Protect the Partrick Wetlands
I was amazed when I read the article in the November 4th Hour about the
"confession" of the ARS Partner's property developers, admitting that they
had sent letters to the residents of Norwalk's Cranbury area, that implied
that Mayor Knopp supported the extension of the Norwalk sewers to Westport.
They asserted that they wanted to have the residents know that it was to
their advantage to extend the sewers, but were unwilling to tell them who
was writing the letter, because they were afraid that the residents would
not read the letter and immediately put it in the trash.
It may be true that the developers claim "they will pay up to $1 million for
the sewer line extension" and this may be an advantage to those who hook up
to the system, but of course, it is not clear that this will be sufficient
funding and that the tax payers may not still have to pay for the extension.
Further is not really clear how many will hook up to the system, in light of
increasing cost of the using the system.
There is no question that the sewer extension will change the character and
"quality of life" of both the Westport and Norwalk areas.
This is what is likely to happen if the sewers are installed:
· Sewers will encourage more "cluster" home developments. Take a look at the cluster development on Newtown, near the intersection of Partrick and Newtown in Norwalk, where a "one home lot has become five".There is no question that the developers of the FD Rich property have only one interest which is to maximize their OWN profits and not to help the citizens and tax payers of either Westport and Norwalk.
I hope that the task force appointed by Mayor Knopp will objectively and
thoroughly evaluate the "total" impact of the sewer extension to Westport
and conclude it doesn't add value to the citizens and taxpayers of either
Norwalk or Westport and is likely to decrease the "quality of life" in the