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Panel To Discuss Court Ruling

The Inland Wetlands Commission will meet behind closed doors Thursday evening to discuss last week's ruling by Superior Court Judge Richard Arnold that invalidated First Selectman Ken Flatto's appointment of the wetlands compliance officer for the Metro Center construction project.

The Concerned Citizens group, the plaintiff in the case, has asked theInland Wetlands Commission to support reinstatement of the town'sconservation director, Thomas J. Steinke, to oversee the project.

"Work is about to begin that involves the remediation of hundreds ofthousands of cubic yards of contaminated materials. It is imperativethat the interests of the Town be protected by its own professionalstaff as required by the Charter," the seven-member group said in aletter to the Commission. The Metro Center project includes a third railroad station for the town, as well as hotel and retail space.

The commission will decide whether or not to support an appeal that is expected be filed by the defendant in the suit, according town attorney Richard Saxl. Flatto has suggested an appeal will be made.

The Concerned Citizens group – RTM members Alexis Harrison and EdwardBateson, Lee Schaffer, Pamela Ritter, Joy Shaw, Jane Talamini andJeanne Konecny – said that if the Commission supportsan appeal it would be the "indefensible fault of the Commissionmembers who would be remembered as having chosen to do Flatto'sbidding rather than obey the clear mandate of the law."

To read the full letter by the Concerned Citizens, click here . TheCommission meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. atSullivan Independence Hall.

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