Deadlines for Proposed Waterford Solar Array Canceled

The Siting Council has canceled the March 31 public hearing for a solar project on Oil Mill Road in Waterford due to statewide measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  In a March 12 memo to parties and intervenors, Melanie Bachman, executive director of the council, said a new public hearing date for petition 1347A has not been chosen but the schedule will be posted on the project webpage. The March 24 deadline to file questions and testimony is no longer valid and will be revised when a new date has been determined for the public hearing. All other

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Testimony Due by March 24 for Hearing on 75-Acre Solar Array in Waterford

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NEW BRITAIN — The Siting Council has set March 31 for a field review, hearing and public comment concerning a reopened application for a 15.3-megawatt, 75-acre solar array project on 117 Oil Mill Road in Waterford.  Melanie Bachman, executive director of the council, led a pre-hearing conference at the Siting Council offices on Tuesday for a revised proposal by GRE Gacrux LLC, an affiliate of Middletown-based Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC. In 2018, the council rejected a larger version of the project, a 16-megawatt, 98-acre array with 55,692 panels. The revised proposal is to construct 45,976 panels on the site. The council

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75-Acre Solar Project — Rejected in 2018 — Reopened in Waterford

WATERFORD — The Connecticut Siting Council voted Thursday to reopen a solar project slated for 117 Oil Mill Road in Waterford and will hold a public hearing on the matter at a date to be determined.  “The reopened matter will be entitled, “Petition 1347A” and as soon as we are able to draft the public hearing documents, a hearing notice will be submitted for publication to a newspaper of general circulation in the area, as well as posted on our website. I expect that we will accomplish this by close of business tomorrow, or no later than close of business

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Crystal Mall Assessments, Taxes, Reflect Change in Retail Environment

WATERFORD — Town leaders say that they’ll be able to weather an expected annual loss of about $374,600 for each of the next several years after a recent settlement with Crystal Mall LLC over its property valuation, but the settlement does draw attention to a drop in value of retail stores and their ability to provide future tax revenue for the town. “We reached a stipulation,” town attorney Rob Avena told the Board of Selectmen at their December 3 meeting. “And it’s moving forward and the big hit, obviously there’s always a hit … their second-half taxes is basically their

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Waterford’s Rob Brule Talks “Customer Service,” Attracting Young Families

WATERFORD — Newly elected First Selectman Robert Brule said Wednesday in an interview with CT Examiner, that his early priorities in office will focus on responsive service for residents, housing and economic development, and new incentives to attract volunteers to the town’s fire services. “My campaign was based on customer service and infrastructure, the things that this town needs to do continuously to be a town that people want to live in,” Brule said in a Wednesday morning interview at Waterford’s Town Hall. “There are high expectations from our residents. We have tremendous leaders and department headers, tremendous employees who

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Report Promotes Diverse Housing for Aging, Changing Demographics, in Waterford

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WATERFORD — The town’s population is expected to shrink over the next two decades, and Waterford will need a range of housing sizes and price points to meet the needs of a changing demographic of residents in a changing world, according to a consultant’s Monday night presentation to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Consultant Glenn Chalder of Avon-based Planimetrics said that the challenge facing the town comes from two distinct age groups: older residents seeking to downsize and young renters, many with significant student debt, seeking affordable rents. “The issue here is that as households age, they get smaller,” Chalder

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Rob Brule Elected First Selectman of Waterford in Strong Showing by Republicans

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WATERFORD — Republican Selectman Rob Brule won the open race to be the town’s next first selectman on Tuesday by a definitive margin, and Republicans had a strong showing in all other races for town boards. Brule defeated Beth Sabilia, a Democratic member of the Representative Town Meeting and former New London mayor, 3,012 to 2,370, or roughly 56 percent to 44 percent. Brule will succeed First Selectman Daniel Steward, who did not seek re-election after serving 14 years as the town’s chief executive. For the Board of Finance race, all three Republican candidates will be seated: incumbent James M.

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Sabilia Emphasizes Tax Base, Infrastructure, Fire Services in Run for First Selectman

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WATERFORD — If elected first selectman, Democratic candidate Beth Sabilia said her top priorities will be diversifying the town’s tax base, improving the town’s infrastructure and streamlining fire services. “I’ve been out knocking on doors and asking people what are your concerns and I hear ‘taxes, infrastructure, security, public safety issues,’” said Sabilia, in an interview at her office on September 24 with CT Examiner. “We have the big 800-pound gorilla, meaning Millstone, which is under the 10-year agreement,” she said. “Bear in mind that merchant nuclear plants are historically getting out of the business, they’re being retired early. It’s

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Waterford’s First Selectman Daniel Steward Retiring, But Still Looking Forward

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WATERFORD — Retiring First Selectman Daniel Steward has seen Waterford’s transformation first hand over 69 years living in town. Steward’s father sold the family dairy farm in the early 1970s, and now those acres are the site of a Lowe’s Home Improvement and shopping plaza just off Interstate 95. The catalpa tree his father planted as a boy stands high above the parking lot. But if you ask Steward about all that’s changed, he doesn’t get stuck on sentimentality for days gone by. “It’s what happens. It’s the way life progresses,” Steward said in a Friday interview at Waterford Town

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Waterford Considers Loosening FEMA Compliance

“What we’re finding is if residents have to replace a roof, say, on a smaller beach cottage that was converted to a full-time residence over the years, they can get to the 50 percent quickly, so we’re trying to find a reasonable balance,” she said. “We want to make sure we’re not being too lax and also make sure people can reasonably maintain their homes and the fabric of the neighborhood and community.”

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