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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, August 21, 2014
Land donation, fund transfers top special town meeting in Stonington

by Rich Hewitt

Selectmen on Monday signed the warrant for a special town meeting set for 7 p.m. next Monday, August 25, at the town hall.

Deputy Town Clerk Jeannette Bubar was on hand to sign the warrant and to post it immediately in order to meet the seven-day posting requirement for the Monday meeting.

The selectmen already had discussed the warrant items and on Monday quickly reviewed the language in the warrant articles before they signed the warrant.

The first article on the warrant asks voters to authorize the transfer of $22,000 from surplus to the administration account to fund the town’s appeal of the new floodplain maps. The funds will be used to pay Robert Gerber to prepare the technical details related to the appeal and to prepare the appeal.

Voters also will be asked to authorize the transfer of $25,000 from surplus for the winter salt and sand account. The funds will pay for the purchase of salt and sand to restock the town’s supply which was depleted last winter.

The warrant includes the request for authorization to establish a right-of-way across the town-owned Woodlawn Cemetery in order to provide access for a cell tower company and for the Stonington Water Company to property owned by David and Evelyn Duncan. The tower company is considering a site on the Duncan property for a tower that would provide cell phone service to the downtown area. The water company would use the right-of-way when it begins improvements on the water line that runs to the standpipe.

The final item for the special town meeting will ask voters to accept a parcel of land from George and Margaret St. Amand. The small parcel crosses Memorial Lane and the gift to the town would clear the title to the entire town-owned road.