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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

YMCA Discloses New Details of Proposed Move

In addition to announcing selection of an architect today (see photo below), Westport/Weston YMCA officials disclosed some new details of their plan to move from their 1923-built downtown headquarters to a 32-acre site near the Merritt Parkway. They said construction would take two to three years and cost about $35 million, no decision has been made on town sewer or septic, they have established a Web site for the project, and, if necessary, they are prepared to wage a legal battle to see it to completion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


Posted 01/26/05 at 05:45 PM  Permalink


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It is already known that the land up there can support a septic system. So why is the Y still leaving sewer on the table as an option?

The Coleytown school runs on septic, so large on-site systems exist in Westport and work efficiently.

The Y has no need to drag a sewer to this section of Westport.

The Town Plan has never said a sewer should be there. The new Waste Water Plan declares this area as a Sewer Avoidance Area and is backed up by the State Plan of Conservation and Development and the DEP.

Septic is an environmentally safe method to deal with waste water even near wetlands and rivers. The EPA suggests using septic over sewer where possible. Our town is based on septic not sewer and should stay that way.

A sewer brought into this area would just increase over development, cause sprawl and further change character.

The Y moving from Downtown is bad enough, but attempting to sewer this new facility would be unjust.

For information on septic start here:

Posted by No Sewer on January 26, 2005 at 10:10 PM | #

You’re obviously a neighbor who doesn’t want the Y there, period. You must be kidding, suggesting that such a facility could work on just septic. And exactly where would this overdevelopment occurr if a sewer connection was made. On top of all the homes there. “Our town is based on septic not sewer and should stay that way” Huhh??? Says who?

Posted by Dieter on January 27, 2005 at 03:13 AM | #

The Y has said, as reported in today’s The Hour, that a septic solution is possible. If septic can be done, and there are engineered systems that could easily handle this facility’s effluent safely, there is no need for a sewer. Yet the Y is still pursuing that option. Why? I won’t speculate here.

Whether or not the Y should leave Downtown and relocate to this residential area is not the issue in this comment thread. And whether the original comment poster is a neighbor or not is irrelevant. His/her statements and analysis about sewers is correct.

The Town has already determined that the Northwestern section of Westport is to remain sewer free. A line, affectionately called the Blue Line, separates where sewers are to go and where they are not. Public works director Steve Edwards in a P&Z meeting last year said he would not support a sewer to the Y and this area.

As to over development - a sewer to this area would allow ARS to put 22 houses on 9 acres in the Partrick Wetlands. Other subdivisions and oversized projects would be aided by a sewer. The entire concept of Smart Growth would be upended and this State designated rural area will change forever.

The time has come to stop all this unjustified septic fear and sewer suport. It is nothing but a red herring that helps few and will impact many.

Matthew Mandell
Director, Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund

Posted by Matthew Mandell on January 27, 2005 at 02:55 PM | #