Old Two Rod Highway special town meeting is Sept. 19

The Board of Selectmen on Monday, July 18, set Sept. 19 as the date for a Special Town Meeting on the issue of Old Two Rod Highway.

It is anticipated the special meeting will precede a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Those meetings usually begin at 7:30 p.m.

Two years after the court declared Old Two Rod Highway a public road, the Board of Selectmen on July 5 voted to discontinue the road.

A few years ago, Old Two Road Highway property owners Christopher Montanaro and Laurie Ann Deilus sued the town and the Aspetuck Land Trust to get access to a 9.8-acre parcel of land on the property near the Wilton-Weston border, which could not be accessed by any direct right-of-way.

The duo sought a declaratory judgment that the road was a public road, said Associate Town Counsel Pat Sullivan, because they wanted access to the 9.8 acres, which they are looking to divide.

During legal proceedings, Montanaro argued Old Two Rod Highway is a public right-of-way, even though it has been effectively abandoned for at least 50 years. The courts agreed with Montanaro that the road had not been legally abandoned.

Old Two Rod Highway is a car-wide dirt path which extends north from the dead end of Wampum Hill Road toward the old Gilbert & Bennett wire mill.