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City Clearing Way for Pumpkin Delight Path

Plans are in the works to cut back the brush behind Pumpkin Delight, but who will ultimately be responsible for the land?


This week, Milford Public Works is planning to cut back the brush which has overgrown the sidewalk leading from to .

Republican Town Committee Chairperson and Milford Citizen Lisa Bull DiLullo brought the issue to the Milford Patch's attention in an email, noting the "overgrown and nearly impassable" sidewalk behind Pumpkin Delight School, adjacent to the fence.

A Closer Look

Milford Patch went down to Pumpkin Delight to check out the path. Photos are posted in this article, as well as a video of an attempt to walk from the beginning of the path to its conclusion at the outskirts of Silver Sands State Park.

Who's Responsible?

Lisa Bull DiLullo contacted Mayor Blake regarding the overgrowth. There was some question as to whether the City or the Board of Education was responsible for the upkeep. DiLullo wrote:

If the BoE has abandoned the sidewalk, kindly bust it up and place no trespassing signs there. But for as long as it remains a sidewalk in a public area, I respectfully insist that SOMEONE maintain it. 

$75,000 Grant

Board of Education Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli was able to shed some light on how this situation came to be.

Richetelli explained that the fence at the edge of Pumpkin Delight's property was erected a half decade ago using a $75,000 grant from then Speaker of the House, Jim Amann.

"Technically, the path is still part of school property," Richetelli said. "But we do not have the equipment to maintain it."

City, State or Board of Ed?

"Public Works is going to cut that brush back," Richetelli said, adding, "at some point, we may want to have the State or City take it over."

As for the future of the path, Richetelli noted, "We have no interest in the path further, but the City may and the State may."

Who should take responsiblity for this path? Vote in our poll!

Robert Jochim September 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM
The exact same situation exists beside my house for the accessway out to Cat's Island off of Nells Road - the City put up a fence 10 years ago, then abandoned it. Richitelli's (at the time) office repeatedly ignored pleas to rectify it. Instead of the BoE / City, this situation is Wastewater / City. Bottom line - don't hold your breathe for either the BoE or City to do squat about it. If you want it done, you're going to have to do it yourself.
Concerned Parent September 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Not trying to be a buzzkill, but don't you feel it is irresponsible of a school to have a path from their grouds ot a state beach. Wilth all the concerns and procedures in place to protect kids, wouldn't you think this could literally open the door to strangers coming from the park to the schoolyard where OUR children play?
Corinne Baker September 10, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I am so glad they are clearing the brush.Ed-.I dont think this is going to bring strangers to the school at all.I believe the only people who even know about the path are the residents of the neighborhood.I have 3 kids and live right over there and last month we did walk the path and returned with lots of scratches and a few ticks.All of the runners will be happy to have another safe path to take.Thank you Lisa for bringing this issue forward.We will definitely be venturing over there this week to check it out!
Ryan Sartor (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Kim Henderson-Gravel: "will the gate remain locked so people from silver sands won't find their way onto PDS property during school hours OR students at PDS won't stray from school to visit Silver sands? It should not be the responsibility of the taxpayers, gee, I pay enough in taxes!!!!" Tracey Wheeler: "I think it's a great idea." - Comments left on the Milford Patch Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MilfordCTPatch
Corinne Baker September 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM
The fence is a couple years old and there was never anything there before and if I could remember correctly there were sightings of fox's on school property and then was put in to keep the wildlife out.The children are supervised very well at PDS when they are outside. All doors are locked during school hours as well.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Yes, the fence was apparently built by the Board of Ed to separate SIlver Sands from the school and keep things from Silver Sands off school property.
jungis4545 September 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Can the Patch hire a proofreader who knows the difference between "it's" and "its"?
tjc360 September 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Are you here for the story or do you go around yelling at bad spelling all over the internet?
Ryan Sartor (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Hi Jungis, thanks for the note. It encourages me to have a sharper eye while editing the next story.
Aunty EM September 11, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I called the mayor about two weeks ago, for the same problem at the corner of Bic Drive and West Ave. where brush and a tree were growing over the sidewalk. Someone from the neighborhood cut the tree and Im still waiting for someone from the city to take care of the brush. Glad Im not holding my breath!!!

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