The following is a press release sent from the Board of Selectmen's Office
At a special Board of Selectmen’s Meeting on April 30, 2012, the board voted unanimously to withdraw the t referendum item from the Annual Meeting agenda, scheduled for May 1, 2012.
At this meeting, First Selectman Brennan advised that a recent meeting was held with Town Counsel to reassess the probable time line to resolve the legal activity associated with required easements for the Yankee Gas pipeline installation. Legal Counsel’s best estimate was an additional 4-6 months would be necessary.
Consequently, adequate time exists to revisit the Fiber Optic Network project. A full review of the project can be made, various citizens suggestions considered, the project’s consultant, BVH, can be involved and input will be welcomed from knowledgeable citizens.
Mr. Brennan stated: “The temporary withdrawal of the project at this time makes the most sense, as time exists to conduct a full review of the project and to clarify objectives, alternatives and projected costs, which hopefully will build strong community consensus for the project.”
After discussion, the board voted unanimously to reaffirm the Board of Selectmen’s commitment to the Fiber Optic Network project, but to temporarily withdraw the project from the May 1, 2012 annual Town Meeting agenda. The board stated that the project is vital to fully integrate a town-wide communications system and to improve public safety in emergency situations.
After the project is fully reviewed, the Board of Selectmen will meet with the task force before voting to take the project to a Special Town Meeting for a referendum vote. At that point, the project would also be referred to the Board of Finance for comment in accordance with administrative procedures in the Town Charter.