Wednesday, October 11, 2006

"So Many People Want to Speak on This Issue, the Town Will Continue Tonight's Meeting Oct. 25th"

We’re grateful to the media -- print, online, tv, and radio – for their extensive, clear, and vivid coverage of last night’s hearing before the Planning & Zoning Commission. And we’re grateful to all the people who came and listened, who signed petitions, and who are otherwise supporting our efforts to stop the gravel pit project in northern Hamden. Among the 240 people who attended last night were neighbors, state and town officials, members of various civic associations and advocacy organizations, and others – and we’re looking forward to hearing all of them present their ideas, information, and questions to the Commission at the next hearing on Wednesday, October 25.

Here are links to, and extracts from, some of the coverage of last night’s hearing:

Hamden Daily News (online)

“About 200 people crammed into Council Chambers, most wearing little yellow buttons with the words ‘Stop the Pit.’ A few wore more than one. There were not enough chairs. Some had to stand in the back and in the rotunda. Babies cried. Young children…stood by their parents….Neighbors expect the operation to be noisy and ruin precious land. Many trees will be killed and just a fraction replaced at the end of the day. Residents cite traffic problems with trucks going in and out six days a week. They worry about air pollution from diesel fumes and contaminants getting into the town’s drinking supply. Jepp and Willow brooks run through the land and eventually drain into the Mill River, which pours into Lake Whitney. ‘We’re very concerned about drinking water quality,’ said Curt Johnson, a senior attorney with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.”

New Haven Register (you may need to register online (it's free)and then search the site for the article)

“About 240 people — many wearing ‘Stop the Pit’ buttons — crammed into the Memorial Town Hall auditorium to oppose a two-year sand and gravel mining operation at 4280 and 4246 rear Whitney Ave.…It's the vehicles that will infiltrate their neighborhood for two years that have people upset. The plan says that excavating work would take place weekdays and Saturdays for two years and that 250,000 cubic yards of gravel and sand will be removed in 64 round trips of truck traffic daily.…(The developer’s attorney) said there would be a ‘minimal increase in traffic,’ a comment that got a rise out of the disbelieving crowd.”

WFSB/Channel 3

“Residents packed Town Hall in Hamden Tuesday evening....The area is home to a bike path, wildlife and hundreds of homes.…’It's just going to be total chaos. They want to put a mining operation in the middle of a residential neighborhood,’ said John Morrison of the Spring Glen Civic Association.”

WTNH/Channel 8

“So many people want to speak on this issue, the town will continue tonight's meeting Oct. 25th.”


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