NEW BRITAIN - The Common Council on Wednesday rejected the sale of 15 acres of city-owned watershed property in Burlington.
The city owns 3,067.88 acres in Burlington, and Burlington was looking to buy two parcels of land on Covey Road for $276,000.
Alderman Carlo Carlozzi and Mayor Erin Stewart said there was much confusion about what Burlington wanted to do with the land. Originally, the town said it would put a Little League baseball field on the property, but it has since said it wants to acquire the property for unrestricted purposes.
Concerned that Burlington would resell the two parcels to a developer, the council voted against the sale.
The property is designated as Class 3 watershed land, the sale of which does not require approval by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Since the property is in Burlington, that town has the right of first refusal on the sale of the property.
In other business Wednesday, the council addressed the Energy Innovation Park project planned for the old Stanley Works campus.
The council sent a resolution detailing a tax assessment deferral/modification agreement with EIP Investment, LLC, to the Committee on Administration, Finance and Law for discussion.
As written, the resolution would authorize Mayor Erin Stewart to enter into a 27-year tax assessment deferral/modification agreement with EIP Investment, LLC.
According to the draft of the agreement, EIP will make tax payments to the city starting with the Oct. 1, 2019, grand list that will gradually increase over the next 27 years. By that date in 2021, EIP will be the second largest taxpayer in New Britain.
The Energy Innovation Park project received approval from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in June and has received support from stakeholders in the city and beyond.
The project will convert parts of the Stanley Works campus into a 20-megawatt fuel cell park, using clean energy, and a data storage and processing center.
The multi-phase project is expected to generate more than $45 million for New Britain and $200 million in revenue for the state over the course of its construction.
Also Wednesday, the Common Council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution prohibiting the sale of gasoline for use in all-terrain and other similar vehicles. The resolution amends Article VII of the city’s Code of Ordinances.
“No retail dealer of gasoline shall sell, offer for sale, or attempt to sell, any article or product represented as gasoline for use in an all-terrain vehicle, dirt bike, motor-driven cycle, mini-motorcycle, motor scooter, minibike, mini-cycle, mini sports bike, chopper scooter or pocket bike as defined in Section 15-147 of the Code of Ordinances, unless that vehicle is conveyed to and from the retailer’s premises by a registered motor vehicle as defined in G.S. (Connecticut General Statutes) § 14-1, and no individual shall purchase or attempt to purchase gasoline for this purpose,” the proposed amendment reads.
According to the amendment, an individual or retailer violating the ordinance will be fined $250. The Police Department will enforce the ordinance.
Signs reading “Fueling of Unauthorized Vehicles Prohibited” will be added to all fuel-dispensing locations.
The resolution also amends the definition of “all-terrain vehicle” and “dirt bike” to conform with Connecticut General Statutes.
This action is in lines with the Common Council’s effort in recent years to curb unsafe driving of these vehicles in the city. In December 2016, the council passed an ordinance prohibiting all-terrain and similar vehicles from city property. It also gave the police authority to confiscate vehicles found in violation.
The ordinance applies only to vehicles not unregistered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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