Inland-Wetlands denies firehouse fire pits

One of two barbecue pits behind the Woodbridge firehouse.

One of two barbecue pits behind the Woodbridge firehouse.

The Woodbridge Inland-Wetlands Commission on Wednesday voted to deny the Fire Association’s after-the-fact application for a fire-pit patio and dumpster pad behind the firehouse. The vote was 4-1.

At issue was the question whether the activity, for which the Fire Association had not sought a permit, impacted the wetlands between the firehouse and the adjacent Fitzgerald Property, where townspeople like to use the walking trails.

“Obviously we’re disappointed,” said Fire Chief Sean Rowland after a lengthy-drawn-out meeting which didn’t conclude until after 10:30 p.m. “We’re going to appeal.”

“It will still be there on Halloween,” commented Dominic Thomas, the Fire Association’s lawyer. He was making reference to the Fire Department’s Halloween bash which saved the day last November after a freak snow-storm had caused wide-spread power outages and left many parts of town unsuitable for trick-or-treating.

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  • who paid for this firepit and patio?

    • Bettina Thiel

      The chief said it was all volunteer work and donated materials. The town did not pay for the firepits. However, the town did pay for the experts it had to hire to deal with the application.

  • I love the new look of the Amity Observer website. It’s superior to the big bucks Patch site that is just a mess now.
    I believe Mario won a NENPA for his web design this year Very Well Deserved if this is what that site looked like.
    After more than a decade at the Observer it still has a place in my heart and I am happy to see it continuing even if only online.

    • Bettina Thiel

      Thanks, Terri. Still have to discover all its widgets and markers.

  • town citizen

    Bravo Woodbridge inland-wetlands commission for doing the right thing.

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