New Fairfield to vote on New York couple’s request to buy littered city-owned properties

The land consists of two small parcels, totaling less than 0.7 acres, located at 32 Calverton Drive and 39 Fulton Drive, which adjoin the Brewster property of prospective buyers Brandon Turco and Christy Gotto.

“We would just like to clean it up and use it – plant flowers and gardens,” Turco said at a public hearing Wednesday night on the proposed land transfer.

Turco said a neighbor, who died, used it as a staging area for his construction site and the land had accumulated debris over the years.

“Since he died it’s gotten a bit worse – people are dumping construction debris and there are remnants of when (he) was there,” he said.

Turco told CT Insider there was a lot of split wood on the property, as well as part of a deck, concrete bags and pipe material.

“The land borders our property, we drive past it every day and we just don’t want to see more people throwing stuff,” he said.

According to First Selectman Pat Del Monaco, New Fairfield acquired 32 Calverton Drive and 39 Fulton Drive years ago after the properties were put up for tax sale.

“There were no buyers, so the city took possession of it,” she said.

Noting the residential location of the plots, Del Monaco said the city “will generally accept the sale” of these properties when an adjoining owner expresses interest.

According to online land records, the parcels have a combined estimated value of $22,700 — 32 Calverton Drive is valued at $12,000, while 39 Fulton Drive is valued at $10,700.

Del Monaco said last month that the city was looking to sell the land to Turco and Gotto for $4,000.

There were no comments from residents on the proposed land sale during Wednesday’s public hearing, but city officials expressed support.

“It seems like a great asset for the city to clean this up and take advantage of it,” Del Monaco said.

Coach Lori-Ann Beninson agreed and thanked Turco and Gotto for “taking the initiative” to buy the properties and clean them up.

“It will be a beautiful area to look at now,” she said.

The Board of Selectmen called a town meeting on September 8 to vote on the proposed land transfers at a special meeting on Wednesday.

After that – and with an 8-24 referral from the Planning Commission, ensuring consistency with the city’s conservation and development plan – Del Monaco said there would be a closure of properties.

The September 8 town meeting will be held at the New Fairfield Senior Center, beginning at 7 p.m.

An amendment to the city’s animal control ordinance will also come up for a vote that evening. The proposed change would remove the word “regional” from the ordinance, as the city decided to hire its own animal control officer and exit its longstanding regional agreement two years ago.

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