JCC plansto study pool noise mitigation
WOODBRIDGE >> The Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven has upped its game in an effort to get Town Plan and Zoning Commission approval for a family pool club at a camp pool it operates.
The JCC is hiring a land-use attorney and an Enfield engineering firm that specializes in sound mitigation.
But about a dozen neighbors, who are loyal to defeating the expanded use of the pool, weren’t happy to learn Monday night that a continuation of the public hearing would be again be continued to June 6.
Resident Sheila Wartel, a leader in the fight against the pool club, told Chairman Jeffrey Kaufman she’d been there three times, “and I have to come a fourth? What if I can’t make it?”
Kaufman said there was no new information for residents to comment on.
The JCC has hired attorney Thomas lynch of Milford, who said the engineering firm will consider landscaping, berms and panels for sound mitigation.
The neighbors’ attorney, Timothy Lee, also practicing in the land-use field, asked that the JCC provide him with copies of the plan two weeks in advance of the hearing so their own experts can review it.
Neighbors have complained throughout the application process that noise from the weekday camp already is unbearable, compromises their quality of life and is decreasing their property values. They also say the JCC has broken many promises through the years as well as agreements made with the TPZC to mitigate the noise.
JCC officials originally came to the board in March with a vague request they firmed up last month. They want to:
• Open the pool on weekends to families who would pay a membership fee that would more affordable than a country club.
• Extend weekday hours to 7 p.m.; open on weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and operate the weekend pool club from June 15 to Labor Day.
• JCC officials have said they would put a 200-person maximum for the 60-by-77 pool.
Residents Monday were angry they weren’t told sooner of the request for a continuance. They asked Kaufman how long he knew, and when he said April 27, neighbors expressed dissatisfaction that they weren’t notified.
Neighbors gathered outside later to talk about the JCC issue.
Jay Charkow was among those upset they couldn’t speak.
“I think it was a shame - it was non-democratic,” he said. “The people here came to an open town meeting.”
Resident Hedy Kober said the TPZC seems to be going out of its way to help the JCC, and questioned the motive. She added, “They’re supposed to keep us happy.”
Yang Wu agreed, saying, “I think they’re ignoring who voted for them.”
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