I am pleased to provide an update on several ongoing initiatives as we head into the final month of the fiscal year here in Woodbridge.
New Options Explored For Former Country Club Property
At our May meeting, the Selectmen began consideration of preliminary draft proposals for this property with the intention of using the Public Opinion Survey results to help guide their review of potential options. (As a reminder, the presentation on the survey results, and links to video recordings of meetings where the Selectmen discussed the data and heard public comments, can be found at the Town website,)
One suggested potential use of the property, that many people wrote-in on the survey and spoke with me about, was a desire for the Town to explore the possibility of a ‘Solar Farm’ installation. I’ve asked my staff to look into this further and, if appropriate, I will also ask the Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee to be involved in that exploration. There was consensus by the Selectmen that a Solar Array option may be appropriate and advantageous at the former-CCW, or at other locations in Town—so further information on that will be investigated and reported back to us at a future date.
Also, at the May Board of Selectmen’s meeting, we reviewed three preliminary draft concepts which have been submitted to us:
Option A – includes an offer to purchase approximately 10 acres to build an assisted living facility.
Option B – includes an offer to purchase approximately 40 acres for 55-and-over, single-unit housing. The proposal also includes an 18-hole renovated public golf course, a renovation of the clubhouse to include a banquet hall and restaurant, and renovation of the pool for public use.
Option C – includes an offer to purchase a portion of the parcel to build 68 age-restricted, single family homes along a 9-hole renovated golf course, with recreational space and approximately two miles of walking trails for public use, and 132 age-restricted townhomes on both sides of Woodfield Road.
No decisions were made at the meeting, and next steps will entail going back to all three entities for additional information for the Board to further consider. I will keep you informed as we continue our due diligence to determine if one of these options should move forward.
The Board also received updates, discussed, and took action on a variety of other topics, including:
The Board received a packet of information summarizing ideas that were generated at this recent gathering on ways to support and promote farming in Woodbridge. One such suggestion—the possibility of establishing an Agriculture Commission—will be added to the Agenda of the next meeting of our Ordinance Sub-Committee for consideration.
Having voted to establish a Dog Park in Woodbridge at the Board’s March meeting, the Selectmen continued their review of potential locations. Our next steps include a ‘field trip’ for the Selectmen to do a site visit immediately prior to the Special BOS meeting held on May 23rd. Again, I would like to express appreciation to everyone who has taken the time to write or speak at our meetings to share their opinion.
Old Firehouse Renovation
The Selectmen acted to move this project a step closer to completion by going out to bid for construction services. More details are expected at our June meeting once bids are reviewed and we prepare to award the contract.
Emergency Radio System Project
With funding authorized in December 2017, this project also moved forward at our May meeting, with the Board’s approval of a site agreement for one of the Simulcast antenna that will provide improved radio coverage for our First Responders. Further information regarding the project will be on the Agenda for an upcoming meeting.
Please remember that as your First Selectman, ‘my door is always open’ and I am eager to hear your thoughts and ideas about our town. Please be in touch!
Beth Heller is Woodbridge First Selectman. She may be reached by phone at Town Hall, 203-389-3401, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.