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:  
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 suffering from a serious mental illness; and 12% of those will be  
diagnosed with substance use disorder.  
· In 2021 that 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 would be held  
on Saturday, June 10, 2023. He concluded by noting this weekend was Memorial Day and he  
thanked 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 UMass-Amherst 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 accomplishments.  
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 as follows: (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 community.  
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 an additional $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 how much 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 was 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 the other equipment that 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 because 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 was working to address blighted properties under the direction of Land Use  
Director Juliet Hodge. He stated the top 5 - 6 offenders have received Registered Letters  
regarding Citations. He stated one property owner has already contacted him and that they  
would be meeting tomorrow; (4) Retirement - Pension Fund - Mayor Allyn stated since the  
Retirement Board’s last report they saw an improvement noting that the Ledyard’s  
Retirement - Pension Plan was funded at 87.4%. He stated Ledyard’s Discount Rate was  
6.25; which was the same as the States’ Discount Rate. However, he noted to provide some  
perspective that the State’s average for all Municipal Retirement Plans were funding at  
73%; 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 in Ledyard Center and in front of the  
Gales Ferry Fire Department on Route 12, 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 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. He stated the film company made a $13,000 donation 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 of the Movie 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, 2023; 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  
because 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 Reality); 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 was 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  
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  
was 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) 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 the Town has 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/culverts 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; that 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 years (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 Connecticut Conference of Municipalities  
(CCM) Budget Preparation Shops 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 this year. However, he stated once this contract has ended  
that he would recommend the town solicit bids for their Annual Audit work.  
Councilor Saums went on to state 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