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Letter to the Editor: Let’s Rebuild the Garage Right – Where it Already Is

To the Editor:

Acting as concerned, private citizens, a non-partisan group recently formed a PAC called Canton GOES (Garage On Existing Site).  Our website is www.CantonGOES.org and our Facebook page is Facebook.com/CantonGOES.  We provide factual information for voters interested in learning more about why we support a Yes vote on Nov. 8th to re-build the town public works facility at its current location with important site enhancements.  To be specific and factual – these enhancements include protecting the environment by constructing the garage, office area, salt shed and fuel pumps above the 100 year flood plain.  Public restrooms and improved parking are also included and the potential remains to further develop river access and site entry. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Current Proposal is a Lose/Lose Proposition

To the Editor:

Our town needs a new garage.  The current proposal puts price ahead of value and is a lose / lose proposition with an inferior building, and a poor land use that forgoes a major opportunity to improve the town.  The cost savings of $900,000 do not offset the shortcomings.

At 14,200 sq.ft. this garage is 25% smaller than it was in 2014 (18,900 sq.ft.), which only saves 20% ($3.8 vs. $4.7million).  The original space assessment recommended a 25,000 sq. ft. building.  The river site does not permit the building to be expanded, so for the next 40 years the town will operate out of a facility that is 55% of the size recommended.  The town has presented a “storage area” graphic showing all the vehicles stacked three to six deep without snow plows and sanders.  Getting the vehicles in the garage as shown will take time, planning and careful maneuvering.  Getting them out will be more difficult.  The Barkhamsted garage and the previous Canton garage designs have doors on both sides which makes those buildings more efficient to use.  Site constraints make this configuration impossible.  … Continue Reading

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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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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Board of Education Brief: October 2016

October 18, 2016 Opinion, Schools No Comments

From the Chair, Julie Auseré

Dear Canton Public Schools Community,

Fall is finally in the air, the leaves are changing and school is well underway. Beginning of school transitions have occurred, and now the students settle into the routine of the school year. During the month of September, the Board of Education developed our goals and priorities for the school year.

Our full board goals include adopting a values statement to identify the Canton Public Schools culture and create a common language within our Canton community as well as to celebrate successes in our District. … Continue Reading

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