funding source,” Mr. Miller said. “Their goal is to begin work in the next few months and finish the corrections as quickly as possible. There will be no additional expenses to the town of Seymour for this work.”
The goal is to have the bypass running by next spring.
The first selectman also had a meeting with members of the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and the Greater Bridgeport Council of Governments about Seymour, Ansonia, Derby and Shelton changing municipal planning organizations.
Mr. Miller said that this has been in discussion and that it would align the town with the 19 towns along the Route 8 corridor rather than the seven towns along the I-95 corridor.
One public comment brought the board’s attention to the misspelling of Katharine Matthies’ name on signs at Silvermine and Chatfield Parks. The board began the process of ordering new signs to fix the errors.
The board also voted to approve an amendment to the town’s lease agreement for improvements to town and school system facilities; a lease agreement with Coco’s Animal Rescue Efforts of Seymour to renew its license for another year; an agreement with Absolute Auctions and Realty Inc. to hand over surplus equipment at no cost to the town; an abatement for property taxes at 12 Chestnut St. for George J. Hummel Little League and the tax collector’s report.
There were also two pieces of correspondence: a letter regarding a Community Connectivity Grant awarded to the town for a Woodside Avenue sidewalk project and a legal opinion for a change to a registrar of voters.