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Public Works Facility Fails at Canton Referendum

November 4, 2014 Government, Politics, Referendum, State Capitol No Comments
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By John Fitts

The Proposal to bond $4.78 million for a new Public Works Facility and related costs at 325 Commerce Drive failed at referendum Tuesday by a vote of 2,515 to 1,806.

First Selectman Richard Barlow said he wanted to thank the Permanent Municipal Building Committee for working on the issue for so many years.

“On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, I’d like to thank the PMBC for all their hard work,” Barlow said.

He also said he’d wanted to “apologize to the public works employees for the inability to bring them an appropriate facility.”

He said the Board of Selectmen will confer with the PMBC and figure out the next steps. The PMBC meets Wednesday night.

Resident Lou Daniels was one resident who opposed the project and backed the concept of a combined fire station/public works facility at 51 River Road. That idea was not on the ballot but brought forward by a group of citizens several weeks before the election.

“The people spoke,” Daniels said. “I think this is a clear indication again that the site wasn’t right and the project wasn’t right.”

Daniels said he hopes the Board of Selectmen will appoint a bi-partisan committee to study the issue.

On Wednesday, Skinner said the PMBC would talk about it that night and that the issue would also be on the Board of Selectmen agenda for next week.

“I certainly respect the voters’ opinion,” Skinner said. “We’re going to have to look at other options.”

Skinner did say the town would now have to spend some funds on maintenance issues at the current facility. Immediate issues there could include the leaking roof and a boiler replacement, he said.

For political races, Republican Gubernatorial ticket Foley and Somers were winners among Canton voters. Malloy is declaring victory in the race.

Republican 8th District state Sen. Kevin Witkos, was favored in Canton and was re-elected to his seat. (See related story here.)

State Rep. Tim LeGeyt was unopposed and picked up 3,404 votes in Canton. For U.S. Congress, Elizabeth Esty was the close favorite in Canton. CTNewsJunkie.com is reporting that Esty has won the race.

Canton Voting results are as follows:

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In all 4,374 or 62.46 of Canton’s 7,003 eligible voters cast a ballot.

Tallies per hour, and the overall voter percentage they represent were:

  • PreMarked Absentee — 198, 2.83 percent
  • 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. (absentee) — 1, 0.01 percent
  • 6 to 7 a.m. – 272, 3.88 percent
  • 7 to 8 a.m. — 374, 5.34 percent
  • 8 to 9 a.m. — 346, 4.94 percent
  • 9 to 10 a.m. — 349, 4.98 percent
  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — 358, 5.11 percent
  • 11 a.m. to noon — 316, 4.51 percent
  • noon to 1 p.m. — 244, 3.48 percent
  • 1 to 2 p.m. — 256, 3.66 percent
  • 2 to 3 p.m. — 230, 3.28 percent
  • 3 to 4 p.m. — 269, 3.84 percent
  • 4 to 5 p.m. — 294, 4.20 percent
  • 5 to 6 p.m. — 267, 3.81 percent
  • 6 to 7 p.m. — 284, 4.06 percent
  • 7 to 8 p.m. — 214, 3.06 percent
  • 8 to 9 p.m. (write-ins, same-day registration) — 102, 1.46 percent

 More to come

Earlier updates


In Canton, the election story so far is turnout. The day started busy, stayed that way for several hours,  slowed a bit in the late afternoon and picked up again.

At 7:12 p.m., turnout neared 60 percent, with 4,107 or 58.65 percent of the 7,003 eligible voters casting a ballot.

“I’ve never seen it likes this,” said Democratic Registrar of Voters Lynn Homan said Tuesday morning. “People were in line at 6 in the morning and it’s been steady.”

“It’s great,” said Jack Miner, Republican registrar. “We started with a long line at 6.”

That line to start the day was longer for the last presidential election but the crowds have been steady, Miner said.

There are two lines for voting at the Canton Town Hall, where voting takes place through 8 p.m. If your street names begins with A-G, stay to the left. For H-Z, veer to the right.

Today, electors are voting of state offices of governor, state senator, state representative and more. Also on the ballot are two questions, including whether to spend $4.78 million for the A new Public Works Facility at 325 Commerce Drive.

That has been a controversial issue in town and more can be read in previous Canton Compass stories and letters.

Follow near real-time result numbers on the town’s web site at http://www.townofcantonct.org/news/?FeedID=907

Election Day Photos

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