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Beach Area Rebuilding Info Session Rescheduled to Feb. 20 [UPDATED]

The session will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the all-purpose room at Riverfield Elementary School.

Update, Feb. 19

Due to the blizzard that hit Fairfield earlier this month, the Beach Rebuilding Information Session was rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.

The session will be held in the all-purpose room at Riverfield Elementary School.

Residents have until noon today to submit questions in advance of the session to Jennifer Carpenter at jcarpenter@town.fairfield.ct.us.

Update, Feb. 5

Fairfield residents are encouraged to submit questions ahead of the Feb. 11 Beach Rebuilding Information session so that town officials can better address concerns. Send questions to Jennifer Carpenter, the First Selectman's deputy chief of staff, at jcarpenter@town.fairfield.ct.us by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

Original Post, Feb. 1

Town officials will hold a public information session on beach area rebuilding at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.

The information session will address questions that have been raised by beach area residents following Superstorm Sandy, according to information from the First Selectman's Office.

A panel made up of FEMA and Small Business Association representatives, Fairfield building officials, Planning and Zoning staff, and the director of Community and Economic Development will cover topics like house raising, FEMA compliance, height restrictions, flood insurance, the process for financing and permitting, and the Increased Cost of Compliance.

“Given there have been many questions on rebuilding from beach area residents following Storm Sandy, the Town would like to give residents an opportunity to be fully informed on how best to proceed with rebuilding and getting back into their homes,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said.

Any residents with questions about the information session may call the First Selectman's Office at 203-256-3030.

iamspartacus February 02, 2013 at 01:19 AM
When is the "independent investigation" going to start on the boondoggle of Penfield One? How many times have we rebuilt the building that replaced the "dilapidated 80 year old building that never needed to be fixed after every high tide" If I recall correctly that cost $3.15 million of tax payer money, maybe someone should send them an unsigned letter. Oh wait they voted for it, so did the RTM. That would require investigating themselves...no need for that when we can instead offer up some more red herrings, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
mark February 03, 2013 at 03:26 PM
It's in the bidding and over seeing of these projects thats gone wrong, On the other hand we haven't had a storm like that hit since the 1950's
Jim Eastwood February 06, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Yah So --How long was the OLD Building Up ????? And why didn't the "Beach Club" ext door-----On Both sides suffer any damage---Both are a bit older !!!!!!!!!!
Igor February 19, 2013 at 05:20 PM
That was quite a storm we had. I see once again no allowances are made for the mother nature's force. On one hand everyone whines when the town spends the money on the other hand they don't want to spend the money. Ive come to the conclusion after reading numerous blogs on various subjects that some people just like to moan and bitch and wouldn't be happy until they do. The only real solution I can find is if you don't like it here leave.
Jim Eastwood February 19, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Igor There are several: 1. Build it to FEMA specs--Raise it up several more feet 2. Sink the Pilings(foundation supports deeper--I beleive they were told to do this but because of costs Did not 3. Install Rip Rap----Large stones placed around objects to break wave actions--around pilings and other foundation parts--This not done because it doesn't look good. I still wonder why the 90 year old building stood up against the Hurricane of 38--a cat 3, and the Penfield Two along with the Tennis club and the New and Improved Penfield One did not History repeats it self !!! Have a Great Day (and Continue to Pay and Pay !!!!)
Igor February 19, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Jim that would cost money and if you read the postings here, every one (including myself) don't want more taxes levied against us. First there are the ones who are against higher taxes, then there are the ones that say I never go to Penfield, then there are the ones that say the money could be used in better places. All valid reasons i might add. I think everything from the firemen, to the snow removal to the BOE is do to lack of direction and priorities. The town doesn't seem to take on a project and complete it. I love this town and it could be so much more if we could pull together.
R. Ludlowe February 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM
The Beach CLub, as I understand, also was damaged.

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