--------------------------> Joel R. Anderson
13 George Drive
Old Saybrook CT 06475-2636
20 October 2012
WPCA Chairman Elsa Payne
Old Saybrook Town Hall
302 Main St
Old Saybrook CT 06475-2369
Dear Chairman Payne:
Here below is a Letter to the WPCA, to be read into the Minutes
according to precedent set at the Regular Meeting, 24 September
2012, with the reading into the Minutes of a letter from "John K
The Town Agreed to Pay
Regarding the Sept. 27 article [in Harbor News] "Septic Team
Moves Ahead," a March 2009 FAQ posting on the Water Pollution
Control Authority (WPCA) website said, "The referendum will
include a vote on...establishing the WWMD [Wastewater Management
District] and approval of associated funding to implement the
program [emphasis added]."
The August 2009 referendum asked, "Question 2. Shall the Town of
Old Saybrook appropriate $42,171,200 for the design and
construction of decentralized wastewater management systems within
the decentralized WWMD and...finance said appropriation, and
provide ongoing funding of administrative costs for the systems?"
My March 23, 2011 query to then-first selectman Michael
Pace, "What part of 'for the design and construction' don't
you understand? When was it decided otherwise and by whom?"
Your story states, "The septic system replacement program
both reduces ground-water pollution and addresses potential
safety issues posed by aging septic tanks" according to the
WPCA site manager.
Septic upgrades are preventative, not remedial. Upgrades
don't reduce ground-water pollution. Where there's no
pollution, upgrades are a destruction of wealth. Neither the
town, nor health district, nor Department of Energy and
Environmental Protection allege that any homeowner's system
The story states, "[H]omeowners in the WWMD pay 50 percent
of the cost to replace or upgrade their systems to meet
modern health code standards. Each homeowner can choose in
turn to finance their cost-share with a long-term, low-
interest loan by tapping federal Clean Water grant funds."
Federal Clean Water Funds are only available for publicly
owned waste treatment works. My June 8 query to WPCA Chair
Elsa Payne, "Are Old Saybrook's sewers 'publicly owned waste
treatment works' or privately owned septic systems?" went
Why is the town asking homeowners to pay half (or all) the
cost of upgrading their septic systems when the town, by
referendum, agreed to pay?
The WPCA had the text of my Letter to Harbor News by email
in advance of publication. Feel free to (optionally) read
(or cut and paste) the prepublication text into the Minutes.
Very truly yours,
Joel R. Anderson
N.B: a copy of this letter is posted to oswpca.com.
Electronic and paper copies have been distributed
to interested parties.
An electronic version of my Letter can be found here,
published in Harbor News, Letters, 11Oct2012.
Sarah Becker, Town Clerk
Town of Old Saybrook
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475-2384