SOUTHBURY — The Board of Selectmen assembled for its bimonthly meeting on Thursday, February 6, spending less than 30 minutes in discussion of issues on the regular agenda that required instant and routine attention, before embarking on two matters in Executive Session.

The first executive session focused on Internet Technology Security and the second on the fuel pumps at the Public Works Department.

Given that neither issue was concluded, both were carried forward.

Earlier in the week, First Selectman Jeff Manville announced the formation of an ad hoc task force to review the proposed acquisition of the Edgewood Bath and Tennis Club and make a recommendation.

The town signed an option to purchase agreement on January 23 and paid a $3,000 non-refundable fee for the right to purchase 10.51 acres of land, all facilities and equipment of the club on North Benson Road in Middlebury for $2 million.

The purchase option expires on July 31. 

The Board of Selectmen voted on Thursday, January 23, to authorize Mr. Manville to sign the option to purchase agreement. Final approval to acquire the property would be subject to a Town Meeting or referendum.

The ad hoc task force is the next step in the process.

“I am forming an ad hoc task force,” Mr. Manville said, “to bring a recommendation forward as to whether or not to exercise the option. The primary objective will be to determine if this is an appropriate alternative to replacing the current pool. As the option runs out on July 31, 2020, this review process will have to move quickly.”

Task force members include Selectman George Bertram, who has an engineering background and has been involved with the Edgewood exploration since its inception; Tom Connor, vice-chair of the Board of Finance; Tom Marks, a member of the Strategic Plan Commission tasked with exploration of community center options for the town; Charlie Rosa, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission; and Dan Colton, the town’s finance director.

The group will explore whether the purchase is an appropriate option to replace the current town pool and if the financial impact justifies the purchase.

Group members will be able to recommend any engineering studies and inspections as may be proper to determine the condition of the Edgewood facility and suggest additional actions as necessary to achieve thorough due diligence.

Mr. Manville noted that the Board of Finance was to make a presentation on the financial impact analysis at its Monday, February 10, meeting and noted a general informational meeting would take place as soon as possible thereafter.

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