RTM needs to end the impasse and put the boat club lease to a vote

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

As a selectman, all matters affecting my neighbors and the town residents are of the highest concern to me.

The lease policy debate between the RTM and the Board of Selectmen has brought great distress for members of the Mianus River Boat Club. After a unanimous vote by the selectmen to extend a lease to the club, the RTM suspended action on their lease. These citizens, who provide a wonderful boating opportunity for town residents and have been exemplary tenants, are being unnecessarily punished.

At the March RTM meeting, I attempted a solution to the impasse, which would have addressed the RTM’s main concern with town policy and released the Mianus River Boat Club members from being trapped bystanders. Obviously, my attempt failed.

Hopefully, this is because I wasn’t able to present my complete plan to the RTM. The first part was to disentangle the lease by “discharging the committee” which would have brought the lease back to the floor for action. My observation was that the joint special committee, after months and several meetings, had yet to address the lease, which had been referred to it indirectly in January. The JSC instead focused its energies on creating a general town lease policy. This was unfair to the boat club and the public.

The second part, which was not really heard, was the formation of an RTM Special Committee to study, deliberate and present a major town policy and guide on all town leases, so the RTM can judge each future lease it is responsible for approving. This would allow the RTM more time and breadth of representation to create a foundation policy, not simply a legislative “quickie.”

The JSC solution only “kicks the can down the road” for another RTM and another town lease to resolve.

As a former member of the RTM, I have a deep respect for the body. I would have been proud to help them to achieve the best they can for our residents.

I hope that we can soon put this to a vote; this is what the RTM was elected to do.


Drew Marzullo
Cos Cob


The author is a member of the Board of Selectmen.

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