Selectman unanimously give Byram swimming pool project “municipal improvement status”. The project will next go before P&Z for approval of a preliminary site plan at a yet-to-be-determined date. Municipal improvement status is needed before any alterations or changes to town-owned properties can be considered by municipal land-use agencies. According to town legal counsel, the selectmen cannot formally condition municipal improvement status. However, First Selectman Peter Tesei said they would send a list of primary concerns to Planning and Zoning prior to its hearing of the plan, chief among them being testing for soil contaminants. “I would support moving this forward with the understanding, and the key word here is understanding, that we will have completion and acceptance of all environmental testing,” Tesei said. [In other words, it's unconditional approval - Tesei's "understanding" is merely a non-binding dictum] Town Harbor Management Commissionmember Peter Quigley, speaking as a private citizen, requested the town go beyond state minimums for soil testing, calling the park “almost ground zero” for pollutants due to its proximity to the former Holly Hill incinerator. “The proper soils should be tested and, honestly, not even to the (state) standard, which is just a standard for all town projects, but for any carcinogenic materials — lead, metals, fly ash and levels of arsenic, which may not necessarily come under the state standards,” Quigley said. “Greenwich can lead here for cleaning up its site for town municipal projects.” The selectmen said they placed their trust in the state’s standards and its existing testing procedures. [In other words, we'll test for as little as possible and hope like hell we don't uncover another toxic dump we'll be forced to clean up] The project is anticipated to cost roughly $7.5 million. [In other words, $7.5 to dip our toe in the water and begin a project "too big to fail". We'll worry about toxic soil, budget overruns and the expense of staffing and maintaining a 6,400 sq.ft. pool, bath houses, parking lots and free aerobic classes for town employees later.] Look for this to appear in the 2015 budget.