Board of Selectmen Briefs: JAG grant, Master Plan, Vacancies and appointments

The following items were discussed and voted on at the Nov. 19 Board of Selectmen meeting.

JAG Local VCP grant

The selectmen voted to authorize the Wilton Police Department to apply for a JAG grant to purchase a drug detection unit.

The grants are funded by the federal Justice Assistance Formula Grant (JAG) program. The State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management is providing these grants in order to assist local police departments with violent crime prevention and public safety improvements.

Master Plan funding

First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice updated the board about a discussion she had with Planning and Zoning Chairman Scott Lawrence about a possible P&Z request for funding  for the Master Plan of Conservation and Development.

The funding request could range between $50,000 and $300,000. Vanderslice expressed concerns whether that amount could be absorbed in the town budget based on the 2% budget guidance given by the Board of Finance.

Vanderslice said if there were savings in this year’s budget, the town could consider the request. She recommended P&Z discuss the matter with the finance board.

Vacancies and appointments

There are two new vacancies on the Energy Commission. Commission Chair Deborah Thompson-Van has stepped down, and was thanked by the board for her years of service.

John Hall, current chair of the Inland Wetlands Commission, is reaching his 10-year anniversary and is required to step down.

Kimberley Young was appointed to the Tree Committee. She was recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Dr. Joseph Hufnagel was re-appointed medical adviser for the town of Wilton. It is an annual one-year appointment.

The town’s medical adviser offers town officials advice in case there is an issue such as a communicable disease, or a virus (such as the H1N1 flu virus), which can became widespread health concerns. The medical adviser also participates in emergency response planning.