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Bethel, Danbury come to agreement on water storage tank

After six years of a stalemate between Bethel and Danbury, an agreement could be near for a water tank being placed near Long Ridge Road.  Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says they need to build a water storage tank on town-owned land within Danbury city limits at Eureka Lake.  He says it's needed to handle what the state health department says is a water shortage in the downtown district. 

 

The City's Planning Commission has time and again denied the request saying the area is designated as scenic. 

 

No new industrial development can take place in Clarke Park because of the storage issue.  It's a fragile system, sensitive to any kind of disruption.  Knickerbocker says any kind of pressure change causes rust to dislodge. 

 

Bethel filed a lawsuit, but agreed to drop it if Danbury approves new plans to build the 750,000 gallon tank further into the woods.  An out-of-court- settlement offer put together by Bethel officials was tentatively agreed to by the Danbury Planning Commission Thursday night.

 

Knickerbocker says that option is more costly than the original design, but less costly than going to an alternative site.  That would have involved underground mains being moved and elevated tanks being constructed that could be seen for many miles.

 

A public hearing would have to be held in Danbury for final approval.

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