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Group to Tackle Flooding, Taxes

The Old Greenwich Association will tackle a number of thorny issues at its annual meeting, discussing the problems of flooding and the recent controversial home revaluations. "We want to open some doors into some main issues going on in town," said David Rafferty, who has been president of the Old Greenwich Association for nearly four years. "When there are big problems, people want to get involved and it's important to do that with one voice."

The Old Greenwich Association, established 40 years ago, has a volunteer board that monitors quality-of-life issues in Old Greenwich. "It's our job to maintain a good relationship with Town Hall to ensure big issues are brought to their attention," said Rafferty. The purpose of this year's annual meeting is to discuss how residents can deal with flooding and to explain how homes were revaluated.

The problem of flooding in Old Greenwich was driven home by recent storms that saturated streets and submerged parts of Binney Park. "Flooding is a challenge because huge chunks of land sit at sea level," said Rafferty, who said pipes may need to be replaced throughout the area soon to improve drainage. "I'd love to say that we have an answer but there are too many moving parts."

For many homeowners, the biggest issue is the revaluation of their properties. "We think it's important to explain to people who don't necessarily know what they're looking at when they get their revaluation," said Rafferty.

Featured speakers will include Town Conservation Director Denise Savageau and Coordinator for the State National Flood Insurance Program Diane Ikovic, who will discuss ways to deal with flooding. Town Tax Assessor Ted Gwartney will explain the property revaluation. Chris Franco, president of the Greenwich Point Conservancy, will update the restoration to the Queen Anne Building.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church at 108 Sound Beach Ave.

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