Who Owns all of River Road? Not Wilton

The Yankee Gas pipeline project has been delayed for at least another four to six months.

Wilton’s gas pipeline project will take much longer than expected because River Road does not entirely belong to Wilton. 

First Selectman William Brennan revealed at Tuesday night’s at the r that the town did not own all of River Road, explaining that “three sections” of the road actually belong to a number of different owners. Further cluttering the issue is that at least one portion of the road falls under a condominium complex’s property, and “multiple financial institutions are involved” in claiming ownership to these areas, which are central to the laying of a Yankee Gas pipeline through Wilton.

Without rights to dig up the road, the pipe line plan must be halted until these easement issues are dealt with. At Monday night’s special Board of Selectmen meeting (where the selectmen formally announced from the upcoming budget) Brennan said it would take “four to six months” as a “best case” scenario to clear up the easement problems.

Brennan was out of the office yesterday and not available for comment, according to his assistant. 

Del Dridle May 03, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Brilliant! So anytime one owner of a road section wants to tear up their part of the road they can just do it? What? Ok. how about the section of the road that the town does own... Can someone find out what our town workers are currently doing tearing up River Road again... It's laughable that Brennan comes out and makes a statement like this. Who consults with this guy? Oh I pray we slam the brakes on the budget Saturday and insist that we undertake a line by line review and go over it with a fine tooth comb...Time to cut those cushy jobs at Town Hall....
Sharon May 03, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Surprising and disappointing. And isn't the town proposing a bond for the roads in this budget? Not sure this is helping with confidence building.
Mike75 May 03, 2012 at 12:53 PM
But I'm sure those owners had no issue with the town plowing and maintaining those sections of River Road.
Time to vote some sense into our town May 03, 2012 at 12:54 PM
This is a typical example of how our leaders think in this town. They propose spending money, put it in the budget or ask to bond it, and then after some of the money has already been spent they finally do the due diligence that should have been done before money was spent and learn that there is an issue with their idea. The only thing to vote yes on is the new fire engine. Everything else should be a NO vote because they really don't have a plan laid out as to what really needs to be done or how anything will actually be finished. For example, they are asking to bond only half the money needed for Ambler, and are hoping that in 2 years the town will again say yes to the other half of the money needed. What is their plan if the town says no in 2 years? It is time the voters of this town finally say NO to all the half-baked ideas and half-baked spending plans in this town. How easy do you think it will be to sell your house with even higher taxes than we have? Vote NO!
EMR May 03, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Exactly. We need updated fire equipment. Let Ambler Farm have a bake sale or 150 a head Clambake. Don't they have a fund developer? Does the Y ask the town for money?
Elyse May 03, 2012 at 03:36 PM
...“multiple financial institutions are involved”. Banks? Hedge funds? What does that mean? And yes, although the town does not seem to own parts of Wilton Road, the town duly plows it each winter.
EMR ETP 220/221 whatever it takes May 03, 2012 at 04:12 PM
OK ... ETP your turn to regurgitate or are you now speaking under the voice of Half Baked and Time to Vote ... So predictable
Geoffrey Day May 03, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Since the condominium property is held in joint ownership, all or a majority of all homeowners would have to agree to transfer ownership of the condominium's portion of the road to the town, which would entail obtaining releases from their mortgagees and lienholders, the "multiple financial institutions" referred to by Mr. Brennan.
Amo Probus May 03, 2012 at 04:50 PM
EMR ETP 220/221 whatever it takes May 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Amo Amas Amat agrees !! ETP Your turn !
Un-Lump May 03, 2012 at 07:26 PM
On the school bonding issue vote NO. They lumped several projects together into one bond. Some of the projects are probably needed while others are questionable and fall under the category of nice to have. I guess they figured that the nice to have would have no chance of passing unless they lumped them in with the other needed projects. Vote NO to send a message to our leaders to un-lump the projects so that each can be reviewed and decided upon on it's own merits.
Kenneth J. Dartley May 03, 2012 at 07:26 PM
May I ask a question-- If Yankee Gas needs an easement to lay pipe on River Road and needs many months to obtain the easement how is it that the town has the right to do what they are doing?? Are we talking about some other road? This has now raised more questions. Please someone explain this "easement problem"
Un-Lump May 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Vote no ON Comstock bonding. Maybe the roof does need repair but do we need a generator? Why were these two lumped together rather than separately voted upon? Maybe because the leaders figured that the generator would get voted down on it's own. So they stuck them together hoping no one is the wiser. Regarding the generator, besides the cost of installing it, what are the costs of annual maintenance on the generator? Where has this been explained to us? Do we have employees qualified to maintain it or will we need to spend money on out side maintenance services? This is like buying your kid asking you to pay for his car without taking into consideration how he will pay for the gas to run it. Who do you thinks winds up paying for the gas? Vote NO to send a message to our leaders to un-lump the projects so that each can be reviewed and decided upon on it's own merits.
Concerned Wilton resident May 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
There are town leaders who have known about this for several years. Have the other road owners helped pay for snow removal, repairs, etc.? If not, why not?
EMR May 03, 2012 at 08:37 PM
What about that disgrace of that war zone/black hole that was cleared on River Road for housing years ago. Boy, that fence looks real spiffy. What knucklehead of a town planner allowed that to happen? This town excells in administrators who are paper shufflers and request taxpayers to pay for their cronies special hobbies...Ambler Farm anyone? The vast majority of Wilton's residents have not even stepped foot on it. Where the heck are the fund development people? Where's the bake sales and clambakes? I can use the 84 dollars per person per year to go to take out from Tom-E-Toes!
Paul Lourd May 04, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Since the big storms of 2011, some agencies in town are trying offer various forms of refuge, in addition to the official town shelter at MillerDriscoll. If the town designates Comstock as an official area for residents to go during storm outages, fine, then I could support the generator. (Note that a generator for the library was in the postponed fiber project for similar reasons). We should decide on where these places should be, for the right reasons, and then see what is needed to adequately support that function. Installing multiple generators before that is decided is risky.
Kenneth J. Dartley May 04, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Comstock also has the food bank with a freezer for food so between that and a refuge in case of a big outage I can see the need for a generator.


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