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Town Council Set to Discuss Retirement Pension

The council intends to continue a discussion on the town's pension that began at the July 18 meeting.

 

The Town Council's 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, meeting agenda consists of the following:

  • To review and vote upon a Main Street Investment Fund Grant authorizing the Downtown Pedestrian and Sidewalk Enhancement Plan.
  • Continuation of discussion on pension issue from the Town Council’s July 18, 2012 meeting. [Minutes attached to this article as a PDF]
  • To consider and vote upon a Board of Finance approval and recommendation to the Town Council to add the East School Chiller Energy-Efficiency Project as part of the New Canaan Public Schools Energy Efficiency Update Program with a special appropriation of $256,866 to be funded from the School Energy Efficiency Fund.
  • To review and vote upon a priority listing of capital and non-recurring projects.
  • Lakeview Avenue Bridge Appropriation
  • To discuss a resolution appropriating $650,000 for payment of an arbitration award against the Town in the matter of Lourerio Contractors, Inc. and the Town of New Canaan. (This amount was paid previously but not appropriated during the late Winter and Spring of 2011.)
  • To transact any other business proper that may come before the meeting.

Town Council meetings take place in the Town Hall Auditorium.

NCHammer September 20, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Discuss? Don't you mean: 'TC to deflect, obfuscate, and duck the pension issue' hiding behind process? The Town Code of Ethics is clear "...the public interest must be their primary concern." George McEvoy for TC Chair.
S Tadik September 20, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Welcome to the Groundhog Day Infinite Loop Town Council Agenda. Another go at unneeded luxury sidewalks with extensive aesthetic descriptions and confusing cost and time estimates. Public display of the previously-held private caucus discussions about how to increase Jeb’s pension. Consideration in great detail of a project desired by influential education volunteers which might save money but won’t add to the perceived ambience of the town like the yet unfinished Old Norwalk Road and sidewalk project would. Confusion and shuffling of projects to bury the Main Street project cost overruns in capital, noncapital, nonfinancial and contingency sponges. Current revisionist mythology about the Lakeview Bridge with commentary by Stanley Kubrick on How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bridge. Justification of the $650,000 Lakeview Bridge expenditure already spent so as to maintain the town’s karma intact and get ready for November political contests. Discussion of any items which weren’t properly noticed but are desirable pet projects. Gum chewing is encouraged by anybody who so desires.
Greenhill September 21, 2012 at 03:00 AM
The New Canaan Police Commission is a joke and has been for a long time. They supported the removal of discipline to the officers who violated their own policy and also retracted appropriate and accurate criticism of officers who had engaged in a deliberate work slowdown during the Fall of 2011. The minutes from November 16, 2011 Police Commission meeting were amended to remove any critical misinterpretation of commission member commentary towards the NCPD in the special session of December 21, 2011. Some independent commission representing the citizens of New Canaan they might as well be members of the union. At least the Chief was honest in offering his educated opinion on why some of his officers were not doing their complete jobs. All of the officers who received free alarm service should have kept the punishment and reprimand and this would have removed the stench of the above-the-law back door deal for the NCPD. Now you just question the integrity of the Department and Commission.
Esprit de Corps September 21, 2012 at 09:58 PM
So, when you have a field rich with a grain crop, first you send in the reapers, who extract most of the value of the crop. Then, you leave a little value, so the gleaners can accumulate what’s left over. This is an interesting model for municipal governance. The government and departments of the town advance what they see as the interests of the taxpayers and put projects in motion. Then, after plans are solidified and volunteers have almost run out of energy, the public is invited to comment. Is this model at all realistic for New Canaan? Is what actually happens different? Who reaps and who gleans? Is what actually is happening out in the open and transparent? Is anybody reaping what they do not sow?
NCHammer September 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Has anyone noticed the NC Advertiser calling NC a "village" lately? Why? We are a town. A village is: a small community or group of houses in a rural area, larger than a hamlet and usually smaller than a town... We have a Town Council not a Village Council.
Jon S. September 22, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Amen to that, NCHammer! I think it's because Town Council member / Chamber of Commerce director Tucker Murphy insists that we all pretend we're a "Village," and the Advertiser is the propaganda arm of the Town Council so does whatever the TC nabobs demand. Of course, you then get unintended and weird headlines, like today's Advertiser's main story: "Pedophile Moves into Village." Somehow, I don't think that's quite what Tucker had in mind!
NCHammer September 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM
And did anyone see the disrespectful questioning of our First Selectman on Wed eve by a "random" supporter of the six that voted yes in July? I am sure the chairman would have stopped that insulting foray if it was Jeb at the podium that night. But no, he did not. It was out of order and I saw it as disorderly conduct in a TC meeting. I did see Tucker on camera thanking this disrespectful questioner at the intermission...watch the tape.

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