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Letter to the Editor: We Still Have Time to Get This Right

To the Editor:

For almost 30 years, Canton has planned for a future with a reclaimed Farmington River waterfront as catalyst for the economic, social and environmental vitality of our community. The need for a new Town Garage and a new location for it off the river first appeared in Canton’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) in 1989. This goal has figured prominently in the town’s deliberations and planning since then and was recently re-affirmed in the updated 2014-2024 POCD, adopted after two years of work by a diverse group of civic leaders and community citizens. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Shortsighted Decisions Last A Lifetime: Vote No

To the Editor:

The proposal to rebuild the town garage on Old River Road is shortsighted, irresponsible, and will only hurt the town in the long term.

Sadly, we realize that not all voters care about the long-term viability of this town. As third and fourth generation residents of Canton planning to raise a family here, we do. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Halloween Parade A Big Success

November 3, 2016 Opinion No Comments

To the Editor:

I want to congratulate and thank all those who put in tireless hours to bring together another very successful Halloween parade. A great time was had by all. The cannon was a big success, the dancers from DANCE by Kristin and Farmington Dance were fabulous, and many of the kids big and small enjoyed the zombies provided by Wendy and Donna on the green. Thanks to the Collinsville Arts Initiative, the judges, set builders, tee-shirt sellers, and most of all, a big thanks to all of you who continue to support our quirky and fun town. If I missed anyone, thank you.

Carol Ackerman
Carol & Company

Letter to the Editor: HUD Moves To Protect Taxpayer Investments, One Foot Not Enough

To the Editor:

Recent changes proposed for Federal floodplain protection reinforce that the garage proposal on the November ballot should be rejected. If the referendum is approved you can expect that the project will cost more than currently proposed to be consistent with the Federal requirements or offer less protection than deemed prudent by State and Federal experts resulting in greater risk of flooding and increased insurance costs. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: We need a 21st Century Facility

To the Editor,

I will be voting “No” on the Town of Canton Referendum question to build a new town garage at the current location on the Farmington River. I believe that it is fiscally prudent to build a new facility that meets the needs of the town for decades to come. I voted “Yes” in the last two referenda, so I never had an issue with either the price or the size of those proposals. We need a 21st century facility, and the PMBC worked long and hard to come up with the best options. The current DPW employees deserve a modern facility and so do future employees. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: It’s Time to Support Those That Unwaveringly Support You

To the Editor:

After reviewing the scores of letters circulating around town as well as many distorted truths, I feel it’s my duty to the community that my family and I call home to cut through the propaganda and provide voters with the facts while they contemplate this extremely important referendum.  The reality is that this comes down to emotional ideals versus facts.

Yes, the riverbank was never the most ideal site to locate a town garage if we could start from scratch today but the truth is, if we can’t support moving a <$4mm garage in decades, how can we purport voters will ever get behind spending an estimated $30mm+ to move the sewage treatment facility to create this proposed utopia along a few acres of riverfront boxed in by River Road and other businesses that will never relocate?  We chose to locate all our municipal infrastructure in this location long before residential neighborhoods filled the rest of the open space in town.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Yes, the River Level is Low

To the Editor,

The comment that “we need to do something about the river” coming from a novice Selectman are not surprising.  He cites not being able to swim across the river, he brings low water level plant material to meetings and he talks about dredging.  Has he missed the fact that our region is in a serious drought?   Has he not heard government pleas to reduce water usage?

Has he considered that our coldest winter for the last ten years is much warmer than the average of thirty years ago?  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Likely the Most Practical Solution

November 1, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum 1 Comment

To the Editor:

I am not a member of Canton GOES and although I reside on Gracey Road I am fairly certain I am not one of those Chablis swilling elites.

I am not a member of NOOR but I remember when Mr. Barlow appreciated Mr. First being a loyal mouthpiece. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: New Garage at Riverside Site is In the Town’s Worst Interests

To the Editor:

I am compelled by my responsibilities as a member of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee for over twelve years, to say that building a new garage on the current riverside site is in the worst interest of both Canton’s taxpayers and Public Works employees.

The Building Committee emphatically urges against rebuilding here. You can read the list of reasons why in our memo to the BOS, but just these two should be enough: … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Despite ‘Canton GOES’ Assertions, Town is to Blame for 11th Hour Comments

To the Editor:

The Town has finally replied via the Canton Compass to one of the “11th hour” comments made by concerned citizens at the Town meeting held last Wednesday to discuss the garage referendum scheduled for the Nov. 8th ballot.

Oh, you didn’t see it?

That’s because under the State Election Regulatory Commission (SERC) rules, the Town is prohibited from advocating for any question scheduled to be voted on at a town referendum once the ballot has been set.

Their mouthpiece is the PAC “Canton GOES.” … Continue Reading

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