Saying pipes will need to run to South Avenue from a planned power station behind New Canaan High School, the town’s highest elected official said he is in favor of laying that route by creating a new road through a wooded portion of Waveny Park.
Such a road also would help ease traffic at the school—a hurdle in creating a workable busing system as part the district’s efforts to start high school later, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during a press briefing last week.
“We have to bring the pipes from the power plant behind the high school that we are going to build over to Saxe and the YMCA,” Moynihan said during the briefing held Thursday in his Town Hall. “It would be logical to bring it through that area and it is not wetlands. It can be done. If you are going to put pipes underground, you might as well put a road through there, if you choose to.”
Moynihan has promoted creating a fuel cell micro-grid as a way to obtain savings for New Canaan on electricity.
Referring to a proposal from several years ago that was scuttled after facing criticism from those opposed to development in the park, he added, “Remember when they proposed the Board of Ed building be built there, in the rear? There is space that is not wetlands. I looked at it as a possibility for an athletic field if we are going to use the Saxe field for other purposes. So there are various things that could be done to help that traffic flow.”
The idea of creating the new road through Waveny’s “panhandle” had not been made public before or discussed with district officials, Moynihan said.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi during a Board of Education meeting last week said officials are discussing whether traffic congestion at NCHS may be eased by creating a new road connecting the rear parking lot (past the tennis courts) with a newly paved Waveny lot (near the longtime Summer Theatre of New Canaan site).