"A long line formed before the podium..."
“When Planning & Zoning Commission Chair Joe McDonagh asked the packed Council Chambers (at the public hearing) last night if anyone wanted to speak in favor of a gravel-mining operation proposed for upper Whitney Avenue, no one budged. When he asked if anyone wanted to speak against the plan, which would excavate 254,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel over a two-year period, a sea of hands went up. And a long line formed before the podium.”*
The comments from the public last night were simply outstanding -- articulate; packed with information and thought; focused on the relevant issues; hitting all the issues, but not repetitious; respectful of the seriousness of the situation and of the task before the Commissioners, yet passionate. So many people during and after the hearing remarked on how impressed they were with the intelligence, clarity, and power of each and every statement. Thank you to everyone who spoke, and to everyone who has contributed so much time, thought, and effort to the many different aspects of this fight.
Next week: Attorney Keith Ainsworth presents the case against the Pit on behalf of the Mt. Carmel Environmental Trust. More comments from the developer. We look forward to seeing everyone there: Old Town Hall, 7 pm, Thursday, 11/2.
* from an article by Sharon Bass in the hamdendailynews.com. See full article, together with video footage from the hearing, at http://www.hamdendailynews.com