Protecting the town’s aquifers — Ridgefielders’ future drinking water — is a job town officials all want done and done well. There’s been some debate about what town agency should do the work.
“That’s all we want to know: Who’s going to protect the aquifers best?” Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark said. “And, hopefully they’ll be working together to keep our aquifers clean and safe.”
The selectmen decided at their May 8 meeting that the duties of the Aquifer Protection Agency should stay with the Planning and Zoning Commission, and not be transferred to the new separate Inland Wetlands Board that will be created next fall.
But the selectmen are still having the town ordinance that addresses the issue rewritten, giving the new separate wetlands board an advisory role of making "non-binding recommendations" on matters that come before the P&Z commission acting as the Aquifer Protection Agency. The rewritten ordinance —which town attorneys will work on — is scheduled to come before an Aug. 21 public hearing for discussion and a Sept. 4 town meeting for a voters .