Officials holding hearing on ordinance revisions, plow truck

BEACON FALLS — The Board of Selectmen is holding a hearing Tuesday on proposed revisions to three ordinances and the purchase of a Freightliner plow truck.

The hearing begins at 7 p.m. at Beacon Falls Senior Center, 57 North Main St.

Officials are looking to make changes to the tax incentive program, Beacon Hose Co. No. 1 service award program and park and recreation ordinances.

The town established the tax incentive program ordinance last March. The program provides tax abatements for eligible businesses that invest in a new commercial building or improvements to an existing commercial building. The incentives have to be approved by town officials and then voters at a town meeting.

Thus far, the Goldenrod Corporation is the only company to receive an abatement for an addition to the company’s building on Lancaster Drive.

Dibra LLC, a Seymour-based property management company, also applied last year for an abatement for a commercial building the company built at 113 South Main St. Voters rejected the company’s application, and the company later submitted a similar application that the Board of Finance rejected.

The proposed revisions to the tax incentive program ordinance includes adding language that states to reapply for the incentive for the same building the value of the project has to be at least 30 percent higher than it was in the previous application.

The proposed revisions will also make it so that applications will go before the Economic Development Commission for a non-binding opinion before going to the Board of Finance for a vote.

Officials are also looking to make changes to the Beacon Hose Co. No. 1 service award program ordinance to clean up and streamline the language. The program provides eligible members of the company a small monetary benefit based on a point system.

The proposed revision to the park and recreation ordinance would add an alternate member to the Park and Recreation Commission.

Copies of the proposed ordinance revisions are available at the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall, 10 Maple Ave.

The town is also looking to buy a Freightliner plow truck for about $188,000. The truck would be paid in five yearly payments of $37,614. The cost will be offset some with a $40,905 state grant.

Officials plan to take a plow truck offline and use it for parts for another plow truck the town already owns.

The Board of Selectmen will hold a town meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the senior center to vote to adopt the ordinance changes and buy the plow truck.