OSWPCA: Sunshine / Letter to OSWPCA 30Jul2009

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---------------------------> Joel R. Anderson

                             13 George Drive
                             Old Saybrook CT 06475-2636
                             860 388-9858
                             30 July 2009
WPCA Chairman Pavel Wilson
Old Saybrook Town Hall
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475-2369

Dear Chairman Wilson:

Re problems with the 'mushroom cloud' WPCA cost presentation.
       The Day, 7/27/09


   In comparison, a sewer plant would cost an estimated $71 
   million to build and about $1.2 million a year to operate, 
   Pace said.

       Harbor News, 7/23/09


   "The alternative of a sewage treatment plant would cost the 
   town $120 to $140 million," said Selectman Bill Peace at a 
   recent Board of Selectmen's meeting. 
In addition to the wildly divergent costs cited for sewers ($71m vs $120-140m), there's no detail for the WPCA's $41m estimate of the cost of the proposed WWMD.


Does the $41m include the cost of replacing AT systems at the end of their useful life (20 years).

Does the $41m include the cost of replacing systems that will be added to the WWMD (assuming that voters accept a WWMD).
   It appears from USGS maps for Old Saybrook, and google 
   satellite maps, that most of the town south of the 
   railroad, and along the CT River, will be added to the 
   WWMD. The areas include North Cove, Otter Cove, Sunrise, 
   Knollwood, Fenwick, most of the condos off both sides of 
   Main Street, and the marina areas.
The WPCA will become the agency that ate Old Saybrook.

Does the $41m include the cost of compensating owners whose properties must be taken by the town because they're too low (too close to water table) to be served by AT systems?
   The intersection of Fenbrook Rd and Club House Lane 
   currently has fish swimming in the street at high tide.

   Lack of storm drains and filling of land by homeowners 
   building up in areas of Indiantown have left some lots 
   underwater after periods of heavy rain. Is the town 
   proposing filling to raise all lots?

   There are houses along Plum Bank that are nearly 
   underwater during Spring tides. How are their AT systems 
   going to work? 'Water Over The Road' signs are posted 
   here as needed.
The WPCA fixed its presentation around a predetermined policy for a WWMD, rather for an honest presentation that would explore the problems that a WWMD would create, and the remaining problems that a WWMD can't solve. The efficacy of a WWMD as a legitimate low-cost solution to sewers is based on deception, disinformation and magical thinking.

Until the voters outside the current proposed WWMD are fully informed as to their status to be included in any WMMD, and until the drawbacks and true costs of accepting a WWMD are made clear, the vote slated for 11Aug09 should be postponed.
                             Very truly yours,

                             Joel R. Anderson
First Selectman Michael Pace
Old Saybrook Town Hall
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475-2369