What’s going on with the controversial proposal to tie a sewer line from Monroe to Trumbull that’s hooked into Bridgeport? An effort is at hand to build public support for this thorny issue.
Quick background: Shelton-based developer Robert Scinto has a plan to relocate the Jewish Home for the Elderly from Fairfield to property he owns in Monroe. In order for the construction deal to work with all three towns sharing the property tax revenue, Monroe must tie into the Trumbull/Bridgeport system. Monroe does not have a wastewater treatment system.
Proponents say this is regionalization at its best with the city reaping several million in tax revenue.
Hold on a minute say opponents. The money’s not enough and the city’s already stretched sewage treatment system cannot stand the extra load. A public forum will take place Jan. 29 to thrash over the various issues. Panel members include OIB friend George Estrada, former director of Public Facilities for Bridgeport. I’m interested to hear George’s take on this. Downtown developer Phil Kuchma, who’s done wonders with his Bijou Square project, says it’s a crappy deal. He will definitely be there to express his opposition. See details below:
The Downtown Task Force presents:
The Impact of Regional Development on Downtown Bridgeport
January 29 – 4:00-5:30 pm
Golden Hill United Methodist Church
Enter from Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
This event will focus on whether a proposed project in a neighboring community is a good example of a comprehensive regional planning approach.
This event will feature presentations that consider both sides of this important issue, a panel discussion followed by Q&A from the audience.
Paul S. Timpanelli, President and CEO of the BRBC
George Estrada, Associate Vice President for Facilities,
University of Bridgeport
Robert D. Scinto, Chairman of R.D. Scinto, Inc.
Michael E. Feeney, CFO City of Bridgeport, Chairman WPCA
Anne Pappas-Phillips, Moderator
January 29, 2009 4:00-5:30pm Golden Hill United Methodist Church
Located at the top of Golden Hill Street St. across from City Hall
To register for the presentation please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no charge to attend. Accessibility for handicapped individuals is available from the parking lot on Golden Hill Street adjacent to the Church
‘I Speak For Moolah’
I thought the point of Bridgeport native Jim Amann bailing out of the State House to run for governor was to avoid being saddled with this budget mess. The former House Speaker has cut himself a sweetie pie of a deal with new Speaker Chris Donovan. He will serve as a special adviser to Donovan for $120k.
That means every time Donovan screws up we can blame Jimmy. So when Jimmy’s on the stump (he’ll soon be announcing his guber candidacy in Bridgeport) reminding us about all the wonderful things he did in the legislature we can remind him of all the crappy advice he’s giving Don Speaker. Say hello to the new consiglieri.
Hey, look what I did
Yeah, yeah; there goes Lennie hawking his book again. I’ll be at The Bookworm, 968 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford at 11 a.m. on Saturday for a signing. Come see us. Click here to view my appearance with David Carson on the FOX affiliate in Hartford.