Montville- For more than a year, Town Council Chairwoman Donna Jacobson had lobbied unsuccessfully for a meeting with the governor about the state's decision to build a 24-bed sex offender facility on the grounds of the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center.
Jacobson has said she simply wants the opportunity to argue the town's case.
Now she will have her chance.
The Town Council voted 5-1 in a special meeting Monday night to table any discussion on ending the town's lawsuit against the state over the issue because the council now has a March 29 meeting with state officials in Hartford.
The meeting will include officials from the Department of Corrections and Gov. Dannel Malloy's office, Mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz, town councilors and other legislators representing the town.
Jacobson said Monday she's holding out hope that the governor will attend to hear the town's concerns.
"The fact that we have the opportunity to have a conversation is more than we were granted by the former governor," Jacobson said.
Councilor Candy Buebendorf - who wants to end the lawsuit - voted against tabling the discussion. Councilor Gary Murphy abstained, citing his employment with the Department of Corrections.
The council discussed ending its lawsuit largely because of mounting legal costs which have reached $85,000 through January. That cost covered an initial lawsuit against the state and a subsequent appeal after a judge ruled in January against the town.
Several councilors voiced concerns about the legal fees in recent weeks. But Councilor Russ Beetham said Monday that the town will not incur any other legal costs for the next month, leaving time for the meeting at in Hartford.
It's the council's hope that the state will hear its concerns.
"Our best expectation is to hear the governor say he's cutting the funding on this," Jacobson said.