Two weeks to the day the Parks Commission unanimously rejected Mayor Bill Finch’s proposal for construction of a solar generating facility on the former landfill at Seaside Park, the board is scheduled to meet again for what the mayor hopes this time is approval of a 20-year arrangement with United Illuminating. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Morton Government Center, conference rooms A&B first floor. Hey, for the Parks Commission that oversees lots of mulligans on the city’s two golf courses this is shot for a do-over.
The solar proposal is also the last item on the City Council agenda for Monday night. It’s unclear if the council will actually take a vote Monday night if the Parks Commission approves the proposal. Mayoral advisers say the Parks Commission was not completely apprised of the benefits of the proposal when the body voted to deny solar panels in all city parks. Monday’s special meeting was called by Mayor Bill Finch and Parks Commission Chairman Mark Marko.
Parks Commission agenda for Monday:
I. OPENING CEREMONY
II. ROLL CALL
III. MOTION TO RESCIND AND/OR RECONSIDER THE VOTE ON FEBRUARY 17, 2014 “to deny the use of the landfill site at Seaside Park or any City of Bridgeport Park for the construction of a solar electricity generating facility to be built and operated by the United Illuminating Company.”
IV. BUSINESS / GUESTS
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE APPROVAL OF PROPOSED RESOLUTION
Concerning Recommendation in favor of and Approval of a Ground Lease Agreement Between the City of Bridgeport and United Illuminating Company (UI) to facilitate the construction of a Solar Electricity-Generating Facility on the Landfill near Seaside Park and the construction of a Fuel Cell Facility on Adjacent Land. (proposed resolution attached)
- OPENING REMARKS AND PRESENTATION by City representatives, including but not limited to David Kooris, Dir. of Office of Planning and Economic Development; Ronald J. Pacacha, Associate City Attorney; and Mark T. Anastasi, City Attorney and representatives of United Illuminating Company (Anthony J. Marone, Senior Vice President of Business Services and others) requesting to speak to the Board in regards to a Seaside Solar Project.
B. PUBLIC HEARING / PUBLIC SPEAKING FORUM
C. CLOSING REMARKS by representatives of the City Administration and UI.
D. DISCUSSION AND MOTION(S)
From City Council agenda
Contracts Committee Report re: Resolution concerning Ground Lease with United Illuminating Company to facilitate the construction of a Solar Electricity-Generating Facility on the Landfill near Seaside Park and the construction of a Fuel Cell Facility on Adjacent Land.
City Council agenda here.