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Woodbury Public Hearing Set for Tonight On Open Space Acquisition [POLL]

The property is located on Minortown Road.

 

Residents will have the opportunity to share their opinions and ask questions on the town's desire to purchase approximately 23 acres of open space on Minortown Road.

A Board of Selectmen public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the .

The land acquisition would be purchased, in part, with a grant from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, according to the town of Woodbury website.

First Selectman Gerald Stomski provided a cost analysis and other statistics on the town website.

Cost Analysis

  • Total Property Costs: $275,000
  • Grant from DEEP: $128,500
  • Total Amount Requested From Town's Open Space Account: $146,500
  • Approximate Cost Per Acre: $6,370
  • Total Funds in Town of Woodbury Open Space Account: $549,935

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Yellow Book Appraisals

  1. Galullo Licensed Appraisal: $317,000
  2. Beecher Licensed Appraisal $300,000

Estimated Future Costs to the Town

"There are no anticipated future costs to the town," Stomski stated on the website. "The property must remain primarily in the condition that it is currently in. It will be maintained as a agricultural piece of property. The town can expect to receive future revenue from the site from a future lease agreement with the farmer who will be farming the property. This revenue anticipation is approximately $2,000 a year. This revenue stream will substantially cover any maintenance costs that may be associated with the property, such as mowing."

Stomski said the town does not anticipate higher insurance premiums associated with the acquisition.

Conditions of Acceptance 

  1. Land acquired will be preserved in perpetuity.
  2. Left in predominately in its natural scenic and open condition.
  3. Left to protect potable water.
  4. Left to protect agriculture.
  5. Conservation easement provided to the state.
  6. Property made available to the general public for recreation.

Do you support the open space acquisition? Why or why not? Vote in our poll and tell us more in the comments.

Sean M May 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Jerry explained this last night more than once. The out of pocket cost to the town is the $6000 plus per acre. The DEEP has valued the property at more than the $275,000. It was also explained in great detail why getting another appraisal is not feasible. This is another example of the Democrat Town Committee in town is just making mountains out of molehills. They have no positive ideas and just complain to make Jerry look bad. Jerry addressed the board/commission approval process after it was brought up. This comment is an anonymous cheap shot filled with partial information.
Sean M May 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Jerry decided on doing this purchase for the potential water supply. He made the case as to why we should do this. I spoke to him before the hearing and attended last night. This is not a perfect deal, but Jerry did his homework and I feel he is making the right decision here.
Don Sherman May 13, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Martha: You do web development; why don't you volunteer to help with the web? Maybe you could do the pdf conversion for them? I know I'd like to see the documents. If you convert them, make them as small as possible. Too many times I try to open a pdf on the web and it crashes. If the document is as big as you suggest, I'm certain it won't open on my computer.
Don Sherman May 15, 2012 at 01:31 AM
"[...] and I doubt it's thousands of pages! (If it is, voters DEFINITELY need to see it!)" Unless it's a democrat sponsored insurance-reform bill billed as "healthcare reform".
Voice of Reason May 23, 2012 at 01:21 AM
"and I doubt it's thousands of pages! (If it is, voters DEFINITELY need to see it!)" But....but, we need to pass it to know whats in it. Sorry, got sidetracked. The information WAS available prior to voting. Mailings, hearings, walks, meetings, public display.........what else? Please pay better attention.

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