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State Clarifies Sewage Plant Concern as Board of Selectmen Meets Today

With a new clarification from the state in hand about funding, the Westport Board of Selectmen today considers two previous actions affecting a planned $37.7 million upgrade to the town’s waste water treatment plant.

A letter received Monday from the state Department of Environmental Protection said the agency did not intend to hold up state funding for the plant.

But it said it wanted the town to address issues concerning a possible extension of a Norwalk sewer into northwest Westport for a controversial housing project.

The board’s 2003 approval of a plan to hook up the Norwalk sewer to the housing development in the Partrick Wetlands had prompted a letter from the DEP in August saying the action complicated funding of the plant.

The board, at its 7:30 p.m. meeting today, will consider rescinding the approval as well as reviewing its earlier action approving a 50-50 public/use split on the ratio of funding of the plant.

Both matters are subjects of two “Sense of the Meeting” resolutions to be considered by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) at its Oct. 5 meeting.

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