Council notes: No to a lawyer, no lease for aquarium

Jolie Lubin, 13, of Girl Scout troop 50242 reads a proclamation Tuesday in the Norwalk Common Council chambers.

NORWALK, Conn. – Girl Scouts, two appointments and an executive session marked a Common Council meeting Tuesday.

Items of agreement in the short meeting included $3.2 million for paving, go-aheads related to the expected Perry Avenue bridge rehabilitation and another postponement for the Maritime Aquarium lease. Disagreements included the latest choice of counsel in a lawsuit.

The aquarium’s lease was originally on the council’s Jan. 28 agenda, but was tabled in response to the termination of a cleaning contract with an outside vendor that resulted in laid-off janitors. That issue has been resolved, but the lease was sent back to committee Tuesday.

“We sent it on to the Maritime Aquarium for them to give us back information or any comments,” Council President Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) said. “We have yet to receive those.”

Democrat Nabil Valencia, a founding member of A Better South Norwalk, was named to the Fair Rent Commission. Republican Joe Kendy, who ran as an At-Large Common Council candidate last fall, was named to the Oak Hills Park Authority.

Hempstead said OHPA members have specifically been asking for an attorney. They now have it in Kendy.

The meeting began with a Girl Scout color guard in a yearly tradition.

Half an hour later, council members went into executive session to discuss retaining Halloran and Sage LLP as representation in an appeal filed in the case of Barton et al vs. Norwalk. The eminent domain case involving 65 and 70 South Main St. dates back to 2002.

Councilman David Watts (D-District A) voted against retaining the company. Council members Travis Simms (D-District B), Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) and Phaedrel “Faye” Bowman (D-District B) abstained.

During the meeting, Mayor Harry Rilling was authorized to execute an agreement with the state to draw up plans and estimates for the Perry Avenue bridge. Funding for the project will be 80 percent federal and 20 percent city.

Council members unanimously approved a resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman Michelle Maggio (R-District C), declaring March as Women’s History Month.


One response to “Council notes: No to a lawyer, no lease for aquarium”

  1. Oldtimer

    If I read this correctly, there was one vote against, three abstained, and should we assume all the other votes in favor of retaining the law firm ? What service do they deliver at this time ? Decisions seems to have come down on the original case, and on the appeal. Why would the City need to continue paying this firm ?

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