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Voters Approve $350K Purchase of House on Future School Property

At a packed Town Meeting last night, voters approved the cost of the house on the new Morgan School property as well as $20K for the Stanton House.

 

Voters at a December 12 Special Town Meeting raised their hands to approve two items: money for the historic Adam Stanton House and funds to purchase a private home that sits on the property of the future Morgan School.

In the first vote, which was unanimous, townspeople agreed to provide matching town money in the amount of $20,000 for the Stanton House.

Because the town approved the $20,000, it means a $20,000 grant from the CT Trust for Historic Preservation will be approved.  As a condition of the grant, the town was required to match the funds.

"We owe it to future generations to preserve the Stanton House and give them seed money so they can apply for federal and state grants," said Joann Dolan.

In the second vote, it was 102 "yes" to 91 "no" votes for the purchase of the residence 69-69A Killingworth Turnpike (Route 81) to make way for the new Morgan School. The cost of the house is $350,000.

First Selectman Willie Fritz said two appraisals were conducted on the property.

"One came in at $365,000 and one came in at $340,000 so we split the difference," he said.

Kirk Carr said that the house was built in 1800 and was the home of a Minuteman.

"We need to think twice about demolishing the house," said Carr.

The First Selectman said there were several scenarios for the future of the house with the last one being demolition.

"Best case scenario is that it is dismantled and moved," said Fritz.

Questions of possible contamination of the site, including the 69-69A property as well as the Clinton Nurseries property (already purchased by the town) came up, with one side saying a Phase I test showed no concerns and another saying there are "serious concerns."

MrsSmithWatchingWashington December 14, 2012 at 11:10 PM
So, why aren't we moving this house and selling it? Or using it?
Kirk Carr December 14, 2012 at 11:30 PM
If you missed the meeting a video of the entire sordid mess is at: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2a_UIWKPozw The registrar of voters did validate people as they arrived but provided no identification for validated voters. The elected moderator didn't moderate but participated, including making a motion for a hand vote over a motion for a paper ballot vote. An improper resolution to purchase property without a price was permitted to be considered. Watch the video and weep at the lapses in democratic procedure. Autocracy ends badly as will this one.
Kirk Carr December 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Thanks Art. On this we can agree. Can you give the CTA credit for doing the research and for raising a legitimate concern we have in common? If you watch the video, it includes Vece's full answer. He offered other options, but the first was demolition.
Huskyfan December 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Glen- Most real estate sites have data bases that are filled with information from town records. This house was sold for $240 back in 2010, its even been assessed for town taxes at $188K last year (2011). This house was overpaid for big time. If you dont believe me look at the site, and if you dont believe the site then look up your own house and it will show what you paid for it and how much you paid for txes last year. My house showed how much I paid for it exactly and also exactly how much I paid in taxes. Once again this is all public town records for sourcing. http://www.trulia.com/property/1095634086-69-Killingworth-Tpke-69A-Clinton-CT-06413 Where are the ethics when it comes to dealing with the tax payers money? This should never have been paid for at $350K and just like the Richards property it was overpaid for.
Debbie Lundgren December 17, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Yes, I, too, hope the old homestead can be saved, even more so after hearing of its interesting history. I haven't had the privilege of seeing the inside of that house, but my neighbor has been in it, and she said that the original features have been beautifully maintained. I watched the YouTube exchange, and it sounds like the Morgan Building Committee would certainly be open to other options besides demolition, once they know there is interest in saving it.

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