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First Selectman’s Corner: Public Invited to Hear More on Idea that Could Help Spur Collins Company Complex Redevelopment

Canton First Selectman Leslee Hill

Canton First Selectman Leslee Hill

Redevelopment of the Collins Company property has been an ongoing topic in Canton for many years. As you may know, the town is considering whether to pursue a program of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to encourage such redevelopment.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, representatives from our retained TIF consultant, Camoin Associates, will be visiting in order to tour the Collins Company complex, meet with local merchants and interested developers, as well as speak with town leaders and staff in order to begin the process of developing a TIF Master Plan.

That evening, Camoin Associates will be hosting a public workshop in order to discuss Tax Increment Financing and how the Town of Canton may be able to utilize this development tool. The presentation will provide an overview of TIF, as well as how it could be used to spur redevelopment of the Collins Company complex. It will be held in Room F of the Community Center, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. I encourage you to attend and become better informed on a topic that is relevant to both our economic development and preservation of this historic asset.

Best Regards, 
Leslee B. Hill
First Selectman

Letter: Cherry Brook Children’s Fair a Success

DSC_0182To the Editor:

The 55th Annual Children’s Fair was held at Cherry Brook Primary School on Friday, June 3rd. The fair was a HUGE success! The event was well-attended by Cherry Brook families and the Canton community. Fairgoers enjoyed food, music (provided by Cherry Brook principal, Andy Robbin), games, prizes, bounce houses, a bike race and more. For the Touch-A-Truck portion of the fair, various vehicles were offered by the Canton Fire & EMS and Police Departments, the Department of Public Works, Lippincott Vans and Precision Tree Service. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Another Perspective on Mass Killing in Orlando

June 21, 2016 Community, Opinion No Comments

To the Editor:

My name as a possible speaker at last Thursday’s vigil was not submitted until after the program had been printed. I completely understand that the organizers had to move quickly. At the same time, I realize that including a speaker from the LGBTQ community who was readily available yet not chosen to speak was an oversight that could have been easily corrected.

I considered speaking up at the ceremony, but considering the religious and prayerful tenor of the vigil, I felt that my comments would not have been appropriate. … Continue Reading

Letter: Garage Yes But Not on Our River

June 10, 2016 Opinion No Comments

To the Editor:

Canton residents, concerned about the location of the much needed new town garage, have begun a lawn sign campaign to persuade the Board of Selectmen to locate the garage away from the Farmington
River. These Canton residents believe that designating valuable town land on the beautiful Farmington River to a new Town Garage will foreclose scenic, aesthetic, and recreational opportunities the town will not see again.

These opportunities were addressed in 2011 when the town hired a consulting firm to develop a plan for this parcel of land. The plan, called “The Upper Mills Pond Study,” includes picnic areas, bathrooms, an amphitheater, softball field and a handicap accessible boat ramp as well as adjacent kayak racks. This plan would not only benefit the town of Canton, but would help preserve the Farmington River for future generations. … Continue Reading

Canton Real Estate Notes: June 9, 2016

David Sinish

David Sinish

What is the difference between assessd value and appraised value? (Simplified)

Assessed Value and Appraised Value are two different concepts.  The assessed value (Assessment) is determined by the town’s assessor, and used for property tax purposes.  A property is assessed on a common date to determine its’ part of all properties combined (Grand List). The tax rate (mill rate) remains the same for the entire town, but the actual taxes are based on the individual assessed value.   Assessments may be appealed to the town.   Appraisals are determined by an appraiser.  The appraisal represents the fair market value of the property and is used by lenders to determine the properties market value and collateral value for the loan.

How Were Canton Sales in May?

May was a banner month with the number of single family home sales doubling from the prior month!  The most recent quarter showed a 24% increase in the number of homes sold during last year’s quarter. The comparison between the most recent twelve months and the prior twelve months (YTY) shows an overall reduction of about 3.5%.  The median YTY selling price has increased by 1.6%.  Houses take less time to sell YTY by 8%.  The year to year increase in median price per square foot increased by 1.2% to $142.24.

Tell me about the sales in our six contiguous towns?

The Year to Year number of sales of single family homes in the group of Avon, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Granby, New Hartford and Simsbury increased by 12.9%.  However, the median YTY price reduced by 3% and there was no change in how long homes were on the market.   The year to year reduction in the average price per square foot was 2.1% to $143.22.

These statistics are based on information provided to and compiled by the Connecticut Multiple Listings Service, Inc. as of June 7, 2016. … Continue Reading

First Selectman’s Corner: Public Invited to Share Input on Highway Garage Alternatives

Leslee Hill

Leslee Hill

On Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 pm, in Room F of the Community Center, the Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on the proposal to rebuild the town’s highway garage at its current location, and the possible alternate sites identified by the Permanent Municipal Building Committee. You can view the 50 Old River Road proposal, and the PMBC report here: (50 Old River Road reportand PMBC report). The hearing will begin with a presentation on these reports, and then public comment will be heard. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard, each speaker will be limited to five minutes, so please plan your remarks accordingly.
At the conclusion of the Public Hearing, the BOS will continue with its meeting (see agenda here), and will hear from the various town agencies that have been invited to discuss their thoughts on the highway garage project. This “super board” meeting will be a public meeting, and you are welcome to stay and listen. However, no further public commentary will be taken at that time.

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Canton Flower Bridge Project Seeks Donors

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The summer of 2015 marked the creation of a unique and picturesque landmark for the
town of Canton. In early July, the wooden walking bridge, located along the Farmington
River on River Road in Collinsville, was transformed by the installation of a beautiful floral display. A series of eleven hand-forged iron hooks, eleven hanging flower baskets and three
stationary planters were installed on the bridge thanks to the generous support of our
founding sponsors.

Canton Main Street, Inc., the originating organization for this project, is
especially grateful to the Cherry Brook Garden Club, Rotary Club of Avon-Canton,
Farmington Valley Trails Council, Collinsville Savings Society, Shop Rite of Canton, and the
Canton Shoppes who contributed more than 90 percent of the start-up funds for this community project. We are also very thankful to all the businesses and individuals who provided additional donations which helped to make this inaugural year a resounding success. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook, CIS PTOs Thank Community for Its Support of Winter Festival Auction

March 29, 2016 Opinion, Schools No Comments

Submitted Release 

CANTON, CT – The 2016 Winter Festival Online Auction, the largest fundraising effort for both Cherry Brook Primary School’s (CBPS) and Canton Intermediate School’s (CIS) PTOs, was once again a success! Each year this fundraiser helps to support important initiatives at both schools that are typically above and beyond the annual school budget. The money raised from the Winter Festival Online Auction is used to enhance the educational experience of the students at both schools in ways such as supporting cultural enrichment assemblies, funding the transportation costs associated with field trips, purchasing technology for the classrooms, and more recently upgrading the playgrounds.

This year the auction received approximately 640 donations made by just shy of 400 donors.  Approximately a third of the donations came from new donors and there were over 50,000 page views during the 8 day auction period, with just shy of 3,000 bids across all items. Some of the donated items included skiing lift tickets, admission passes to museums and attractions, sports memorabilia, a sunset sail, rounds of golf, and a tool chest from NAPA.

As in previous years, the success of the auction is due to the generosity of local businesses, residents, staff members, and parents. The PTOs at Cherry Brook Primary School and Canton Intermediate School would like to sincerely thank all of our generous donors, as well as the following auction sponsors for their support of this event and our schools:

Benidorm Bikes, Blum Shapiro Consulting, Canton Little League, Connecticut Dance Academy, Dr. Cosgrove of the Pediatric Dental Center of Avon, Hoffman Auto Group, Jason Painting, Miners, Rosenberg Orthodontics, Showcase Kitchens, and Thomaston Dental Center.

Capitol Connection: What is Connecticut Doing about Zika Virus?

February 29, 2016 Government, Health, Opinion No Comments
State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

From the Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos

Over the past few months many questions have been raised about Zika virus, which has been declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization.

Its suspected link to birth defects and its transmission through mosquitos has people all over the world, including in Connecticut, concerned about the disease spreading. While Connecticut is far away from the epicenter of the outbreak, that does not mean we are out of harm’s way. … Continue Reading

Automatic Updates to Windows 10: Things You Should Know

February 25, 2016 Business, Opinion No Comments
Ran Eytan

Ran Eytan

Computing Corner

By Ran Eytan

Looking ahead to March, Computing Corner offers some important advice about Windows 10. Reports suggest that Microsoft will automatically install Windows 10  on its Windows 7 and 8 computers sometime in the middle of March. The default on these computers is set to Windows automatic updates, meaning that if the user doesn’t take any action to stop it, Windows 10 will be downloaded and installed without clarifying the major changes involved. … Continue Reading


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