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Letter: Farmington River Site Not Appropriate for Public Works Garage

September 12, 2016 Opinion No Comments

To the Editor:

I am writing as a citizen of Canton about the issue of the best site in Canton for rebuilding or relocating the Department of Public Works garage, which is presently located near the Farmington River in Collinsville.

The important consideration is the wellbeing of Town employees working in an old building that has safety concerns. Also, there is no question that the garage, located in the flood plain, is not adequate for maintenance and protection of expensive equipment.

I am convinced that the present site on the Farmington River is not appropriate.

In the 1950s and earlier Connecticut towns built unsuitable structures along the banks of rivers with little thought given to the value of rivers for wildlife and forest preservation, scenic beauty and recreation. Now we know that these are a source of pride for a town’s citizens as well as bringing many visitors and revenue to the town.

With an awareness of the fiscal and psychological value of our Farmington River, Canton citizens must make the proper decision and vote NO on the referendum to fund the rebuilding of the Department of Public Works garage on the Farmington River.

Sincerely, Carrie Sinish

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