On June 6th of this year Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law House Bill 5484.
Now that in itself appears to be a fairly routine measure and there was no media coverage and no fanfare. But, for residents of Cheshire this has a tremendous impact and has been a long time coming. HB 5484 is an act concerning the claim against the State of the Town of Cheshire.
In essence this bill allows Cheshire to appear before the Claims Commissioner to plead its case for back-billing the Cheshire Correctional Institute for many years of underpaying for use of the wastewater treatment plant.
State Representative Mary Fritz has led the charge on seeing this bill get passed and she has worked diligently for three years to get us to this point. The numbers we are talking about here are not insignificant in fact they may approach $2 Million.
The Town of Cheshire has known for a long time that the Department of Corrections was underpaying for their sewage use. The problem was we couldn’t get anyone to listen.
Enter Mary Fritz.
She understood what this meant to our residents and pursued this relentlessly. When they would close one door on her she found another way in and continued to fight until the Governor’s signature was on paper on June 6th.
This is by no means a done deal and we have a long way still to go. I will tell you though, we have our foot in the door and with State Representative Mary Fritz on our side, I like our chances.