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Candidates Talk about Issues at LWV Candidates’ Forum

By John Fitts 

CANTON – In a generally amicable but occasionally tense event, local candidates for the state legislature answered a variety of questions at a League of Women Voters of Canton forum on Tuesday evening.

Republican state Sen. Kevin Witkos, his challenger, David Peña of Avon and Republican state Rep.Tim LeGeyt, who is unopposed, answered the same set of audience questions, particularly focusing on the state economic climate, retaining businesses and young people and public infrastructure. … Continue Reading

Town Moderator Sets Ground Rules for Oct. 26 Meeting on Public Works Proposal

October 19, 2016 Government, Referendum No Comments

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Town Moderator David K. Leff has set the ground rules for the Oct. 26 Town Meeting, at which residents will view a presentation and be given the chance to offer opinions on the town’s proposal to bond $3.825 million for a new public works facility at the current site near the Farmington River.

Leff said this is the first time he’s published the ground rules, which are based on Robert’s Rules of Order, in advance. Leff said in addition to the issue being an emotional one, he felt that alerting people to some of the rules, such as the five minute time limit, would help them prepare.

“I just want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to express themselves in a nature that is orderly and is balanced,” Leff said. “I thought it would be more fair and more effective to the exchange of ideas if everyone knew what the rules are in advance.”  … Continue Reading

Letter To the Editor: Enough is Enough; Rebuild the Garage Where it Is

October 19, 2016 Government, Opinion 1 Comment

Letter to the Editor:

In the past eight years, the town has spent over $300,000 searching for and studying new locations for the highway garage. We have voted three times, for two different locations, at different price tags. All these efforts have been unsuccessful, and the garage remains where it has always been, near the river, right next to the wastewater treatment plant.

The DPW staff has lived and worked through these years of arguing, nastiness, and complaining about the cost of a new facility, and about how no one wants the garage near their homes. Through it all, they have remained professional and gone about their business, serving the town and all its residents. Yes, those of us who supported building the garage on Commerce Drive are frustrated that two referendums there failed. But the voters have spoken. Whether the cost was too high, or an issue of ‘not in my backyard’, the result is the same and after two votes on the Commerce Drive location, the people spoke and the vote was no. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Canton Town Garage Must be Relocated

To the Editor:

The Canton town garage must be relocated to a more suitable site than the beautiful Farmington River, as a matter of law, to add to local employment and business and  for recreation and enjoyment.

The Canton Plan Of Conservation And Development (POCD) is a legal document (Section 823  CT General Statute) and  the result of a bipartisan effort by a  Planning Commission Committee, and  approved by Town voters, and made  every 10 years as required by law.  It is often referred to in State Court decisions as a basis for either approving or denying a planning and zoning commission decision.    Any party seeking approval for new construction ignores the POCD at their peril.  Including the most recent POCD and going back more than 20 years, among the major goals identified by the POCD for conservation and development of town assets has been to relocate the town garage.

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Reminder: LWV of Canton to Host 2016 Candidates’ Forum Tuesday Night

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With its mission to promote informed voting, the League of Women Voters of Canton will again host Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Canton High School, 76 Simonds Ave. The event will feature candidates who seek to represent Canton in the November 8 elections for the Connecticut House and Senate. Senator Kevin Witkos (R) and his Democratic opponent, David Pena, will attend, along with Representative Tim LeGeyt (R) who is running unopposed. Candidates for the U.S. House of Representative and U.S Senate have been invited. Candidates will make presentations and answer questions from the League of Women Voters and the audience.

Letter to the Editor: We Need to Consider the Bigger Picture on Nov. 8

To the Editor:

As a resident of Canton, I have read many of the arguments for and against moving the town garage (and its salt and fuel storage areas), including the cost of moving it.

My major concern, however, is the future of the River itself.  Yes, I would like the River to be accessible for recreation and open space, but what about the ecological condition of the water?  While we don’t think much about flooding here in Canton, especially while we are enduring drought conditions, the current garage site did experience flooding as recently as 5 years ago, and inevitably will again.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Reader Supports a New Town Garage Off the River Site

To the Editor:

I support the relocation of the town garage to an off river site.  The Town Plan of Conservation and Development, The Upper Mill Pond Management Plan, The Permanent Municipal Building Committee and the Canton Conservation Commission have all recommended getting the garage off the river.  The present site is perfectly suited for recreational development and there are viable alternatives to accommodate our much needed town garage such as the commercially zoned area on Commerce Dr.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: There is Little Frontage for Public Recreation on Farmington River

October 17, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum 1 Comment

To the Editor:

Canton has a 7-mile stretch of the Farmington River between New Hartford and Burlington. The town owns about 1,600 feet of that frontage, most of it devoted to the town garage and the sewer plant. There is little frontage for public recreation. The fact that the town garage is currently on the river is not a compelling reason for keeping it there. The garage can be workable on any number of other sites. Farmington River frontage owned by the public as parkland would open it up for boat launching, public celebrations, picnicking. It could be a place where residents go simply to enjoy the view, to congratulate themselves for choosing a town with such a beautiful public amenity. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Good Government Changes Its Plans When Facts Change

To the Editor: 

In a cacophony of recent Scolding Letters NotOnOurRiverPAC supporters have clucked and brayed that rebuilding Canton’s DPW Garage where it already is “violates years of planning” including the Upper Collinsville Mill Pond Master Plan (UCMPMP) which they claim enjoyed broad public input and support. Their claims are not factually correct.

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Letter to Editor: Collinsville Historic District Commission Members Oppose Building the Town Garage on 50 River Road

To the Editor:

The Collinsville Historic District Commission recognizes the urgent need for a new facility for the Department of Public Works but it is concerned with the impact the project will have on the historic character of the town if the project is built on the 50 River Road site. This location seems to be a compromise solution that deprives DPW of the larger facility needed and proposed for other sites while introducing a modern industrial building unlike any other in Collinsville. The proposed metal building will not be sympathetic with the town’s 19th century origins and will be a jarring interruption of the natural beauty of the river scape. … Continue Reading

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