THESE MINUTES ARE SUBJECT TO BOARD APPROVAL AT THE NEXT BOARD
OF SELECTMEN MEETING
Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting
September 2, 2008
CALL TO ORDER
The Chester Board of Selectmen held a Regular meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2008
at the Chester Town Hall, 203 Middlesex Ave., Chester, CT. In attendance were First
Selectman Tom Marsh and Selectman Bruce Watrous and Martin Heft. First Selectman
Marsh called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Martin Heft moved to approve the minutes from the meeting August 18, 2008, with
corrections. Bruce Watrous seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Page 4 – Under Sidewalk Usage discussion – the word severing should be changed to
Page 4 – Under Building Inspector discussion – the term of the Building Inspector is to
be supplied by Tom Marsh.
George Foulds and Jim Ready were present to discuss the fencing at the Cedar Lake
A gentleman reported that at the Cedar Lake Advisory Board meeting, Jim suggested
putting fencing around the unfenced portion of the resident’s beach on Cedar Lake. This
would keep dogs out of the area. There is a sign in the area; however it is difficult to see.
Jim Ready commented that the odor from dog usage remains in the sand on this beach.
While the area cannot be blocked off from the public, he feels the signs could be more
visible. Mr. Ready visited and mapped (measured) the area. Mr. Ready proposed
fencing the area, adding gates for access and moving the signage in the area.
Martin Heft expressed concern about adding a gate in the area. He felt that this is a
public beach and there is no gate on the other beach. Martin stated that a gate would be a
deterrent to the public. He felt additional fencing and signs would be appropriate but not
Bruce Watrous reported that the town is considering re-sanding this area.
Tom Marsh stated that he does walk his dog in the area and has never noticed an odor.
He continued that there are plenty of trees in the area for dogs to mark their territory. He
commented that the odors in question could be coming from the geese that frequent the
beach. He added that residents in the area possibly let their dogs swim in the area and a
fence would not deter the residents from continuing “swimming” their dogs in the area.
It was reported that the water is tested regularly and no problems have been reported
since the pipe was moved several years ago.
Martin Heft directed these gentlemen to take their proposal to Park & Rec. as they have
the authority of the lake. Upon their recommendation, prices can be obtained and the
project could move forward. This proposal will also be discussed at a Cedar Lake
The Board thanked these gentlemen for their time and effort.
Proposed Improvements to Increase Energy Efficiency of Town Hall
Tom Marsh distributed a packet of information provided by Rick Holloway pertaining to
energy efficiency at Town Hal as well as a schematic of the heating and air conditioning
controls at Town Hall.
Tom has discussed with John the vents in the furnace room.
He reported that the insulation in the attic has been displaced from some of the bays, and
in some of those, one can see right down to the top of the suspended ceiling below
through large (2 - 3 foot diameter) holes. Tom continued that to fix the insulation, the
standard cost for two men for ½ day is $675. This would be in addition to the $4,600 to
put the insulation over the drive thru window.
An additional recommendation called for the purchase programmable thermostats able to
be programmed for every day of the week.
The Board discussed use of LOCIP money for a project to increase energy efficiency.
The Board determined that an insulation project is warranted and Tom will proceed as
recommended in the energy audit.
Follow Up to EDC Presentation
The EDC invited the Selectmen to a recent meeting in order to discuss what
tasks/priorities the Selectmen would like the EDC to accomplish. Bruce Watrous felt the
meeting was very positive. He felt their concentration should be to work with P&Z and
the POCD, specifically the 154 and downtown piece.
Tom commented that the EDC felt some frustration in that they did propose a plan for
154 but P&Z was not as receptive to their plan they had hoped. Tom reported that their
work was beneficial and did have an impact on the plan.
Tom felt a “Doing Business in Chester” packet would be helpful for potential businesses
as well as a task that could be accomplished by EDC within time constraints.
The Board discussed the part time development position in East Haddam. Tom outlined
several projects in East Haddam. The Board discussed the possibility of pursing such a
person for Chester.
Tom will discuss the concerns of the EDC with P&Z and will report back to EDC.
Tom Marsh reported that the “Bridge” meeting scheduled for the 23rd will be re-
scheduled. A date will be announced when finalized.
Tom Marsh reported that an offer of $15,000 has been made for the Rescue Truck. This
was the appraised value of the vehicle and the interested party has a cashier’s check to
purchase the vehicle.
Tom reported that the town has received an offer of $1,600 for the 1974 Pumper. This
offer was made by a gentleman in Killingworth who runs a fire truck museum. The
estimated value of this truck is up to $3,000; however it is difficult to find a purchaser.
Tom reported that there were no bids made on the police car. The minimum bid is
$5,000.00. Tom continued that an individual left a deposit of $50.00 for a $2,500 offer.
Tom felt that this was a bit low. The estimated value of the vehicle is approximately
$7,000.00. He noted that this vehicle is low in mileage. Martin suggested asking
neighboring towns if they may be interested in purchasing the vehicle. Tom will pursue
Tom reported that a problem was discovered on the West Main Street project. Maps
required for the permitting process (supplied by Jacobson) indicated that the Sharps and
the Roberts were the property owners around the dam. After meeting with the property
owners and beginning to cut down trees, it was discovered that the lines were incorrect on
the surveyor’s map. Tom continued that an additional property owner is Warren Elliott.
He stated that Warren has been reasonable to work with. Jeff Jacobson, along with Mr.
Elliott and Tom walked the property and discussed the situation. Tom reported that
Jacobson and Warren are working together to correct the situation. They are also
discussing a drainage situation from a previous project.
Tom Marsh reported that there had been some concern about working on the stone wall
on Straits Road. The wall seems to be holding and hopefully, patching will be all that is
There was discussion about using a steel back timber guard rail along the wall and the
spillway. A quote from ADF was given but Jacobson reported that this could not be done
in the area in question. Also, the area needs to be accessible for fire trucks.
AUDIENCE OF CITIZENS
On a motion made and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.