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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

Letter to the Editor: Resident Remains Unconvinced That Rebuilding Garage at Current Location is the Best Option

To the Editor:

I recently returned from a brief trip to coastal North Carolina and Virginia.  To date, I have not seen the following issue addressed in the discussion over where to place Canton’s Town Garage.  How many Canton residents viewed the recent scenes of devastation from North Carolina and Virginia following last week’s Hurricane Matthew, a storm that was supposed to hit South Carolina and then “blow out to sea?”  Has anyone considered what might happen to a rebuilt garage on the Farmington River should such an event occur here?   … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Resident Encourages a ‘No’ Vote

To the Editor:

I encourage my fellow citizens in Canton to vote against the current referendum.  Yes, we need a new Town Garage, but let’s follow the vision for town development that many worked so hard to create.  Rebuilding the garage in its current location along the river is inconsistent with that vision and the wrong location.

There have been three separate studies conducted on behalf of the Town of Canton that do not support replacing the garage on the river.  The first two affirmatively support recreational use for this location on the river – Canton’s Plan of Conservation and Development and the Upper Mill Pond Development Plan.  In addition, the Town’s Permanent Municipal Building Committee argued against building the garage on the river and identified several alternative sites. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Rebuilding the Garage at Its Current Location Violates Canton’s Vision of the Future

To the Editor:

A riverfront is a one-time natural gift and should be treated as such. This November, the voters of Canton have the opportunity and the obligation to enforce our town’s commitment to preserving our greatest natural gift, Canton’s riverfront.

As required by Connecticut General Statutes §8-23, Canton has adopted a Plan of Conservation and Development (“POCD”).  The POCD is our blueprint for Canton’s development, and it unequivocally preserves our riverfront for recreation, open space, and economic revitalization. Rebuilding the town garage at its current location would violate the POCD.  It also would conflict with the Upper Mills Pond Management Plan (the “Plan”).  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Watershed Association Weighs in on Public Works Facility Plan

To the Editor:

The argument for re-building the Canton town garage on a mound at its existing location goes something like this:  No other site is presently available, affordable, and acceptable; using the current site is the cheapest alternative, it’s technically feasible, and conforms to the letter (at least) of regulations about building on floodplains;  the garage staff should have a better facility; and not least, people are tired of this issue, and it could be resolved with a referendum vote in November. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: What are the alternative sites to the Farmington River for Canton’s New Highway garage?

To the Editor:
We know you are in favor of a new garage. We all are. But if we’re not going to build on the river, where should we build it?  Everyone wants to know what – exactly – are the other possible sites?Not On Our River does not have a list of other sites, nor should we – that is the job of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee (PMBC), as established by the Board of Selectmen. Their responsibility is to look at these kinds of needs and make recommendations. The mission of Not On Our River is simply to remove the garage from the river. Members of the PAC Not on Our River are not building or siting experts and neither is the Board of Selectmen. The PMBC members, who have successfully managed many Canton projects, are the building experts. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: It Doesn’t Make Sense to Rebuild Garage at Current Location

To The Editor

There is no doubt that the Town of Canton is in desperate need of a new town garage. The question is where should it be located?

It just does not make sense to rebuild it at its current location. A new building residing at 1 foot above the 100 year flood stage is not an economically prudent or a safe choice. This flood stage calculation doesn’t even take into account the devastation that could occur in the event of an upstream dam breach. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Rebuild the Garage Where it Is But With More Environmental Safeguards

To the Editor:

I join a number of my fellow residents of Canton in urging you to consider the recent, thoughtful proposal brought forth by the Board of Selectmen which calls for the rebuilding the Town Garage at its current site.

In looking through the proposal, you will see that the costs and complexity of the project have been reduced by more than 20% from previous proposals.

In my opinion, nice but noncritical components have been eliminated. And, there is no cost associated with procuring another site. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: ‘Canton’s November DPW Referendum Incomplete and Shortsighted’

To the Editor:

The Canton BOS initiated a site selection process in 2008 to relocate the DPW facility on the Farmington River based, in part, on advice from engineers that building in the flood plain would inevitably add to the cost of construction. Additional funds would be required, first to raise the site out of the flood plain, then to mitigate by excavating and lowering the adjacent little league field so it can handle flood waters, and further to disrupt operations while moving and housing equipment somewhere else during construction. The proposed referendum site at 50 Old River Road presents extra costs that do not exist elsewhere, yet the added expense has not been discussed publicly and no temporary site for DPW, or its cost, has been identified. … Continue Reading

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