Members named to Moynihan’s Technology Advisory Committee
Updated 2:20 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
NEW CANAAN — Members have been named to the nascent Technology Advisory Committee that will replace the now-dormant Utilities Commission in forming the town’s boards and councils on technological strategies.
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan named Mike Abbott, Randy Dalia, Annamari Mikkola, Jeff Platt and Paul Pureka to serve on the committee, which was approved unanimously, 2-0. Selectman Nick Williams was not present at the meeting.
Selectman Kit Devereaux asked Moynihan to whom the committee will be reporting.
“I think all selectman’s advisory committees report to the selectman,” said Moynihan.
“To the selectmen, or to the first selectman?” Devereaux pushed back.
“I’m not sure there’s a distinction, everything that comes to me, I virtually keep you informed about,” Moynihan returned.
According to Moynihan, the committee members will have no terms, though he said he imagines the committee would last for only a few years before dissolving.
“They also to some extent advise our department heads in our departments, because they will work in conjunction with them, looking for opportunities to recommend new technologies,” Moynihan said.
The formation of the advisory committee comes after Moynihan recently stated that the Town Council-appointed Utilities Committee didn’t “serve a purpose.”
In recent meetings, Devereaux and Moynihan have disagreed about the future role of the Utilities Committee and the formation of the new advisory committee. The Utilities Commission, which is now dormant, saw the resignation of three members in the latter half of 2017, rendering it without a quorum.
According to a Selectmen meeting agenda in February, the new committee’s objectives would be “to investigate, evaluate and recommend to town departments potential applications of technology (existing and developing, including internet applications) to make town government more efficient and cost-effective or to make it more convenient for residents, vendors and service providers.”
In a previous Board of Selectmen meeting in late February, Moynihan floated the idea of using the mobile application Venmo which can be used to make payments via bank account, debit card or prepaid card to other users of the application. Fees are waived by the application though if money from a credit card is used, a 3 percent fee applies.
Moynihan said that an organizational meeting for the Technology Advisory Committee would be forthcoming and that all meetings would be posted on the town site.
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