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11-16-06 Minutes
November 16, 2006

The meeting was called to order by Chairman White at 7:02 PM.  Present were: Blunt White, John Delmhorst, Tony Lee, Jim Oberhelman, and Ed Dear.  Absent were: Ed Hart, John Dionne, Ed Haberek, Mike Latham, Gary Bennett, and Inger Elliott.

The minutes of the October 19th were accepted as distributed.

Chairman White reported that Larry Kenney of CEDF has identified a consultant for the Pawcatuck façade program.  HM&A Associates will do research, prepare a photo inventory, and do interviews with local business owners/operators, and prepare a report on this project for $3,500.  A motion was made to accept the scope of services proposal from HM&A Associates and to use CEDF funds to pay expenses.  This motion was seconded and approved.

A second proposal was made for a marketing handout for approximately six Pawcatuck commercial properties detailing quality of life issues, demographics, map locations, etc.  The cost to produce the ten page handout is forecast at between $2500 and $3000; this does not include bulk printing.   A motion was made to authorize this work and to use CEDF funds to pay for it.  Tony Lee will coordinate the commission’s interest with Larry Kenney of CEDF.  The motion was seconded and approved.

It was reported that the former Higgins Pharmacy building is on the market for $2.2 million with retail spaces on the first floor and residential spaces on the upper floors.

The status of the various mill projects and Prospect Place were discussed.

The possible development moratorium on Route 1 was discussed.  Following discussion the following motion was made, seconded, and approved:
Whereas: the Economic Development Commission notes there are vacant and underutilized commercial properties along Route 1. And Whereas: There are vacant residential properties and undeveloped residentially zoned lands along Route 1 which abut commercial zones that are likely never to used residentially. Therefore: The Economic Development Commission supports a study of the Route 1 corridor which would examine the current zoning regulations, consider the needs to preserve desirable vistas and then recommend changes to the Plan of Conservation and Development in order to stimulate quality growth of the Town’s tax base.

The makeup of the commission regarding members and terms of office was discussed.

This meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
John R. Delmhorst, Secretary