Updated February 13, 2020 9:27 PM to reflect comments from Priscilla Lewis.
By Robert D. Utter
NORTH STONINGTON - After six years as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC), Priscilla Lewis changed seats to become a full voting member at the commission’s last meeting.
On Thursday, Feb. 6., at it’s regular meeting, the board also accepted Jennifer Pensa as an alternate to the commission.
Lewis, who is called Pat, has previously served on the Conservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, she said, and she’s proud to be on the PZC.
“I like to do it because I know so much about the town,” she said. “I know every road.”
She is a member of the Republican Party.
Pensa is a member of the North Stonington Democratic Town Committee and the Director of Operations and Technology at Chelsea Groton Bank. She is responsible for overseeing many departments, including Business Intelligence, Deposit Operations, Direct Banking/E-Commerce, Facilities, Purchasing, Security and Technology Services.
Also at the meeting, the board worked to clean up zoning regulations at the meeting. In addition, Zoning Enforcement Officer Juliet Hodge reported back on her investigation of the historic abandoned section of Fowler Road, pursuant to conditions that had been placed on the special permit granted to Michael and Wanda Breidinger, 125 Fowler Road, for their approved event barn.
It turns out that the section of Fowler Road that functions as their driveway is not a recognized Scenic Road, scenic as it may be. Therefore, the PZC can create no obligations for them to maintain it as a Scenic Road.
Hodge also discovered in her research that the Board of Selectmen voted in 1988 to have some of the town’s historic-but-forgotten town roads, such as the wooded memory that once connected Grindstone Hill and Wyassup roads, officially abandoned. That would have turned the property over to owner’s whose land the roads cross over and gotten rid of many miles to town road frontage.
However, the Selectmen never followed through, never brought the road abandonment to Town Meeting, she said. Thus, the status of the driveway and wooded section of the old Fowler Road is in limbo - abandoned but not approved, the other shoe held in midair by hands who can’t drop it.
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