Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Council Chambers

  1. Call to Order
  1. Public Comment – Any Tolland resident wishing to ask a question, make a comment or put forward a suggestion may speak at this time. No business will be conducted for anyone until their issue appears on an agenda. Comments or questions concerning Public Hearing items will be accepted only during the Public Hearing.
  2. Public Hearing(s)
    1. 3.1  P&Z App. #847 – Scott & Heidi Morey – Request for a Zoning Regulation revision to allow veterinary hospitals without outside facilities as a Special Permit use in the Gateway Design District (GDD).
    2. 3.2  P&Z App. #844 – Town of Tolland – Proposed revisions to Section 17-2.B.1 of the Zoning Regulations for clarification of detached garage setbacks on Collector Roads.
    3. 3.3  P&Z App. #846 – Tolland Economic Development Commission – Request for Zoning Regulation revisions to Section 16-7 “Drive-through Service” and to allow Drive-through Service at Restaurants in the Gateway Design District subject to conditions.
  3. Public Hearing(s) Action
    1. 4.1  P&Z App. #847 – Scott & Heidi Morey – Request for a Zoning Regulation revision to allow veterinary hospitals without outside facilities as a Special Permit use in the Gateway Design District (GDD). Take action on Public Hearing item.
    2. 4.2  P&Z App. #844 – Town of Tolland – Proposed revisions to Section 17-2.B.1 of the Zoning Regulations for clarification of detached garage setbacks on Collector Roads. Take action on Public Hearing item.
    3. 4.3  P&Z App. #846 – Tolland Economic Development Commission – Request for Zoning Regulation revisions to Section 16-7 “Drive-through Service” and to allow Drive-through Service at Restaurants in the Gateway Design District subject to conditions. Take action on Public Hearing item.
  1. Other Agenda Items

    5.1 P&Z App. #441 – Midwood Quarry – Review Annual Map Submission. Location: Mt. Spring andOld Post Roads
    5.2 Budget – Review budget and Statistical pages

  2. Approval of Minutes – Approve minutes of December 8, 2014.
  3. Liaison Reports

7.1 CRCOG Report – Sue Errickson

  1. Town Staff Comment
  2. Communications and Petitions from Commission Members

10. Public Participation 11. Adjournment

The Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing and Business Meeting will be held in the Hicks Memorial Municipal Center, 6th Floor Council Chambers, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT commencing at 7:30 p.m. Any party needing an accommodation please contact the Development Group at 860-871-3601.

Reminder: February Meeting TOMORROW

Good Evening DTC Members & Friends,

This is a friendly reminder that our February meeting is TOMORROW at 7:30pm in Conference Room C (7PM soft start). Attached is an updated agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting. December & January minutes were sent in a previous email by the secretary. Pending attendance, this month’s raffle item will be a 1 pound bag of Quiet Corner Roasters (http://quietcornercoffeeroasters.com/our-coffees) Organic Bali Blue Moon beans.

Also, please see the reminder below regarding the Tolland 300 Gala tickets for one (or more) TDTC tables.

We hope to see you there!

Democratically Yours
Steve Jones
Tolland Democratic Town Committee

Support Tolland Community Women

A message from Betty-Lou Griffin, Mentor President, Tolland Community Women:


Tolland Community Women (formerly Tolland Junior Women) have been serving the community and providing friendship and leadership opportunities for women since 1965…approaching 50 years!

On Tuesday, Feb. 10 we will meet to discuss whether we will be able to continue as a club into next year.  At stake are our service projects and charitable donations that benefit the entire community.

Our club has run the following: Gr. 4 & 5 Parent-child dances; Senior Citizen Luncheon; Kindergarten Safety Town; Hat and Mitten Drive; Wish Upon a Star toy drive; Snack with Santa; Tree seedlings for 3rd graders; Holiday wreaths on town buildings, etc.;

Donations have supported an annual H.S. Scholarship, Tolland Library, each of our schools, fire department, Youth Explorer groups, Human Services, etc.  We support other local non-profits such as From the Heart, Kids in Limos, local food and fuel banks and shelters.  We also support our Connecticut Junior Women state project, which benefits female veterans.

If we are to continue, we need:
1. to know whether the community values these services
2. women who share these goals to commit to join our organization
3. other organizations to co-sponsor one or more event.

We need to decide now.  Please post your reply on our Facebook page, FB private message, or e-mail me (gbgriffin@yahoo.com) by Tuesday at noon.

Thank you,
Betty-Lou Griffin, Mentor President

Tolland 2015-2016 Budget Schedule

Check out the official link here or see below:

BUDGET SCHEDULE – 2015 – 2016


October 23, 2014 (Thursday): Capital Improvement Plan data for Department Heads and Boards & Commissions submitted to Manager

Month of November: Capital Budget Review meetings

Week of Dec. 15, 2014: Manager submits Capital Improvement Plan to Council (by January 6 per Charter requirement)

January 8, 2015 (Thursday): Department Heads submit Budget to Manager (by Feb. 21 per Charter requirement)

February 12, 2015 (Thursday):

Board of Education submit Budget to Manager (by Feb. 21 per Charter req.)

Within 10 days of BOE Submitting Budget to Mgr. :

Council Discussion – Recommendations & Suggestions to BOE regarding consolidation of non-education services and cost savings (10 days from date of receiving BOE Budget per State Statutes (Public Act 13-60)) – Council Chambers – 7:30 p.m.

February 19, 2015 (Thursday: Capital Budget Public Hearing – Council Chambers – 7:30 p.m.

March 3, 2015 (Tuesday): Manager convenes joint meeting between Council and Board of Education (by April 11 per Charter requirement) – Council Chambers – 7:00 p.m.

March 12, 2015 (Thursday): Manager submits Budget to Council (by March 27 per Charter requirement)

March 12, 2015 (Thursday): Advertise Public Hearing

March 12, 2015 (Thursday): Mgr. discusses Budget w/Council–Council Chambers – 7:00 p.m.

March 18, 2015 (Wednesday: Mgr. discusses Budget w/Council–Council Chambers – 7:00 p.m.

March 19, 2015 (Thursday): Mgr. discusses Budget w/Council–Council Chambers – 7:00 p.m.

March 26, 2015 (Thursday): PUBLIC HEARING on Manager’s Recommended Budget: Board of Education, Town Government, Capital Improvement Plan – TMS Auditorium – 7:30 p.m.

March 31, 2015 (Tuesday): Council Discussion – Budget Finalized – Council Chambers – 7:30 p.m.

April 9, 2015 (Thursday): Advertise Budget

April 23, 2015 (Thursday): ANNUAL BUDGET PRESENTATION MEETINGTHS Auditorium – 7:30 p.m. – BOE is provided an opportunity to present a revised adopted budget based on funding approved by Town Council and other line item updates

April 27, 2015 (Monday): Budget Presentation – Senior Center – 12:30 p.m.

May 5, 2015 (Tuesday): Annual Budget Referendum
By May 12, 2015 (Tuesday):Council Establish Mill Rate upon referendum adoption

Tolland BOE Budget Information

From the Journal Inquirer:

Tolland school superintendent presents budget with 4.75% increase

TOLLAND — Newly minted School Superintendent Walter Willett on Wednesday presented a baseline 4.74 percent budget increase to the Board of Education for the 2015-16 school year.

Willett, who took over as superintendent Jan. 1, was the principal of Tolland Middle School and has been with the Tolland school system since 2007.

The budget, which he presented with interim business manager Frank B. Connolly, proposed the 4.74 percent spending increase — $1.764 million — over the current school year.

The total proposed budget would be $38,953,605, up from last year’s $37,189,581 spending plan.

Connolly said one of the most important drivers of the proposed budget was the nearly $400,000 increase in special education services.

Connolly said the state would reimburse up to 77 percent special education costs above $57,000.

Connolly read off cost numbers for special education students, and most were over the $100,000 mark.

Another point of discussion Wednesday was the proposed elimination of 10 certified staff positions, which Willett said was a difficult decision.

“There were many things we had to do to grapple with the budget,” he said. “Eliminating all these teaching positions was a tough thing for us.”

But Willett said there could be as many as seven retirements — and if more positions are eliminated, the budget would go down to under 4 percent.

The school board also discussed a $24,000 budget item, requested by the town, to demolish existing unused portable classrooms at Tolland Intermediate School.

Of special concern was a town-proposed $108,000 addition to the school budget for the police officer assigned to the schools, Trooper Steven Corradi from the Troop C State Police barracks.

The pilot program to have an officer in the school has been a partnership between the town, school system, and resident state trooper’s office.

Last year, the school board approved operational guidelines for the one-year program that runs until June 30, 2015. At that point, state police and the town will have an option to renew the partnership.

Many board members, including Steven Clark, wanted to discuss whether there actually is a need for the officer.

“I would like to sit down with the state police and the officer and administrators to see the progress of this and if it’s successful,” Clark said.

Willett also said that this year’s budget had a focus on giving teachers more resources to properly teach, evidenced by the nearly $52,000 increase in instructional supplies and $270,000 increase in the budget for textbooks — a tenfold increase over last year’s $27,616 allocation.

Message from Town Manager Steve Werbner

Dear Residents,

Thankfully this storm has to date not caused any significant power outages. It looks like the tree trimming efforts we and CL&P did over the last two years in our Town made a difference. Our Public Works and Public Safety crews are doing a fantastic job in opening the roads and keeping our residents safe. There has been a significant amount of snow which will take us all some time to clean up. We appreciate your patience during this process. Please be careful when shoveling anywhere near the road since visibility will be limited throughout the day. Also please do not plow or blow snow onto the road ways.

Town Hall and Town services are closed today however our EOC is in operation and the published numbers can be used if you have any storm related concerns . The Superintendent of Schools after consulting with Public Works and Public Safety personnel has cancelled school for tomorrow. Town Hall will open at 10:00. Our efforts with a storm of this magnitude are at this time concentrated on roads and we then move to parking lots. We must keep in mind that our crews are working around the clock and will need rest to ensure their safety and the safety of others. At this time we are anticipating a possible additional accumulation of five to eight inches. The Governor has maintained the travel ban on state roads for the time being. We will do everything in our power to restore all services and activities as soon as possible .

I want to thank the many residents who kept their outside lights on all night to help our crews during the blizzard conditions. It is much appreciated. Once again this Town has shown that it has the ability to successfully address whatever it is that Mother Nature sends our way and to that end I want to again thank you and the dedicated Town staff led during this storm by Public Safety Director John Littell and Public Works Director Clem Langlois.


Steve Werbner
Town Manager
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Winter Storm Preparations (Town Manager’s Office)

Dear Town Resident,  

We all are in the midst of storm preparations for what they say will be a blizzard of historic proportion.  The Towns Public Works and Public Safety personnel have been in storm preparation mode for several days and will need all our support as they work in what will be very difficult conditions.  Predictions are for hurricane strength winds and snow falling at the rate of four inches and hour during its peak.  While we will work throughout the storm our first priority as should be yours is for the safety of our employees and residents.  Please during the peak of the storm which is from 9:00 pm tonight to 9:00 pm tomorrow night stay off the roads and let our crews have an opportunity to do their job without having to worry about traffic and pedestrians.  Visibility will be extremely difficult and there may be downed wires and branches which is more reason for the public to stay indoors until the storm is over and we have had a chance to assess and address conditions. Some obvious things:

     Remove vehicles from the street

     Clear fire hydrants in front of your home

     Remove snow from your vehicles before driving

     Do not plow or blow snow into the street

     If you have a true medical emergency call 911

     Be prepared for power outages

     If you lose power use flashlights rather than candles

     Have at least three days’ supply of food and water for both you and your pets

     Most important use care when removing snow, if possible do it in increments rather than waiting to the storm is over

The following phone numbers may be used if you have non-medical emergency during the storm:

860-375-8200 – EOC- Tolland Alert Caller ID

860-375-8201 – EOC-Fire/EMS Emergency

860-375-8202 – EOC- Emergency Management

860-375-8203 –  EOC – Public Works

860-375-8204 – EOC- Resident State Trooper

860-375-8205 – EOC- Hazardous Conditions

860—375-8206 – EOC-Shelter Information


Information provided previously – Town Hall and Library will be closed tomorrow; No trash collection Tuesday and Wednesday. Pickups for those days will resume the following week. Town Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening will be held on Thursday evening beginning at 7:00pm;  Planning and Zoning meeting schedule for tonight has been rescheduled; no school on Tuesday

Additional Closings may occur throughout the week depending on the severity of the storm.  Announcements will be made via eblast, facebook, twitter, everbridge system and newspapers.

As always I and other Town employees appreciate your support during these storm events. Just keep in mind six weeks until spring and hopefully we will look back and this will not be as bad as predicted.  Stay safe and warm over the next several days. 


Steve Werbner, Town Manager

Town of Tolland
21 Tolland Green
Tolland Connecticut 06084
United States