So the town of Trumbull has told the town of Monroe to go stick it up its backup.
In the latest chapter of As The Poop Plops, Trumbull sewage officials say they’re not opening up its sludge pipeline to Monroe as a pass-through to Bridgeport’s mothership sewage treatment plant system. Translation: we want more money to do this.
Okay, but when Trumbull must renegotiate its deal with Bridgeport in a few years to send the state’s largest city millions of gallons of untreated crap each day what do you think Bridgeport’s gonna say? Yup, we want more money too.
Trumbull says it already pays too much and as a side issue folks in Trumbull are rippin’ mad at First Selectman Ray Baldwin over newly announced sewer assessments that are much higher than advertised.
So, what’s next? Trumbull says it doesn’t want to be part of a regional wastewater authority that both Bridgeport and Monroe want. For Bridgeport it’s a way to transfer millions in debt service to the regional authority that would directly aid its fragile fund balance. For Monroe, it’s a way to accommodate developer Bob Scinto’s proposal to build a new Jewish Home for the Elderly in Monroe and also make way for other developments.
Meanwhile, Trumbull officials are looking at the possibility of building its own sewage treatment plant. Lots of luck getting DEP approval for that when the town is already hooked into Bridgeport. Where’s the treated water going to go, into the DEP’s trout-stocked Pequonnock River and right through Beardsley Park?
Yummy. Can’t wait to take those fish home for the grill. Yeah, I know it’s only treated water but just the thought of it makes me gag. And the cost to build a treatment plant in a town already heavily burdened by debt through a variety of projects including renovations to Trumbull High won’t sit well with Trumbull taxpayers and ratepayers.
As for Scinto, don’t be surprised if he says screw it, I’ll just build the Jewish Home in Trumbull. Yeah, but do residents want it?
Herbst Was Right
As first reported by OIB (don’t you love it when I toot my own horn?) Tim Herbst, chairman of Trumbull’s Planning and Zoning, notified city officials that its master plan could not be implemented because it was not signed off by City Council as required by state law. Herbst is also the GOP candidate for first selectman in Trumbull. See excerpt from Connecticut Post reporter Keila Torres:
BRIDGEPORT — A final vote on sweeping revisions to the city’s zoning regulations has been put off indefinitely when officials admitted earlier this week that the city’s Master Plan of Conservation and Development was improperly adopted last year.
Planning and Zoning Commission members, who expected to vote Tuesday night on the final version of the rewritten zoning regulations and map, were told by the city attorney’s office the vote had to be called off.
The brakes were slammed on the three-year-plus process after the chairman of the Trumbull Planning and Zoning Commission recently wrote Bridgeport zoning officials a letter, stating that the city’s adoption of the master plan appears to be null and void because the City Council never voted on the document.
The latest delay will also cost the city more in consulting fees, a figure that has already ballooned over $1 million.
Trumbull P&Z Chairman Timothy Herbst said he discovered the Bridgeport mistake during research for a case his law firm has taken up. “We have a pending appeal on a bank proposal in the North End. We have clients whose interests need to be protected. One of the issues raised by proponents of the bank proposal is that the master plan calls for it,” Herbst said.
Because Trumbull adopted a new master plan several years ago, Herbst was familiar with the process. “Here you do not have legislative approval [of the master plan] in Bridgeport. That has far-reaching implications.”