Meeting Minutes

BOARD OF FINANCE REGULAR MEETING- September 20, 2022

The meeting was called to order by Board of Finance Chair Christopher Santucci at 7:10 pm. Members present: Christopher Santucci, Joseph Cross, Scott Mangold, and Chuck Singer. Also presented First Selectman David Eaton.

The regular meeting minutes of June 21, 2022 were reviewed. A motion was made by Scott Mangold to approve the minutes. Chuck Singer seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The regular meeting minutes of August 23, 2022 were reviewed. A motion was made by Scott Mangold to approve the minutes. Chuck Singer seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The members discussed the July 2021-June 2022 Final Revenue, Expenditure and Vendor History Report. A motion was made by Christopher Santucci to make the following budget adjustments to fiscal year 2021-22: Increase account 1110211- Printing/Postage by $0.81: Increase account 1120200- Assessor Expense by $322.50: Increase account 1131200- Tax Refund/Rebates by $125.15: Increase account 1140200- Town Clerk Expense by $275.80: Increase account 1171200- Audit Expense by $2,901.01: Increase account 2110120- Building Inspector’s Salary by $5,660.00: Increase account 3110213- Heating by $6,262.19: Increase account 3130200- Fuel by $1,719.80: Increase account 6130200- Old Home Day by $1.26. Decrease account 7110200- Operating Contingency by $17,268.52. A motion was made by Chuck Singer to approve. All were in favor. The motion was carried.

The 2022-2023 budget was discussed.

The Board discussed the Selectmen’s Office request to distribute American Rescue Plan Act funds towards the following: digitalizing land records by the Town Clerk not to exceed $10,000 and a tractor to be used by Public Works, Cemetery, & Parks Department not to exceed $23,000. A motioned was made by Scott Mangold to approve the request. Chuck Singer seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

5 year planning was discussed.

A motion was made by Chuck Singer to adjourn at 7:27 pm. Scott Mangold seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

Respectfully,

Leanne Lake, Recording Secretary

Leanne Lake, Recording Secretary

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Members present:
Mat Silbermann, Chairman
Joe Popovitch
Barry Kapplan
Brian Lambert
Lee Fitzgerald
Mike Kneeland (alternate)
Dan Camerota (alternate)
Carol Berner (alternate)

The meeting of September 7, 2022 was called to order at 8:30 pm.

The Public Hearing minutes of August 17, 2022 were reviewed. Lee Fitzgerald made a motion to approve the minutes. Joe Popovitch seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The regular minutes of August 17, 2022 were reviewed. Lee Fitzgerald made a motion to approve the minutes. Joe Popovitch seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

Jeff Cavar previously submitted a zoning permit application for a 20’ x 24’ barn on Mashapaug Road (16/06/014). Lee Fitzgerald motioned to approve the zoning permit. Brian Lambert seconded the motion. The Commission approved the permit. Permit #22010 issued. $85.00 previously paid. The Commission will assign a street number at the next meeting.

William Saunders submitted a zoning permit application to build a shed at 150 Webster Road.

Correspondence was discussed.

Brian Lambert made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Barry Kapplan. Meeting adjourned at 8:54 pm.

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Mat Silbermann                                                            Leanne Lake
Chairman                                                                       Recording Secretary

Members present:
Mat Silbermann, Chairman
Joe Popovitch
Barry Kapplan
Brian Lambert
Lee Fitzgerald
Mike Kneeland (alternate)
Dan Camerota (alternate)
Carol Berner (alternate)

The Public Hearing of September 7, 2022, continued from August 17, 2022 was called to order at 7:30 pm.

The special permit application and plans for the removal of 100,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel from a 3-acre area located on property at 154 Cemetery Road was previously presented by Quinebaug Forestry & Mulching Products LLC, represented by Mr. & Mrs. Brian Sheldon, David Smith, and Paul Archer. All were in attendance again.

Representing Brian Sheldon, Attorney Mark Branse from Halloran & Sage LLP presented suggested requirements for the special permit application for earth removal at 154 Cemetery Road to address resident’s previous concerns.

Interested parties were invited to be heard. Union residents asked questions and voiced their concerns or support. These residents included Lee Fitzgerald, David Eaton, Heidi Bradrick, Carol Berner, Sterling MacPherson, Andy Mihalik, Jon Beaulieu, Maureen Eaton, Mary Huda, and Bill Shemansky.

Questions and concerns included presenting a list of contractors to the Commission, if the operation would be open to the public, processing of stone, wear and tear of the roads, hours of operation, vehicle exit from property, and traffic.

A letter from a resident stating concern was read by the Commission.

Barry made a motion to close the public hearing at 8:30 pm, seconded by Brian Lambert.

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Mat Silbermann                                                            Leanne Lake
Chairman                                                                       Recording Secretary

Members present:        Mat Silbermann, Chairman

Joseph Popovitch

Lee Fitzgerald

Mike Kneeland (alternate)

The meeting of August 17, 2022 was called to order at 8:56 pm.

Lee Fitzgerald made a motion to seat the alternates. Mat Silbermann seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The minutes of August 03, 2022 were reviewed. Joe Popovitch made a motion to approve the minutes. Mike Kneeland seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

Doug Teeson requested to be heard. He asked the Commission to consider what is their intention regarding certification by the soil and water conservation district and how will bonding be reinforced regarding Brian’s Sheldon special permit application for earth removal at 154 Cemetery Road?

Chris Young and Jeff Cavar requested to be heard. The Commission approved the request.

Jon Beaulieu submitted a zoning permit application to build a 2300 square foot house at 66 Cemetery Road. Lee Fitzgerald motioned to approve the zoning permit. Joe Popovitch seconded. The Commission approved the permit. Permit #22009 issued. $210.00 paid.

Chris Young presented plans to build a house on Cemetery Road. The Commission requested he get a letter from Northeast before submitting an application.

Jeff Cavar submitted a zoning permit application for a 20’ x 24’ barn on his lot on Mashapaug Road. The Commission will vote to approve the zoning permit at a later meeting. $85.00 paid.

Correspondence was discussed.

The Commission read four letters submitted at the earlier Public Hearing regarding Brian Sheldon’s special permit application for earth removal at 154 Cemetery Road.

The Commission reviewed the Affordable Housing Plan.

Joe Popovitch made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Mike Kneeland. Meeting adjourned at 9:28 pm.

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Mat Silbermann                                                                       Leanne Lake

Chairman                                                                                 Recording Secretary

Members present:        Mat Silbermann, Chairman

Joseph Popovitch

Lee Fitzgerald

Mike Kneeland (alternate)

The Public Hearing of August 17, 2022 was called to order at 7:30 pm.

Mat Silbermann read the legal notice as posted in the Hartford Courant.

The special permit application and plans for the removal of 100,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel from a 3-acre area located on property at 154 Cemetery Road was presented by Quinebaug Forestry & Mulching Products LLC, represented by Mr. and Mrs. Brian Sheldon, David Smith, and Paul Archer.

Interested parties were invited to be heard. Union residents asked questions and voiced their concerns or support. These residents included Howard Mosher, David Eaton, Doug Teeson, Chris Magnano, Susan & Edward Bernat, Stan Calabrese, Dwight Woytowick, Mike Anger, Jon Beaulieu, Andy Mihalik, John Bousquet, Heidi Bradrick, Jeff Lemire, Maureen Eaton, & Jim Luczek.

Questions and concerns included increased traffic, wear and tear of the roads, increased noise, water contamination, crushing and blasting, hours of operation, future development of the property, and surrounding property values.

Lee Fitzgerald made a motion to continue the hearing, seconded by Joe Popovitch.

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Mat Silbermann                                                                       Leanne Lake

Chairman                                                                                 Recording Secretary

Members present:        Mat Silbermann, Chairman

Joseph Popovitch

Lee Fitzgerald

Mike Kneeland (alternate)

Carol Berner (alternate)

David Eaton, First Selectman

The meeting of August 3, 2022 was called to order at 7:32 pm.

Joe Popovitch made a motion to seat the alternates. Mat Silbermann seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The minutes of July 20, 2022 were reviewed. Lee Fitzgerald made a motion to approve the minutes. Joe Popovitch seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

First Selectman David Eaton presented recommendations made by NECCOG concerning affordable housing. The Commission will review the recommendations.

Correspondence was discussed.

The Commission reviewed plans submitted by Brian Sheldon (Quinebaug Forestry and Mulching Products LLC) for the Public Hearing on August 17, 2022. Mat Silbermann will reach out to Mr. Sheldon before the hearing.

ZEO report. Mike Kneeland measured the new 12 x 16 deck built at 121 Barrows Road and found no discretions from the approved permit.

The Commission reviewed current town zoning regulations.

Carol Berner made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Lee Fitzgerald. Meeting adjourned at  8:35 pm.

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Mat Silbermann                                                                       Leanne Lake

Chairman                                                                                 Recording Secretary

Members present:        Mat Silbermann, Chairman

Barry Kapplan

Brian Lambert

Joseph Popovitch

Lee Fitzgerald

Mike Kneeland (alternate)

Carol Berner (alternate)

Dan Camerota (alternate)

The meeting of July 20, 2022 was called to order at 7:30 pm.

The minutes of June 15, 2022 were reviewed. Barry Kapplan made a motion to approve the minutes. Joe Popovitch seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The commission reviewed an As Built for 144 Stickney Hill Road. Mat Silbermann approved and signed the Occupancy/Use Permit.

Quinebaug Forestry and Mulching LLC, represented by Brian Sheldon, presented revised plans for earth removal at 154 Cemetery Road. A special permit and inland/wetland application was later submitted by Mr. Sheldon for earth removal at 154 Cemetery Road. Brian Lambert motioned to accept the special permit and inland/wetland application. Barry Kapplan seconded the motion. The Commission accepted the applications. $360.00 was paid for the special application. $210.00 was paid for the inland/wetland application. A public hearing is also required for the town residents to be able to review and ask any questions regarding the special permit. A public hearing was set by the Commission for August 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm at the Union Town Hall.

Kathy Paul submitted a zoning permit application and plans for a 12×16 gazebo at 201 Stickney Hill Road. Lee Fitzgerald motioned to approve the zoning permit. Barry Kapplan seconded the motion. The Commission approved the permit. Permit #22006 issued. $85.00 paid.

Glen Latour submitted a zoning permit application for a 12×16 deck at 121 Barrows Road. It was recommended that ZEO Mike Kneeland measure the deck after completion. Barry Kapplan motioned to approve the zoning permit. Lee Fitzgerald seconded the motion. The Commission approved the permit. Permit #22007 issued. $85.00 paid.

Jon Beaulieu presented Map #574 regarding changes for 66 Cemetery Road. Mat Silbermann signed Map #574 to be filed with the Town Clerk.

Ray Crossen presented plans to convert his two-car garage to a studio at 90 Cemetery Road. The Commission did not need to approve anything. Mr. Crossen was instructed to check with the building inspector, Joe Pajak.

Rian Savage submitted a zoning permit application for a sauna at 30 Hall Road. Lee Fitzgerald motioned to approve the zoning permit. Barry Kapplan seconded the motion. The Commission approved the permit. Permit #22008 issued. $85.00 paid.

The Commission reviewed barn plans for Peter Barlow at 180 Stickney Hill Road. The Commission will not require a permit due to existing foundation but will request Mr. Barlow submits an As Built when finished.

The Commission discussed modified septic and plot plans e-mailed by Thomas Flannery for 95 Webster Road. Nothing new will be required from Mr. Flannery at this time.

Brian Lambert made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Joe Popovitch. Meeting adjourned at 8:32 pm.

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Mat Silbermann                                                                       Leanne Lake

Chairman                                                                                 Recording Secretary

Members present:    Mat Silbermann, Chairman

Barry Kapplan

Brian Lambert

Joseph Popovitch

Lee Fitzgerald

Mike Kneeland (alternate)

Carol Berner (alternate)

Dan Camerota (alternate)

The meeting of July 20, 2022 was called to order at 7:30 pm.

The minutes of June 15, 2022 were reviewed. Barry Kapplan made a motion to approve the minutes. Joe Popovitch seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The commission reviewed an As Built for 144 Stickney Hill Road. Mat Silbermann approved and signed the Occupancy/Use Permit.

Quinebaug Forestry and Mulching LLC, represented by Brian Sheldon, presented revised plans for earth removal at 154 Cemetery Road. A special permit and inland/wetland application was later submitted by Mr. Sheldon for earth removal at 154 Cemetery Road. Brian Lambert motioned to accept the special permit and inland/wetland application. Barry Kapplan seconded the motion. The Commission accepted the applications. $360.00 was paid for the special application. $210.00 was paid for the inland/wetland application. A public hearing is also required for the town residents to be able to review and ask any questions regarding the special permit. A public hearing was set by the Commission for August 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm at the Union Town Hall.

Kathy Paul submitted a zoning permit application and plans for a 12×16 gazebo at 201 Stickney Hill Road. Lee Fitzgerald motioned to approve the zoning permit. Barry Kapplan seconded the motion. The Commission approved the permit. Permit #22006 issued. $85.00 paid.

Glen Latour submitted a zoning permit application for a 12×16 deck at 121 Barrows Road. It was recommended that ZEO Mike Kneeland measure the deck after completion. Barry Kapplan motioned to approve the zoning permit. Lee Fitzgerald seconded the motion. The Commission approved the permit. Permit #22007 issued. $85.00 paid.

Jon Beaulieu presented Map #574 regarding changes for 66 Cemetery Road. Mat Silbermann signed Map #574 to be filed with the Town Clerk.

Ray Crossen presented plans to convert his two-car garage to a studio at 90 Cemetery Road. The Commission did not need to approve anything. Mr. Crossen was instructed to check with the building inspector, Joe Pajak.

Rian Savage submitted a zoning permit application for a sauna at 30 Hall Road. Lee Fitzgerald motioned to approve the zoning permit. Barry Kapplan seconded the motion. The Commission approved the permit. Permit #22008 issued. $85.00 paid.

The Commission reviewed barn plans for Peter Barlow at 180 Stickney Hill Road. The Commission will not require a permit due to existing foundation but will request Mr. Barlow submits an As Built when finished.

The Commission discussed modified septic and plot plans e-mailed by Thomas Flannery for 95 Webster Road. Nothing new will be required from Mr. Flannery at this time.

Brian Lambert made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Joe Popovitch. Meeting adjourned at 8:32 pm.

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Mat Silbermann                                                                       Leanne Lake

Chairman                                                                                 Recording Secretary

Members present:        Mat Silbermann, Chairman

Barry Kapplan

Joseph Popovitch

Carol Berner (alternate)

Dan Camerota (alternate)

The meeting of June 15, 2022 was called to order at 7:34 pm.

A motion was made by Joe Popovitch to seat the alternates. Barry Kaplan seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The minutes of May 18, 2022 were reviewed. Dan Camerota made a motion to approve the minutes. Carol Berner seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The minutes of June 1, 2022 were reviewed. Joe Popovitch made a motion to approve the minutes. Carol Berner seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

Sheldon Realty presented a special permit application and plans for earth removal at 154 Cemetery Road. The Commission asked they return next meeting with updated changes to their plans for consideration.

Mr. Luczak requested a property number assigned to his parcel on Cemetery Road (13/18/018). The Commission issued number 124, changing the property address to 124 Cemetery Road.

Barry Kapplan made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Carol Berner. Meeting adjourned at 8:21 pm.

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Mat Silbermann                                                                       Leanne Lake

Chairman                                                                                 Recording Secretary

Barry Kapplan

Joseph Popovitch

Brian Lambert

Lee Fitzgerald

Mike Kneeland (alternate)

Carol Berner (alternate)

The meeting of June 1, 2022 was called to order at 7:30 pm.

The minutes of May 4, 2022 were reviewed. Joe Popovitch made a motion to approve the minutes. Mat Silbermann seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

The commission discussed the telecommunications tower on 23 Holland Road and Mr. Luczak’s request to extend his current permit.

Property Survey Map #572, 3.2 acres transferred from Gibson to Williams on Crawford Drive West, was reviewed and signed by Mat Silbermann.

Brian Lambert made a motion to appoint Leanne Lake as Recording Secretary for the Planning and Zoning Commission. Barry Kapplan seconded the motion. All were in favor. The motion was carried.

The commission reviewed current town zoning regulations.

Lee Fitzgerald made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Brian Lambert.  Meeting adjourned at 8:29 pm.

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Mat Silbermann                                                                       Leanne Lake

Chairman                                                                                 Recording Secretary

Members present:        Mat Silbermann, Chairman

Mike Kneeland (alternate)

Dan Camerota (alternate)

Carol Berner (alternate)

The meeting of May 18, 2022 was called to order at 7:36 pm.

Mat Silbermann made a motion to seat the alternates. Motion was carried.

Mat Silbermann discussed various complaints reported to him regarding chickens. ZEO Mike Kneeland will visit the residents.

The commission revisited the zoning compliance issues related to 1 Mashapaug Rd.

The commission reviewed current town zoning regulations. 30 minutes of each meeting going forward will be devoted to regulations until all have been reviewed.

Mike Kneeland made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Carol Berner.  Meeting adjourned at 8:29 pm.

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Mat Silbermann                                                                       Leanne Lake

Chairman                                                                                 Recording Secretary

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