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Selectmen table land decisions

WINSTED — The full Board of Selectmen met at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Town Hall. However, because Town Manager Dale Martin, Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan and Water and Sewer Commission Chairman Richard Nalette were not in attendance, the selectmen voted to table decisions on three land related issues until their next meeting.Mayor Maryann Welcome said Martin was away at a seminar and could not attend. She said Nalette had planned to be in attendance, but he was unable to attend the meeting. Welcome did not address why Nelligan was absent.The first item tabled was a previously discussed request for an easement for Peter and Jan Cohn who own property at 812 West Wakefield Blvd.The property owners are seeking the easement in order to reconstruct a retaining wall and parking area on town-owned land adjacent to their property.On Jan. 9, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve their request for an easement.In his action request letter to selectmen, Town Manager Martin recommended that the selectmen schedule a special town meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, so the town can vote on the easement request.However, at the selectmen’s meeting, questions were raised concerning taxes owed on the property.Selectman Candy Perez said Peter and Jan Cohn owed more than $4,000 in property taxes to the town.Perez said she did know if the property taxes were issued by the town this month or if they were taxes previously owed to the town.Mayor Welcome said she did not know and could not give Perez an answer because Martin was not present at the meeting.The selectmen voted to table any decision on the easement until the next meeting. The Democrats on the board — Mayor Welcome and Selectmen Perez, George Closson, Michael Renzullo and James Divita — all voted to table the item.Republican Selectmen Ken Fracasso and Glenn Albanesius voted against tabling the decision.The second land-related issue tabled at the meeting was the proposed sale of town-owned property on Roosevelt Trail, located next to property at 401 East Wakefield Blvd., owned by Anthony Potamitis and Alberta Turbert.Attorney Patsy Renzullo, who represents the two property owners, sent a letter to Martin on Jan. 6 asking for permission to purchase the property. Patsy Renzullo is the father of Selectman Michael Renzullo.The final land-related issue tabled at the meeting was the acceptance of state-owned land abutting Crystal Lake Dam.All three issues are expected to be discussed at the next selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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