No recording? Wetlands hearing for Cambridge Drive heads for a replay

This is how the massive hole on Cambridge and Independence drives appeared in September of 2020.

MONROE, CT — A marathon of meetings for the public hearing on an application to restore wetlands in the Pepper Street Industrial Park got even longer Thursday, when the Inland Wetlands Commission realized its special meeting, held online, was not being recorded after nearly two-and-a-half hours of testimony.

The special meeting on Arnold Karp’s proposal to restore wetlands on his industrial properties at 64 Cambridge Drive and 4 Independence Drive to prepare the land for development started at 7 p.m., but the recording did not start until just before 9:30 p.m.

“Most of the meeting was not an official meeting,” Attorney Barbara Schellenberg, who represents the town, told the commission.

The clock is ticking on the application, so the commission will have to schedule a replay of Thursday’s meeting so it can be officially recorded.

Chairman Keith Romano said he will try to move that meeting along quickly. Some portions of Thursday’s presentations were on topics not under the commission’s jurisdiction, so Romano expressed his hope that eliminating those topics can save some time.

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