Council Breezes Through Quick Meeting

by Christopher O'Brien

TownCouncilMayorsReportBy Chris O’Brien

The Town Council held a fourteen minute meeting Tuesday evening, breezing through four items on their agenda and the Mayor’s report.

The Mayor is busy meeting with department heads to work towards a proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year which will begin on July 1st. The Mayor and some departments typically meet with the Council to justify their proposed expenditures during the month of April. Much of the upcoming budget will be determined upon how much money Wolcott will receive from the State of Connecticut.

He appointed Ryan Bissette to the Economic Development Commission and the Town Council approved three new members to the Planning and Zoning Commission. They include Cathy Sherman, Michael Bokon and Peter Carmody.

Wolcott’s police held an active shooter drill Monday evening at Tyrrell School which was profiled on WFSB 3’s newscast. The Police Explorers and Wolcott High School’s drama club also participated in the drill with the police. A second drill will be held Thursday evening for the rest of the department.

Jeffrey Slavin asked the mayor how the town’s snow removal budget was doing. Thomas Dunn replied that so far its been holding up ok. Crews were out Tuesday evening to be sure that a dusting of snow didn’t cause any road issues. Connecticut is expected to receive between 10 and 20 inches of snow this coming Friday. While January was a very cold month, it was also relatively dry. February traditionally becomes much wetter.

The Council passed a resolution which marked the completion of a road improvement project that has helped improve drainage in the industrial area off of Wolcott Rd. They also decided to participate in CL&P’s Clean Energy Program. Representative Diana McCarthy notes that this would require the town to set a goal to reduce its energy consumption by 20% and also purchase some of its energy from clean sources. Those could include wind, solar or hydroelectric generators. Durham has had 114 residences sign up for the program there.

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