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January 15, 2008
6:30 P.M.
1196 Main Street, Town Hall

MEMBERS PRESENT: Michael Wronski, Co-Chair; Joe Giotta, Celeste Duffy, Absent: David Lindberg, Cheryl Owoc, Barbara Kohlstrom, Co-Chair; Kimberly Ferguson

Element Leaders: Steve Mentzer, Wendy O'Leary, Judy Haran, Paul McManus, Ed Starkus, Absent: Rosemary Johnson, Richard Sheils, Ed Benoit, Scott Carlson

STAFF: Pamela Harding, Town Planner

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.

The Committee met to discuss the Implementation Section.

Paul McManus revised the Natural Resource and Historical preservation sections and requested input on the draft. He also submitted revised implementation tables.

J. Giotta stated he would like to utilize remaining project funds to hire a new consultant to complete the Implementation Plan. The committee did not agree.

J. Giotta stated that he would like to see recommendations in a chronological order and not by implement. P. Harding felt there was merit in keeping topics separate if you consider groups responsible for implementation. For example, the Housing Committee will not want to read all recommendations to extract what they are responsible for. P. McManus agreed. S. Mentzer suggested creating a preface to the Implementation Section that itemizes recommendations chronologically and identifies conflicting recommendations for Phase 1.

M. Wronski agreed to write an executive summary.

E. Starkus suggested picking high priority items from Phase I and identify conflicting recommendations. i.e., economic development along Main Street will negatively affect already poor traffic conditions. P. McManus noted that there are costs associated with each recommendation, i.e., design regulations provide costs to developer historic district are an added cost to the homeowner, etc. These changes will affect residents and are not identified.

It was agreed that recommendations should not be categorized based on financial considerations because unknown grants, state funds, etc. may become available for certain types of projects.

The next meeting was scheduled for January 29th. All element team leaders must have revisions submitted to P. Harding by January 25th or each section will remain in the current format. Additional meetings were scheduled for February 7, 13th and 27th.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.