SOUTHINGTON – The Town Council on Monday night approved an amended agreement to allow a sewer line across open space land.
A gravity sewer line will be built across the Curtiss Farm, allowing the town to decommission the Blatchley Avenue pump station.
Tom Curtiss, who sold the land to the town in 2001 for open space, said the deed didn't allow for construction on the parcel. Some town officials disagreed, arguing that while there was a prohibition on aboveground structures, the sewer line was underground and permissible. Curtiss brought his concerns to the Town Council three months ago.
The 2001 sale came with special stipulations that aren’t on other town-owned open space property.
Town Council chairman Chris Palmieri was glad that the amended agreement was acceptable to the family.
“I want to thank the Curtiss family for working with us,” Palmieri said.
The land is a mostly forested parcel. Town Council vice chairwoman Dawn Miceli had raised concerns at previous meetings about the possible loss of trees and hoped that could be minimized during work on the sewer line.
Both the town’s sewer and open space committees have approved the new agreement, Miceli said.
David Zoni, chairman of the sewer committee, said once the project is done “you won’t even see the manhole.” While Curtiss’ objections did delay the project, Zoni said it wasn’t a problem and that closing the Blatchley Avenue pump station wasn’t an urgency.
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