Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-1196

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN PARCELS OF STATE LAND.

Vote Date:

4/1/2011

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/21/2011

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Government Administration and Elections Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The reason for this bill is to convey certain parcels of state land.

The substitute language, LCO 5162, deletes sections 3, 4, 5, 7 and 15. It also changes sections 2, 8 and 10 to conform to the Department of Transportations suggestions.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

James P. Redeker, Acting Commissioner, Department of Transportation: Opposes section 6 of this bill because all transactions should be for fair market value, and this conveyance is for administrative costs. Conveyance to the Town for economic development in unnecessary and prohibits the state from generating revenue. The department also opposes section 11. The exchange outlined in this section is not an equivalent exchange. Accepting the transfer as written burdens the state with costs for a new commuter lot and a loss of commuter services until a new commuter lot is constructed. The department is opposed to section 13 because this section should be retained for future widening of Rt. 25. It is not prudent of the state to release property that will have to be purchased for future projects.

State Representative Tim Ackert: Supports section 9 of this bill because the proceeds of this salw will assist with maintenance at two other properties, and will help preserve the Strong Porter House.

State Senator Eileen Daily: Supports section 14 of this bill because it is in the best interest of the state.

State Representative Philip Miller: Opposes section 14 of this bill because this land was donated, and that this section would send the message that land can be donated, and then the state or other receiving entity may, at some point, exchange this land for profit.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Steven R. Werbner, Town Manager, Town of Tolland: Supports this bill because the Town has limited opportunities for mixed developments and is excited about the potential this concept plan brings to the community for creating much needed housing, services and job potential.

W. Lee Osborne: Supports section 14 of this bill because this can only be seen as a positive action likely to create community investment; and expansion of the local tax base; an expansion, with private money, of our tourism industry; an improved access to existing woodland park areas.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

The following people testified in opposition to section 14 of the bill:

Todd and Charlotte Gelston, Branford Land Trust, Matthew Rutty, Mark B. Walter, Jonathon Katz, Jane Boston, Gene Bartholomew, Erin Moriarty, Ellen Lukens, Daria Thompson, Carol and Robert Waz, Barrett S. Robbins-Pianka, Sean Zier, Myra Aronow, Joseph T. Rossi, Jr., John and Patricia Schlag, Elsa Janu, Clark Gardner, Bob Aborn, Diana Link, Tanja B. Moriarty, Sharon Botelle, Paul DeStefano, Nanci Planeta, Michael and Debora Wilmes, Jim Bucko, Sandra Hansen, Melvin Woody, Karrie-Ann Morris, Tervor Furrer, Patricia Natusch, Melissa Schlag Proulx, Mark Poole, J.H. Torrance Downs, Gail Kalison Reynolds, Douglas Schwartz, Arthur Abbott, Jeff Pugliese, Thomas E. Marsh, Margaret Miner, George Schaedler, Audrey and Fred Riedinger, Margaret Wilson, Nina Pae, David Carini, Carol Thompson, Ed Wasicki, Hector Prud”home, Mark Stephens, Nancy Fischbach, Roberta Wilmot, Judson A. Howes, Cheryl Baxley, Rev. Charles C. Harmon, Michael Fago, Heather Zavod

Reported by: Kate Shea

Date: April 18, 2011