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Letter to the Editor: A Response to the 51 River Road Consideration Letter

To The Editor:

 

The following is a section by section response to the Letter to the Editor by Peter Reynolds, PMBC Chair.

Reynolds:

“The question has been raised whether the new Public Works Facility can be “consolidated” with a new firehouse at 51 River Road in Canton where the police station, firehouse and a ball field presently reside. The Permanent Municipal Building Committee considered 51 River Road at length based on the obvious attributes of town ownership, location on a main road, proximity to other municipal operations and topography. Unfortunately, 51 River Road is simply too small and too close to residential neighborhoods for the addition of an adequate DPW Facility.” … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Concerns About River Road

To the Editor:

I have been watching the debate on the Town Garage with interest. I believe reasonable, intelligent minds can and should be able to disagree, without resorting to rancor. I respect those who believe they have a legitimate alternate proposal, and I don’t believe it is productive to merely question their motives. After having looked at the documents that have been available in the press and reading the letters submitted from all sides, I have two reservations about the River Road proposal. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: PMBC Considered 51 River Road At Length

To the Editor:

The question has been raised whether the new Public Works Facility can be “consolidated” with a new firehouse at 51 River Road in Canton where the police station, firehouse and a ball field presently reside.  The Permanent Municipal Building Committee considered 51 River Road at length based on the obvious attributes of town ownership, location on a main road, proximity to other municipal operations and topography. Unfortunately, 51 River Road is simply too small and too close to residential neighborhoods for the addition of an adequate DPW Facility.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: If It Seems Too Good to Be True . . .

To the Editor:

As a citizen I write in response to comments by Senator Witkos, and others, defending the “alternate” proposal relating to a new Town Garage.

The Senator’s professed desire to “open dialogue” defies common sense when the proposal’s author and backers were anonymous, the names and signatures purposefully obliterated. Just whom would any responsible dialogue include? … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Wants vs. Needs, Vote Yes to the Town Garage

To the Editor,

The time is upon us, again, to vote at referendum for a new town garage. It is time for Canton to do what is right for Canton. It is time for a new garage. This is not a neighborhood issue. This is not a political issue. This is a Canton issue.

Our town garage is in deplorable condition. No one is debating this. Unfortunately an anonymous back room plan has been submitted to the town. However, the property on which the anonymous proposal is drawn is not realistic. The PMBC has done their due diligence. Research has been done, codes and zoning regulations have been identified. River Road is not a viable location for the town garage. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Emminent Domain and the Town Garage

Canton Selectman Thomas Sevigny was quoted over two years ago in the 27 September 2012 Hartford Courant:

“We need to move the highway garage and we need to look at eminent domain to get this over with”

It seems that Mr Sevigny felt then that tax payer cost and basic property rights should be set aside for the sake of a public works garage. Civilized life in Canton was apparently in jeopardy all due to a lack of a new place to park a few trucks and pile some salt. Mercifully for the tax payers of Canton, sanity prevailed two years ago and the site a 5 Cherry Brook road was not purchased by our town and transformed into a garage site at an estimated cost of 6.7 million dollars. Thank goodness eminent domain was not used either. I for one was thankful that I did not live on any site which Mr. Sevigny might consider to be suitable to park some trucks on. That was the bullet we dodged in 2012. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Reader Urges a Yes Vote For Town Garage

To the Editor:

There are many times when I’m proud to live in Canton, and now is one of them.  The town is facing a referendum decision on November 4th to choose – or not – to construct a new town garage.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Move Forward. Vote Yes for the New Town Garage

To the Editor:

I am writing to support and encourage all residents to approve the referendum for the new town garage.The need for a new garage has been recognized since the 1980’s and seriously studied for over 7 years. While virtually every other town in the valley constructed modern, functional facilities during the 1980’s Canton waited. … Continue Reading

To The Editor: Vote Yes for Public Works Garage Project

I am writing in reference to town of Canton’s proposed Municipal Highway Garage, which will be on the ballot at the referendum on Nov. 4.   Virtually everyone in town agrees that the existing facility on River Road is outdated and inadequate.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Is There a Business in Your Neighborhood? Here’s the ‘101’ on Home-Based Business

To the Editor:

Look through the phone book and you’ll find home-based businesses in most residential neighborhoods in Canton, from Andrew Drive to Ellsworth, Hanson, Mohawk, Shingle Mill and many more. A few are obvious because they have a sign. Others don’t even have a listing in today’s fragmented telephone books, but you may know the owners — writers, audio and technology experts, consultants, sales reps, landscapers, builders, tradesmen and other entrepreneurs — through your social ties in the community.

… Continue Reading

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