Brent Soderberg recently captured this image of three bald eagles along the Farmington River in Collinsville. We thank him for the great photo. Those who would like to submit pictures can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. … Continue Reading
For several years, the Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) a group formed as part of the management plan for the 1994 Upper Farmington River Wild and Scenic designation, has worked on educating the public about issues that affect the river, including littering and unruly behavior.
The FRCC, spurred by Jeremy Harraden of Farmington River Tubing, two summers ago initiated a “Please Tell Your Friends, No Glass, No Trash Campaign.” Two interns were secured to help.
“We developed a plan to make the river a more safe and family oriented environment,” said David Sinish, Canton representative for the FRCC.
This past spring the FRCC hired Stephan Bastrzycki of Barkhamsted as River steward. … Continue Reading
By John Fitts
While there is no formal application or final plan at this point, Allan Borghesi of Satan’s Kingdom, LLC and Borghesi Building and Engineering on Wednesday floated the idea of building fewer than a dozen homes on the Canton portion of his Route 44 property, mostly near the road, scrapping plans to take down the ridge and conserving a portion of the land.
Borghesi mentioned the concept, complete with a drawing, at the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night. It came during a commission discussion that it possible pursue an application to change zoning on the some Route 44 properties from R-2 residential (one to one-and-a-half-acre lots) to R-4 residential (4 to 6 acres). Included in the concept were 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike, owned by Satan’s Kingdom LLC. … Continue Reading
Students and teachers at FOCUS Center for Autism accepted a whole new level of responsibility Tuesday with the addition of 200 brown trout eggs to the school.
The facility is now officially part of Trout in the Classroom, a national program facilitated locally by the Farmington Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (FVTU).
On Tuesday, Carl Swanson, trout in the classroom coordinator for FVTU, brought the 200 fertilized eggs, which are donated by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The 55-gallon incubator tank, chiller, filter system and other related infrastructure, at an approximate cost of $1,200, were funded by the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton. … Continue Reading
Selectmen voted Wednesday to seek a state grant for public canoe and kayak access in Collinsville.
Under the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program Grant, towns can receive as much as $500,000 annually for capital projects. This year, the state approved that amount for Mills Pond Park improvements.
Selectmen had originally hoped that a proposal for a new town public works facility would be successful, opening the door to a park at the site. That proposal was defeated but on Wednesday, selectmen voted to still seek a 2015 STEAP grant to create public canoe/kayak river access near the site. Selectmen ultimately decided to seek approximately $300,000 for the access and related infrastructure, design and permitting costs and another $200,000 for removing a defunct bridge and related improvements on Swimming Pool Road. … Continue Reading
Recently Citizens Energy told the town it is not interested in pursuing the project, officials said.
Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner told selectmen Wednesday that the Citizen’s Enterprises, the for-profit part of Citizen’s Energy, had a few concerns, most notably that based on its models, the profit margin would not be as great as they had hoped.
“There were profits,” Skinner said. “It just wasn’t to the specific level – the exact level – they were looking for.” … Continue Reading
Satan’s Kingdom, LLC has withdrawn its application to change 30 of its 39 acres of land along Route 44 from residential to industrial.
The proposal was the subject of a Sept. 17 Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing at which numerous residents spoke against the plan. The withdrawal means that the hearing will not continue on Oct. 15 as originally scheduled, said town planner Neil Pade. (The commission will still meet).
Developer Allan Borghesi offered the following statement via email, “I have withdrawn due to the extreme concern that was expressed at the public meeting. I believe that Canton residences erred in the opposition and lost an opportunity to benefit the tax base and business climate. I am reviewing the options and will decide in the next weeks what would be best to propose on the land use.”
In July, Satan’s Kingdom, LLC formally applied to re-zone 30.386 of its 38.99 acres at 674, 684 Albany Turnpike from residential to industrial. In June, the New Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission granted a change for 18.47 acres of abutting property. … Continue Reading
As an area businessman touted and numerous residents decried a planned industrial development along Route 44 Wednesday night, pressure continued to mount for a more narrowly defined zoning plan.
Wednesday night marked the beginning of a Canton Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on Satan Kingdom, LLC’s application to rezone 30.386 of its 38.99 acres at 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike from residential to industrial. While the application is technically just for a zoning map amendment, much of the discussion centers on whether the change — and what could potentially happen on the property — is consistent with the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.
For the 20th Anniversary Sam Collins Day T-shirt, Brad Gilchrist didn’t re-invent the wheel. Rather he took his favorite design from year’s past, revamped it, adding several elements and a new logo.
Gilchrist is a Canton resident and well-known cartoonist and writer. He’s created a T-shirt design for each Sam Collins Day.
The Canton Planning and Zoning Commission has continued a public hearing on Satan Kingdom, LLC’s application to rezone 30.386 of its 38.99 acres in Canton (674, 684 Albany Turnpike) from residential to industrial.
After hearing from managing member Allan Borghesi, his attorney and numerous residents, the commission continued the matter to its next regular meeting on Oct. 15.
Editor’s Note: The text that follows below represents live updates typed during the meeting, intended only to give a general sense of what was happening. A story and/or video will follow. Also for those commenting on the site, please use first and last names. I only ask that due to experience with commenting while with a previous employer. Thank you. … Continue Reading