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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.

We all know how vital recreational use of the Farmington River at the village in Collinsville is for many of our local businesses and reallocating the property where the current garage stands for further recreational use can only benefit our small businesses and economic development in the greater Canton community. Rebuilding the garage at one of the several other proposed sites will not only allow us the increased economic development of the River Road property but we will also be able to build the town garage to the size recommended to meet the town’s needs as described in the development plan. The current site at 50 River Road is inadequate to meet the town’s needs for its garage in the decades to come.

We, my fellow residents, have a responsibility and an opportunity, a responsibility to ensure the municipal needs of our community are met for today, tomorrow and in the coming years, and an opportunity to provide an engine for economic development for new businesses and sustainability for existing small business owners whose viability is supported by visitors and people using our little piece of the Farmington River for recreation.

Let us do our best to make our community a place where people want to come to visit and also revisit. Let us do the right thing, let us do the wise thing, let us build a new garage, yes, but not on our river.

With eyes looking forward,

Adam and Stephanie Reader
Canton Residents

 

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