About the city


September 9, 2021

What’s going on this month?

Not to mention the religious holidays which make the calendar of municipal meetings look like a minefield. That is, many “special” meetings fall in between.

I count four public contribution opportunities. The premiere will take place on September 16, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom.

This is a public hearing to discuss the renewal of an ordinance passed several years ago that gives land use planning boards and commissions the right to hire consultants.

Timing is everything. I know from experience that Planning and Zoning, for its part, has schedules to respect. They cannot wait for permission to hire consultants because the clocks for public hearings are ticking.

There are also important decisions to be made.

As at the special city meeting which will be adjourned to a vote by machine. Note Saturday September 18, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall. The subject is the sale of Fromson-Strassler to the Aspetuck Land Trust.

I have been a person who has watched the parcel in question for years. It is @ 85 acres in the northwest corner of Weston. All kinds of ideas have been put forward. A preliminary cluster subdivision application, an affordable housing challenge and a municipal cemetery proposal. It was purchased by the City in 2003.

Currently, a major plan to preserve and link the preserved plots is emerging. Aspetuck Land Trust envisions a large and substantial assembly of parcels in Wilton, Weston and other towns up to Monroe.

Not just spots of green space. But as environmentalists know, a real home for animals and flora large enough to retain runoff. The clear proof of the wisdom of such a policy is before us all.

Recent monsoon storms remind me of “Waterword” and other visionary B-movies. A reason to support the ALT dream.

Next comes a public hearing on Eversource’s use of pesticides on its hold. Be there to give your opinion on October 9, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Board of Selectmen, probably on Zoom.

And get ready to focus on voting in local elections (November 2, 2021). Every advice and commission will be contested. Fasten your seat belts !!!

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