A proposed settlement of litigation regarding what Trumbull will pay Bridgeport for processing its waste water in the past will be taken up Tuesday, 6 p.m. in the Wheeler Rooms of City Hall by the City Council’s Joint Committee on Miscellaneous Matters and Contracts.
Under terms of the agreement previously announced Trumbull will pay Bridgeport $1.6 million for processing waste. The city had initially sought $2.2 million in arrearage under a contract between the municipalities. Trumbull officials have approved the arrangement. Little information has been shared publicly about the agreement, say city officials, due to the pending approval.
Trumbull’s sewer relationship with Bridgeport goes back to the late 1960s. See here. Trumbull has sewers but no treatment plant so its waste water is processed through the city system.
On Wednesday the City Council will conduct a public hearing on Sacred Heart University’s proposal to purchase eight acres of what the city terms is excess property from the Fairchild Wheeler golf course. The city will receive $4 million. The public hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Geraldine Johnson School cafeteria, 475 Lexington Avenue. The $4 million has not been factored into the budget year that starts July 1.
About two weeks ago, the Contracts Committee by a 5-0 vote approved the sale that had been previously approved by the Parks Commission. Sacred Heart wants the park property that abuts its campus for land coverage purposes to satisfy zoning regulations to allow the school to continue its major growth on campus proper in Fairfield. Fairchild Wheeler is owned by the city but located in the Town of Fairfield.
Associate City Attorney Lisa Trachtenburg who negotiated the proposed land transaction with SHU told the committee that SHU, in the city’s protection, can only improve dying trees. “Absent that they cannot do anything to the property.”
Trachtenburg said the $4 million can go to the general fund because the Parks Commission unanimously recommended that the money go there as a result of the property not changing usage. She added that there is precedence for park sale proceeds going to the general fund, instead of park capital improvements, when the state of Connecticut purchased Beardsley Park from the city in the early 1990s. She also stated there is legal precedence from a court decision that upheld park sale proceeds going to the general fund.
Mayor Joe Ganim would like to add the revenue for the budget year that starts July 1.
The Parks Commission has also approved a proposal by Sacred Heart to build six new tennis courts on Veterans Memorial Park across the street from the campus on Park Avenue. SHU will maintain the courts and allow Bridgeport residents usage, according to Associate City Attorney Mark Anastasi.