Although the agenda for the September 30 Stonington Selectmen’s meeting was just town business, Stonington Sanitary District operator Gay Atkinson asked to be put on the agenda.
Board Chairman George Stevens suggested that rather than coming under “new business” at the end of the meeting, Atkinson, who had been there to attend the Water Company hearing, was put first.
She distributed pictures of the inside of the Sanitary District pipe under Hagen Dock. The pipe has a hole in it, approximately 43 feet from the stone cutter stature, going toward the end of the dock. Atkinson said she was just there to give the selectmen an update. She had just gotten the pictures, and they hadn’t been seen by the Sanitary District board yet, so no decisions on what to do had been made.
The iron pipe is in 20-foot sections, and the discussion revolved around what could be done, with the least disruption and cost. Town Manager Kathleen Billings-Pezaris had pointed out at previous meetings that the town has no line in this year’s budget for work on the dock. Further, the wall on the dock probably needs repair, and she had said previously that she didn’t want to tear the dock up twice.
Suggestions for possible temporary repairs to the pipe included patching it.
Tony Bray, of Fisherman’s Friend, said he’s closing on October 12 anyway, and that it seemed to him that any work on the dock would best be done in fall or spring.
Billings-Pezaris said that if the entire line needs to be replaced, which had been implied by Atkinson at a previous meeting, the town would need to get some money for engineering to see what needs to be done, and what can be done with the wall.
In other business, the meeting covered a variety of public works needs, including welding on some trucks, new tires, etc.
Billings-Pezaris also said the town garage needed Internet access, since all work on researching possible repairs or equipment needs had to be done though the town office. She said the computer would be used only for business.
Along the same lines, she asked for permission to get a second telephone line at the town office, since she has gotten complaints that people can’t get through, and sometimes when she needs a line, there isn’t one available.
The selectmen agreed to both suggestions. She also said she would like to end Bridget Brophy’s probationary period at the office, and make her a permanent part-time employee. The selectmen agreed, although only Selectmen Donna Brewer and Evelyn Duncan were able to vote their approval. Selectmen Stevens, Richard Larrabee and Chris Betts had to recuse themselves because they are related to Brophy.