Tetreau: School board chairman won’t be named to Holland Hill panel
First Selectman Michael Tetreau has withdrawn the school board chairman’s name from consideration for appointment to the new Holland Hill Building Committee, but said there is nothing in state statutes or the town charter prohibiting that appointment.
The project calls for expansion and renovation of the Meadowcroft Road school. So far, $1.24 million has been allocated for architectural design, engineering and environmental testing costs for the proposed addition of five general classrooms, as well as leasing two temporary classrooms during construction.
At Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Tetreau said Town Attorney Stanton Lesser had since checked both state statutes and the town charter. He said research showed that since the building committee is a temporary, or ad hoc, panel, Dwyer is eligible to serve on the committee.
However, he said that building committee guidelines adopted by the town in 1990 state that anyone who has approval authority over a project should not sit on a building committee as a voting member. The charge for the Holland Hill Building Committee directs it to follow those guidelines.
“To my way of thinking, this is a reasonable guideline,” Tetreau said. “I would support we follow it.”
Tetreau did say there have been previous instances of Board of Education members sitting on a building committee for a school project.
Tymniak said, “This was one of those examples where I wish we could have had a dialogue. I was going to recommend putting Phil Dwyer on as an ex-officio member.” He said the Holland Hill Building Committee is “one of the committees which is of utmost importance to the town.”
He also said while the building committee may not be classified as permanent, it will likely be in place for at least three years.
Tymniak said he would like to add more people to the building committee, and Tetreau said that is the plan.