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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Hamden's Mayor Henrici Expresses Concerns about the Pit

Important news today: Mayor Craig B. Henrici has issued a press release highlighting some of his concerns about the proposed gravel pit project. Here is the text of his release:

For Immediate Release September 26, 2006
Contact: Scott Jackson, 203-287-7100

Mayor Henrici Expresses Concerns About Gravel Pit

HAMDEN -- Mayor Craig B. Henrici today joined neighbors in expressing concerns relating to the proposed operation of a sand and gravel pit in Northern Hamden. The proposed operation would see the removal of more than 250,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel from a 40-acre site off of Whitney Avenue near the Cheshire town line.

The Town of Hamden has joined with the Southwest Conservation District and the King’s Mark Resource Conservation and Development Area Council to prepare an Environmental Review Team report on the proposed project, available online at http://www.ctert.org/, to help citizens better understand the potential impact of the project. Additionally, the Town has requested a hydrology study from the applicant to better understand the long-term viability of the four groundwater-fed ponds that will be left at the site following the completion of the excavation project.

“The potential impact of this operation on Jepp Brook, Willow Brook, and the Farmington Canal trail, not to mention the traffic implications of more than sixty daily dump truck trips, have generated huge concerns among residents,” said Henrici. “The real effects on wildlife and other environmental resources are likely to last a lot longer than the proposed two year operation of the gravel pit.”

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