TOWN OF OLD SAYBROOK
Office of the Board of Selectmen
302 Main Street * Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475
Telephone (860) 395-3123 * FAX (860) 395-3125
April 30, 2013
Mr. John Conkling
4 South View Terrace
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Re: Sewer Avoidance Program
Dear Mr. Conkling,
Thank you for yours of April 24, 2013.
I appreciate the time and effort put into your
correspondence. As you know, this program is important
to the Town and its residents. The vote that was taken
at referendum stands, was not challenged and therefore
it remains unlikely that the funding mechanism will be
changed. The entire Town is paying for a portion of
this project. The persons who receive the benefit of a
new septic system pay more.
Concerning soft cost issues, it is likely an adjustment
will be made to those homes in Saybrook Acres. No firm
decisions have been made at this time so I will offer
no further comment on this. However, your contention
that hiring a private contractor may have been a
cheaper way to go is pure speculation, which I choose
not to engage in.
The program will be seeing the hiring of an Administrator
soon. We are interviewing several highly qualified
candidates this week. That announcement should be made
towards the end of May or beginning of June.
Lastly, if you can suggest volunteers that wish to sit
on the WPCA, I will gladly listen. Other suggestions with regard to how Board business is
done internally and how the Board interacts with the
public are topics for conversation amongst the WPCA.
However, the hiring of an administrator with the right
skill set should greatly assist the Board in this regard.
The WPCA, its staff and I work many hours every day on
this project. There have been many improvements to the
Program to date and that will continue in the weeks and
months ahead. We will be nearing completion of almost two
hundred properties by summer. Recent construction results
have been nothing but positive. However, I fully intend to
focus on your concerns in the months ahead and look for an
amicable resolution to your concerns.
Thank you for your consideration and you may contact
the undersigned as we continue this discussion.
Carl P. Fortuna, Jr
First Selectman, Town of Old Saybrook