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Tolland Democratic Town Committee Newsletter


May 9, 2022 – Board of Education Update

In our April 27th meeting, we began with a moment of silence for Laura Hayes, school psychologist at TIS, who recently passed away. Laura was a beloved member of our school community and Dr. Willett and the Board send their deepest condolences to the Hayes family.

The Board of Education then received a presentation on the Science curriculum and the Next Generation of Science Standards from Mark Ruede. The curriculum includes a focus on “doing science” rather than “learning science,” using real world content to learn a greater context with connections to Tolland and Connecticut, and an inclusion of engineering standards and practices to apply science to human problems.

The board then reviewed the White House Infrastructure Grant, a $500M grant program. Dr. Willett explained that the administration is looking at investing in more efficient energy savings programs for school buildings. Given that both the high school and Birch Grove are newer buildings and very efficient, and the use of systems such as geothermal are being used at TMS and TIS, Dr. Willett believes priority districts may get preference and Tolland may not be first to receive these funds, however he will look for opportunities as they arise.

Next, the board discussed goal setting sessions and dates to meet with CABE. The Board will have their first session on July 27th and ask for more options in August and September for a second session.

The board then entered into Executive Session for the purpose of the Superintendent Evaluation.

Full pending meeting minutes of the April 27th meeting (and others) can be found here:http://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/…/b_o_e_agendas__minutes…

Please reach out to the Board of Education with any questions or comments at:

http://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/board_of_education

Thank you,

–Jennifer Gallichant, Communications Committee Chair

May 5, 2022 – Town Council Update

Second Budget for May 17th Referendum Proposed, Miracle Field Site Narrowed Down, Discussion of Negotiations with Miracle League and more

Good Afternoon and a pleasant Mother’s Day Weekend neighbors! From the Council Chair, providing a review of the May 5th Special Meetings and a Preview of the May 10th Meeting.

On Thursday, May 5th the Council convened to set a new budget after the failed referendum on May 3rd. The Bi-partisan proposal negotiated by the Chair and Vice Chair was presented to the council with a reduction of $395,208 from the original budget. $92,317 was removed from the Town Budget and $302,891 was removed from the Board of Education Budget.

The new budget total is a proposed increase of 2.57%, which was clarified by the interim town manager as not being the tax increase. With this budget, residents would expect a reduction in the mill rate of approximately -.53 mills, or a decrease in property taxes of 1.43%. Additionally, the motor vehicles will be capped at a rate of 32.46 mills per the new state law passed by the CT legislature. These taxes will vary per resident depending on the assessed value of their vehicle.

The vote for this proposal to be sent out to a second referendum on May 17th, from 6AM to 8PM at the Recreation Center was passed by a vote of 5-2. The vote to approval a resolution authorizing the form of the ballot for the referendum was passed on a 4-3 vote retaining the language of the first budget referendum after a vote to reincorporate information about the mill rate failed on a 3-4 vote.

Following this meeting there was a presentation by our Town Engineer Chuck Eaton on several proposed miracle field sites. The Board of Education, Miracle League of Northern CT, Recreation Department and Sports Leagues were invited to attend and provide input. Dave Garritt of Tolland Soccer Club also shared a presentation with information and input with the council and will be incorporated into the meeting minutes alongside commentary from any invited attendees who could not make it.

After discussion and input from various stakeholders, a location at Crossfarms identified in the Mr. Eaton’s report as Option 5 was seen as the most optimal location, with an opportunity for adjustments with the assistance of sports leagues potentially relocating a shed in the area to avoid grading issues.

On Tuesday, May 10th the council will be convening for a regular meeting to conduct three items of new business. First, the council will be reviewing a request for a proclamation recognizing a resident for winning the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.

Following this discussion, the town will be considering a resolution to apply for a State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) grant $20,000 to have Architectural Plans and Specifications developed by a historical architect to address several improvements needed at the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum.

This resolution will be followed by another resolution the council will be considering to authorize the interim Town Manager to negotiate an agreement with the Miracle League of Northern CT based on the discussions at our May 5th special meeting. If approved, the resolution would allow the town through the Manager’s office to begin working with the Miracle League, Legal Counsel and the Town Council to develop a suitable agreement.

The minutes of the May 5th meetings will be published next week.

To view the meeting agenda and packet for May 9th, please visit:

Agenda – https://ecode360.com/documents/TO1208/public/658480589.pdf

Packet https://www.tollandct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3921/f/uploads/may_10_2022_council_packet.pdf

To view the Town Manager’s monthly report, please visit https://www.tollandct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3921/f/uploads/may_10_2022_town_managers_report.pdf

Thank you everyone for taking the time to review the Town Council’s business. I hope you all have a pleasant and peaceful Mother’s Day. Be sure to visit any local shops for quick gifts and enjoy a Mother’s Day Meal at any of our restaurants. To submit any questions or comments to the Tolland Town Council, please email towncouncil@tolland.org.

–Steve Jones, Town Council Chair