Fall Reminders 2020
-NO Halloween celebration at the Pavilion. It is canceled.
-I Strongly discourage door to door, Trick or Treating on Halloween. Please respect our neighbors during this time.
-Vote Tuesday in Lower Level Town Hall 6am to 8pm. All absentee ballots can be deposited at the top of the Town Hall ramp Tuuesday.
-I have been asked by Emergency Management and Homeland security, to gather data on drought stressed water well failures in town. Please contact the selectman's office with information.
Stay Safe, Allan Cahill
Once again Hampton weathered the storm, this time called “Isaias”. The Hampton Department of Public Works, Hampton Fire Company and community volunteers seamlessly provided the teamwork and decisiveness that directly translated to fluid storm response operations. By midnight, all town residents had an exit from their homes and First Responders had access to everyone. Town Hall opened immediately for recovery needs; water, toilets, shower and charging.
How Does this Happen?
1) The present Board of Selectmen have always focused on “Risk Management” and
“Hazard Mitigation”. Civil preparedness, and shelter have been prioritized. The Town Hall, Community Center, Hampton Elementary School, Department of Public Works Garage, Firehouse and Transfer Station all functioned independently on generator power.
2) The Fire Company officers are highly trained in “Severe Incident Management”.
3) The Department of Public Works has the skill-set, tools and equipment to clear debris, then record “Damage Assessment” forms for my Eversource contact person. When Eversource did finally arrive, the Crew Chief had all the data required for immediate power restoration.
Tools and Equipment needed for Continued Storm Readiness and Community Enhancements.
Isaias was just a test drill. Larger and more severe storms will be coming. Improvements to Hampton facilities must continue so we can shelter and stay comfortably at Home.
Town Referendum August 13, 2020
Town Hall noon-8pm
Petitioned questions #7-11
#7 To approve the 5 year capital plan including the 5 year Road Plan.
RESPONSE: The same as presented and approved last year.
#8 To approve and Municipally match the Connecticut “ Small town Economic Assistance Program” (STEAP), for up to $128,205 – for Community Center and Tennis Court improvements.
RESPONSE: The Board of Selectmen are requesting $71,000 from Connecticut STEAP and a $71,000 of Hampton matching funds, for a total of $142.000 for improvements to the Community Center and Tennis Courts rebuild. $128K was the maximum Connecticut matching funding threshold.
#9 To authorize the transfer of $97,000 from Capital Non-Recurring ($72,000 account 2435 ambulance reserve and $25,000 account 2450 unrestricted funds to the Town General Fund.
RESPONSE: This designated Capital Non-Recurring money saved that cannot be repurposed until swept to the Town General Fund. Account #2425 was for a future Ambulance purchase. We now contract out to KB Ambulance. Account #2425 is where all interest accumulates from all Capital Non-Recurring accounts.
#10 To authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase a Department of Public Works Backhoe up to $150,000.
RESPONSE: The Department of Public Works needs a larger, stronger move dependable Backhoe machine to maintain and protect our roads, buildings and parks. The proposals submitted are in the 125K to 135K range.
#11 To transact any other business proper to come before the meeting.
RESPONSE: No additional business was transacted.
The Board of Selectmen supports a YES mandate on all questions, from the taxpayers. Your time and money will not be wasted.
Allan Cahill for the Board of Selectmen.
April 10, 20 Response
This letter is in response to charges made against me by the Board of Finance that have been forwarded to the CT Attorney General and Office of Policy and Management. The BOF has made unfounded allegations that I am immoral, corrupt, racist, and Anti-Semitic and has asked for my resignation. Additionally, the Board Chairwoman has made veiled threats against my family and I. These allegations are unequivocally untrue, slanderous and threatening. As the Chief Executive Office of Hampton my action for our town’s safety has unnecessarily been made political by the BOF. In my capacity as First Selectman I took action based on the best interest of our town and Connecticut General State Stature as stated below:
Connecticut General State Statute CGS-28-8a reads (a)“The chief executive officer (Allan Cahill) of the municipality in which a major disaster or emergency occurs, or his designee Bob Grindle (Selectman), Ellen Rodriguez (Town Treasurer), may take such action as he deems necessary to mitigate the major disaster or emergency”.
And (b) Any person who is not a member of a civil preparedness force and who is requested by the chief executive officer of a municipality or his designee to render aid in any major disaster or emergency, disaster emergency or attack shall register, as soon as practicable, with the local chief executive authority of the municipality requesting such aid or his designee.’
The BOF has lost sight of their responsibilities of policies, budgeting and financial reporting. Their only job from the BOF’s genesis (and should be presently) is to determine affordability or not for the town. After 8 years of BOF existence, their focus has just been about the mil rated and the MBR. It is my opinion they must balance priorities and remain focused on their job description. It is the Board of Selectmen along with myself that manage and develop Capital Plans and sets community Agendas. We look at our community from a big picture perspective when dealing with long term planning for public safety, conservation, open space and education. Due to their political biases and ignorance, they are extremely slow to act and process practices for risk management of our town. The fact is, and I want to be crystal clear, it is NOT the BOF’s job to be town managers; it is the job of the Board of Selectmen.
The Board of Selectmen along with myself, can manage the business of Hampton better and more efficiently without alienating the Community as a result of the BOF’s political posturing. That is why the question to repeal the Ordinance the BOF will again be added to a Town Meeting moving forward.
An issue that the BOF has blown out of proportion and over stepped their job description is the purchase of a Bucket Truck. Briefly, 100% of the funds used to purchase the bucket truck to remove dead and imminently hazardous trees were appropriated from the 2019-2020 Town Annual Budget, including $21,000 donation from my own salary thus saving our town additional cost. The CT State Minimum Bid on said vehicle satisfies our Town Ordinance on the purchasing.
To date the Hampton Department of Public Works has removed over 250 dead hazard trees. At commercial rates, the $173,000 truck has paid for itself and by the removal of these trees has prevented the possible loss of life, property, litigation and insurance costs. With confidence in my extensive business management experience, I have attempted to educate the BOF on the cost effectiveness of purchasing the Bucket Truck rather than subcontracting the work or renting the equipment, which would have resulted in, and exponentially higher cost from a cost benefit analysis. Again, the BOF Officers has put their political agenda, and future ambitions, above the safety and financial well being of our Town. It is my earnest concern that in times of emergencies to ensure public safety the BOF is incapable of making common sense pragmatic decisions in a timely fashion and this can put all of us in jeopardy with regard to our well being both physically and financially, I along with the board of Selectmen believed that the purchase of the bucket truck is well within our purview as the number of dead trees in our Town presented a danger to our citizens.
Unfortunately, I have dealt with the dysfunction of the BOF for years and continued to do so to date. The BOF’s dysfunction is debilitating for this town and it is time for the Board of Selectmen to move ahead without political roadblocks for the safety and well being of our town taxpayers and children. It is time to vote to dismantle the Board of Finance and get back to running the town with efficiency and fiscal responsibility.
I thank you for your support over the years and commend the Board of Selectmen on their steady and fiscally responsible leadership. After eight years of my stewardship, Hampton is solvent, with ZERO debt, and our infrastructure is solid.
First Selectman of Hampton