About Town

What’s happening this month?

Besides religious holidays that cause the municipal meeting schedule to look like a mine field. That is, lots of “Special” meetings fitting in between.

I count four opportunities for public input. The first one will take place on September 16, 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

This is a Public Hearing to discuss the renewal of an Ordinance passed several years ago that gives the Land Use boards and Commissions the right to hire consultants.

Timing is everything. I know from experience that Planning and Zoning, for one, has schedules to keep. They can’t wait around for permission to hire consultants as public hearing clocks are ticking away.

There are some major decisions to make as well.

Such as at the Special Town Meeting that will be adjourned to a machine vote. Mark down Saturday September 18, 2021, from 12 noon to 8pm at Town Hall. The subject is the sale of Fromson-Strassler to the Aspetuck Land Trust.

I am a person who has watched the parcel in question for years. It is @85 acres in Weston’s northwest corner. All kinds of ideas have been proposed. A preliminary application for cluster subdivision, an affordable housing challenge, and a proposal for a Town Cemetery. It was purchased by the Town in 2003.

Presently, a grand plan to preserve and link preserved parcels is coming along. Aspetuck Land Trust envisions a significant and large assemblage of parcels in Wilton, Weston, and other towns all the way to Monroe.

Not just spots of green spaces. But as environmentalists know, a true home for animals and plant life large enough to detain runoff. The obvious evidence of the wisdom of such a policy is in front of all of us.

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

Coming next is a Public Hearing about the use of pesticides by Eversource on its right-of-way. Be there to share your opinion October 9, 2021 at 7:30pm at the Board of Selectmen, probably on Zoom.

And get ready to focus on voting in the local election (November 2, 2021). Every board and commission will be contested. Fasten your seatbelts!!!

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