Burnham School oil tank taken, sans permit

It seems oil tank removal and replacement at Burnham School in Bridgewater has experienced a few glitches.

First the contractor, True Blue Environmental of Wallingford, reportedly failed to take out permits to do the job. Next, a waste line from the school was broken while dirt was being removed from the hole where the tank had been removed.

Soil remediation was supposed to occur, with 100 tons of soil contaminated with oil having been removed.

Region 12 school district business manager Bob Giesen said Tuesday the soil contamination looked like it was from years ago. He also said he had learned from this project there is "one more step that has to be taken" in starting a project: "ask the contractor if he got his permits."

" Typically, the contractor is responsible for getting the permits," Mr. Giesen said. "I observed the progress going out every day the work was occurring. Nothing was ever said about no permits having been taken out."

-- Susan Tuz

Kent sewer line to be repaired on Route 341

The issue of sewer line repair along Route 341 in Kent has been decided, to some extent. The Sewer Commission voted to repair the 300 feet from Elizabeth Street westward at a cost of $125,000. The commission has been trying to get the town to pay for a total $330,000 repair needed on the line with no success.

The repairs decided by the commission Aug. 12 will be to the most damaged section of the line. The repair will be paid for via sewer fees.

-- Susan Tuz

Floor area' given new measure by zoners

A new definition of "floor area" will go into effect in the New Milford zoning regulations as of Sept. 1.

Adopted Aug. 11 by the commission, floor area will be determined by using the outside perimeter of the outside walls of a structure. This will brings the zoning regulation's definition in line with that used by the town's tax assessor.

-- Susan Tuz