Slate School opponents state their case at meeting

Slate School opponents state their case at meeting


Residents line up Monday, Sept. 11 to state their opposition to the Slate School application. | Ken Liebeskind, The North Haven Citizen

Opponents of the building of the Slate School at 124 Mansfield Road had the chance to speak at the Monday, Sept. 11 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, which did not conclude until after 11 p.m.

A long line of residents waited to speak Monday. After they presented their case, Timothy Lee, the lawyer representing Alexander Clark, who filed a special permit application to build the private elementary school, passed on his opportunity to rebut the comments. He requested additional time to build his case, which he will present at the Monday, Oct. 2 P&Z meeting.

John Lambert, the lawyer representing the Blue Hills Neighborhood Association, said the applicant had presented false information about the width of Mansfield Road. “The width of the road is less than 16 feet, and it was 24 feet in the application. So it’s too narrow for the traffic being generated,” Lambert said Monday.

Ken Henrici, president of the Blue Hills Neighborhood Association, presented a petition signed by 65 neighbors. “We are not here to talk about school philosophy, but the location,” he said. “It intrudes on a beautiful neighborhood with increased traffic safety issues. The narrow width of Mansfield Road does not accommodate increased school traffic.”

Vincent Pitts, who has lived at 100 Mansfield Road since 1983, said there is an S curve on the winding road with a small sight line.

Ross Lanius, a town resident and a retired engineer, said he measured the width of Mansfield Road and found it to be approximately 16 feet.

Another resident said the width of the road will be more narrow with winter snow.

Lana Ives, a Mansfield Road resident, presented a video at the P&Z meeting that showed traffic conditions on the street. She then discussed the open space issue. “The town wanted to purchase the property to preserve the rural character,” she said.

Slate School’s curriculum and tuition were also criticized, and the safety of animals that live in the vicinity of Mansfield Road was mentioned.

The application for the construction of the Slate School was presented at the August P&Z meeting, where positive comments from residents were heard. Negative comments were held off until the September meeting.

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