The Easton Board of Selectmen met in person for our regular meeting on April 21. The board approved the minutes from our March 17, April 8 and April 19 meetings, and approved nine tax refunds as recommended by the tax collector.
The board filled three seats on the Easton Diversity and Inclusion Task Force by reappointing full members Darrell Harris and Kevin Oliver to terms next expiring on Jan. 2, 2025, and by moving Hilary Desmond from an alternate member to a full member seat for a term next expiring on Jan. 2, 2025. We also noted the resignation of now former members Elaine O’Keefe and Chris Peritore and thanked them for their service. If anyone is interested in serving on this body, please contact either political party or the First Selectman’s office.
The board approved a structure agreement for property on Sport Hill Parkway to allow an existing stone wall in the town right of way to remain in place. These agreements between a property owner and the town are designed to allow structures to remain in place on the town’s property in exchange for a waiver of any damage claim against the town by the property owner.
The board authorized the Historical Society of Easton to apply for the Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program up to $36,000. This action will allow the Historical Society to raise private funds which would then be eligible for a tax credit for the donor. The Historical Society has done this before and used the funds raised to repair the heating system at the Bradley-Hubbell House on Black Rock Turnpike. This year’s funds under the program will be used to replace the roof at the Bradley-Hubbell House.
The board adopted a charge for the newly reconstituted Human Resources Advisory Committee. This group will review, monitor, enforce and advise on all matters related to human resource practices for town employees.
Finally, the board corrected the end date for the term of the newly appointed town clerk. Unlike most elected officials whose terms end on election day evening, the town clerk’s term runs until the start of the new calendar year. Therefore, Debbie Szegedi will serve as town clerk until Jan. 1, 2024.
There was no public comment offered this evening.
Selectman Sogofsky reminded citizens about the Annual Town Meeting to be held on Monday, April 25 at Samuel Staples Elementary School and urged folks to attend and to vote at the referendum to be held on Tuesday, May 3 also at the elementary school. First Selectman David Bindelglass second this sentiment.