The Water Planning Council heard special testimony on August 12, 2016 regarding the Tilcon environmental study. Here's their response to public comment. Stay tuned as the process unfolds:
Dear Mayor Stewart:
The Water Planning Council (WPC) held an August 12, 2016 Special Meeting to discuss the communication from The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regarding its July 27th vote to rescind its June 22nd determination regarding the acceptability of the consultants proposed by the City of New Britain. The CEQ recommended that the WPC urge the City to select an independent, third party consultant through a Request for Proposals process. The WPC also received correspondence from New Britain resident Paul Zagorsky regarding the New Britain reservoir proposal. These written comments are attached. There was lengthy public comment expressing concern about the suitability of Lenard Engineering, Inc. to perform the environmental study required by P.A. 16-61, and the comprehensiveness of the current Scope of Work.
The WPC takes its responsibilities pursuant to PA 16-61 very seriously. We urge Lenard Engineering to meet with the CEQ to address its concerns and to amend the Scope or Work as necessary. The WPC also requests that the City of New Britain provide periodic updates to both the CEQ and the WPC regarding the amendments to the Scope of Work and progress of the study. We plan to discuss the matter at our October 5, 2016 meeting and we would like a written report at least two weeks prior to that date. We thank you for your cooperation and consideration of the concerns expressed by this Council, Senator Gerratana, the CEQ and the residents of the city. Subsequent reports should occur on a monthly basis.
John W. Betkoski, III
Save Our Water CT
Citizen advocates acting to protect and conserve Connecticut's public trust waters.