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Before the Town Council moved to executive session on Monday night, Gary Pike, a longtime town resident, addressed the seven councilors.
Pike, 59, who said he has spoken before the council several times in the last year, stressed that he was in favor of continuing the town's lawsuit against the state and the proposed residential sex offender facility planned for the grounds at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center.
He told the council that he would like to learn the "cost of doing nothing," meaning he would like to see information on how property values will be affected by the facility.
After he addressed the council, Pike said in an interview that the town's recent economic growth will be halted if the sex offender facility moves forward as planned.
"That's going to kill the momentum the town has going," Pike said.
The Town Council did announce at its Monday special meeting that it will have a meeting with state officials next Tuesday (March 29). Officials from the governor's office, the Department of Corrections and the Attorney General's office are expected to attend, Mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz said.
Jaskiewicz said the fight against the facility has been a collaborative effort from many of the Town Councilors and legislators representing the town. Next week's meeting is also something he's been pursuing for some time.
"Truthfully, during the (governor's) campaign, two or three times I approached the governor. I said I would really like to sit down and talk," Jaskiewicz said of Gov. Dannel Malloy. "I talked to the Lt. Gov. (Nancy Wyman). ... At least they'll hear our side and maybe the financial part of it."