By Susan Tuz
NEW MILFORD -- Faith Church officials were close-lipped Monday about details of a plan to bring Staten Island victims of Hurricane Sandy to New Milford.
"With temperatures dropping and winter fast approaching, alternate housing is desperately needed for those most greatly affected," Frank Santora, senior pastor of Faith Church, said in a press release Monday.
The church is working with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation, which is spearheading hurricane relief, Mr. Santora said.
New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy was contacted earlier in the month about the possibility of parking trailers on the Faith Church property on Danbury Road.
The request to allow 20 to 30 trailers came from John Hodge, New Fairfield first selectman and director of operations for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Mrs. Murphy said.
Connecticut Light & Power has offered to hook up electric lines to the trailers free of charge, the mayor said.
A civil engineer is doing a feasibility study of the site, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reviewing septic connections, Mrs. Murphy said.
"If everything falls into place, we should have folks in by Christmas. Everybody here is excited. We could have a group of people right here where we can help them," the mayor added.
The hurricane victims coming to New Milford could include both families and elderly Staten Island residents. If the family units include children, Faith Church will provide schooling for them in the educational facility on its campus.
Details are scheduled to be released at a news conference Wednesday.