The Board of Selectmen has planted the seeds for a committee that will try to cultivate improvements for the grounds that surround the town-owned Sullivan-Independence Hall and Burr Homestead area.

"It could be a rich, beautiful area for the residents to enjoy," said Catherine Albin, who approached First Selectman Kenneth Flatto with the idea and on Wednesday was named to be the committee chairman. "The intent is that this would be a self-funded project not requiring town funds."

In the early 1990s, a group that included former Selectman Jill Kelly, developed a master plan for the grounds of the municipal campus off the Old Post Road, some of which was implemented, Albin said. "There are some areas of the grounds that are in disrepair," she said.

Kelly is also a member of the new committee, along with Tree Warden Kenneth Placko; Michael Jehle, head of the Fairfield Museum and History Center; Laura Fasano, representing the Sasqua Garden Club; Ellen Gould, from the Fairfield Garden Club, and Lisa Claire, an interested citizen.

"I think this committee could take it to a whole other chapter and a whole other level," Flatto said.

Albin said it would be some time before the advisory committee returns to the selectmen with its recommendations. "This is a mult-year project, one little step at a time," she said. "This would certainly be in its infancy."

Flatto said any major changes proposed by the committee would have to be vetted not only by the Public Works Department, but also the selectmen and possibly the Historic District Commission.

"I think that it sounds like a great committee," Selectman James Walsh said.