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April 12th, 2016

The motion was to provide $250 for porta-potties for Rockville Fest and National Nite Out. The Council vote was a tie.  The Mayor voted against providing the porta-potties.

April 5th, 2016

Funds for Arts Center East Programming Deleted

April 3rd, 2016

The Vernon Town Council will meet on Tuesday, April 5th, at 7:30 P.M. on the third floor of town hall.

Agenda items include:

Adding additional roads to be repaired with bond funds

A proposed ordinance concerning panhandling

A new fitness trail

Use this link to view the agenda and the information town councilors receive before the meeting.

2016 04-05 Town Council Meeting OCRBKMK

 

April 1st, 2016

Education Budget:  $52,155,265 (1.06% increase)

General Government Budget:  $28,796,979 (3.06% increase)

Debt Service:  $7,958,715 (11.3% increase)

Total General Fund:  $88,910,959 (2.55% increase)

A few specifics:

Council and Mayor, Board of Education and Superintendent, all agree on a Town education budget of $52,155,265.

Rockville Public Library receives $460,000 of its $779,825 request (59%).

Council cuts all funds ($3,000) for Connecticut Legal Services.

Council votes against providing $1,200 for police protection at Rockville Fest (required for road closure).

Mayor breaks tie, voting against $250 to provide ports-potties at Rockville Fest and National Nite Out.

The Town Council will present the budget at the Public Hearing / Annual Town Meeting on April 26, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. in the auditorium of Rockville High School.

 

March 26th, 2016

The following appeared as a letter to the editor in the Journal Inquirer:Public can’t see what’s proposed

Public can’s see what’s proposed

In a democracy, the public should be able to see what’s going on. At “public hearings” of Vernon’s Planning and Zoning Commission the public can’t see what’s being proposed for our town.

At commission meetings developers stand with their backs to the public. Citizens only see the plain white backs of the enlarged plans and drawings used to describe proposed developments. When the developers point to something on the plans or drawings, residents can’t see what they’re pointing to.

I suggest that developers make their presentations facing the rest of the chamber. The Planning and Zoning Commission members could sit at the citizens’ forum table. The public could then see the presentation with the commission members (though some of us may need opera glasses). When the presentation is finished, the commission members would take their seats facing the public for their deliberations.

The public should be able to see what’s happening at Vernon’s Planning and Zoning Commission public hearings.

Michael Winkler
Vernon
The writer is a Town Council member.

 

March 24th, 2016

This is a site plan for Trail Run, a Planning and Zoning Commission approved development of 300 higher-end 1 and 2-bedroom apartments on Route 83 across from Manchester Auto Body..
If you started at Little Mark’s Big Barbecue and walked 1/4 mile towards Rockville and looked across Route 83 this would be what you would see. The Bardin Insurance building will be knocked down to make room for this development.
On the plan, the buildings on Route 83 are for retail stores and a bank. The yellow building at the bottom right is the clubhouse. The other buildings are three and four-story apartment buildings.

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March 17th, 2016

From the March 19th Town Council budget session broadcast live on Comcast Channel 96:

Last year, Rockville Public Library’s Board of Trustees demonstrated to the Town Council at a joint public meeting that it would close in five years unless the Town gave it increased financial assistance.  Two recessions had caused the Library’s endowment to fall from $9 million in the 1990s to under $2 million now.  Around 2006, the Library realized it could no longer operate on investment and interest income and started spending its endowment to remain open.  At the rate it was spending its endowment, the Library would deplete its funds and close in 2020.

In 2015, the Town Council refused to give the Library an increase in support, maintaining it at $310,000, a little under one-third of the Library’s operating budget.  However, the Mayor did establish the “Mayor’s Ad Hoc Advisory Task Force on Library Finances” which started meeting in June of 2015.

Unfortunately, the Task Force had no report to share with the Council when the Library’s budget was considered on March 19, 2016.  The Library requested $$779,825 because that would enable it to operate without further depleting its endowment.  The Mayor recommended $450,000 because he did not want to go over 50% of the Library’s annual budget, which he believes would require much closer Town supervision of the Library.  The Council approved the Mayor’s recommendation.

The additional $150,000 will not keep the library from closing in four years.  When the “Mayor’s Ad Hoc Advisory Task Force on Library Finances” will have its final report ready is unknown.  What it will recommend to the Mayor is unknown.  What the Mayor will do with the recommendation is unknown.

The following budgets passed with no disagreements except for the Connecticut Legal Services budget which was increased from $2,000 to $3,000 on a 7-5 vote.

 

March 6th, 2016

THE PROGRAMS FOR THE VERNON AREA COMMUNITY VOICE CHANNELS (COMCAST CHANNELS 5 (public), 95 (education), AND 96, (government) ARE NOW LISTED IN THE ON-AIR PROGRAM GUIDE (first community voice channel in Connecticut to do so).

 

February 26th, 2016

The meeting begins at 7:30 in the Town Council chambers.

2016 03-01 Town Council Agenda and Information Packet

 

February 25th, 2016

The following article appears in today’s (2/25/16) Hartford Courant.

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