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Letter to the Editor: Public Works Union Encourages a Yes Vote

Letter to the Editor:
 
Hello my name is Chris Davis, President of NAGE R1-198, which represents the Canton Department of Public Works. At this time I would like to mention a few items on behalf of the Public Works Employees, in support of the towns plan to rebuild the existing town garage at 50 Old River Road. 
1. Every Day the Public Works Employees report to work facing a further deteriorating building and equipment fleet,  but we continue to serve the town and all its residents as professionals.  The DPW staff has to work in an environment that nobody should have to work in.  The building condition is deplorable with chipmunks, mice and birds inhabiting our work areas. 

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Letter to the Editor: Let’s Do the Right Thing and Not Rebuild on Our River

October 23, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum 1 Comment

To the Editor

We need a new garage to provide necessary services for the town but this garage, if rebuilt in its current location, will fail the needs of our community now and in the decades to come.
We must not build this garage on our river.

Thirty years of development plans have recommended moving the town garage away from its site on the banks of the Farmington River. The town Plan of Conservation and Development recommended to use that space for recreation and for ‘open space.’ The Upper Mill Pond Management Plan recommends using that space for recreation. Rebuilding at its current site ignores the Permanent Municipal Building Committee and we as a town have already voted to move the garage from its site at 50 (Old) River Road.

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Letter to the Editor: Town Has Done Its Due Diligence

To the Editor:

1. Flood zone mapping in my opinion is not 100 perecent accurate;
a. It is an overview of the area without actual boots on the ground measurements.
b. It does not take into account all the new flood control measures and regulations that control run off from properties. (When I see Canton Valley Circle needing flood insurance, the homes behind Bank of America on Rt. 44; I question the true accuracy.) I believe when they do the remapping it will actually decrease the zone coverage. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Garage Vote – It’s Time to Get This Done

To the Editor:

Those opposed to rebuilding the garage claim that it is being built on the River. While that may sound like an ecological nightmare, it is not the truth. The actual proposed garage is 190 feet from the Farmington River. Compare this to 41 Bridge Street which is 60 feet from the River or Collinsville Canoe and Kayak at 150 feet from the River. How about the Collins Axe Factory and Riverside Nursery which have buildings that are less than 50 feet from the River. The DentFix Express garage at the corner of River Street (route 179) and Maple Avenue is closer to the River than the proposed DPW garage will be. You don’t have to take my word for it, go on the Town website and use the GIS maps for yourself – here’s the link: http://www.townofcantonct.org/content/19178/19210/. Are the same people that demand the garage be removed now going to demand all these other buildings and businesses be removed too?

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Letter to the Editor: Rebuilding the Town Garage Near the River is a Risky Expense

To the Editor:
Having just returned from North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, and having  been in Vermont’s Mad River Valley as Hurricane Irene ripped through with incredible devastation, I feel compelled to respond to the idea of rebuilding the town garage on the banks of the Farmington River. 
This area flooded just five years ago. Building a new garage barley ( 1 foot ) above the 100 year floodplain is a risky expense. And access to the facility will remain in the floodplain so all equipment will need to be removed during extreme weather. The fueling station for the garage will also be in the floodplain. This will cut access to refueling during a flood and raises the possibility of fuel leakage.

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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: 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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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

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