September 7, 2021
Selectmen’s Meeting September 7, 2021 Union, Connecticut
First Selectman Eaton called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Attending: Selectmen – David D. Eaton, David Heck, Mary Huda
Persons to be Heard: Howard Mosher, Doug Teeson, Jim Dabrowski, Connie Gibson, Phyllis Teeson, Rob Caless
Concerned Union residents were present to share information regarding the proposed concept of an Agricultural and Equestrian Center in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, on the Union border. A longtime racehorse owner is proposing construction of a $25 million equine center with horseracing and sports betting on the east side of Interstate 84. The 235-acre complex will include a horse racetrack, as well as year-round housing for race and retired horses, and a sports complex. The primary concerns directly affecting the Town of Union are traffic issues and environmental issues. A public hearing is being held at the Publick House Inn in Sturbridge on Monday, September 13, at 6:30 pm.
Minutes from the August 16, 2021 meeting were read. Selectman Huda made a motion to accept the minutes as presented; seconded by Selectman Heck. Vote was unanimous.
Bills were presented for review. Selectman Heck made the motion to pay the bills as presented. Motion seconded by Selectman Huda. Vote was unanimous.
- A letter from the Windham County 4-H association requesting a Town of Union grant from its American Rescue Act funds to rebuild the dam, located at Taft Pond Road in Pomfret. First Selectman Eaton will respond that the Board made the unanimous decision to decline the fund request to the camp, due to the issue of project tracking and paperwork, as well as the Board’s commitment that the funds to be used to benefit the Town of Union taxpayers.
- Equestrian Center discussion of the presentation, and the zoom meeting scheduled with John Filchak, of NECCOG, to discuss the horse park wastes vs. water resources on Thursday, September 9.
- Old Home Day –A big thank you to the Committee for their work to prepare and execute a successful Old Home Day event. Also, a reminder that there is a follow-up survey to provide feedback to the Committee. There was discussion that some activities be planned for the Town Green, as in previous years, as the Union Historical Society and Union Library hold their open houses and activities on Old Home Day.
- American Rescue Act Update: The Town is joining other member towns to have the North East Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG) manage grant monies project approval and tracking paperwork. A nominal fee will be paid by the Town each year to pay the grant fund management costs.
- The review of the final 2020-2021 expense report indicated a successful close to the Town expense accounts.
Motion to adjourn at 8:50 p.m. by Selectman Heck; seconded by Selectman Huda. Vote was unanimous.
Respectfully Submitted, Karen Johnson, Recording Secretary