New group forms
to support Booster Barn and home stands - Selectmen's meeting, April 3,
Committee/School Building Committee:
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BUILDING COMMITTEE OLD NOTES - back to May
OF SCHOOLS/FIELDS MASTER PLAN AND BID SCHEDULE - October 2003;
UPDATE AND EARLIER REPORTS)
PHASING OF CONSTRUCTION A WORK IN PROGRESS...
The big question-marks
- tertiary treatment
plant completed and working...when;
- availability of
fields for sports teams to practice and play, in Weston, this coming
- will the whole
project stay "on budget" and "on quality" (and, by the way, "on time")?
- Since there will
be banging and clanging at the high school for a few years, year-round,
it is imperative that "swing space" be available (in the new 3-4-5
to handle emergencies, ie overflow for escaping noise and fumes, etc.,
if that turns out to be necessary.
- Also, please note
that Middle School projects have slipped and redesign will most likely
be needed for the new auditorium for that facility. Early
by F-T for building the design were double the amount in the Referendum
for this building project.
- What about
the Sports Complex?
COMMITTEE AT BOARD OF FINANCE SPECIAL MEETING ON CAPITAL BUDGET
MARCH 4 at 8pm in TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM (on Channel 79) - CONSIDERED A
CONTINUATION OF CAPITAL BUDGET DISCUSSION, BEGUN WITH BOARD OF
report from Owner's Rep on discussions he has had with Westport-Weston
Health District and the S.F.U. of the State Board of Education, project
can continue if Town of Weston is serious about repairing water system
defects (if any) and installing new, second well (with connecting
to new and old facilities/circulating systems) where necesssary--after
sufficient professional study and design (this is "About Town's"
Also, letter from CTDEP does not, in the opinion of at least one of the
members of the Board of Finance, recognize our water conservation
COMMITTEE MEETINGS CANCELLED for FEB. 19 and SUB-COMMITTEE on FINISHES
for FEB. 26; MARCH 5 SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING
ATTEND CONSERVATION COMMISSION TOGETHER.
Committee/Building Committee/DESIGN SUB-COMMITTEE, Wednesday, February
12, 2003 at 7 pm (one-half hour earlier than normal):
IS A NEW PLACE - FIREHOUSE MEETING ROOM (we assume this is the MAIN
in the Town Hall Complex--UPSTAIRS)
- new Excel spreadsheet for monitoring referendum $$ used and
Water Supply System
engineering firm selection/discussion of WWHD and DEP, DPH
(State of CT closed for Lincoln's Birthday [actual]) regarding need for
study of second well, distribution system; timing re: school
(no delay filing early papers--work should be on-going for approval of
next phase steps);
at 7:30pm Fletcher-Thompson presentation to sub-committee of 3-4-5
and high school interior lighting and continuation of sight
school lighting discussed first ("About Town" did not stay past 9pm)
showed that each fixture will be reviewed for placement, overall
coordinate with architecture--and, we note, the "Dark Night Sky"
in the legislature this session relate to this project, perhaps!
DESIGN SUB-COMMITTEE WORKS OVERTIME: MEETINGS CONDUCTED AFTER
SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE SESSIONS THE NEXT FOUR MEETINGS.
Committee/Building Committee, Feb. 5, 20003, 7:30pm, Weston Library
were not present at this point
and design (engineering proposal) for Campus water supply system*
to High School**
Chair. to discuss
to discuss lighting design (interior) - of all buildings, or just the
* = rescheduled
for next week (Town Engineer had to attend Budget Meeting)
** = we are
not sure this matter was covered
*** = full
presentation next week--"design meeting" at 6:30pm, regular School
Committee, including lighting matters, 7:30pm.
Committee/Building Committee, Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 7:30pm,
Parks and Rec
request to relocate trees at Morehouse Farm Park/no decision - further
proposal for Xenon/Fire pump building/vote to proceed
to discuss Booster Barn/meeting report
Schedule for F-T
presentations of lighting finishes, etc./"About Town" left before this
discussion, but not before timing of approvals came up - many OK's
in the next few months, including need for resolution of need for
well and water system/lines to meet State Standards (no new buildings
campus OK'd by S.F.U. until past problems resolved).
Committee/Building Committee, Wednesday, January 22, 2003,
Parks and Recreation
request to relocate trees at Morehouse/no action
material to be presented to the Conservation Commission for the School
Campus/briefly, draft version discussed.
O&G will present
preliminary interior phasing plan for the High School construction
discussed--apparently, phasing and timing of High School improvements
new construction will put the status of W.H.S. from October 2003 until
December 2005 very much in an upset mode (anyone for air quality
The new sections at W.H.S. will come first, linkage passageways between
old sections to be constructed in a timely and, we presume, temporary,
Committee/Building Committee, January 15, 2003, 7:30 pm, Commission
at Town Hall ("About Town" left at 10pm, before meeting ended--items
taken somewhat out of order as design review taken early).
request to proceed with play fields investigation/$45,000 OK'd
Invoices for approval/not
all OK'd--but most important, it was moved and seconded to have the
of the Committee and the Owner's Rep make payment
do not have clear whether the School Building Committee delegated all
in this matter to the two individuals or not...when bills are
what is the exact procedure? (Perhaps the official minutes will explain
this); Owner's Rep also brought up need for organizational
prior to "receipt of application" of School Road Site Plan
for Conservation Commission review/Public Hearing.
Select peer review
firm/was not present for this
proposal for Xenon/fire pump building design/discussed.
Site Plan presentation/discussion about lighting, planting near tennis
Committee/Building Committee, January 8, 2003, 7:30pm in the Commission
Room at Town Hall
School Fire Alarm System/vote to approve Fletcher-Thompson fee
for design of fire alarm system for existing high school ASAP--not to
out of bond issue funds; much discussion about how to best
Superintendent's wish to fix this safety problem without further
First Selectmen to get request for these additional funds.
Campus Site and Landscaping Plan presentation/civil engineer and
designer presentations; there was some debate about fencing
the "Sports Complex" as well as concern about landscaping protection
the site of two new tennis courts. "About Town" left at 10:15pm
discussion was still ongoing.
Committee/Building Committee, Dec. 18, 2002, Town Hall Commission Room,
to order (verification of quorum of both the Building Committee and the
School Building Committee)/eventual quorum of both groups;
of service to former secretary (Town Clerk) for outstanding service for
approval/done (when quorum appeared);
Engineer report on Middle School floor drains (capital budget
phase of testing to go on--two bids in hand, another to come;
of Education proposal for reliable fire alarm system at Weston High
put off until other Building Committee members can review this item in
the near future. F-T reports on how a new fire alarm system will
work into the old and new parts of W.H.S.--very little of this "hard
solution would have to be relocated after construction of school
O&G presentation of reconciliation of high school addition cost
budget by a small %, as best as can be determined, at this stage, and
amount will be affected more by the cost of high school renovation
than anything else (NOTE: THIS IS "ABOUT TOWN'S"
AND IS NOT OFFICIAL); "construction documents" phase to begin
for 3-4-5 school project (quorum votes to do this and the next
"construction documents" phase to begin, as well, for high school
once detail on some fenestration is resolved no later than the next
Building Committee session January 8, 2003.
Committee, Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 7:30pm in the Commission
at Town Hall
of Officers/Richard Wolf, Chair., Joe Fitzpatrick, Vice-Chair.
Rep report - invoices/some OKd, some not (either questions about format
or relation to actual budget expenditures so far)
to present cost savings for 3-4-5 school/suggestion to cut out some
features not put in for functionality.
and O&G present design development cost estimates for High School
site work/F-T shows we are close to bonding number; O&G shows
more overage. NOTE: still need clear understanding of where
Parks and Recreation improvements fit into on-Campus improvements (are
these facilities being counted twice, or left out altogether--"About
Committee, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4, 2002, 7:30pm IN WESTON LIBRARY:
With a quorum
present (Wolf, Swerdlowe, Fitzpatrick, Coprio, Stuebe, Pierson;
across the parking lot at Conservation Commission, discussing tertiary
and discussion of 3-4-5 school design development cost estimates by
and Fletcher-Thompson/over by @2 to 3%.
wall and fence types/still going on when "About Town" left at
NEXT WEEK - site work and high school design development estimates,
recommendations on 3-4-5 school (Dec. 18 is the time for construction
phase to start...)
Committee Wednesday, November 20, 2002, Town Hall Commission Room -
field resurfacing design proposal from Barry Blades/$17,500 proposal
approved - need for double-check with Parks and Rec on one...
- Cost Reports/format
for tracking progress of projects, filing already paid invoices in the
proper slots still a work in progress.
systems/put off for another time
- Dates for estimates
extended to two days: Dec. 4 new 3-4-5 school; Dec. 11 now
date for high school additions and site work for all of School Road.
in the Library Nov. 6
presentation from Sports Complex leader and athletic director/excellent
case made for proceeding with School Road resurfacing for all-weather
field--over-used now, and during years of construction, fields will be
at a premium
report (budget control report)/format shown.
Building Committee (SBC) - and Regular Building Committee (BC),
October 30, 2002, 7:30pm-10:25pm, Commission Room at Town Hall
of minutes (SBC)/done
Rep report/some bills paid, some deferred for later meeting;
under this agenda item were discussed matters of great importance to
Town--update on progress of septic solution, discussion of the SFU role
(we have to make sure every "i" is dotted and "t" crossed).
for resurfacing soccer fields (BC)/School Building Committee members
in discussion; motion/second from Building Committee members
present) to send letter to Board of Selectmen for presentation at 8am
Thursday, Oct. 31, 8am, to hold up on this matter until impact on all
parts of the Referendum and timing schedule has been comprehensively
and no negative impacts to the school part of the program can be
("About Town's" wording--NOT OFFICIAL). This relates to (scan
the LWV of Weston OBSERVER page) special multi-Board
and Rec discussion of relationship between Parks and Rec and School
Committee/done, very helpful.
Window Replacement (BC)/this is the big, beautiful window in the
of South House, so lots of care to detail being taken (funded in
- H.S. Auditorium lights (BC)/discussed under item #2--we think they
to pay it (?).
School design workshop (SBC)/this item taken earlier in the agenda as a
courtesy to architects and construction manager; architects
offer to design "Booster Barn" to all codes in order to be sure the
work on Weston High School renovations and the new 3-4-5 school are not
compromised--and also because the School Building Committee site
efforts have come up with such a good result (it would be really ugly
have discordant element in such an import place on the newly renovated
Campus); brick discussion, finer detail (larger scale drawings).
Committee, Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 7:30pm in the Town Hall
the minutes of past meeting/OK'd
report/BILLS: to Triton Environmental, OK, to Frederick Clark
for re-evaluation (checking our own records), to Angus MacDonald
Update, 3-4-5 school/3-4-5 site plan refinements (to be continued)
discussion/design challenge now that it is to be in a prominant
Design Workshop/continued discussion of design detail--particularly,
impact on main building entry...is there one?
Committee, Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 7:30pm, Town Hall Commission
Room (or if not there, in the Library?)
report:second well needed--must get Selectmen to address this matter in
FY04 budget (Leggett, Brashears & Grahm study for P&Z yr2000
technology consultant to be hired; $135,000 remaining in bonding
for water conservation and septic/sewer committee work;
Triton/further mapping needed for full A-2 picture on school campus
on Morehouse Farm Park has never gone through the School Building
school/model shown (to be presented at Kiwanis this Saturday) and
Committee, Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at 7:30pm, Town Hall Commission
- Minutes approval/done,
- Owner's Rep report/report
on subjects for meeting to be held with W.W.H.D.(second well?), fire
discussions with Fire Marshal office
Technology Consultant Proposals/evaluation of technology consultant
to RFP (take two lowest) by Owner's Rep and others, if needed--decide
selection for the School Building Committee.
- Continuation of
design workshops on 3-4-5 and high school/done
taken to approve site plan for campus ("About Town" assumes that this
for the purpose of submissions to Conservation and Army Corps @end of
into early '03), dated map presented at this meeting, plus
that footprint of W.M.S. auditorium might get smaller.
Committee for Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at 7:30pm in the Weston
- Minutes of September
25, 2002: approved;
Rep report--bills, etc. (borings, add cost of airconditioning;
of WWHD reminder on second well for Town-School use) - to be paid;
on office space in Jarvis project;
- Hurlbutt part
of Bond items changed to $362,810, (down from @$1 million): this
revision has removed new drive at School Road, we think, added more
turned bus loop/queuing into snake shaped road close to softball field
(with possibility of double+ queue in Bus Garage area) - approved 5-1-1
(five in favor, one opposed, one abstention);
- Preliminary Grading
Plan: more detailed drawing shown, not finished yet--main thrust is to
minimize intrusion into wetlands. Neighbor comments on overly
school building and lack of response, in his opinion, to request to
3-4-5 building as far as possible from his property line;
- High School Design
- "About Town" left
(after 10pm) prior to completion of the last mentioned item (or "Any
Committee, Wednesday, September 25, 2002, 7:30pm (we left at 10pm,
Workshop winding down) in the Town Hall Commission Room.
Sept. 18, 2002/OK; Invoices/paid; 3-5 Elementary School
Workshop/took place; Any other business: neighbor of 3-4-5
school brought engineer and lawyer's letters asking that new building
set back further from his property.
On an additional
item ("any other business?"), Town Administrator and "Owner's Rep"
to BUILDING COMMITTEE members improvements to the second floor of the
Military Academy for use as offices for Owner's Rep and the
Planner, at a cost of $28,988. Building Committee makes
re: heating/airconditioning approach, we think ("About Town" not
known for construction hands-on prowess).
Committee, Wednesday, September 18, 2002, Town Hall Commission Room,
(not all OK'd), Elementary School bid discussion-approval/done although
only one bid returned,
Bus Barn Relocation
services proposal: Fletcher Thompson/strong opposition to
attention and funds from main projects authorized by Town Meeting--if
came from another source than the $79 million bonding, this activity
Consultant services: Design Development phases/ letter read from
school Techology person--School Building Committee OK with this
as described by Owner's Rep., 3-4-5 Elementary School and High School
Workshop/we left at 10:35pm.
Building Committee DESIGN WORKSHOP on Weston High School Design
Town Hall Meeting Room, Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 7:30pm; AGENDA
includes approval of minutes, also.
School Building Committee Wednesday, September 4,
7:30pm, Town Hall Commission Room--ALL 10 MEMBERS PRESENT (plus 3
of Board of Education in audience, Director of Finance for
neighbors of 3-4-5 and Sports Complex present. Owner's
on board! (Harold Mindel [?]).
August 28, 2002/OK; Question about Fire Marshall's request for
storage space in 3-4-5 brought up--answer next week; Site Plan
plan has track flipped, tennis courts (6) in same general area (some
as exist); 3-4-5 Design Development progress drawings/will be
in smaller size in Town Clerk's Office; High School Design
progress drawings/fenestration, design of roof of gym fitting into
Building Committee Wednesday, August 28, 2002:
Building Committee Wednesday, August 21, 2002, 7:30pm, Town Hall
- approval of minutes
- Chair. announces
that "Owner's Representative" will come on board next week (according
discussion with First Selectman);
- middle school
pump, roof drains (John Conte gave report - Superintendent reported
everything was impressively done, thanks to Town of Weston and Town
- detailed review
of project architectural and construction schedule - still a draft, but
Construction Manager's (O&G) only warning is decision must be made
by end of September on what is going to happen with Middle School
- O&G reports on this and the major items in the schedule.
- Discussion of
where we stand on presentation to Army Corps, DEP And Conservation
- P.S. notice how
much it is raining lately? As Martha would say, this is a GOOD
AGENDA - Approved
minutes; Middle School Ejector Pump (done), drainage project to be
next week; Discussion of role of Facility Manager/Weston Schools
- not really discussed (both Board of Education and Building Committee
want a better experience with communication and implementation of these
projects than has been done before); Design Development drawings of
school project begun--window spacing, roof lines reviewed; middle
school auditorium cost savings--Board of Education will work on this
more this coming week.
Building Committee - Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 7:30pm-@9pm,
- "Set time for
future meetings";/not done until summer vacationers return.
- report on East
House and South House window replacements;/bills reviewed
- revised cost summary
for the high school;/done - go-ahead given for next stage ("Design
by 5-1 vote.
- revised cost summary
for the 3-4-5 school;/school moved further from Sports Complex as high
school gym gets a tad smaller.
- partial "VE" items
for the middle school (what does "VE" stand for? VALUE ENGINEERING!!!)
- any other business
that should properly come before the committee./discussion of overall
of who is responsible for what; question from Parks and
Commission about status of fields and playing courts' share of bonding
budget--have there been revisions?
Building Committee - Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 7:30pm until 11pm in
Community Room at Weston Library. Agenda included, and summary of
what traspired written for each of three items; neighbors attend
plus 9 of 11 School Building Committee members (plus First Selectman,
School Principal, architects, construction manager):
Committee - July 31, 2002. Neighbors of the Sports Complex came
told the School Building Committee in no uncertain terms of their
with the above proposal as it affected the livability of their
(the property line setback more than half the distance that, in a
project in Fairfield, neighbors had prevailed in legal opposition two
ago - summary from lexis.com, submitted by neighbor). After
high school budget still $2 million above Referendum number.
ensued after 10pm on the subject of School Building Committee response
to all neighbors located near school and sports projects.
- review of site
plan for alternate field location on "school campus road" - alternate
that keeps best separation from Parade Ground Court (on all sides)
preserving green space between new 3-4-5 School and Weston High School
- Middle School
cost reductions - commitment by Board of Education waits for full
at that Board, but big overage demands that something be done
- 3-4-5 school and
High School development - detailed drawing continuing, savings being
as closer design efforts make calculated and intelligent choices.
Committee - July 24, 2002, Wednesday, WORKSHOP with the Board of
reviews cost savings for 3-5 building and site development at 7:30pm in
the Town Hall Commission Room. "List of Cost Reduction Items" for
3-4-5 and site development as well as high school had goals for
as listed on O&G 7/24/2002 document and simplified for viewing
as: $4,666,479 for High School and $673,119 for 3-4-5 school (and
concomitant site work) . After three hour+ meeting, these goals
not yet been achieved (because the Committee had not gotten to the High
School yet); more next week on high school and middle school
Wednesday, July 31).
Committee, Wednesday, July 17, 2002, 7pm, Town Hall Meeting Room:
7pm - Owner's
representative #3 interview - Committee makes decision but this WEBpage
will not reveal the choice out of courtesy to Town of Weston Building
7:40pm - South
House Roof - Committee decides what they think is the best solution and
votes to recommend this action (I don't really have the background to
exactly what they did)
7:45pm - Conservation
Commission report from CC Chair. - this was done first - lots of
time ahead for School Building architects, construction managers,
rep and Committee to get projects passed by CC (editorial opinion)
8:15pm - O&G/FT
report on School Project Estimate - down to $8 million overage (agreed
upon by architect and construction manager and their cost estimators)
without prejudice, the Town of Weston can reapply for Conservation
Commission approval for use of Bisceglie Park - or some other place, or
some other concepts. The reasons given were:
- Feasible and prudent
alternatives for constructed or conventional septic fields on the
site or other sites were not adequately examined.
- The application
was incomplete because the applicant did not present a public health
for the constructed septic system and did not adequately explain why it
was not available.
- The application
was also incomplete because it did not adequately address protection of
a Class A river and associated wetlands from water and effluent runoff
and the use and effects of fertilizers and pesticides by providing
of working systems (constructed septic field, ball fields and parking
under similar environmental conditions.
Building Committee Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 6:45pm in the Weston
AGENDA - at
6:45pm, Interviews of two of three candidates for owner's
8pm, Discussion of cost estimates for the project. Reports by
and Fletcher-Thompson (highlights from summary sheet prepared by
- at the July 10 School Building Committee, attended by First
Selectman, Chair of the Board of Education, and 10 of 11 members of the
Committee, recriminations for Conservation and DEP problems
architect and construction manager soldier on; next week the
will be a discussion of reconciled estimates
estimator says total cost is $81,247,057
says total cost is $89,728,379
Committee Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 7:30pm in the Commission Room at
- reports on Bisceglie project, South House roof, DEP status, revised
School facade, revised 3-4-5 site plan
Committee, 7:30pm, June 19, 2002, Commission Room at Town Hall
a quorum present, the following items were discussed and acted upon:
- Approval of minutes
of June 12/done
- Discussion of
proposal to move the bus garage/interesting to see how creative
to School projects may coordinate with a better plan
- Discussion of
lighting and drapery contract, WHS auditorium/second bid received,
bid better for Town - vote to send along this news to contractor and
Administration and staff and proceed -
- South House roof
report - nothing new
- Bisceglie Park
report, Parks and Recreation Commission - this discussion took place
and became a far-reaching discussion of how Item #1 from the Referendum
might end up shifting funds within the original
- High School Facade
update - Fletcher-Thompson - not done
- 3-4-5 school site
plan report - Fletcher-Thompson - not done
Committee (June 12) in the Stacks of the Weston Library:
Richard Wolf, Joe Fitzpatrick, Don Gary, Doug Steube, Ellen Uzenoff,
Coprio, John Cunningham (left at 8pm), Frank Lupo, Allan Swerdlowe,
Greenberg (100% of the membership); Cynthia Williams; WHS - Mary Kolek,
ass't; Hurlbutt - Dr. T; WMS - Darli Ebling; Board of Ed -
Barbara Ford, Laura Smits, Les Wolf; Bob Atkinson (left at
later), Board of Finance; Doris Fiotakis (Drama, WHS) plus sound
contractor; neighbor, Parade Ground Court; CONSULTANTS included
rep, Blades&Goven (2), Fletcher-Thompson (5), and "About Town."
took from 7:30pm until around 10:30pm. Held in the "Stacks" at
Library on a busy night for meetings, First Selectman Woody Bliss and
Administrator Tom Landry dropped in to consult about WHS sound system
- report next week on what happened after Town Attorney was consulted
need for competitive bidding on this project.
design work were approved totally $253,700.50 (for work done between
16 and April 30) - please see official minutes for which items are what
% complete, as well as who moved and who seconded this motion.
(unofficial, of course):
were reviewed. For the whole School Road series of projects, July
10 will be when Design Development starts. There are overages on
consultant fees and $$ for owners representative. Discussion took
place about "ED SPECS" and which were funded in the Referendum and
had to be revised to meet the $79 million total in the Referendum cost
estimate. The new 3-4-5 lower middle school was presented along
studies of how to move the building, the bus lane and turnaround and
the parking for alternate 'B' and 'C' to satisfy both the neighbors on
Parade Grount Court as well as keeping a "Greensward" and not a parking
lot, as the view out of school rooms.
High School Auditorium issue then arose. As noted above, there is
more to come on this next week. The Weston Middle School
budget has been scaled back in size approximately 4000 sq ft (fewer
and the extra music-associated rooms and other related renovations put
in the first Referendum item's budget (we think) in order to reduce the
large overage estimated for this project. This project in its new
form will have estimated made now by O%G.
Town Meeting on 16 Parade Ground Court (May 30, 2002):
It was so
close that a few votes would have made a difference. Many
were asked, statements made (especially interesting was a previous "no,
no, no" voter saying he was going to vote "yes" to keep the previously
expressed "will of the majority" going forward).
It is the opinion
of this WEBpage that the turning point came when the Chair. of the
Building Committee and the Board of Education member on that body spoke
clearly and eloquently in favor of the purchase. One of the
details of this Town Meeting was the introduction of a League of Women
Voters idea to call for a secret ballot (made at this meeting by, we
a PTO "SCOOP" representative).
two (2) votes taken, however. The first, the traditional way, was
for the issue to be decided on a "standing count" on the item before
meeting related to 16 Parade Ground Court (or, in more archaic
"I call for a division of the house"). The first vote required
Meeting to stand and vote "yes" or "no" on whether to have a "standing
count" on the main question or not. It failed by a 78 ("NO")-53
proceded to take a secret ballot on the main
was in favor of purchase of 16 Parade Grount Court and to take the
from the already approved $80 million Bond Issue). After sending
the Town Meeting voters to three (3) different locations in the Weston
Middle School cafeteria by street in alphabetical divisions, a simple
or "no" sheet was filled out or checked off and given to the Registrars
and Special Assisitant Registrars at the three locations by the voters
inserting the small piece of paper in a wooden box. After this
place, many people left, not waiting for the results tobe
But the results came promptly, before 10pm. They were: 81
and 64 "NO" - the main motion passed.
this tells "About Town" is that those at Town Meeting were present to
support for their neighbors in public, but to vote in favor of the
project and thus against their neighbors on a secret ballot. And
there are other reasons as well.
people did not vote on the first motion who voted on the main motion by
secret ballot...who were these voters? They did not want to stand
up and be counted voting against the administration or PTO (i.e. had
first count passed, and a standing vote had been taken - and the main
had failed, it is presumed that a motion for reconsideration and a
ballot would have been made anyway. And that vote would
been "YES" on the main motion.)
Committee, Wednesday, May 29, 2002, Town Hall Commission Room, 7:30pm
A short agenda
but a long meeting; Nature Center Ad Hoc Committee brings forward
architect contract for review for Lachat Property development as
center/entry to The Den. High School Auditorium Lighting
re: how this project, OK'd at ATBM, will be bid out and completed in a
timely fashion. Fireworks at "owner's representative" item - was
there ever a vote to authorize Chairman to procede with securing
if so, who from the Committee/Town/etc. should review responses to
As an interested citizen, "About Town" might want to know some of these
answers--and wonder why so many communications take place via
Are these communications open for public inspection???
Building Committee, Wednesday, May 22, 2002, Town Hall Commission Room,
on contract with Brooks Laboratory for East and South House window
be moved along
Park Project Update/nothing new--State DEP still considering status of
septic fields at Park
of Magnitude Budget Review for entire school project/at this point,
of "overrun" might be more than $8 million without revisions--Committee
wants to bring the costs back to Town Meeting approved amounts.
Town" will not publish more detailed reports until the School Building
Committee has had time to digest this information--in fact,
wants an extra week to work on their own estimate of costs before we
into June cycle of "Design Development." There will be a short
Building Committee meeting next week to approve immediate projects with
proper contract procedures related to the School Construction effort.
Committee and Design Workshop, Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 7:30pm, Town
Minutes/done, Ejector Pump (WMS)/OK, Bisceglie Park Update/given, South
and East House window projects/moving ahead, Invoices (to pay for
on traffic, etc., plus Fletcher-Thompson work in schematic design)/OK,
Discussion of May 8, 2002 Master Plan Project Schedule/some things are
behind, some things are probably over budget--will know better next
booklet several inches thick presented to members of the School
Committee); DESIGN WORKSHOP on 3-4-5 School.
Committee and Design
Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30pm, Town Hall Meeting Room
Complex" architect and leader present option for lighted field (s) to
Building Committee--which is not enthused with the lighting concept,
does work with "Complex" architect to explain how the site plan has
in recent weeks. The large area for paved parking and the large
footprint for new "Booster Barn" shown in not-to-scale drawing may
after the School Building Committee showed their revised site plan to
"Complex" reps. This meeting lasted until @10:20pm, with perhaps
the last hour devoted to the WHS plans and neighbors of the "Complex"
to the Building Committee what they would live with and what was
Committee and Design Workshp, Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30pm, Town Hall
Park Report/presented brielfly--discussion of how the timetable for
hangs on Bisceglie projects.
Roof Report/nothing new
- 3-4-5 School and School Campus Site Plan:
Committee, Wednesday, April 24, 2002, 7:30pm, Town Hall Commission Room
minutes; done, with quorum present.
Roof project update; will be done with Building Committee
Park project update; May 1 opening of discussion at Conservation
Commission; emphasis on oversight and management of projects
by School Building Committee Chair; Parks and Recreation points
that its bonding amount should not be spent on items not part of
Farm Park development or Bisceglie Park fields. This part of the
ended at 8:35pm.
Auditorium and additions
item deleted and replaced by discussion of "campus site plan" 9am
Meeting ended at 10:05pm.
Building Committee, April 17...next meeting in one week...
So what is
the latest? O&G at work...Reese Hobin to be at next Building
Committee meeting (with indication of where we are $$); Design Workshop
on 17th at earlier hour--7pm; Special Parks & Recreation
Meeting April 22 at 7:30pm...
meeting weekly--things picking up...Hurlbutt Roof-related projects to
handled "in-house" with supervision by Building Inspector (May 17 is
for roof and facade)...
State of Connecticut
DEP will not allow us to go ahead with on-campus septic systems (on
tertiary treatment on campus, all "clean" effluent to go to Bisceglie
fields--to be constructed/designed under new baseball fields
Approvals could come and work begin by the end of July.
For more about
"Design Workshop" on 3-4-5 and High School, click HERE.
Park Plan to Conservation for "receipt" Wednesday, April 10, 7:30pm:
Committee April 10 (Wednesdays - at 7:30pm in the Weston Library) to
designs for High School
the School Building Committeeon April 3, it was revealed that the
of 16 Parade Ground Court was going to happen; MEETING, MARCH 21,
2002, TOWN HALL COMMISSION ROOM...COINCIDED WITH BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S
MANAGER SELECTED BY SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE...confirmed at April 4
CommitteeTuesday, February 19, 2002, 7:30pm-10pm, Town Hall Meeting
in attendance - Wolf, Steube, Cunningham, Fitzpatrick; Gary,
Swerlowe; Engineer John Conte, Architrct Joe Costa (F-T),
Juneau (P&R); Town Administrator Tom Landry, Cynthia
NOTE: actions taken at meetings where mistakes in procedure have
been made might be subject to procedural objections...and by the way,
the "School Building Committee" a different body from the "Building
and is it necessary to have separate postings for these two
PRIOR TO DESIGN
WORKSHOP AT 7:30PM (IN COMMISSION ROOM) EXECUTIVE SESSION TUESDAY, Feb.
27, 7pm to 7:30pm - "Contract Negotiations" (for Construction
or for something else???).
we could see through the windows of the Commission Room, Construction
firms were being interviewed by the School Building Committee (in
session) Wednesday evening, Feb. 20...
CommitteeWednesday, February 20, 2002 7pm Executive Session with, it is
reported now, the Board of Selectmen; 7:30pm Construction Manager
Interviews, Town Hall Commission Room...does the public have a right to
know about more than they are being told? Frankly, it is better
to know sometimes...then the only people who can be blamed for mistakes
made later are the people who made sure that no one else knew what was
going on in the first place!
a discussion not on the agenda (poorly explained on the official
of how the Town Engineer is dealing with pump problem at Middle
bids reported on re: plumbing fixtures. Votes to be taken
meeting of the 20th--isn't it only in executive session??? Too
going on at once--but of course, "About Town" has been saying this long
enough to be mistaken for a broken record...and finally, the only item
on the agenda came up--discussion of "Project Scheduling." This meant
the Building Committee (not "school" building committee?) had to
its own projects--10 of them--to be supervised IN ADDITION TO BOND
SCHOOL PROJECTS by the same individuals. The attendance at this
was not good--only a bare quorum of the Building Committee (4).
were three (3) members of the School Building Committee in
are the ten (10) projects and assignments (first names only for
Committee,Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7:30pm Town Hall Commission Room; some
ok'd, consultants approved (this is what "soft costs"
session re: choice of construction manager.
Feb 12 -HERE for reports on previous doings of this sub-committee...no
Committee Feb. 6 in Executive Session to discuss contract...no
- South House Windows
- Joe and Frank
- East House Windows
- Joe and Frank
- Septic Treatment
- Don and Mike
- Bisceglie Park
- Dave and Allen
- Morehouse Farm
Park - John and Doug
- Revson Field -
Don and Mike
- Hurlbutt - Allen
- Toilet Fixture
(campus) - Doug and Dave
- Ejector Pump -
- Middle School
Roof and Floor Drains - Town Engineer
executive seeion--we will not thus being attending...
Committee Meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, 7:30pm, Town Hall
AGENDA: four items, including East House window replacement
services (Fletcher-Thompson), traffic impact and access analysis
(Frederick P. Clark); constructionmanager proposals discussion;
other business (are they allowed to do this for a Special Meeting?)
Committee Design Workshop, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, 7:30pm, Town Hall
with School Building Committee, Board of Education, and Parks and
and Fletcher-Thompson - great meeting: read about details of it
Fletcher-Thompson, the process...link
to new drawing....
Committee, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, 7:30-10pm, Commission Room of Town
number and length of meetings and workshops/7:30-10pm limits
Supplemental Survey Mapping School Campus/must have one A-2 for the
on RFP for school bathroom fixtures/ready to be sent out
Middle School Proposal for pump and drainage: Fletcher-Thompson
proposal for fees for supplemental professional design service/East
Window Replacement, F-T
South House Window
replacement, F-T/now an environmental problem remediation case
geotechnical and ecological services, F-T/for going to Conservation and
the Army Corps
Design Workshop: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, 7:30pm, Town Hall Commission
For link to
Design Workshop page (official notice indicates that this is a
design workshop), click HERE.
COMMITTEE, WEDNESDAY, January 2, 2002, Weston Library, 7:30pm-10:50pm.
- Minutes of the
Dec. 5 and 19 meetings approved
- Approval of RFP
for Construction Manager - sent to Town Attorney
- Ed Specs for High
- Capital Plan Projects
discussion - timing of these with fixtures work at three schools
- Discussion of
RFP for School Fixtures. RFP for all schools in progress.
- Update by Don
Gary on septic - need to get a few months of use of low-flow fixtures
- Update by Bob
Uzenoff on fields and parks - tennis courts back to School Road; all
at Bisceglie w/o tennis.
- Any other business
that should properly come before the committee: Weston Sports
report, dated January 2, 2002 submitted by steering group: click HERE
for viewing sample sports complex (in Ridgefield), scanned from "Weston
Sports Complex 2003."
BUILDING COMMITTEE, Wednesday, Dec. 19(Town Hall Commission Room,
in attendance at School Building Committee...as well as Parks and
Chair. and Town Administrator:
complete School Building Committee attendance, business done included
an item to their agenda regarding changes to the Education
by the Board of Education (reducing size of 3-4-5 by 2 rooms or 2,700
feet). The Chair. of the Board of Education made this
noting that on the advice of a demographics consultant, the Board
to make the above recommendation. In action based on the Dec. 13,
2001 letter from the Board of Education to this effect, the School
Committee unanimously affirmed committment to this new Ed. Spec. - let
schematic design to begin soon!
An RFP for
Construction Management for the school projects was presented by the
Building Committee member assigned this task, and it was approved for
in soliciting submissions by (O&G and Turner). The problem of
shifting personnel in a long-term (4 years) effort was discussed.
final invoice was approved-with-holding $400 until evidence of growing
grass was clearly visible.
A Sports Complex,
funded up to $2.4 million by contributions (not yet garnered) was
by a citizen. This would provide an artificial football field to
go with the artificial track--and be ready sooner than the plan
by the voters at Referendum. A new Booster Barn and soccer field
may be able to be included. The Building Committee gave its
approval to the idea of forwarding the process so long as the main goal
of school, septic construction would not be interfered with. This
meeting ended with the committment of the Regular Building Committee
meets twice a month--next on January 9) to meet on the alternated
evenings for "Design
to make sure Weston gets the best architectural solution possible
budget. The meeting adjourned at 10:30pm approx.
BUILDING COMMITTEE "Contract Sub-Committee Meeting"
(IN EXECUTIVE SESSION)
BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING, DEC. 5:
than a quorum present, the School Building Committee conducted a 2 and
1/2 hour meeting (7:30-10pm, approx.). A member was designated to
represent the Building Committee at a Dec. 13 meeting with the First
and the Jarvis Military Academy Committee. Next, minutes of
19, 2001 meeting were approved.
with the Board of Education Executive Committee took place. The
Specs" are being revised by the Board of Education to reflect Dr.
lowering of projected maximum student population eight years out.
Specifically, the new 3-4-5 school is anticipated now to be topping out
at 669 in 2008, rather than 750. The Chair. of the School
Committee needs the numbers in December so that work on design, etc.
begin--to keep to the schedule. It was remarked that time lost in
the beginning of projects, or the converse, loomed most significant as
work progressed later on.
with Don Gary, Septic Committee Chair., then took place. The new
news is that DEP has not officially given its OK to septic fields and
capacity at Revson. Conservative planning would thus require
fields at Bisceglie be developed and connected to the School Road
Conservation measures, low flow devices and design of a tertiary
plant (behind the Middle School, near the Town Garage) are next on the
docket for the Select Committee...
with Robert Uzenoff, Parks and Recreation Commission and staff revealed
that coordination in some of the approved projects from Referendum will
be required to get the whole school upgrade underway (in the opinion of
this WEBsite). Playingfields for school activities, including
courts replacing the Town Courts next to the existing football field,
be provided at Bisceglie--if that part of the whole plan is begun early
enough...coordination of site work, to save money, would be
RFP for Construction Manager as well as note to discuss the charge
and mission of the design subcommittee
will take place at a future
meeting. The Building Committee/School Building Committee meets
first and third Wednesday of the month (the first in the Weston Library
Community Room, the third in the Town Hall Commission Room). We
not pick up which room the Design Subcommittee would use on the second
and fourth. Special Meetings are posted and located as required.
PASSED NOVEMBER 15, 2001 - Full speed ahead on doing the $79+ million
of the majority...
"ABOUT TOWN" MEETING NOTES FROM BUILDING COMMITTEE/SCHOOL BUILDING
HERE FOR MOST RECENT NOTES.
BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING OCT. 25
Dave Coprio, John Cunningham, Ellen Uzenoff, Richard Wolf, Michael
began at 7:34pm in the Commission Room at Town Hall. In reviewing
the text of the draft flyer to be sent out to all households, members
the Building Committee felt that more could be said in support of the
for $80 million dollar bond issue. As noted by members of the
Building Committee, at "coffees" around town (at least one referred to
specifically) attended by members of the Board of Education and the
discontinued "Select Team" for school planning, attendance has been
but generally misinformed until the "coffee" presentation. For
approving a rewriting of the flyer, it was suggested that another
on Monday next (must be posted by Friday at 4:30pm) be held.
This last event may or may not take place (only this observer's
Adjourned at approximately 8:30pm plus or minus a few minutes.
Agenda, October 17, 2001:
Commission Room, 7:30pm
of close-out work on Septic Fields/tabled
" " East House Roof/discussed
" time-frame and procedure to south House Roof Project/discussed
for replacement of South House windows/discussed
other business...discussion of approval of text for referendum.
At the Board
of Finance on Thursday, October 11...
Chair. supports First Selectman and proposals while reminding assembled
multitude that more work than is included in the 3 resolutions proposed
to the Board of Finance, now to go to Town Meeting and Referendum, must
be done (in his Committee's professional opinion) to Hurlbutt. No
one was listening--or wanted to hear it.
Committee, September 19, 2001
At this brief
meeting, a bill was approved and another proposal on roof design was
Building Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 15...waiting for final
word that will eliminate off-site building location (preK-2 at
NOTE: first surveyor attacked by yellow jackets in the midst of
measurements at Bisceglie--job awarded to second surveyor.
Results of second survey not available until August 28 Select Team
NOTE: not ready then, either. Otherwise, School Building
endorsed latest revisions plus relocated School Road (one "no" vote on
this part of the program). There will be an early meeting prior
the Special Selectmen's Meeting Tuesday, August 21
(in Town Hall at 7:30pm--we think this is the right time, etc.).
discussed at Select Team--to be voted upon, perhaps, by School Building
Committee Wednesday, August 15,2001 at its 7:30pm meeting in Town Hall
Commission Room. Bisceglie option for preK-2 may be laid to rest
as well as definition of final budget figure for whole project...or
Board of Finance
(August 9) OK's funds to continue consultant on school plan (for
for next Town Meeting) - up to $45,000...discussion of timeline made
expected vote between Election Day and Thanksgiving. Big meeting
coming up August 21 (at Board of Selectmen) with decision having to be
made by September 1 in order to meet above end date for vote on school
Building Committee meeting July 25 at 7:30pm:
are (to this WEBpage, at least) that a 3-4-5 school and renovations to
the high school (totally @$60million) will be what we end up
that what O,R&L suggested?
OF ADJOURNED TOWN MEETING MACHINE VOTE:
now that Item #4 was defeated at Machine Vote...what will the Board of
Selectmen do to keep the architect working over the summer...design
of the School Building Committee cancelled July 5th 7pm
Building Committee to meet Wednesday, July
11, 2001, 7:30pm in Weston Library.
of this group since Adjourned Town Meeting said "NO" by 15 votes...
of Sub-Committee on Design, Monday, June 18, 2001 at 7:30pm in the
Room at Town Hall began early, and then had to move to the Meeting Room
(Planning and Zoning Commission had reserved it for its regular meeting
at the beginning of the year). Fletcher-Thompson team represented
by five staff members plus landscape design/traffic planner (we think
is who he was)--this a really big project, with two major buildings
(new 3-4-5 school plus High School renovations). Discussion of:
of new building (3-4-5),
Weston High School,
civil engineering and traffic planning,
Ed Specs dated
May 7 - "About Town" to attempt to get a copy of these - and how to
meet these standards while still making consistent architectural
and possible need to have emphasis on circulation within the superblock
of School Road Complex.
Four members of
School Building Committee present plus another architect who lives in
"About Town" attended from @7:15pm to 9:30pm.
Committee gets OK from Selectmen...
Committee Meeting, Monday, June 11, 2001 at 7:30pm in Weston Library
recommends moving forward this summer on "sketch planning" for 3-4-5
and renovations to Weston High School ($754,600 to the architect)...to
go to Special Town Meeting June 21, 2001 at 8pm in W.H.S. Auditorium
Committee Meeting,Tuesday, June 5, 2001
Fletcher-Thompson's fee and contract proposal for the designing of a
grades 3,4,5 school/no report from F-T or representative to Select Team
recommending an option
Select Team's recommendation for school expansion project/see above
contract for East House Roof/done partially
South House window bid documents/done
of replacement fields for South House and East House septic fields/more
work explaining this needed.
Building Committee Meetingon May 9, 2001 at 7:30pm
until 10:30pm - this meeting had been posted as well by the Select
of Education also co-sponsoring; standing room only;
managers presented costs for Scenario #1b and Scenario#3 and noted ALL
the possible alternatives to these and possible areas to cut had backup
but would not be presented at this meeting unless requested.
SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE, 4-11-01
in the stacks of Weston Library, the School Building Committee members
heard from O&G/AP, the construction managers, that the cost of the
alternatives being considered would be...bigger than a breadbox (no
being allowed to be mentioned before they are REALLY sure...presumably
so that the Board of Selectmen, who will make the decision about which
alternative flies, will not be sandbagged). Also, no one wants to
say the number until analysis can be done that revises some aspected of
the plan to a workable figure).
COMMITTEE SELECTED CONSTRUCTION MANAGER ON 4-1 VOTE...Board of
4-5-01 at Special Meeting approves contract and meet construction
from O&G and AP.
the comment at Wednesday's Select Team meeting, from Fletcher-Thompson,
that the footprint for the 3-4-5 school shown on O,R&L Plan was not
the right size for a school building of this type! This puts the
first choice site for a 3-4-5 by the Building Committee in doubt...is
correct? If so, why didn't any other Board or the Building
THE FOUR ALTERNATIVES:
Fletcher-Thompson four alternatives..."outline" only...
Feb. 21 meeting
of Building Committee produced sheaf of papers, a copy of which is
at the Town ClerK's Office. "About Town" attended the meeting and
received all documents. NOTE: among the six separate memoranda is
a major document "Various Scenarios-Proposed Matrix."
speaks at community meeting on Saturday, March 3--no drawings yet, but
indications given that: the size of the "Field House" in previous
plan twice as large as other neighboring communities' (if lockers are
at the existing building) and two story addition above existing
not workable. NOTE: Tai Soo Kim had suggested addition at
at front of building (rather than a second story), expressing design
for distinct use of space as new unit (maybe air-conditioned--my
FOR THE RECORD: Building Committee
architects and made choice (Fletcher-Thompson; Jim Beaudin) to
to Board of Selectmen; all three firms were excellent, and the
of the Building Committee were appreciative of their patience and
in this convoluted process.
skips Selectmen's discussion of insurance policies, attends instead...
BOARD OF EDUCATION
SPECIAL MEETING JUNE 22, 2000:
What was particularly
interesting about this Special Board of Education meeting called to
with "Handling Enrollment Growth" was the emergence of pre-school
(very angry at the Board of Education) who were concerned about the
loss of their entitlement of modified full day kindergarten. They and
spoke during "Public Comment." Points made were:
Committee should not be given more than 90 days to come up with
No one will be
happy with the outcome
pro-new high school
One "forget about
with air-conditioning and siblings "tracked" to assure that vacation
meld; re-negotiate teachers contract; field house with underground
garage (this person said he has 10 month old and 6 year old)
1/2 day kindergarten
OK as interim--but remember Claire Gold's report! Also, the "new
high school" is actually what O,R&L proposed making out of the old
high school; put what is going to pass on the ballot
at churches; use Library Community Room for art/music; St.
Francis parking lot a good site for portables? Re-negotiate
contract--maybe teachers could have lunch in their classroom with their
class? Be more creative.
When will 2000-2001
decision re: kindergarten be made? (No answer--this was discussed
kindergarteners not good
of evils (i.e. long enough day as opposed to 1/2 day just to stay on
the agenda, "Dr. T" (Dr. Len Tomassello, Hurlbutt) then addressed the
regarding solutions he and his team had found. In summary:
made were that modified full day was still the best--cited Claire Gold
report re: early intervention. Link here to conclusions of the
T'S TEAM'S ASSUMPTIONS:
Kindergarten teachers must not be forced to teach two sections of 24
each in the same day
- there will not
be more than this year's 5 new portables (in place at the Weston Middle
- current level
of service for all grades
- IF level of service
to children must be curtailed, THEN only 4th grade would be exempt.
East House for Kindergarten and first grade only; South and North
House should mix grades 1-2-3- and 4. NOTE: if the
Health District could be prevailed upon to permit more portables on the
Hurlbutt site, a place for 5 more portables between the Library/North
and East House and/or South House would make life easier for the school
children...because without more new space in 2001-2002 school year
OPTIONS will have to be considered.
- Talent on Tap
impacted if music room taken--music in South House Cafeteria (the
situation is very serious; many comments)
- reduce music to
lower grade(s) to serve 4th grade; concerts affected
- maybe use East
House cafeteria for music
- art on a cart--reduce
level of art service because of lack of adequate space
- not enough space
- classes double
booked in South House cafeteria
- reduce k-3 computer
use--no computer for k
- satelite stations
- computers moved
- flexible access
to library eliminated (because of 46 minute period for 4th grade)
board member remarked that political decisions are made in
are no new ideas...Board of Education has no power to make its plans
to fruition because it never considers the cost of anything...no one
to share a high school...the best thing that has happened recently is
Dr. Shaner, who will lead. Financial decisions and the septic
will over-shadow others.
- can we go back
to WWHD to get more portables? (no answer)
- we are at a
- educators want
to move ahead with improving education (good luck)
- what do we do
next year? (same drill as this year)
- will we look
for kindergarten solution? (already on it)
- modular construction
k-2 at Heady site?
- is it reasonable
to assume that Heady can be used?
- could we place
a lot more pressure on other Boards?
- we should have
had contingency plans (in retrospect)...hard choices
from 7:45pm to 9:30pm.
OF EDUCATION MEETING JULY 17 at 7:30pm.
shoe drops...found on the Weston Board of Education WEBpage is
from the Superintendent indicating that via a telephone call the day
the May 25 PUBLIC HEARING, the CTDEP representative is quoted as having
said "...things 'aren't that drastic yet'" regarding limiting the
of students at Hurlbutt. CTDEP goes on to say that we need to
by September a temporary solution to the septic issue (i.e. pump and
"About Town" would like to know whether the CTDEP indicated which
they were planning to act...
Schedule changed...Selectmen appointed Ad Hoc "Select Committee" for 90
day+ stint to come up with new ideas, using data collected by
as well as other Town studies, thus reworking plans for Septic/Sewer
presented; Planning and Zoning, Conservation, Board of Education
and Building Committee plus five citizens were named June 15...worked
summer vacation...link here to information about progress and
of Select Committee: SEWAGE
June 8 at 7:30 in Town Hall:
SCHOOL FACILITIES PLAN (now on hold) TEXT AND DETAILS...
3. FROM ULTIMATELY
SELECTED OPTION OF CJN ASSOCIATES' MAP OF 100+ ACRE CAMPUS
of the Building Committee (two others absent) plus two members
making up the School Building Committee (Superintendent of Schools and
member of the Board of Education) met to discuss trips upcoming to
(Jeter, Cook and Jepsen; Tai Soo Kim and Fletcher-Thompson) offices and
school buildings they had designed.
on the agenda was a discussion of sewer/septic issue and the Building
role in the future on this topic. The Chair. was appointed to sit
on the new "Select Committee…" that will be studying sewer options over
the next 90 days. A spirited discussion took place about what the
impact of a tiny sewer line to just the Schools and Town Hall would
if indeed the implications for development density would be almost nil,
as some members of the Building Committee purported. Members of
Building Committee believe that "a tiny sewer line bringing only
gallons of effluent from Weston to the Norwalk treatment plant" (as
in Fuss&O'Neill report) thus setting a limit on development) would
permit Weston to then say no to affordable housing applications along
route of the sewer.
the public were invited to participate in this meeting, and it was also
discussed whether inviting AVALON, affordable housing construction
to propose an example of how an affordable housing scheme might work
Weston would be a good idea.
OK $765,000 for architects' conceptual drawings; school
projects still alive...architect interviews continuing? It is a
but we are apparently interviewing architects if and when we figure out
what we want/need/can actually follow through with...
COMMITTEE ON SEWAGE TREATMENT now appointed and first meeting took
place Monday, June 19, 2000 at 7:30pm in Town Hall; tent. next
meetings: June 28 and July 6., 7:30pm in Town Hall...
COMMITTEE INTERVIEWS, MAY 8 and 9, 2000,TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM
Town Hall Meeting
Room, May 8, 2000, 7pm to 9:45pm; May 9, 2000 report from
sources; NOTE: as of June 14, 2000, this process is rolling
with final three firms being visited plus site visits to examples of
it is the intention of the Building Committee to check out references
projects by these architects; they may invite firms back for more
questions; need to visit examples of work and offices.
OK ED SPECS FOR State Funding by June 30
Board of Selectmen
(May 4 meeting) approved extra payment ($19,200) for School Planner to
draw up education specifications...Ed Specs for four part Plan.
buildings and areas around them will be separate applications.
example: the new 3-4-5 building and attendent fill, paving,
is one; the high school project plus moving School Road is
the Middle School auditorium and renovations plus loop road is
Hurlbutt renovations and School Road entrance is four. So easy to
explain! (These are my guesses--not confirmed what the four separate
will actually be.)
MAY 18 and
May 25 Dates to note...
On May 18,
2000 at 7:30pm in the Weston Library Fuss&O'Neill will present
draft plan for sewers/septic to Town of Weston Boards and
The public is invited...but not to speak. On May 25, 2000 at 8pm
in the W.H.S. auditorium, there will be a PUBLIC HEARING on this same
On June 1, 2000 (est.) at the Board of Selectmen, a decision will be
by that Board, and a recommendation will be made to the Board of
and then to Town Meeting...more dates for more meetings to come...see
RECEIVED OFFICIALLY TO RFP Monday, April 24 at 11am in Town Hall; only
the name and address revealed at this time.
Nine (9) architectural
firms repond to RFP and five make it through successfully. Making
it to the next level are the architectural firms in red and
first "cut" by Building Committee was:
and Associates (Bridgeport)
(Bridgeport-now in Shelton) - ARCHITECT NUMBER FOUR (current)
& Dahl (Hamden) - ARCHITECT NUMBER ONE - responsible for 4 room
at North House (with foundation for 4 more rooms)
Associates ARCHITECT NUMBER TWO (Farmington) - they designed and built
the Hurlbutt Core Building and enclosed linkages in their first phase,
as well as modifying rooms at WMS, building a new DPW Garage on Old
Road and Board of Education Headquarters on School Road.
- Charles J. Nafie & Associates - (New York City) - ARCHITECT
THREE (did Master Plan, prepared SFU documents)
Lawlor (West Hartford)
8. Tai Soo
Cook and Jepson (Hartford)
after the Building Committee had met, "About Town" looked through all
responses to the RFP...all references to price/cost were removed (so
this matter can remain confidential and be negotiated).
THROUGH EARLY 2003 NOW HISTORY...new goals and milestones reported on
June 11, 2003 meeting. See below the scedule for bids released at
School Building Committee meeting (by O&G) Oct. 1, 2003:
Weston Field Committees thru the years...elsewhere on this issue...
BOOSTER BARN NEVER BUILT - NEW GROUP
INCARNATION WINS OK FROM BOARDS OF SELECTMEN AND FINANCE!
ARCHITECT KAESTLE-BOOS/BLDG COMMITTEE ON THE JOB...TO PAY BACK TOWN $$
by original Sports Complex team re:
discussing fitting into entire
- this is really happening in a terrific
way--all weather field complete
and ready for play by mid-October '03!!! (All-weather Hartford football
field above - Courant photo.)
- At the Board of
Selectmen July 20, 2006 came word of need to contribute another $4,100
toward completing the lighting of the Varsity Soccer Field on School
- At the Board of Selectmen in April 3,
2008, discussion of latest problems at Revson Field.
- If artificial turf is bad, Revson
grass mixes with glass - the only safe place to play is...in the
A Push To Know Whether “Crumbs” In Artificial Turf Can Make People Sick
Toxins In Artificial Turf Prompt Concern
By REGINE LABOSSIERE | Courant Staff Writer
April 12, 2008
As the use of artificial turf has increased in popularity, there is
growing concern that a component in some turf might be hazardous to the
health of people and the environment.
Several studies in Europe and a few in North America have shown that
rubber "crumbs" used in some artificial turf release toxins that might
cause health problems and might be poisonous to plants.
Although there is no scientific evidence that people are getting sick
directly because of their use of artificial turf, measures are being
taken to protect citizens.
The state legislatures in New York and New Jersey are calling for a
moratorium on the installation of artificial turf fields that use crumb
rubber until further scientific studies can be conducted. The
California State Legislature is considering a bill requiring the state
to study the possible connection between artificial turf and staph
Citizens groups in Connecticut have asked their town officials to stop
installing the material, which some studies say can cause asthma, eye
and skin irritations, cancer, and a decline in plant growth and aquatic
Local groups and state officials want to know for sure whether the turf
being used in more than 80 municipalities across the state is really
dangerous. A bill before the state legislature is asking the government
to appropriate $250,000 to the state Department of Environmental
Protection to study the issue.
"Given the fact that it was increasingly going into our high school
fields, I thought I'd better make sure," said state Sen. Ed Meyer,
D-Guilford, who is chairman of the environment committee.
"There's lots of rumors, lots of allegations going back and forth, and
I think we need certainty here," added Meyer, who proposed Senate Bill
The Senate bill was referred to the appropriations committee, and Meyer
said he expects it will be submitted for Gov. M. Jodi Rell's signature
at the end of the legislative session in May.
"It's very, very controversial and very upsetting, the charges of
toxicity," Meyer said. "... We want Connecticut to have its own
Recycled vehicle tires are a component in some types of artificial
turf. The rubber tires are shredded and ground up into fine particles,
creating a product called crumb rubber infill. A football-size field
can cost about $1 million, and some fields may be funded in part by
state grants. The turf, which has grown in popularity with cities and
schools, lasts about 10 years before some parts of it have to be
replaced. Crumb rubber sometimes is used as mulch.
The North Haven-based nonprofit agency Environment and Human Health
Inc., a group of 10 doctors and public health officials, pushed for the
Senate bill this year. Last year it paid the Connecticut Agricultural
Experiment Station, a state agency dedicated to scientific research, to
conduct a laboratory study on the material.
The study tested out-gassing and leaching from synthetic turf rubber
crumbs and positively identified four chemicals — benzothiazole,
hexadecane, 4-(tert-Octyl)-phenol and butylated hydroxyanisole.
According to Environment and Human Health, the chemicals can cause skin
and eye irritation, cancer and can corrode and destroy mucous membranes.
The study found traces of a host of other chemicals but could not
identify them positively. MaryJane Incorvia Mattina, the state chemist
who headed the study, said the chemicals grew more prevalent in hot
"What we have shown is that there are materials coming off as gases
from these tire crumbs. We need to know about additional compounds that
could be coming out," Incorvia Mattina said. "At this point, we can
neither condemn nor condone; we need to know more."
What's unclear is which chemicals and how much of each are getting into
the systems of the people using the fields, said Nancy Alderman,
president of Environment and Human Health. Since last year, she has
been receiving calls from across the country from parents concerned
about their school districts and parks departments installing the
synthetic turf fields in their towns.
"I think there are certain products we should not be recycling. We
should not recycle mercury, we shouldn't recycle asbestos, we shouldn't
recycle ground-up rubber tires, especially putting them in children's
play areas," Alderman said. "... With what we already know, why would
you invest $1 million [in turf] that we don't know for sure is OK? I am
Bridgeport-based lawyer Joel Z. Green used the information from
Environment and Human Health and the Connecticut Agricultural
Experiment Station while representing two citizens groups in Fairfield
and their successful mission to prevent artificial turf fields from
being installedat a private school last year.
The groups were concerned about the effects of zinc found in the
artificial turf on a nearby brook. According to the legal documents
submitted by Green, the rubber could leach organic compounds and toxic
metals and pollute surface and groundwater.
"There is, and there's an increasing number of people who have concerns
about these artificial turf fields. There are a lot of questions,"
Not everyone has the same reaction to artificial
turf. School officials say they have found nothing wrong with it and
say their athletes enjoy playing on it.
The state Department of Public Health released a statement last year
acknowledging that some of the chemicals found in artificial turf could
cause "toxic or carcinogenic activity" in laboratory animals. But, the
statement said, "based upon the current evidence, a public health risk
appears unlikely. ... DPH's review does not find any reason to stop
installation of these fields."
Vincent McDermott, senior vice president of Milone & MacBroom, a
Cheshire consulting firm of engineers, landscape architects and
environmental scientists, said there is a significant body of
scientific literature that supports the environmental safety of
He said Milone & MacBroom conducts studies of the runoff from
McDermott said zinc, in small amounts "well below the threshold of
concern for drinking water," was the only heavy metal found by the
"You will read a ton of literature about the environmental impacts of
this stuff, and you will find also that the science of it falls on both
sides of the spectrum. There are some who say there is absolutely
nothing wrong, and there are some who say they are cancer-causing,"
Both McDermott and Incorvia Mattina of the Agricultural Experiment
Station agree that more testing is necessary for more conclusive
Parks and recreation departments and school boards across the state
have been touting the benefits of artificial fields, especially in the
last couple of years, as more and more have been installed in
They have said the turf doesn't require pesticides, needs less
maintenance, causes fewer injuries, doesn't fall victim to bad weather
and makes it possible for multiple sports to play on the field during
the same season without wearing it out.
"Unless there is concrete evidence that there's a health risk to it and
the Department of Public Health takes a stand against it, I'm confident
that the field is as good as, if not better than, a natural grass
field," said Bruce Sievers, principal of Cheney Technical High School
The school spent $1.5 million on four adjacent artificial fields for
softball, baseball, football and soccer and began using them in March.
Sievers said the school opted for the turf as a cost-saving measure,
rendering fertilizer, irrigation and manpower less of a necessity.
"It looks great, it feels great to walk on," he said. "... As far as
we're concerned, it's all good."
The Glastonbury school district discussed artificial turf for about a
year before deciding to go ahead with a million-dollar purchase for the
Then, before installing it in October, the school district had the
"We did a good amount of research because there was some discussion of,
'Was it good? Was it bad?' ... We sent out the materials to labs to
examine it, at least to make sure to ourselves and to students that it
was OK," said Alan Bookman, superintendent of Glastonbury schools.
He said students and athletic groups that use the field have raved
about it because it's easier to play on, balls roll more smoothly and
players don't have to contend with holes and rocks and other issues
normal to dirt and grass.
David Holden, business manager for Simsbury Public Schools, said
Simsbury High School's athletic schedule doesn't get derailed due to
"To have a field that gets multiple use during the course of the day
has been wonderful and you're able to play on it during all kinds of
weather," Holden said. "Normally, a game might be canceled or
postponed; we're able to play it because the field drains so well."
joins turf war on artificial
By Donna Porstner
Published March 7 2008
STAMFORD - State lawmakers may commission a study on artificial turf
fields because of mounting concerns about possible health risks.
The legislature's Environment Committee approved a bill 24-5 last week
that would give $250,000 to the state Department of Environment
Protection to research whether materials in the pulverized rubber tires
used to cushion the fields are harmful to users' health.
The sponsor, state Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-Fairfield, said she had thought
it was a great idea to use recycled rubber tires on playgrounds and in
artificial grass playing fields "until I learned what's in them."
Turf wars have heated up all over lower Fairfield County since a
nonprofit group's study last year found that when heated in a lab, the
rubber crumbs released at least four compounds - including one known
carcinogen - that can irritate the eyes and skin. Other studies have
shown tire rubber contains heavy metals that can leach into groundwater.
Though studies have looked at whether toxins in the rubber get into the
air and water, little is known about its impact on human health, said
Nancy Alderman, president of Environment and Human Health Inc. The
North Haven-based nonprofit funded the study that prompted much of the
concern about artificial turf.
"What we do not know is how much of the toxic exposures actually get
into the children, or the people playing on the field. That's what
needs further research," Alderman said. "With all these Connecticut
children playing on these fields, it's really the state's
responsibility to provide the data on whether these ground-up tires are
safe for these children to be on."
Fawcett said she became interested in the issue more than a year ago
when parents of Greens Farms Academy students raised concerns about a
synthetic turf field proposed for the Westport school. Over the past
year, parents at another private school in her district, Fairfield
Country Day School, also mounted a campaign to stop the installation of
a turf field.
"Now I have two schools, and two groups of parents, who are speaking
out and are worried," Fawcett said.
If the bill passes, Fawcett said she would push for a statewide
moratorium on new artificial turf until the results were released.
State Rep. Terry Backer, D-Stratford, who runs Soundkeeper, a
Norwalk-based environmental group, said he would prefer that the state
review existing studies before going forward with its own.
Backer serves on the Environment Committee but was absent for last
week's vote. Artificial turf shouldn't be a top priority when so many
residents are concerned about the economy and rising oil prices, he
"They have a whole lot more to be alarmed about than this," Backer said.
State Rep. Clark Chapin, R-New Milford, who voted against the study,
said he also would rather have scientists at the state departments of
public health and environmental protection review previous studies
"instead of spending $250,000 on yet another study someone can
But supporters such as state Rep. Gerald Fox III, D-Stamford, said the
study would provide valuable, independent research that would assist
communities grappling with whether they should install the fake turf,
which is supposed to withstand more wear and tear and require less
maintenance than natural grass.
Fox lives in Stamford's Shippan neighborhood, where residents are
trying to block the installation of two synthetic soccer fields at West
Beach, raising health concerns, among other complaints. Those fields
are part of a city project to install four artificial fields.
The other two, at Lione Park and Westhill High School, have drawn no
opposition. The city has four other artificial turf fields.
"You don't want to put in a number of fields and find out there's a
health concern," said Fox, who testified in favor of the bill at a
public hearing last week.
The bill also has the support of state Attorney General Richard
Blumenthal, who last summer called for the state to spend $200,000 to
examine the issue. Turf fields have raised concerns in his hometown,
where Greenwich Selectwoman Lin Lavery has advocated for a moratorium
until more studies are done.
"Obviously, it's an issue that's come up in not only Stamford but in
the region," Fox said. "Everyone is trying to find ways for children to
enjoy these activities while also making sure it's healthy and safe."
State Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford, co-chairman of the Environment
Committee, said legislators are interested because of the increase in
the number of turf fields. There are two in his district, both at high
"Whenever there is a price tag attached, there is always a question if
it will pass, but I think it will," he said. "It's growing very fast in
Connecticut, and the country, and I don't think we can duck the issue
Erik Findeisen, a Stamford father of four and soccer coach who supports
the West Beach project, said he has no problem with the state studying
the issue. But he said there's no reason for a moratorium.
He said the health risks are only being raised by people who don't want
these fields in their neighborhoods.
"There's more toxicity coming off your tires on I-95," Findeisen said.
notes - over time, individuals changed but project continues...
LIGHT ON SPORTS COMPLEX PROGRESS:
May 2004 sees
the lighting issue for now completed high school artificial field at
The word (November
2002) on where the Sports Complex stands: although still shy of
original total $$ needed, there is enough money to proceed forthwith to
detail how exactly the all-weather soccer field will fit into drainage
on School Road, and coordinate with School Construction project as a
This will be accomplished for @$17,000 by school project's
design professionals. Architect for school project will design
"Booster Barn" gratis. Cognizant of potential for major disasters,
will be a full engineering review of plans for where each building
is placed on the property, however...it is becoming clearer every day
2003-2005 will not be optimum time for athletic activity on the School
Campus. And it is a good bet that fields will not be ready at
Morehouse Farm Park or Bisceglie in a timely fashion, due to litigation!
up on front page article in the FORUM...some early words about SPORTS
At the Wednesday,
January 2, 2002 School Building Committee meeting, a brief presentation
was made by W.H.S. Athletic Director, community Sports Complex 2003
athletic energy of Weston's youth by providing leadership in upgrading
and enhancing athletic facilities which benefit all participants."
sustain, a 'Best in Class' Multi-functional athletic
is the idea! "...Weston High School's medium longer term total
use, athletic infrastructure and development strategies" are on the
here. Through mutual partnerships (individuals, families, public
enterprises), the Committee states, "...we will focus our development
towards providing a multi-sports surfaced stadium and supporting
to enhance overall athletic excellence."
This has been
done successfully "across the pond"... in Lancashire...JOINT
is one way to go in times of limited resources...
CT IS THE MODEL FOR THIS PROJECT...the field surface must be
fairly complex drainage structures and underdrain systems kept up, and
ponding would only take place on the field after more than two inches
rain had fallen (in an hour?).