By TAYLOR HARTZ
The newly elected Town Council held its first meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, during which they discussed their upcoming agenda and took action on items discussed by the previous council.
A public hearing was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23 regarding a change to the sewer rate.
Town Manager Garry Brumback said that changes to the sewer rate are determined by efficiency at the sewer plant and the town’s commitment to monitor rates and lower them when possible. The meeting will be held at 7p.m. on Nov. 23, at the Municipal Center.
Chairman Riccio discussed the establishment of a Pleasant Street Barn Committee.
Riccio said he would like to have Council members and members of the community look into the restoration of a barn located on property that the town purchased. The Chairman appointed Councilors Ed Pocock III and Chris Palmieri to chair the committee, and asked Southington resident Margater Anderson to serve on the committee to provide her experience in historic preservation.
“I’d like to keep it simple, small, and productive,” said Riccio of the committee, which he said will “add manpower down the road” if necessary. Riccio also said he hopes the town can use preservation funding for the project.
The council voted unanimously to approve a contract with Titan Energy for a fee of $475 per month until Dec., 1, 2017.
The town and Board of Education have been working with Titan Energy as an energy consultant for several months. Brumback said that the new contract involves an expansion in analytic services and proposed that the cost be funded by a grant in the Clean Energy Fund.
Adam Treff from Titan Energy gave a presentation where he explained the services that the new contract would provide. Titan will now provide “an expanded forecasting tool” where the company would itemize information provided by Eversource each month.
Treff said Titan will analyze invoices from Eversource for school and town buildings, in order to use the information to the town’s advantage for energy consumption.
The town manager also discussed the need to modernize the elevators in the Town Hall, which are not currently compliant with the American Disabilities Act. After receiving five bids, the lowest bid was $97, 580 from Otis Elevator based out of East Hartford, fitting the budgeted cost of $100,000. Approval of the bid passed unanimously.
The council approved a 20-year purchase contract with Quantum Biopower in a 7-1 vote, with John Barry (D) opposed.
The council also voted to approve two bids, from Shea Electrics and Discount Fence.
Shea Electrics was approved for $94, 185 for a new generator for the fire department headquarters, this included the $62, 790 cost of the new generator and a 50 percent contingency.
The second bid approved $16, 5000—including a $1,500 contingency—for a street name contract with Discount Fence in Milford, to follow federally mandated sign requirements.