Airport Deal

24Oct12

Decades long airport fight may be ending
Michael P. Mayko
Updated 12:05 a.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2012

“The decades-long battle between Bridgeport and Stratford over Sikorsky Memorial Airport is expected to end this week when both municipalities sign off on a mediated settlement that calls for the construction of a safety zone but bars any further expansion.”
Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Decades-long-airport-fight-may-be-ending-3972572.php#ixzz2ADLuWTjA

This news couldn’t be any better. With an 8-2 majority on the Town Council this should sail through a vote by the time they finish reading the agenda item. This is clearly a win for Stratford. It sounds like Stratford taxpayers are finally relieved of this threat to steal more land and lower property values. We must congratulate Harkins and his staff on a deal well done.

“In exchange, Bridgeport is expected to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million, “maybe more, maybe less,” according to a source familiar with the settlement discussion.”

Wait. WHAT? $20 MILLION!?!

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22 Responses to “Airport Deal”

  1. In exchange, Bridgeport is expected to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million, “maybe more, maybe less,” according to a source familiar with the settlement discussion.

    That is flat out the ineptitude of reporting we’ve come to expect, so making it a hot button issue without pursuing exactly where that figure comes from is irresponsible and puts you in like company. I can just as easily see the taxpayers of Bridgeport asking where’s our 20 million of relief coming from.

    Stratford taxpayers were never in jeopardy of having land stolen unless I’m missing something about rerouting a state highway that didn’t infringe on any meaningful taxpayer property any more or less than the new arrangement.

  2. 2 stfdprofessor1

    “Stratford also will drop two ongoing lawsuits on which it has spent more than $85,500 in legal fees.”

    I guess bishop, jackson, kelly, berchem, moses, devlin, buturla, florek, o’neill, durant, nichols, cotter, dunn, etc. will have to create more controversy somewhere else to make up for this small loss in net income.

    Don’t believe me, check the donor list for the stratford politicians election campaigns. Not only do these ambulance chasers donate the maximum amounts, so do their partners and all of their spouses and families. Wake up Stratford we’re being fleeced.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    David,

    “exactly where that figure comes from is irresponsible and puts you in like company.”

    Moi?

    Umm…are you saying I’m not earning my paycheck? Maybe you should complain to my supervisor. Oh wait! I don’t get a paycheck and I don’t have a supervisor. It’s not like the public had any access to the details of this deal when it was announced. That’s why I asked about the meager $20 million.

    “I’m missing something about rerouting a state highway”

    You mean Bridgeport’s efforts for the last 30 years or so to get a runway to the magical (for the FAA & insurance companies) 5,000 ft plus adding a mile or so (with lot’s of turns) to access anything in Lordship*. And then, once the FAA and insurance companies were happy, bigger and more frequent planes. We don’t really need to discuss the effect on the most heavily taxed properties in Stratford do we?

    * It already takes about 10+ minutes for SPD and EMS to get to Lordship. Luckily, Engine 3 has a small home there already. How long can you clutch your chest or go without breathing?

  4. 4 jezebel282

    Update:

    “Stratford Town Council agrees to Sikorsky Airport deal with Bridgeport
    Michael P. Mayko
    Published 12:25 a.m., Thursday, October 25, 2012

    STRATFORD — The long-delayed plan to create a safety zone at Sikorsky Memorial Airport has finally been cleared for takeoff.
    The Town Council on Wednesday night unanimously approved a deal mediated by federal transportation officials that will:
    Allow the safety zone to be built at the northeastern end of Runway 6-24;
    Reroute and increase the elevation of a flood-prone portion of Main Street;
    Bar future expansion at the Bridgeport-owned airport.”

    Wow! I knew it wouldn’t take long, but 36 hours after it was in the paper?

    But just for clarity’s sake:

    “Instead, Bridgeport will be paid $483,600 through an Urban Action Grant from the state Office of Policy and Management. Once Bridgeport receives that money, it must use it toward the airport renovation project, expected to cost at least $20 million. The Federal Aviation Administration will pay 90 percent of the project’s cost with the state and Bridgeport each paying 5 percent.
    Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Stratford-Town-Council-agrees-to-Sikorsky-Airport-3979582.php#ixzz2AJAbPYXb

  5. 5 jezebel282

    Professor,

    “…to make up for this small loss in net income… Wake up Stratford we’re being fleeced.”

    Relax. There will be plenty of money left over for the attorneys. There will be construction contracts to “review”, scope of work proposals to “approve”, liability issues to “resolve” and if they get lucky, some eminent domain proceedings to “supervise”. I doubt that our usual gaggle of attorneys will need to apply for food stamps.

  6. Article:
    “In exchange, Bridgeport is expected to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million, “maybe more, maybe less,” according to a source familiar with the settlement discussion.”

    You:
    Wait. WHAT? $20 MILLION!?!

    Me:
    That is flat out the ineptitude of reporting we’ve come to expect, so making it a hot button issue without pursuing exactly where that figure comes from is irresponsible and puts you in like company.

    You:
    It’s not like the public had any access to the details of this deal when it was announced. That’s why I asked about the meager $20 million.

    Next Article a day later:
    “Instead, Bridgeport will be paid $483,600 through an Urban Action Grant from the state Office of Policy and Management. Once Bridgeport receives that money, it must use it toward the airport renovation project, expected to cost at least $20 million. The Federal Aviation Administration will pay 90 percent of the project’s cost with the state and Bridgeport each paying 5 percent.

    Me:
    Reference my first post.

    You can do it right once or do it wrong several times until you get it right. It’s funny how in an information now society we’ve settled for the latter.

  7. 7 jezebel282

    Errr…I notice that you didn’t contribute an accurate description of the source of the funds either. Just sayin’….

    Let’s also remember that this website is not a primary source of news. It was never intended to be. Occasionally we post data or analysis that is absolutely accurate and is available to anyone that bothers to look for it. We also try to post links or copies so readers can look for themselves. What is important, on this site, is how the news affects Stratford residents & businesses. That can only be determined when readers post their comments.

    “We must congratulate Harkins and his staff on a deal well done.”

    Did you miss this part?

  8. 8 Rockannand

    Two threads in a row. Did you ban him Jez?

  9. 9 jezebel282

    “Did you ban him Jez?”

    Despite requesting, cajoling, begging, warning and threatening we were forced to take the last step and ban George.

    Ultimately, it was George’s inability to post relevant and coherent content that forced this step.

  10. 11 jezebel282

    Mike,

    So let me get this straight…this guy brings in all this heavy equipment (which almost every Lordship resident saw on their way out of Lordship) but not a single Town official noticed? Nobody in Town Hall or Public Works wondered?

    And really, $400,000 doesn’t seem like a lot to pay for all that Stratford land Bridgeport took. After all, the FAA & State are paying for everything and it’s not like Stratford will get a dime. It shows how desperately Bridgeport wants that land.

    Now my question is after this guy’s “driveway” gets moved, are we taxpayers on the hook for plowing it in the winter?

  11. 12 mikereynolds

    Jez I don’t know. I can’t believe this didn’t come out sooner.

  12. 13 jezebel282

    Update:

    Bridgeport suspends manager of Sikorsky Airport

    Published: June 6, 2013 5:55 AM
    By The Associated Press

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – (AP) — Bridgeport’s mayor has suspended the manager of Sikorsky Airport while the city investigates why taxpayers paid for a driveway leading to a mansion of an airport neighbor.
    The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/11tAGUq ) the city not only paid $400,000 for the driveway, but hired the mansion’s owner, developer Manuel Moutinho, to build it.
    Airport Manager John Ricci acknowledged to the newspaper Wednesday that he had private business dealings with Moutinho, but says the city was aware of that relationship. City records show the two were involved in property transactions.
    Mayor Bill Finch suspended Ricci Wednesday, saying the city was investigating a possible conflict of interest.
    The city’s attorney had previously defended the driveway deal as necessary for the creation of a safety zone around the airport.
    http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/bridgeport-suspends-manager-of-sikorsky-airport-1.5419884

    And yet people wonder why Stratford residents have never trusted Bridgeport’s promise to not expand the runway.

  13. 14 mikereynolds

    What a disgrace. There is no hope for Bridgeport. None. Bridgeport is a cancer and now its spreading into Stratford. They screwed Trumbull in the land swap for the magnet school. They’ve being screwing Stratford for years over the airport. I hope Fairfield doesn’t do any business with Bridgeport or they’ll be screwed over too.

  14. 15 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “What a disgrace.”

    This is more than a disgrace. How many teachers can you hire for $400,000? And for how many years?

    During the blizzard, Bridgeport couldn’t plow the only roads to either emergency room leaving residents of Bridgeport, Stratford & Fairfield on their own. Not to mention those patients already in ambulances. But $400,000 for a driveway to a single home? “Disgrace” doesn’t even come close.

  15. 16 ronmoreau

    Jez,
    This “driveway” location is where main st. was to be relocated, in one of the original plans that was rejected by Stratford and is built across wet lands designated in the Environmental Impact Statement(aug 2010) It appears to be a sneaky way for Bridgeport to get their way to do just that.

  16. 17 ronmoreau

    I guess the question now is. What plan to relocate Main St., (their where several in the E.I.A 2010) was agreed upon by town officials?

  17. 18 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “was agreed upon by town officials?”

    I’m sure that our mayor, as committed to transparency as he says, has posted the agreement and map on the Town’s website. Aren’t you?

    I just can’t seem to find it……

  18. 19 ronmoreau

    Another question enters my mind. It was reported that Stratfords Zoning board approved the plan. Because of the wetlands involved was Stratfords Inland Wetlands commission also involved in the approvals?

  19. 20 jezebel282

    Mike,

    Inland Wetlands? HAHAHAHA!
    According to the Town, there are only two active members and two alternates.
    http://www.townofstratford.com/content/39832/40029/42705.aspx

    Did anyone bother to tell them that Harkins signed the deal with Bridgeport?

    Did you find the agreement and map yet?

  20. 21 mikereynolds

    Um, excuse me, don’t you mean Ron?

  21. 22 jezebel282

    Oops.

    Sorry, got carried away. Maybe you can ask one of your RTC friends if they have the Agreement & map?


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