Penfield Building Committee seeks public input

First Selectman Mike Tetreau invites public attendance and feedback at the Penfield Building Committee meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the second-floor conference room at the Board of Education Center, 501 Kings Highway East.

Penfield Building Committee Chairman Jim Bradley and First Selectman Mike Tetreau. (Contributed photo.)

Penfield Building Committee Chairman Jim Bradley and First Selectman Mike Tetreau. (Contributed photo.)

The committee is in charge of recommending and overseeing repairs to Penfield Pavilion, heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

Architectural drawings will be presented at the meeting describing the repair option recommended by the committee. This option reduces the footprint of the pavilion and repairs and raises the remaining structure on new, timber-pile supported foundations, in compliance with recently revised FEMA Flood Zone requirements.

First Selectman Tetreau said, “The committee is looking forward to public attendance and comment at this upcoming meeting. I want to thank the committee for their diligent work in helping to get this important project completed properly.”

“Feedback from the citizens of Fairfield has been important to our committee throughout our investigation and deliberations — people haven’t been shy about voicing their opinions when it comes to Penfield,” said committee chairman Jim Bradley.

The committee has met twice a month since late December last year to review damage reports, engineering studies, and historical documentation related to the original project.

The committee has also interviewed engineering and coastal design experts, as well as town officials, and has considered a variety of repair options, eventually narrowing down a field of 11 to 3 and then to one.

During this month and next, the committee is slated to appear before the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and RTM to present final recommendations and seek funding for the repair and reconstruction project.

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