By John Fitts
The Proposal to bond $4.78 million for a new Public Works Facility and related costs at 325 Commerce Drive failed at referendum Tuesday by a vote of 2,515 to 1,806.
First Selectman Richard Barlow said he wanted to thank the Permanent Municipal Building Committee for working on the issue for so many years.
“On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, I’d like to thank the PMBC for all their hard work,” Barlow said.
He also said he’d wanted to “apologize to the public works employees for the inability to bring them an appropriate facility.”
He said the Board of Selectmen will confer with the PMBC and figure out the next steps. The PMBC meets Wednesday night.
Resident Lou Daniels was one resident who opposed the project and backed the concept of a combined fire station/public works facility at 51 River Road. That idea was not on the ballot but brought forward by a group of citizens several weeks before the election.
“The people spoke,” Daniels said. “I think this is a clear indication again that the site wasn’t right and the project wasn’t right.” … Continue Reading