SHERMAN — Residents will decide during the town’s first virtual Annual Town Meeting on Saturday if it’s OK for a developer to run a conduit of wires through an old town road.

A luxury house is being built at 22 Cedar Lane and Paul Russo of Lakeview Property Inc. is seeking a utility easement to run electrical conduit between the property and a nearby parcel of lakeside land.

First Selectman Don Lowe said there’s a strip of town property — “an old road that hasn’t been used for years” — running between the lots, which Russo would like to run the conduit through.

“He'd like utilities (power) for down by the lake for a dock and a landing, etc. — but he needs town permission to run the conduit of wires through that old road,” Lowe said.

Lowe said it’s a “reasonable request” that would have no impact on the town property, but the decision lies in the hands of Sherman voters.

“This can’t be granted without a majority vote count from those in attendance,” he said.

Due to COVID-19, the Annual Town Meeting will be held via Zoom, beginning at 10 a.m.

Invites for the meeting will be sent out through the town’s NIXLE messaging system. To sign up for alerts, text 06784 to 888-777 or visit