October Board Meeting Minutes

The Green’s Farms Association met for their Board Meeting on October 13, 2020 via ZOOM.

Members attending were Art Schoeller, Lois Sussman, Norman Kramer, Judy Swann, Ann Hamonet and MaryAnn Meyer.

1) Follow with P&Z – Affordable Housing/West Parish-State DOT

Following up on our discussion on affordable housing proposal at West Parish/State DOT lot. Art emailed Danielle Dobin (Chairwoman of P&Z) to let her know that the Board supports affordable housing. He will also be following up with Selectman Jim Marpe as well.

2) Post Plaza (Barnes & Noble) Upgrades

MaryAnn provided an update on the Post Plaza (Barnes & Noble) as the owner will be making improvements on the property.  New lights, repaving and regrading the parking lot as well as renovations to the B&N space. The project has already appeared in front of the Architectural Review Board and is making its way through the Town Boards and Commissions. It is uncertain if there will be a new tenant.

Art commented…..“The key concern for Greens Farms Association is if the improvement plans will attempt again to establish a curb cut onto Morningside South. Over the years we have successfully opposed this twice due to the traffic congestion it would cause, especially directly across from Greens Farms elementary school.”

3) Cribari Bridge Update

Norman provided the latest update on the Cribari Bridge. The Town is waiting for the report conducted by Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Evaluation which would identify the recommended proposal for the Bridge. The report is expected to be ready in Spring 2021 according to Jim Marpe and he has at this time, declined the $40Million offered by the State. The State has temporarily withdrawn the $40Million allocation for the project and returned it to the State DOT Budget. There is a good chance the State will come back in the Spring.

4) Townhouse Construction (Formerly Rogers Septic)

Board Members commented on Sir Construction Company starting construction on the lot formerly Rogers Septic. The 32 units being built are in the style of townhouses of 1 and 2 bedrooms.

Next Meeting 

Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm.  (Zoom)

September Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Board Meeting held on September 15, 2020
September 15th Board Meeting held via ZoomBoard members attending: Art Schoeller, Norman Kramer, Lois Sussman, Judy Swann, Matt Spiegel and MaryAnn Meyer.

Art asked Board members for a brief update on how each are managing the current pandemic. Everyone is doing well, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.


1) Proposed housing development at West Parish /State DOT 

The last few Board meetings have been focused on the Town proposal for housing at West Parish. We heard from neighbors, RTM-5 Reps and P&Z Chair.  The Town has requested the State DOT provide 4 acres of land from the current 11 acres the State DOT has along West Parish and Post Road. The Town Housing Authority would build town house style moderate income housing (8-30g)  for families.

The Board reviewed several of the points made in the previous meetings.   Input from West Parish neighbors support the proposal and feel it would be an improvement to clean up the area.

This proposed 8-30g would help continue the current moratorium.  Objections to density have been dismissed in other proposed and current projects. (Rogers’ Septic)  The Board has an opportunity to take a broad position in favor of reasonable developments within    Greens Farms as well as be effective in offering input.

Prior to taking a vote to support the P&Z plan to acquire 4 acres of property from the State DOT, members raised concerns that the P&Z should address. Toxic cleanup of the property by the State and addressing the existing wetlands and culvert which runs under the Hillandale Bridge to adjacent properties on lower West Parish. Other properties were discussed as potential options though they may not have nearby town sewer connections. Also discussed to stay posted with recommendations and future housing plans as the P&Z Affordable Housing Committee explores other options to maintain current and develop new projects.

Resolution: Move to support the P&Z plan to acquire land (4 acres along West Parish) from the State DOT to be developed by the Westport Housing Authority and to require the State to first clean up the toxins on the property. The resolution was approved by majority. Discussion followed for Art to voice our advocacy to State Reps and Town Selectman.

2) Discussion on membership and website content   

Plan to email membership with info on the proposed Town housing on West Parish and remind members of membership dues. Website content to mention GF Church renovation project, new speed limit sign  (25mph) on Morningside Drive South (across from the school) in time for opening of school, update on Cribari Bridge repairs vs replacement and the DOT final Cribari Bridge meeting on October 15th.

3) Cribari Bridge   

Norman provided the latest update on the Cribari Bridge. The State DOT will host its final meeting on Thursday, October 15th prior to coming up for a plan for the Bridge. The State budget is $40Million for the Bridge. The State has not maintained the Bridge and is in need for repair. There is also discussion to replace the Bridge which would require the new Bridge to meet specifications to accommodate any vehicle legally allowed on roadways which would include tractor trailer trucks. This would bring tractor trailer traffic to Green’s Farms and Saugatuck and would require the bridge to be widen from 2 lanes to 4 lanes. As the GF Association has a seat on the Citizens Advisory Committee, a letter will be drafted to send to DOT to express our position that the Bridge should be repaired rather than replaced. Repairs needing to be addressed are replace dented and rusted steel, repair pillars underneath the bridge with new mortar as old mortar in the stones has fallen out and continue regular maintenance.
Westport Preservation Alliance and Western Council of Government (reps from 30 towns in Fairfield County) also have concerns with the State DOT’s plan for the Cribari Bridge.

Call for adding new members to the GF Association Board.
Meeting adjourned.
Next Board meeting via Zoom will be Tuesday, October 13th at 7pm.