Milford’s Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1790), has temporarily been saved from demolition by the efforts of Milford City Historian Richard Platt, and the Milford Preservation Trust. A temporary injunction, filed under the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), was served to owners William and Gwendolyn Farrell late last week. The ninety day demolition delay ordinance, previously invoked by Mr. Platt, expired just this past Sunday (October 13th). And a preliminary court hearing will be held on October 28th.
But Mr. and Mrs. Farrell apparently believe they can play by their own rules, and had demolition contractor James Mallico show up today with a small backhoe, to begin the process of digging and cutting utility lines. Michele Kramer, a Milford Preservation Trust board member and historic district resident, was alerted to the activity, and showed up on site with a copy of the court order to show Mr. Mallico.
Mr. Mallico did the right thing, however, and backed away at that point, sparing both his clients and himself the risk of a possible contempt of court charge. Milford police had also been summoned, but didn’t arrive until after both Mrs. Farrell and Mr. Mallico had left the area. Milford Preservation Trust members and neighborhood friends will continue to keep a close watch on the home.
Some words of wisdom
Res ipsa loquitur — Roughly, “the thing speaks for itself”.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set — Proverbs 22:28.