Special town meeting in Stonington Monday

STONINGTON — Voters will be asked to decide a handful of warrant articles at a special town meeting Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.

First, voters will be asked to appropriate $22,000 from surplus to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new proposed flood plain map designations.

Preliminary flood insurance rate maps have put sections of Stonington into a higher risk zone, which may raise flood insurance rates significantly and lower property values.

Selectmen voted last month to appeal three of the new flood insurance rate map designations. However, the board needs voter approval to spend funds to hire a consultant who would handle the appeals.

In other business, voters will be asked to authorize selectmen to negotiate a right of way at Woodland Cemetery. The right of way would be used to allow a company to erect a cell phone tower.

Stonington Town Manager Kathleen Billings-Pezaris said the new tower, if built, should improve service. Downtown Stonington has spots where there is no service at all.

The Stonington Water Co. also needs that right of way to make water line improvements.

In unrelated business, the town will consider authorizing the board to accept a portion of land crossing Memorial Lane to clear ownership of the road and title.

Finally, voters will consider appropriating from surplus $25,000 to purchase additional salt and sand for the upcoming winter.

Jennifer Osborn

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