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The Town of Cheshire is suing the Connecticut State Department of Correction for breach of contract and failing to provide funding for the planned upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The lawsuit, which was filed on June 28, claims that, since 2005 the Cheshire Correctional Institution has gone over its contractual limitation of 350,000 gallons per day of effluent. The Town states that the prison now occupies up to 25 percent of the plant’s overall capacity on a given month, even though the contract was written and allows for only 10 percent of the space.
In addition to seeking monetary damages for this breach of contract, the Town is also attempting to force the DOC’s hand in regards to the planned upgrades to the treatment plant. Many, if not all, prison towns have specific language in an agreement between the municipality and state DOC that spells out responsibilities in regards to plant upgrades. However, that language is absent in the Cheshire agreement, which was signed in 1990. With at least $30 million worth of upgrades in the works, the Town believes the state DOC should be responsible for paying up to 25 percent of those costs. Negotiations with the state have staled and, thus, a lawsuit was deemed necessary.
Read more about this story, including quotes from local officials, in the July 5 edition of The Cheshire Herald.