Pomfret seniors meet with board

A representative from the volunteers of the Grapebelt seniors thanked the Pomfret officials for providing a place to meet at the Masonic Lodge and to address any concerns about overspending.

Phyllis Steinberg of the senior group spoke during the public portion of a recent meeting of the Pomfret Town Board meeting.

“I just want to thank you for all you’ve done for us. We’ve been in our new place for about seven months now, and we’re really pleased with the way things are going,” she told the board.

At recent meetings, town board members have discussed how expenditures might be authorized after the board learned taxpayer money was spent for a party.

“We want you to know that we’ll meet with you any time, and we’re planning on doing an activity report to give to you every month,” Steinberg said. “I want to make sure we’re in compliance.”

Town Supervisor Don Steger asked for information on exercise class and other event schedules.

“It would be nice if we could put that information on the website,” he explained.

Steinberg said she would email information to him to add to the online calendar.

“I’d be happy to post the activities,” Steger said.

After some discussion with the board during the public portion of the meeting, members of the senior group who were present and Steinberg left and the meeting continued.

Later, during the council Later, during the council member reports portion of the meeting, Councilperson Patricia Christina said, “I wish the seniors had stayed. I think we should be more specific as to expenditures. I think we need an official policy.”

The board agreed to work on developing specific language about expenses which will be paid by the town board for the group.

In other business:

The board set a public hearing for Feb. 13 at 6:15 p.m. to discuss the North End Water District.

A bid to replace the front door of the town hall was accepted from Joe Carapella at $2,958 for an insulated steel door.

Discussion took place regarding extension of a bond anticipation note on a public works truck purchased previously.

A policy was adopted in compliance with Internal Revenue Service regulations which forbid investing bond money to generate profit instead of using it for intended purchases.

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