Community Gardens Eyed for Naugatuck

The community gardens would be located at Cross Street School.

File photo of Cross Street School
File photo of Cross Street School

Would you like the Borough of Naugatuck to create a proposed community garden at Cross Street School? 

Well it’s likely to occur after the idea got a favorable review from the Zoning Commission. 

According to meeting minutes, Alex Olbrys, Maple Hill Road, showed the commission a map that he drew up showing the parking for the garden. 

Here is the rest of the report from the zoning commission’s meeting minutes. In the minutes they discuss who will oversee the garden and what hours it would be accessible to the public. 

“Tony said he thought 15 parking spaces are excessive. 

Alex said they can reduce the number of spaces. It was noted that the parking spaces will not be marked. Harry asked if the Board of Education agreed to oversee the hours of the garden. 

Jim Stewart said initially the committee will be made up of Alex, Jim, Wayne and Kim. He said the Parks Commission will probably be overseeing it once it’s established. 

Harry said he likes the idea of a Community Garden. Ray asked what the hours would be. Alex said on the weekend it will be from dawn to dusk and then once school is out it will be open from dawn to dusk on weekdays. 

Bob Pease asked Alex to submit the waiver and the rules to the Borough Attorney for his review. Bob Pease said he was concerned that there will be garbage. Jim said they could set up cans or a dumpster. Alex said, from his research, many gardens require the gardeners to volunteer for one weekend to clean up the garden, prior to it opening and after it closes for the season. There was no further discussion. 

VOTED: Unanimously on a motion by Harry Jancis and seconded by Ray Krzykowski to send a POSITIVE REFERRAL to the Zoning Commission for a Special Permit for a Community Garden."


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