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Letter to the Editor: Not The Right Project, Place or Price

To the Editor:

This is definitely NOT the right project, NOT at the right place, and NOT for the right price.  I am disappointed that our town will once again be so shortsighted to let an irreplaceable part of Canton be developed inappropriately.  The Board of Selectman in 2008 initiated a site selection process to RELOCATE the DPW site since it currently sits in a flood plain.  Previous votes have failed in large part due to the cost of the project NOT the proposed alternative locations.  This is definitely NOT the right price…$3.8 million to have a building and equipment sitting in the middle of a flood plain?!  That is just ridiculous! … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Nothing Is Risk Free

October 31, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum 1 Comment

To the Editor:

Letter to the Editor: In Response to Hope Is Not a Strategy – Lets Rebuild At the Existing Site

Nothing in life is absolutely risk-free and we deal with risk using insurance.

The town is fully insured for damage at the existing town garage.

Current coverage has a $500,000 deductible. Once the new building is constructed and raised above the 100 year flood elevation the deductible will drop to about $50,000.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Time to Give DPW a Safe and Efficient Workplace

To the Editor:

Driving home on the unexpectedly icy roads Thursday afternoon it was such a relief to cross into Canton where streets had been plowed and treated! It is a testament to the quality of our DPW team, their professionalism and work ethic, that despite working from an antiquated horse barn in sub optimal conditions, they take such good care of our town. Now it’s time for the town to repay that respect and service by giving the DPW a facility that provides a safe and efficient place to work. We need to move forward now. The town DPW doesn’t deserve to have to wait any longer to have safe work environment.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Not On Our River Supporters Finally Reveal New Town Garage Location – A Contaminated Chemical Dump in the Worst Traffic Area in Canton

To the Editor:

Throwing an 11th hour diversion into the mix of our town garage referendum is nothing new, but this one is almost hard to believe. In fact, this only helps to demonstrate the lack of other suitable locations and that re-building the garage at the existing location is the best solution for our taxpayers.  Former First Selectman Dick Barlow’s suggestion that the garage should be built on the contaminated Mitchell Volkswagen site by the Shoppes on Route 44 is particularly short-sighted and disturbing.  His own prior knowledge of the many issues with that site should have logically prevented identifying it as an alternative, as was the case during his time in office.  Our exceedingly patient DPW staff would find out that things could in fact go from bad to worse.  A review of the facts shows why this is likely the worst location ever suggested from an economic, environmental, access and safety standpoint.    … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Hope is Not a Strategy

To the Editor:

Town garage project facts

I want to start my letter with a quote from Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts.”  I have watched for months as letters have been written providing differing opinions related to the proposed town garage project. I thought it was time for facts. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Vote No to rebuild the DPW facility at the Farmington River site  

October 28, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum 1 Comment

To the Editor:

Where to start? Being a member of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee (PMBC) for over ten years and having worked on the DPW project for much of that time, I see so many negative aspects of the current proposal I still can’t believe it has made it to a referendum. It has, however, and after spending so much time and effort towards the development of a new DPW facility, I find it truly painful to be in the position of arguing against any proposal to replace the current facility. I simply cannot, however, support such a flawed and short sighted plan. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Canton Boards Ignored In Haste to Build Town Garage

To the editor:

The new garage should not be built on its old site near the river. I agree with the many who have given thoughtful, fact filled arguments that support building elsewhere.

Here is a puzzle: … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Stop Wasting Time and Our Taxpayers’ Money

To the Editor:

Those opposing rebuilding the Canton town garage where it is are now changing their story and charging that the thoughtful and well thought out recommendation of the Board of Selectmen Is” hasty” and a “rush” to judgment. This is absurd.

For nearly a decade, everyone has agreed that the garage needs to be rebuilt. Over the last nine years, we have had two expensive and divisive referendums and we have spent more than $330,000 of taxpayer money on studies and site selection. In fact, the town has looked at more than 80 sites including the town green! The taxpayers have spoken resoundingly. Both referendums were defeated. I would imagine those who think this process has been hasty thought the Thirty Years War was a flash! … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Public Works Plan Would Devalue our Future

To the Editor:

I chose to raise my family in Collinsville for its vibrant community and riverside location. On Election Day we will be asked whether to build a larger garage on the current riverfront site. I will be voting no, because I will not devalue our future in a desperate attempt to meet the needs of today.

I think a new garage should be constructed elsewhere. I am supported by the recommendations of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee, the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development, the Canton Conservation Commission, and a surveyed majority of citizens. … Continue Reading

Canton Residents Continue Debate on Public Works Proposal

October 27, 2016 Government, Referendum No Comments

Photo by John Fitts

Referendum set for Nov. 8

By John Fitts

In a precursor to the Nov. 8 referendum, more than 100 residents came out Wednesday to learn more or voice their opinion on the town’s plan to erect a new 14,100 square-foot, $3.825 million public works facility on the existing site at 50 Old River Road.

The plan is to build a facility to house the town’s equipment, complete with a wash bay, portable lift and crane, generator, office area and public restrooms. The conceptual plan also calls for a new salt shed, a revamped fueling station, floodplain mitigation on the existing softball field and additional parking. The facility would replace the approximate 600-square foot existing building although the plan is to keep the old horse barn portion for public storage of some kind.

The town would pay for the facility though a 20-year bond. In 2017-2018, the town would pay $319,313. The impact for the project that year would be .3 mills. The “average” taxpayer, with an assessed home of $238,832, would pay $68.61 for the project in 2017-2018. From there, the payments would drop.

The Special Town Meeting was held to give residents a chance to hear more about the plan, offer comments and ask questions. No vote was taken and it adjourned to the Nov. 8 referendum, slated for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Canton High School. … Continue Reading

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