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Somers Primary Election Results- August 9, 2022
Posted on: August 10th, 2022 by David Marti
Somers – Democratic Primary In-Person Absentee Total
Secretary of the State
Stephanie Thomas 122 5 127
Maritza Bond 34 0 34
Treasurer
Erick Russell 98 5 103
Dita Bhargava 26 0 26
Karen Dubois-Walton 33 0 33
Somers – Republican Primary In-Person Absentee Total
United States Senator
Themis Klarides 138 7 145
Leora R. Levy 288 2 290
Peter Lumaj 38 0 38
Secretary of the State
Dominic Rapini 271 3 274
Terrie E. Wood 174 5 179
Total Votes 609 14 623
Percentage 19.14%
Veterans Coffee House, Saturday August 27, 8:30-11 am, Auditorium
Posted on: August 8th, 2022 by David Marti

This months special guest is Vietnam Vet and best selling author Arthur Vinick Jr.

Roast Master’s Red-Eye Reveille’ – Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Coffeehouse, Somers, CT

FREE Veterans’ Coffeehouse – Beverages, Dunkin Donuts, Guest Speakers, Camaraderie.

For more information, contact the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in Somers, CT, email: Veterans@SomersCT.gov New tab or 860-272-4207.

Minutes from Town Meeting, Aug 4, 2022 at Somers Town Hall auditorium
Posted on: August 8th, 2022 by David Marti

First Selectman, Tim Keeney, called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm and requested that the Town Clerk read the legal notice.  The following legal notice was read by David Marti, Town Clerk ……

Legal Notice Special Town Meeting
Town of Somers Thursday, August 4, 2022 7:00PM
Town Hall Auditorium

A Special Town Meeting will be held at the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main Street, Somers, CT on Thursday, August 4, 2022 beginning at 7:00 pm.

  1. Elect a Moderator
  2. To vote on an appropriation of $718,235 from the General Fund to fund Architect and Engineering Studies for the Board of Education HVAC and Town Community Center
  3. Adjournment

Dated at Somers, CT this 28th day of July.

Board of Selectmen:
Tim Keeney, First Selectman William Meier, Selectman Robert Schmidt, Selectman

Publication Date: Friday, July 29, 2022

First order of business is to elect a moderator and Town Clerk, David Marti, nominated Tim Keeney to be moderator and seconded by Bill Meier.  Request for any other nomination for moderators, with none given.  Vote taken asking all in favor of first selectman Tim Keeney as moderator, to say Aye.  The vote was unanimous in support of the nomination.

Next order of business is to vote on an appropriation of $718,235 from the General Fund to fund Architect and Engineering Studies for the Board of Education HVAC and Town Community Center
$580,000 for Board of Education and $138,235 for Community Center/Senior Center
We will consider and vote on each individually.  You each have a green card that verifies that you are a voter.  You will vote by raising your card.
Motion to fund the Architect and Engineering Study for the School HVAV made by Gary Schiessl and seconded by Jan Martin.

Floor open for discussion….

  1. David Ballard at 47 George Wood Road
    Do either study include estimates or cost? Stephanie Levin, school Business Manager, explained that a cost estimate will be included.
  2. Steve Krasinski at 55 Wells Road
    Why do more work on a system that is working? Stephanie Levin, School Business Manager, outlined all the work that would be done.  Many areas do not currently have AC.
  3. James Radziewicz at 237 Gulf Road
    Issue on location of new Senior Center? Senior Center not current agenda item so James took his seat.
  4. Susan Peck at 91 Skyridge Drive
    If you know what needs to be done, why not have a three contractors bid on it. Stephanie Levin responded by explaining the need for a design plan that includes everything.
  5. Dorothy Ruggiero at 29 Concord Terrace
    Explained how elementary school without air conditioning is dangerous with temperatures in the gym getting to almost 100 degree. Getting air conditioning into the elementary school as soon as possible is very important
  6. Tara Moody at 15 Franklin Woods Drive
    Parent also shared horror stories about the heat in the school, how unbearable it is when she volunteers. Hers son is asthmatic and the heat is a major problem for him.  The situation needs to be addressed.
  7. Steve Krasinski at 55 Wells Road
    Questioning why this is not being handled by a special committee formed by the Board of Selectmen. Explained that he has been on these special committees in the past and that they are very effective.  Stephanie Leven explained that the Board of Education will form a special building committee to implement.  Tim Keeney responded that some building in town have been done by committee and resulted in problems.  Steve countered First Selectmen’s comments with examples of exemplary results when he was on past building committees.  Mike Marinaccio explained that projects todays are much more complex and that is why the study is required.
  8. Dave Pinney at 214 Pinney Street
    Does the study include follow up oversight? Stephanie Levin and CFO Marinacio answered that the consultants are involved in every step of the process from beginning to end.  Bill Meier spoke up that he questions if there is a less costly alternative.  He agrees it is an important issue to address.  Selectmen Meier explained the implication of paying for these projects out of the general fund and his concerns.  First Selectmen offered follow up that Board of Selectmen approved with the Board of Finance also approving.  CFO Marinacio explained that the cost of the report can be rolled into the bond funding.  He also endorsed the recommendation of Director of Public Works, Todd Roland and the Business Manager of the Schools, Stephanie Levin.
  9. Lisa Horan at 43 Shady Dell Lane
    Appreciates Selectmen Meier’s thriftiness, but feels that being cheap on the front end is short sighted.  CFO Marinacio explained the reasons to act now, ie. Inflation, interest rates, supply chain issues, school season, and that school construction can only happen during certain times of the year
  10. Jim Radziewicz at 237 Gulf Road
    How many venders did you have?  Stephanie Levin explained 4 chosen by group that included a town person (Others, herself, Todd Roland and Jim McFeat)
  1. Matt Killenbeck at 16 Parsons Road
    Works in construction field as an electrician and project manager.  The Engineering project is the way to go.  It is important to have detailed specs that have to be followed.  Appreciates the goal to save money, but it should not be on this phase.  Selectmen Meier then clarified that the issue was rushed to a vote at the BOS meeting and that the School Superintendent and School Business manager were not present.  First Selectmen then added that this process was not initiated in the past two weeks, but rather over 14 months.  Selectmen Schmidt then stated that Stephanie Leven, School Business Manager had spoken at a prior BOS meeting and that he had also spoken to and received a letter from the Superintendent agreeing that the HVAC projected was needed and that he supported moving forward.
  1. Susan Peck at 91 Skyridge Drive
    Asked if there was potential to get state funding to offset some of the HVAC upgrade cost.  Stephanie Levin said that there are funds available and that the school would work to get as much cost offset with state funds as possible.
  1. Sarah Bollinger at 13 Robert Street
    Having been on the BOE over the past 12 years and knowing that the HVAC has been on the 5-year plan, for all of the 12 years.  She is 1000% for the improvements.  Questioning the cost based on past studies.  Stephanie Levin explained everything that is being covered by the study.  Total district project could come in at 8 million, but can be implemented in stages based on priorities.  CFO Marinacio spoke up to clarify that both studies need to take place first before we can move forward.  First selectmen Keeney suggested that discussion needed to wrap up, so we could vote on the motion.  Sarah closed with stating that time lags on procurement being 6 to 9 months out.  The decision need to be made soon to start next summer.
  1. Steve Krasinski at 55 Wells Road
    Questioned why Covid funds, not appropriated for the HVAC at the School. CFO Marinacio responded that we started out looking at Covid funds, but based on the scope of this project we did not want to use all the Covid funds on one project.  This was determined by BOS, Finance Board, Board of Ed and CIP.
  2. VOTE TAKEN

31 Yeah with 38 eligible voters. Motion passed unanimously.

First Selectmen Keeney asked for a motion to accept the appropriation to fund the Architect and Engineering Study for the town Community/Senior Center totaling $138,235

Dave Pinney made the motion and seconded by Lisa Horn

  1. James Radziewicz at 237 Gulf Road
    Objected to the proposed site behind town hall. Director of Public Works Todd Roland explained that the site behind town hall at been ruled out and would not be considered.  He then explained the logic, included cost of relocating ball fields, and the fact that portions of the site are in a flood zone.  Todd Roland also elaborated on the need, because of the many deficiencies with our current senior center.  Many options will be looked at.  First Selectmen then reviewed everything included in the study.  The consultant has built 29, like kind, facilities in the state of Connecticut.  Selectmen Meier questioned when was the site behind town hall removed as an option?  Selectmen Meier stated that the site behind town hall was the favorite site.  Feels the whole project has been rushed, came out of nowhere, but does agree there is a need.  First Selectmen Keeney stated that there was no favorite site. First Selectmen Keeney explained that Selectmen Meier had the same concerns at the BOS meeting but the decision was made to move forward with a 2 to 1 vote (Meier voted against) and approved unanimously by the Board of Finance.
  2. Dorothy Ruggiero at 29 Concord Terrace
    With all of this information how can we vote on this tonight? Wanted assurances that the site behind Town Hall will not be reconsidered.  Assurances given by Todd Roland and CFO Marinacio.
  3. Kelly Garrison at 33 Brae Burn Drive
    I agree with Mr. Meier that there is miscommunication. Is there an interest for a community center in town?  Todd Roland responded that we will never know if we do not have something to present to the public.  If not built, the study has value, and will still be available to move on in the future.    Selectmen Keeney added that many towns have built or are building Community Centers and that this is not a new concept.
  4. Sarah Bollinger at 13 Robert Street
    She was on a committee many years ago looking at a community center, so this is not something that was rushed. Questioned if there was information on the website that outlines the project.  Todd Roland stated that the RFP was posted on the towns website.  When the project is presented to the public the location will be specific.
  5. Steve Krasinski at 55 Wells Road
    Questioned if the Kibbe Fuller school had been looked at? Todd Roland said that it has been looked at but would require too many modifications and that building is now being fully utilized. Selectmen Meier again spoke out questioning the expense and suggesting moving forward with a light version that would include a rendering for the citizens to review.  Todd Roland said we would not have cost information, and that the proposed process included input from public.  First Selectmen Keeney and CFO Marinacio both elaborated the study was important so there would be something definitive to present to the public and being done by professional that are experienced.  Selectmen Schmidt spoke up that he spoke with Todd Roland early in the spring about the project, the long history, and that it is not something that was rushed.  He did not feel there was anything secret about the process; some people knew about it and others did not.
  1. Lisa Horan at 43 Shady Dell Lane
    Appreciates Selectman Meire’s concern to save taxpayer dollars, but does not want a rendering to vote on. Wants to have a fully developed project with cost to make a decision. Discussion in background with Todd Roland on the amount of space available behind the current Senior Center.

Selectmen Tim Keeney asked to move on the motion.  All those in favor on the motion on the table to fund the Architect and Engineering Study for the town Community/Senior Center totaling $138,235.

26 Yeahs, and 8 No, the Ayes have it and motion passes.

First Selectmen Keeney thanks the audience for their participation, and valuable discussion.
Meeting adjourned at 8 pm.

Minutes compiled and submitted by David Marti, Town Clerk

 

Special Town Meeting, Thursday, August 4, 2022, 7:00PM
Posted on: August 3rd, 2022 by David Marti

Legal Notice & Agenda Special Town Meeting

Town of Somers Thursday, August 4, 2022 7:00PM

Town Hall Auditorium

A Special Town Meeting will be held at the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main Street, Somers, CT on Thursday, August 4, 2022 beginning at 7:00 pm.

  1. Elect a Moderator
  2. To vote on an appropriation of $718,235 from the General Fund to fund Architect and Engineering Studies for the Board of Education HVAC and Town Community Center
  3. Adjournment

Dated at Somers, CT this 28th day of July.

Board of Selectmen

Tim Keeney, First Selectman William Meier, Selectman Robert Schmidt, Selectman

Publication Date: Friday, July 29, 2022

Video of this meeting can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCitLJvpaGg5rGsVVbsUYK8A/feature

REMINDER – The last day to pay Town taxes without getting a penalty is Monday August 1st
Posted on: July 26th, 2022 by bwissinger

If you wish to mail your payment, we do accept postmark date as payment date.

If you would like to leave your envelope over the weekend, there is a drop box in the front of Town Hall.  Please feel free to write your email on the envelope if you would like a receipt.

We also accept payments on line.  Please note there is a 95 cent fee for an electronic check and a 2.95% fee for credit/debit cards.  This is not a town fee, but a direct merchant fee for the payment processing company.

You can pay in town hall with a credit card without a fee.  We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, ApplePay, and PayPal.  We do not accept American Express.

If you plan on paying in person, you should allow yourself extra time for there will probably be a short line since it is the last week to pay.

If you no longer have a vehicle or have questions on your bill, please talk to the Assessor’s office before standing in line to pay your bill for you may be entitled to an adjustment.  You can also email Karen your question at kneal@somersct.gov .

If you did not receive a bill for a vehicle you owned as of October 1, 2021 please contact either the Assessor’s or Tax office to make sure you are not driving an unregistered vehicle.  We are finding that many people did not know their registration has expired.

Hope you are all having a great summer!

All my best,

Lisa Madden

lmadden@somersct.gov

OFFICIAL NOTICE OF REPUBLICAN PRIMARY STATE & DISTRICT OFFICES ONLY SOMERS
Posted on: June 29th, 2022 by David Marti

Notice is hereby given that a Primary of the political party listed below will be held in your town on August 9, 2022 for nomination to each office indicated below.
Notice is also hereby given that the following are the names of the party-endorsed candidates, if any for nomination to each office indicated, together with the street address of said candidate. The party endorsed candidates, if any, are indicated by an asterisk. Additionally, the following are the names of all other candidates who have filed their certificates of eligibility and consent to primary or have satisfied the primary petitioning requirements in conformity with the General Statutes as candidates for nomination to each office indicated, together with the street addresses of said candidates.

Office                                     Party                                Candidate                            Address

United States Senate        Republican              *Themis Klarides                66 Governors Way, Madison, CT 06443

United States Senate        Republican                 Leora R Levy                     59 Pecksland Rd, Greenwich, CT 06831

United States Senate        Republican                  Peter Lumaj                      745 Milll Plain Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

 

Secretary of the State        Republican              *Dominic Rapini                 4 Mariners Way, Branford, CT 06405

Secretary of the State        Republican                Brock Weber                      17 Lancewood Ln, Wolcott, CT 06716

Secretary of the State        Republican                Terrie E. Wood                   50 Saint Nicholas Rd, Darien, CT 06820

Dated at Hartford, Connecticut, this 23rd day of June, 2022

DENISE W. MERRILL- SECRETARY OF THE STATE
The foregoing is a copy of the notice which I have received from the Office of the Secretary of the State in accordance with Section 9-433 of the General Statutes. As provided in said notice, a primary of the referenced party nomination to the state or district offices therein will be held on August 9, 2022. The hours of voting of said primary and the location of the polls will be as follows:
HOURS OF VOTING 6:00 A.M. TO 8:00 P.M.

LOCATION OF POLLING PLACES
Somers Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main Street, Somers
Dated at Somers, Connecticut this 29th day of June, 2022

David Marti
Town Clerk Town of Somers

 

 

OFFICIAL NOTICE OF DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY STATE & DISTRICT OFFICES ONLY SOMERS
Posted on: June 29th, 2022 by David Marti

Notice is hereby given that a Primary of the political party listed below will be held in your town on August 9, 2022 for nomination to each office indicated below.

Notice is also hereby given that the following are the names of the party-endorsed candidates, if any for nomination to each office indicated, together with the street address of said candidate. The party endorsed candidates, if any, are indicated by an asterisk. Additionally, the following are the names of all other candidates who have filed their certificates of eligibility and consent to primary or have satisfied the primary petitioning requirements in conformity with the General Statutes as candidates for nomination to each office indicated, together with the street addresses of said candidates.

Office                                      Party                          Candidate                           Address

Secretary of the State         Democratic              *Stephanie Thomas           81 Williams St, Norwalk, CT 06851

Secretary of the State         Democratic              Maritza Bond                    784 Quinnipiac Ave, New Haven, CT 06513

 

Treasurer                            Democratic                  *Erick Russell                    215 Stevenson Rd, New Haven, CT 06515

Treasurer                            Democratic                  Dita Bhargava                   502 Cognewaugh Rd, Greenwich, CT 06807

Treasurer                            Democratic                  Karen Dubois-Walton     58 Pearl St, New Haven, CT 06513

Dated at Hartford, Connecticut, this 23rd day of June, 2022

DENISE W. MERRILL- SECRETARY OF THE STATE
The foregoing is a copy of the notice which I have received from the Office of the Secretary of the State in accordance with Section 9-433 of the General Statutes. As provided in said notice, a primary of the referenced party nomination to the state or district offices therein will be held on August 9, 2022. The hours of voting of said primary and the location of the polls will be as follows:
HOURS OF VOTING 6:00 A.M. TO 8:00 P.M.

LOCATION OF POLLING PLACES
Somers Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main Street, Somers
Dated at Somers, Connecticut this 29th day of June, 2022

David Marti
Town Clerk Town of Somers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Somers Museum Open- 2022 Schedule
Posted on: March 24th, 2022 by David Marti

The Somers Historical Society, Inc.:  11 Battle Street, Somers, CT

2022 Schedule:  Sundays 1-3 PM:  Everyone is Welcome, No admission fee

April 24, May 15, June 26, July 17, August 21

September 25, October 16, November 13, December 4

Information 860-749-6437

Zoning Commission – 9/7 Public Hearing Postponed to 9/20/2021
Posted on: September 2nd, 2021 by jroy

**SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 MEETING CANCELLED AND PUBLIC HEARING POSTPONED**

 A SPECIAL MEETING WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 AT 6:00PM

Questions or concerns should be directed to Jennifer Roy in the Land Use Department

#(860) 763-8220 or jroy@somersct.gov.

 

Legal Notice – Conservation Commission
Posted on: May 11th, 2021 by mputnam

The Somers Conservation Commission, at a regular meeting on May 5, 2021, voted to approve:

  1. App #740: 50 Hangdog Lane.  Construct Driveway and Repair Drainage, involving work within both Wetland and Upland Review Area.  Roulier Family Limited Partnership/Daniel R. Roulier.
  2. App #746: 21 Eleanor Road. Subdivision of property containing wetlands.  Eleanor Road Business Center.
  3. App #747: 47 Avery Road. Construction of an above-ground pool in the upland review area.  Edward and Barbara Czelazewicz.
  4. Appl #748: Watchaug Road.  Replacement of Watchaug Brook culverts.  Town of Somers.

 

Dated at Somers, Connecticut, this 11th day of May 2021

Somers