Recycling and Academy Street funding at BOS
SALISBURY — During the March 1 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, First Selectman Curtis Rand reported that a bill was introduced into the state Legislature to reclassify the electricity produced by burning trash — which is what happens to the trash from the Salisbury-Sharon transfer station — as “renewable,” which would cost the towns involved substantially less. If the bill is not approved, the likely result is the trash would be shipped to a landfill in another state, he added.Also at the meeting:• The selectmen all agreed that a recent Connecticut Conference of Municipalities workshop on ethics was disappointing, with the part of the program on how other small towns have created codes of ethics and ways to enforce them canceled. • The selectmen received a Memo of Understanding from the Faith House Council about the small house at 25 Academy St., which was renovated over the summer by the Affordable Housing Commission. (The accounting for the project has been a bone of contention between Selectmen Mark Lauretano and Jim Dresser.)Rand said the memorandum continues the informal agreement that previously existed between the town and the Salisbury Housing Committee, which runs Faith House and Sarum Village and manages the 25 Academy St. house under the Faith House banner.The only change of note is that one third of the rent comes back to the town now, to pay for the renovations.Rand said the house was initially purchased with the intention of tearing it down, and that its lifespan was probably no more than 10 years and probably closer to five years.The selectmen approved the memo unanimously.