741 Colonel Ledyard Highway  
Ledyard, Connecticut 06339-1551  
(860) 464-3203  
Town Council  
Meeting Minutes  
Chairman Kevin J.  
Regular Meeting  
Wednesday, May 24, 2023  
7:00 PM  
Town Hall Council Chambers  
In-Person: Council Chambers Town Hall Annex  
Remote: Information noted below:  
Only: Telephone: +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 822 4395 6572; Passcode: 587816  
Chairman Dombrowski called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers, Town  
Hall Annex Building.  
Chairman Dombrowski welcomed all to the Hybrid Meeting. He stated for the members  
of the Town Council and the Public who were participating via video conference that the  
remote meeting information was available on the Agenda that was posted on the Town’s  
Website - Granicus-Legistar Meeting Portal.  
Chairman Kevin Dombrowski  
Councilor Bill Saums  
Councilor Andra Ingalls  
Councilor Gary Paul  
Councilor Mary K. McGrattan  
Councilor Tim Ryan  
Councilor Whit Irwin  
Councilor John Marshall  
Councilor S. Naomi Rodriguez  
Councilor Paul stated May was Mental Health Awareness Month and he stated the Mental  
Health Community’s message for this year was: “The Message Is More Than Enough”. He  
provided the following data points:  
· Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States would experience some form of mental illness,  
24% of those will suffer from a serious mental illness; and 12% of those will be  
diagnosed with substance use disorder.  
· In 2021 48,183 people succumbed to suicide in the United States. This was one death  
every 11 minutes.  
Councilor Paul stated Ledyard and its community cares and he stated help was available  
24/7 by calling the three digit lifeline: 988 or 211 or Ledyard’s Youth & Social Services at  
(860) 465-3213.  
Councilor Paul continued by announcing the Yale-Harvard Regatta Festival will be held on  
Saturday, June 10, 2023. He concluded by noting this weekend was Memorial Day and he  
wanted to thank those who have served and gave their lives for his.  
Councilor Saums stated he had had two daughters graduating in the next couple of  
weeks. One daughter would be graduating from University of Massachusetts with the  
honorary title of Summa cum laude; and one daughter would be graduating from her  
Residency in Charleston, South Carolina. He stated that he attributed much of their  
success to Ledyard Public Schools. He thanked Ledyard’s education system; and he  
congratulated all the graduates from High School, College, etc. The Town Council  
Congratulated Councilor Saums, noting that he should be proud of his daughters  
Councilor Ryan stated the Grand Opening of Sweet Hill Creamery would be held on  
Friday, June 8, 2023. He stated Sweet Hill Creamery was located where “Pops”  
formerly was. He noted that it would be great to once again have an ice-cream shop in  
Gales Ferry.  
MOTION to approve the Town Council Regular Meeting Minutes of May 10, 2023.  
Moved by Councilor Ingalls, seconded by Councilor McGrattan  
VOTE: 7- 0 Approved and so declared  
Andra Ingalls  
Mary K. McGrattan  
Dombrowski, Saums, Ingalls, Paul, McGrattan, Ryan, and Irwin  
Marshall, and Rodriguez  
Communications List May 24, 2023  
Chairman Dombrowski stated a Communications List has been provided. He noted there  
were no referrals listed.  
Administration Committee  
Councilor Ingalls stated although the Administration Committee has not met since the last  
Town Council meeting they have a couple of items on tonight’s Agenda.  
Community Relations Committee  
Councilor Paul stated the Community Relations Committee met on May 17, 2023 and addressed  
the following: (1) Presenting services and programs to residents - Councilor Paul stated the  
Community Relations Committee would once again be hosting Booths at the Farmers Market  
this summer: (a) July 19, 2023 Mental Health Awareness - Councilor Paul stated they  
would be joined by the following Organizations: Brian Dagle Healing Hearts Foundation and  
would be providing information regarding Home heating fuel through Thames Valley  
Council for Community Action (TVCCA) and other assistance programs; Utilities -  
Electric/Water Assistance; Homeowners Assistance program that provided no interest loans  
to help people replace their furnace, roof or septic system, etc.; Home meal delivery  
available for those who cannot get out to grocery shop through Thames Valley Council for  
Community Action (TVCCA); The Linda C. Davis Food Pantry located in Ledyard Center;  
United Way located in Gales Ferry was a great resource; Connecticut’s Paid Family Medical  
Leave Program. He stated they would also be joined by the Police Department who would be  
providing information regarding the Green and/or Blue Envelope” for drivers with Autism  
or Hearing Impaired; and SERAC. He noted many of these Organizations participated at the  
Community Relations Committee’s Farmers’ Market Booths last summer. However, he  
stated SERAC would be a new addition to their Mental Health Awareness Booth this  
summer. He provided some background noting that SERAC was a non-profit organization  
located in Norwich that served 41 communities in Eastern Connecticut, noting that they  
provide programs and services to reduce the impact of substance abuse, problem gambling,  
and mental health challenges, noting that May was Mental Health Awareness Month; (b)  
August 30, 2023 - Library Services- Councilor Paul stated the Farmers’ Market August 30,  
2023 Theme was “Back to School” and that the Committee felt that the Library services  
would be in-keeping with that Theme. He stated at their Booth the Community Relations  
Committee would provide literature regarding the services the Library offered and refer  
residents to stop by the Library Open House. H stated when the Farmers Market closed that  
the Library would provide a short Presentation that same evening; (c) September 19, 2023-  
Hometown Heroes- First Responder - Councilor Paul stated in preparation for the  
September 19, 2023 Hometown Heroes- First Responders” he met with both Ledyard  
Center Fire Chief Jon Mann and Gales Ferry Fire Chief Tony Saccone. He stated that the  
Community Relations Committee was also hoping to have some of the Chairman from the  
town’s committee/commissions/boards noting that it would be good opportunity for all of  
these volunteer groups to talk with residents about how they could volunteer to serve the  
Finance Committee  
Councilor Ryan stated the Finance Committee met on May 17, 2023 and he noted in  
addition to the items on tonight’s Agenda that the Committee also discussed the  
following: (1) Year-to-Date Reports April 30, 2023 - Councilor Ryan noted Finance  
Director Matthew Bonin presented the following Updates some good and some not so  
good: (a) Good News was Healthcare Lines would see budgetary savings this year; Tax  
Collections thru March 31, 2023 was at 98.9%; Interest Income on Deposits was  
$360,000 ahead of budget and it was expected to earn about $100,000 over the next two  
months. Councilor Ryan stated this was an amazing amount of interest earned just by  
changing bank accounts; (b) Not So Good News - Utilities were continuing to trend over  
budget; Dispatch Salaries continue to trend over budget; Nursing Revenues continue to  
trend $250,000 - $300,000 under budget; and Board of Education Tuition was trending  
under budget. Councilor Ryan went on to state that Mr. Bonin noted when the budget  
was prepared that $1 Million was budgeted to come out of the Mil Rate Stabilization  
Fund to balance the budget. However, he stated Mr. Bonin explained he did not believe  
they would need to take the entire $1 Million out of the Mil Rate Stabilization Fund to  
balance the current year’s budget; (2) American Rescue Plan Act Funding (ARPA) -  
Councilor Ryan noted that Public Works Director/Town Engineer Steve Masalin  
provided an update regarding the following ARPA Projects: (a) HVAC Systems have  
been completed and were operational at the Senior Citizens Center and the Emergency  
Services Building; (b) HVAC System at the Town Hall - They were waiting for some  
administrative paperwork from the State to finish the HVAC System for the Vault  
because of its purpose to store sensitive and historical documents. Also, some warrantee  
work needed to be completed as well; (c) Streetlight Banner Brackets have been installed  
in Ledyard Center and the new Banners were now in place; (d) Automated Doors at the  
Senior Citizens Center - The doors have been installed and were operational; (e)  
Sidewalk Infill - No activity has been engaged for the sidewalk work in Ledyard Center  
or Gales Ferry. Councilor Ryan stated that Mr. Masalin noted that they may need to  
revisit the scope and funding ($35,000 was earmarked for this work) because he did not  
know if any meaningful work could be done with $35,000 that was budgeted; (f) Town  
Hall Door Replacement - Considering augmenting the funding to install automated doors  
in the front of the Town Hall building. Buildings and Grounds Forman Shawn Ruszcyk  
met with the contractor this week to scope out the project; (3) National Opioid  
Settlement Funding - Councilor Ryan stated the Finance Committee did not have any  
further discussion regarding the use of these funds; (4) Public Act No.21-58 “An Act  
Concerning Solid Waste Management” in accordance with “Resolution Regarding  
Revenues Received from Beverage Container Surcharges- Councilor Ryan stated the  
Finance Committee did not have any further discussion regarding the use of the Nip  
Bottle Surcharge Funding.  
Land Use/Planning/Public Works Committee  
Councilor Paul stated the LUPPW Committee has not met since the last Town Council meeting.  
He noted the Committee’s next meeting was scheduled for June 5, 2023.  
Water Pollution Control Authority  
Councilor Saums stated the WPCA met on May 23, 2023 and addressed the following: (1)  
Ledyard Center Water Tank Panting - The painting of the Ledyard Center tank top has not yet  
begun, but weather has been chilly and Groton Utilities has contacted the painter to inquire  
the status of their schedule. Rust was beginning to appear on the inside of the tank, and it  
should be addressed before the next 5-year inspection. There was also sediment in the bottom  
of the tank that should be removed, both of these projects would require taking the water  
storage tank offline. Groton Utilities described a temporary pneumatic pump system than  
could be used to maintain service while both jobs were underway; (2) Flushing of  
watermains would begin in the next month or so, and notices would be published; (3) Policy  
Manual - The WPCA continued to review their Policy Manual for a number of policy  
updates; (4) Ledyard Center Sewer Extension Project - Councilor Saums stated questions  
that Groton Utilities posed several months ago have reportedly been addressed, but the  
WPCA has not received a copy of the revised plan that has been put out for bid, nor has  
Groton Utilities. The WPCA voted unanimously to require that the project adhere to the  
comments and conditions Groton Utilities made regarding curb stops and hydrants; (5)  
Wastewater Sewer Pumps - Construction on the Smith & Loveless skid mounted sewer  
pumps at the wastewater treatment plant was delayed while the old 240-volt transformers  
were replaced with 208-volt transformers, which the pumps require. Running the pumps at  
240 volts could affect the warranty and the life of the motors; (6) Fire Hydrants - The WPCA  
voted to accept Groton Utilities’ recommendation to move a hydrant at the corner of Baldwin  
Hill Road and Route 12 because the fire hydrant gets hit by trucks several times every year  
and it was expensive to keep replacing the fire hydrant. The cost to move the fire hydrant  
was $6,000.  
Chairman Dombrowski questioned the reason the WPCA did not take into consideration the volt  
of the transformers when they ordered the Smith & Loveless skid mounted sewer pumps at the  
wastewater treatment plant. Councilor Saums stated he did not know the reason the WPCA  
did not consider changing the 240-volt transformers, when they ordered the new sewer  
pumps. However, he stated the WPCA has had issues in the past with the 240-volt  
transformers relative to much of the equipment with operated on 208-volts.  
Mayor Allyn, III, reported on the following: (1) Playscape & Solar USB Charging Station -  
13 Winthrop Road (American Rescue Plan Act -ARPA Funding) - Mayor Allyn stated the  
new Playscape was complete and looked great. He stated they made one change to the  
project, which was to install one of the Solar USB Charger Stations at that location, instead  
of at the Bill Library. He explained because the Bill Library had power at their Outdoor  
Garden Patio; and was a fairly shaded area they decided a better location was at the Park on  
Winthrop Road, noting that while kids were playing at the park that parents could charge  
their devices. He stated the crews were working to install the USB Solar Chargers at the  
selected locations; (2) Streetlight Banner Brackets have been installed in Ledyard Center  
and the new Banners were now in place. Mayor Allyn stated because the wreaths that  
they were previously using for the Holiday Season do not fit the size of the brackets that  
the Beautification Committee was considering winter/seasonal banners; (3) Blight and  
Zoning Issues - Mayor Allyn stated the new Zoning Enforcement Officer Mr. Alex Samalot  
were being addressed. He stated the top 5 - 6 offenders have received Registered Letters. He  
stated one property owner has already contacted him and that they would be meeting  
tomorrow; (4) Retirement - Pension Fund - Mayor Allyn stated the Retirement Board’s last  
report indicated that the Retirement - Pension Plan was funded at 87.4% which was an  
improvement, noting that the Discount Rate was 6.25%. He stated to provide a perspective  
that the State’s Average for all Municipal Retirement Funds was 73% funding. He stated the  
State also used a Discount Rate of 6.75%. He stated Ledyard was more conservative with  
their and better funded than the state’s average; (5) Fiscal Year 2023/2024 Budget  
Referendum - May 16, 2023 - Mayor Allyn stated the proposed $64,540,940 Budget  
(General Government: $28,632,572; Board of Education: $35,908,368) was approved: 147-  
Yes to 55-No noting that only 2.1% of the voters turned out to cast their ballot. He expressed  
disappointment with the turn out noting the town advertised the Annual Town Meeting and  
Referendum by placing two legal notices in the New London Day Newspaper, it was posted  
on the Town’s Website, Ledyard Community Resource Page, Ledyard News Facebook Page,  
his Facebook page and some Town Councilors shared the posting on their Social Media  
pages. It was in the Events Magazine that was mailed to every household in Ledyard, 20-foot  
Banners were hung in Ledyard Center and in Gales Ferry. He stated residents could sign up  
for Email Alerts on the Town’s website, which would inform them of events such as the  
Budget Referendum. He stated Ledyard does not have a reporter from the Day Newspaper.  
He stated next year they would have the LED Signs in front of the Town Green Ledyard  
Center and in front of the Gales Ferry Fire Department where they would advertise the  
Referendum. He stated he was working with the State Department of Transportation (DOT)  
to obtain permission to place the LED Signs. He stated the following ideas were suggested to  
inform residents about the Budget Referendum: (a) Use the Everbridge Emergency Reverse  
911 Alert System - Mayor Allyn stated he did not support using the reverse 911 system  
because the intended use was for emergencies; (b) Postcards to every household - Mayor  
Allyn stated that he also did not support the postcard idea because of the Events Magazine  
already goes to every household and because of the cost to print and mail. He stated he did  
not know if the low voter turn-out was because people were choosing not to engage, or  
whether they viewed the Budget Vote as a non-starter because there were no issues; (6)  
Nathan Lester House - Mayor Allyn stated the Historic property (House and Barns) were  
staged for the filming of a portion of the Fog of War Movie starring John Crusack, Brianna  
Hildebrand and Jake Abel. He stated the spy-thriller movie was a story about an injured  
World War II American pilot and his OSS agent fiancée Penny who retreat to a remote  
estate in Massachusetts and involved top-secret documents related to the D-Day  
invasion. He noted that he had a cameo part as a doctor but that did not know if the scene  
would make the movie and that a $13,000 donation was made to the Nathan Lester  
House for the use of the property. He stated he met with Historic District Commissioner  
Doug Kelley, noting on Memorial Day they would begin to provide tours of the property  
for the public to see how the property was stagged for the World War II era film and to  
talk about the actors and actresses that were in scenes that were filmed in the Nathan  
Lester House. The movie was expected to be in theaters in March-April 2024; and he  
stated that he hoped they could do a little Premier Opening here at the Nathan Lester  
House; (7) Bid No. 2023-08 (Oversized Bulky Waste Removal) - Mayor Allyn stated the  
Bid Opening was held on May 23, 202; however, the town only received two bids, noting  
that they were very competitive coming within $500 - $600 of each other. He stated  
Public Works/Town Engineer Steve Masalin would be seeking a Bid Waiver as the  
required three bids were not received, in accordance with Ordinance #200-001 (rev 1)  
An Ordinance for Purchasing; (8) Avalonia Land Conservancy - Mayor Allyn stated  
Avalonia Land Conservancy was interested in the following two town-owned parcels: (a)  
3.32 acres that was located behind 538 Colonel Ledyard Highway - Outback Stables; and  
(b) 334 Colonel Ledyard Highway which was the piece of property that fronted the  
former Founders Preserve Property and would hopefully become the gravel parking lot  
for the open space property owned by Avalonia Land Conservancy; (9) Solid Waste  
Working Group - Mayor Allyn stated that he was serving as the Southeastern  
Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) Solid Waste Working Group. He stated  
the nine member Working Group comprised of SCCOG Chief Executive Officers, as  
well as members from Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resource Recovery Authority  
(SCRRRA) and Municipal Public Works Directors who handle solid waste believed  
there were some things that could be done to remove organics out of the waste stream by  
looking at single stream and the new incinerators; (10) Memorial Day Parade will be  
held on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. - Mayor Allyn suggested Town Councilors  
who would be marching in the parade to gather at the War Memorial located between  
the Bill Library and the Congregational Church at 12:30 p.m.  
Questions to the Mayor -  
Councilor Saums addressed the low voter turn-out for the May 16, 2023 Fiscal Year  
2023/2024 Budget Referendum. He stated although this year’s budget passed that when there  
is a low voter turn-out for any referendum vote that there was a higher chance of the item not  
being approved.  
Councilor Saums continued by addressing the Ledyard Center Streetlight Banners and he  
noted that another town had been discussing Hometown Heroes Banners. Therefore, he  
suggested Ledyard consider the same for next year, noting that it would be great to hang  
Hometown Heroes Banners and Flags for Memorial Day. Mayor Allyn stated the cost was  
about $1,400 to purchase banners for all of the Streetlights in Ledyard Center. Councilor  
Ryan questioned the time involved to change the Streetlight Banners. Mayor Allyn stated  
that the Public Works Department could change-out all of the Streetlight Banners in about  
90-minutes. He stated the new Streetlight brackets were spring loaded and the new banners  
had wind slits so that there was less tension on the brackets when they had strong wind  
Councilor Ryan addressed the electrical power that was available at the Bill Library’s  
Garden Patio; and he questioned whether they were live and whether the outlets were  
accessible. Mayor Allyn stated the Bill Library Garden Patio had electrical outlets for the  
public to use, noting that the area had a natural canopy of trees, etc. that provided some  
protection. Councilor Ryan stated his concern was not about the electrical outlets being  
protected, but that he had concerns about the town’s cost for the public to use the electricity.  
Chairman Dombrowski stated there were electrical outlets at the Pole Barn, Town Green,  
and Holdridge Pavilion; however, he stated the electricity to the outlets could be shut off  
when they were not in use by town organizations.  
Administration Committee  
MOTION to reappoint Ms. Paula Crocker, 1500 Route 12, Gales Ferry, to the Housing Authority  
to complete a five (5) year term ending March 31, 2028.  
Moved by Councilor Ingalls, seconded by Councilor McGrattan  
Discussion: Councilor Ingalls stated the reappointment of Ms. Crocker has been endorsed  
by the Housing Authority, noting that Chairman Duzy provided some nice comments  
regarding Ms. Crocker’s contributions to the Board.  
Councilor McGrattan, Liaison to the Housing Authority, stated Ms. Crocker serves as the  
Board’s Recording Secretary and that she does a great job with the Minutes.  
VOTE: 7 - 0 Approved and so declared  
Andra Ingalls  
Mary K. McGrattan  
Dombrowski, Saums, Ingalls, Paul, McGrattan, Ryan, and Irwin  
Marshall, and Rodriguez  
MOTION to approve a proposed Director of Parks, Recreation and Senior Citizens job  
description as contained in the draft dated May 9, 2023.  
Moved by Councilor Ingalls, seconded by Councilor Irwin  
Discussion: Councilor Ingalls provided some background explaining that Mr. Scott  
Johnson, Jr., has been serving in this combined role since the Parks & Recreation  
Department moved from Blonders Boulevard to the Senior Citizen Center on Van Tassel  
Drive in 2020. She also noted that the new name of the combined Commissions was  
Parks, Recreation and Senior Citizens Commission” as reflected in the job description.  
She stated the job description was last updated in 1984; and therefore, this was a  
complete and comprehensive update.  
7 - 0 Approved and so declared  
Andra Ingalls  
Whit Irwin  
Dombrowski, Saums, Ingalls, Paul, McGrattan, Ryan, and Irwin  
Marshall, and Rodriguez  
Finance Committee  
MOTION to grant a bid waiver to WMC Consulting Engineers in the amount of $478,000 for  
RFQ/RFP 2023-07 (Engineering Services-Whitford Brook Watershed Infrastructure  
Improvements) due to not receiving three bids; in accordance with Ordinance #200-001 (rev 1)  
“An Ordinance for Purchasing”.  
Moved by Councilor Saums, seconded by Councilor Ryan  
Discussion: Councilor Saums provided some background noting that WMC Consulting  
Engineers also did the work on the Lantern Hill Road Bridge.  
Councilor Saums provided some background noting that in response to the Request for  
Qualifications (RFQ#2023-07) (Whitford Brook Watershed Infrastructure Improvements  
-1 ) the town only received two proposals. He stated the Proposals were due on April 12,  
2023 and that Public Works Director/Town Engineer Steve Masalin along with Planner  
Sam Alexander from Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG), and  
Dave Murphy from Southeastern CT Stormwater and Climate Resilience Agency  
(SERCA) interviewed the Engineering Firms that submitted proposals. He stated the  
consensus of the Group was to award the contract to WMC Consulting Engineers, noting  
that they were the lowest bid. He stated although the town would have typically received  
several proposals for this type of project that the cost of the two proposals received came  
in within the range of what they would have seen if they had a bigger pool of  
Councilor Ryan stated that Director of Public Works/Town Engineer Steve Masalin  
stated the proposals were withing the scope of what was expected for the size of the  
project, noting that the cost was not a lot more or a lot less than expected.  
Councilor Saums stated that Mr. Masalin explained that this bid waiver was for the  
Design Work and the Permitting Process and was only one milestone within the whole $3  
Million Watershed Initiative that was being done along Lantern Hill Road and the  
Whitford Brook, which included the replacement of the Lantern Hill Road/Whitford  
Bridge (between Ledyard and Stonington) that has languished for years, and for other  
components that needed to be replaced or improved related to the watershed area. He  
stated that Mr. Masalin also addressed the complexities of the project because there were  
a lot of stakeholders involved in this Watershed Project, noting that they have met with  
residents Betsy Graham and Terry Fedors. He explained the Local Bridge Program has  
become an option that the town could use again. He stated WMC Consulting Engineers  
was the engineers for the Lantern Hill Road Bridge and he noted in speaking with WMC  
Consulting Engineers they were going to submit an Application for Local Bridge  
Funding. However, he explained although Stonington would be a party in the  
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that Mayor Allyn, III, was working on, that the  
Local Bridge Application would not include Stonington as a party. He went on to note  
that there would be other Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for some of the other  
parties because the dams were on private property. He stated for State Funding to be  
devoted to private dams was an unusual facet of the projects, and he noted that working  
thru this project was going to be challenging.  
Councilor Saums concluded by stating that Mr. Masalin was comfortable with the  
selection of WMC Consulting Engineers. He explained because the State would not  
allow a private party to be the administrator of the grant funding; and therefore, the town  
would be handling the administration of the funding.  
VOTE: 7 - 0 Approved and so declared  
Bill Saums  
Tim Ryan  
Dombrowski, Saums, Ingalls, Paul, McGrattan, Ryan, and Irwin  
Marshall, and Rodriguez  
MOTION to appoint CliftonLarsonAllen LLP to conduct auditing services for the General  
Government, WPCA, and Schools for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, in accordance with  
Chapter III, Section 11 of the Town Charter.  
Moved by Councilor Saums, seconded by Councilor Ingalls  
Discussion: Councilor Saums provided some background noting that last year the town  
solicited Requests for Proposals (RFP#2022-09) for the Annual Audit. He stated because  
the town only received two bids a bid waiver was granted to CliftonLarsonAllen LLP last  
year. He stated although the contract was for two year (FY 2022 and FY 2023) with two  
one-year options, that in accordance with Chapter III, Section 11 of the Town Charter:  
The Town Council shall annually designate an independent public accountant or firm  
of independent public accountants to audit the books and accounts of the Town in  
accordance with the provisions of the General Statutes”.  
Councilor Saums stated in attending the Budget Preparation Shops that were put on by  
the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) that they strongly recommended  
Municipalities change their Accounting/Auditing Firms every few years. He stated  
because they were in a contract with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP that they would not be  
changing Accounting/Auditing Firms. However, he stated once this contract has ended  
that he would recommend the town solicit bids for their Annual Audit work.  
Councilor Saums stated during the Finance Committee’s May 17, 2023 meeting  
Councilor Ryan questioned the cost breakdown for each of the entities for the Annual  
Audit work noting that although the Board of Education’s budget was significantly larger  
with a lot more budget lines that their shared cost for the Annual Audit was nearly  
$14,000 less than the General Government’s cost. Councilor Saums went on to note that  
Finance Director Matthew Bonin explained that that although the education budget was  
greater than the town budget that it was audited as one line in the budget. Councilor  
Saums went on to state that although the education budget was considered one line in the  
overall budget that CliftonLarsonAllen LLP has done a fair amount of testing at the  
Board of Education and that they have found some areas for improvement. However, he  
stated given the size, number of employees and complexity of the Board of Education  
budget that perhaps next year they should talk with the Auditors about the education  
budget possibly receiving more scrutiny.  
Councilor Saums concluded by stating that the town has been pleased with the work of  
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, noting that they have provided recommendations which the  
town has implemented. He stated the appointment of the CliftonLarsonAllen LLP for the  
second year of the contract was an Administrative Action.  
VOTE: 7 - 0 Approved and so declared  
Bill Saums  
Andra Ingalls  
Dombrowski, Saums, Ingalls, Paul, McGrattan, Ryan, and Irwin  
Marshall, and Rodriguez  
General Business  
Discuss Work Session Items as time permits.  
Councilor Paul moved to adjourn, seconded by Councilor Irwin  
VOTE: 7 - 0 Approved and so declared. The meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.  
Transcribed by Roxanne M. Maher  
Administrative Assistant to the Town Council  
I, Kevin J. Dombrowski, Chairman of the Ledyard Town Council,  
hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and  
correct copy of the minutes of the Regular Town Council  
Meeting held on May 24, 2023.  
Kevin J. Dombrowski, Chairman  
Although we try to be timely and accurate these are not official records of the Town.  
The Town Council's Official Agenda and final Minutes will be on file in the Town Clerk's