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  • Bee IntellIgencerBee IntellIgencerInforming the towns of Middlebury, Southbury, Woodbury, Naugatuck, Oxford and Watertown

    Volume IX, No. 38 Friday, November 1, 2013AN INDEPENDENTLY OWNED FREE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER

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    When the bold branches Bid farewell to rainbow leaves - Welcome wool sweaters. ~ B. Cybrill

    Adoptable Pets ............... 6

    Book Review .................. 2

    Classifieds ...................... 7

    Community Calendar ...... 2

    Fire Log .......................... 2

    In Brief ........................... 4

    Library Happenings ......... 2

    Nuggets for Life ............. 2

    Obituaries ...................... 5

    Parks & Recreation ................4

    Region 15 School Calendar ...3

    Senior Center News ........ 3

    Sports Quiz .................... 6

    Varsity Sports Calendar ... 7

    Inside this Issue

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    middlebury public Library grand Reopening and Ribbon cuttingWhat: Library reopens following renovations ribbon cutting, library tour and refreshmentsWhen: 10 a.m. Where: Middlebury Public Library at 30 Crest Road in Middlebury

    Election Daypolls open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at shepardson community center

    pilgrims pace 5K Road Race What: Sixth annual road race, fitness walk, childrens fun run. Food, drinks, prizes, awardsWhen: 10 a.m. Where: Middlebury Congregational Church on the Green, see middleburyucc.org

    Panthers stumble to Barlow in fourth quarter

    page 6

    MONdayNov. 4

    Dont forget to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday at 2 a.m.

    Daylight Saving Time ends

    Cars and trucks belonging to library staff and outside contractors fill the parking lot at the newly renovated Middlebury Public Library Wednesday as the grand re-opening Nov. 4 approaches. A public works employee mows the lawn while, in the foreground, straw covers newly seeded lawn areas, and newly planted trees stand in place of the trees that once occupied the island between the parking lot and the street. (Marjorie Needham photo)

    By MARJORIE NEEDHAM

    The Middlebury Police Com-mission (PC) discussed a pro-posed leash law and the search for a new police chief at its special meeting Monday night. It also heard committee reports and the acting chiefs report.

    Chairman Frank Cipriano and commissioners Paul Bowler, Chip Ford, and Jordano Santos were present. Commissioner Fran Bar-ton Jr. was absent due to a work commitment. Also in attendance were PC candidate Ken Heid-kamp and Officer Ed Demers.

    Selectman Ralph Barra pre-sented commissioners with a proposed leash law and asked them to comment on it. The or-dinance has three parts: the first is that all dogs must be leashed when on town property or on private property other than that of the owner, and the leash must be no longer than 7 feet. The sec-ond is that violators will be guilty of an infraction and will be fined not less than $90 nor more than $250. The third is that the proce-dure for infractions will follow that in Connecticut General Stat-utes Section 51-163n.

    Commissioner Ford noted re-tractable leashes extend farther than 7 feet and the ordinance didnt mention them. Commis-sioner Santos, after questioning whether the PC was the right venue for the discussion, said he thought a leash law was redun-dant because state law says own-ers must keep their dogs under control. Acting Police Chief Rich-ard Wildman said the state law requires control, but not leashes, so some towns have adopted leash laws.

    Commissioner Bowler said, The state has something in place. Either the dog is under control or its not. You dont need a leash law for this.

    Commissioner Ford asked if passing the ordinance would mean new signs would have to be created and placed along the Greenway. He asked if the ordi-nance would apply only to Mid-dlebury residents or to everyone, mentioning people from out of town walking their dogs on the Greenway, and asked how the public would be notified if a leash law took effect. Barra said the information would be in the newspaper.

    Chairman Cipriano said he really would like to hear from Raymond Connors of the State Department of Agricultures An-imal Control Division. Cipriano said Connors told him he would attend the meeting. Connors was on the agenda, but he did not show up.

    Barra said the Board of Select-men enacts ordinances, but he was asking PC members for their input on the leash ordinance be-cause the animal control officers are part of the police department.

    Moving along to committee reports, Commissioner Ford,

    who reports on the building and equipment, asked Wildman how the transition to dispatching po-lice calls out of Prospect was go-ing. Wildman said completing the transition has been delayed by a couple of technical glitches, so it likely will be another two weeks before the transition is complete. In the meantime, Wildman said, the department has a safety net in place with dis-patchers on duty at the police station to be sure all calls are handled properly.

    Asked about the job perfor-mance of the new dispatchers in Prospect, Wildman said they all are properly trained, but there is a difference between being trained to do a job and actually doing it. The dispatching is im-proving on a daily basis, he said. Unlike newly trained police offi-cers, who ride with a seasoned officer when they begin working, the dispatchers go straight from training to doing the job. Field training is not available for them, Wildman said.

    Cipriano said he toured the dispatch facility in Prospect and was impressed. There are bugs to be ironed out, he said, but its a nice facility and well se-cured.

    Turning to the search for a new police chief to fill the spot vacated by former chief Richard Guisti, who resigned more than a year ago. Cipriano said the commis-sion had received from town at-torney Robert Smith a one-page hold harmless letter needed for the police chiefs who have agreed to serve on a search committee for the new chief. Now their work can begin.

    Santos said, What was the holdup? This shouldnt have taken three months. Weve had nothing but constant issues with the town attorney. Its absolutely ridiculous. Ive never seen any-thing like it.

    Next, Cipriano said the PC had received three letters. George Frantzis of Quassapaug Amuse-ment Park wrote to thank the police for the way they handled the September mass casualty event event at the park. Richard-son Drive resident Don Kranz wrote to suggest the road could be made safer if No Parking signs were posted in the stretch of road between no. 19 and no. 67, so the view of oncoming cars would not be obstructed. The third letter was from an out-of-town family who wanted to thank Officer Todd Adams for his kind-ness when they had to interact with him following the loss of a family member here in Middle-bury. Kranzs request is to be put on the agenda for the next PC meeting.

    Due to the Veterans Day holi-day, the next PC meeting will be Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:45 p.m. in the town hall conference room. It also will be a special meeting; regular meetings are held the second Monday of every month.

    By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE

    The Middlebury Conservation Commis-sion (CC) at its Oct. 29 meeting elected Thomas E. Proulx as its new chairman. It also approved projects on Ravenwood Drive, Lake Quassapaug West Shore and Tyler Cove. It accepted a permit modification application for Ridgewood and advised the submission of a permit modification for Burr Hall Road construction.

    Proulx, an eight-year veteran of the com-mission, replaces Paul Bowler, who decided not to be reappointed when his term expired in October. The chairmanship was expected to go to vice-chairman James Crocicchia, who did not attend the meeting. Also absent was commissioner Mary Barton.

    Commissioners Terence Manning, Vincent LoRusso and George Tzepos joked that Cro-cicchia stayed away so he wouldnt be elected chair. Along with Proulx, they all claimed to be too busy with business matters to assume the role. Proulx agreed to become chair with the stipulation his commitment run only until June 2014. He ran the seven-agenda-item meeting in a brisk 34 minutes, a pace former chairman Bowler had been noted for.

    Permits for Raymond Brennan for a two-bedroom, 1,800-square-foot house on Ravenwood Drive were unanimously ap-proved. The construction had been opposed

    by neighborhood petition, but commission-ers agreed with Proulx the house would cause no additional flooding, and Tzepos said there was nothing in the application to justify vot-ing against it.

    The West Shore Homeowners Association plan to widen existing roads in the Lake Quas-sapaug cottage community from 14 to 18 feet and replace existing 4-inch PVC pipes with 12-inch pipes and new catch basins was unanimously approved. The widening is re-quired by town ordinance for emergency vehicle access and was recommended by town engineer John Calabrese and First Se-lectman Edward B. St. John. Association president John Butkus said he hoped to get the storm drains installed before winter to control runoff and reduce flooding, with pav-ing to be done in 2014.

    A permit for Mary Ann Dawkins of 33 Tyler Cove to replace a demolished cottage at 32 Tyler Cove with a garage was unanimously approved. She said there would be no exca-vation and no paving