EAST MOUNTAIN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
MINUTES MAY 18, 2016
Meeting was called to order at 7 pm. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Linda Wihbey, Corporation Counsel for the City of Waterbury followed by a Moment of Silence for our departed neighbors.
Alderwoman Stephanie Cummings reported that CT Sign Shop had donated tee shirts for all the volunteers who participated in Earth Day Clean Up. Habitat is looking for projects in the East End and volunteers for the last weekend in June.
Task Force has been set up to look into expanding Wendell Cross to Kindergarten through 8th grade. They are looking for input and opinions from the public, cost is estimated approximately $40 million.
Countrywood Hills 648 units failed at City Planning, Zoning next week, needs 5 votes to pass.
Proposed easement was submitted to City Planning, public can attend & speak at Zoning, will need 5 votes to proceed.
Budget may include 1.99 mill rate increase, State is reducing funding to municipalities. Car tax will be 37 mills then further reduce to 32 mills.
Officer Matt Lemos spoke about the successful Citizens Police Academy and that five residents had been trained. Parking issues on Piping Rock have improved. Following up on motor scooters that were riding on ball fields, trying to identify individuals. Sunrise Farms, following up with marker numbers for identifying riders. There is one Solar Panel solicitor registered with city for permit, Trinity Solar. Ask to see permit if in doubt.
Guest speaker was Cyril May, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Waterbury. He indicated that Waterbury recycles about 7% at $4/ton income, and about 93% garbage which we pay $62/ton to burn. It is against the law NOT to recycle. Gave a lot of information on what items could be recycled. New carts and 3 new trucks during the next year, support from a non-profit organization will help with cost of about $3million.
Secretary report from previous meeting is online, motion by Mike Ptak, 2nd by Tom Brunnock to accept.
Opening Balance: $ 6,805.10
Closing Balance: $ 6,550.10
Motion to accept Treasurer’s Report by Bill Paternoster, 2nd by Dan Velez.
City Liaison Office – Mike Ptak reported the fence will be fixed and park locked at night. Tree on 48 bumps will be cut down when bucket truck is fixed.
Waterbury Development – Mike Guisto – no report
Harry Northrup Grant – Claudette LaFlamme reported that the award this year will go to Drew Dasilva from Holy Cross High School.
Neighborhood Watch – Bob McGovern reminded everyone to lock cars.
Honorable Tom Brunnock spoke on the parcel behind properties on Split Rock Road. An attorney has been retained, donations are being accepted. June8th is the net meeting with City Plan, open to the public. Motion by Tim Connelly to go on record that the East Mountain Neighborhood Association is opposed to easement, and zoning change, 2nd by Gregory St. John. Discussion and motion carried.
Old Business: Earth Day, Saturday, May 7th, thank you to all volunteers who helped with cleanup. Street sweeping and hydrant flushing will continue through May.
May 25, 2016 is Veterans Memorial Committee Support the Troops dinner at Ponte Club, tickets are $35.00 per person. Three EMNA neighbors will be honored: Joe Nolan, Frank DaPolo & Vito Santoro.
Bob McGovern reported that he brought the broken angel to Stratford School of Aviation to repair, they did a great job and angel is on display in foyer. Motion by Nancy Ptak to donate $200.00 to school in thanks, Maintenance Division, 2nd by Tim Connelly.
June 20, 2016 is final meeting for the summer, pot luck dinner. Mike & Nancy Ptak will organize.
Election of Officers: One vote for Mike Stere for President by Secretary and one vote by Vice President for Noella Mott for Secretary.
Motion by Mike Ptak to spend up to $250.00 for flowers in the circle at the Park, 2nd by Tim Connelly.
Movies in the park will be the first and last Fridays in August.
Flags going up on 5/25, 25 & 27 before Memorial Day.
Motion to adjourn by Tim Connelly, 2nd by Larry Davino.
Noella Mott, Secretary