Silence from the DOT
In the outpouring of outrage concerning the proposal to build two warehouses on the former BMS site on Research Parkway I have been struck by the absence of any input by the Connecticut department of transportation. This absence is particularly puzzling in view of the substantial, some might say massive, impact of increased heavy truck traffic on state Route 68 coupled with ramp congestion problems to and from I-91.
If these potential problems have been addressed at the state level, I have not seen any mention in either the Record-Journal nor in the New Haven Register.
Sean O’Connor, Wallingford
Protect the water supply
Wallingford’s drinking water supply is under serious threat. The pending BMS/Calare special permit application currently under review by the Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission poses that threat. The site is located in the headwaters of the watershed that drains via the Muddy River to the MacKenzie Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to 80 percent of Wallingford’s population. This watershed is known as a Source Water Protection Area (SWPA) for which a whole host of preservation/protection measures are required. The BMS/Calare proposal contradicts, if not violates those measures.
Essentially, the BMS proposal consists of three enormous phases, all of which will cause adverse impacts not only to the water resources but to air, noise and traffic conditions. They include: Destruction/demolition of the existing BMS facility, power plant, and daycare where abatement of asbestos laden materials is required to be used for fill. Construction over a nine-month period of two 244 truck dock warehouses requiring blasting of 60 feet of elevation of the adjacent bedrock ridge for fill, and driveways & parking for 700 vehicles. Truck/cargo operations estimated at 120 trips per hour for which spill mishaps of unknown contents are likely to occur. (The actual tenant is apparently unknown, however, even though this item is required on the permit application under proposed use). Under the federal Safe Drinking Water Amendments and state Spill Contingency Plans, the applicant is responsible for any disruption to the water supply and must supply the replacement water supply. The applicant might eliminate this liability by withdrawing his application.
Deliberations by P & Z continue on January 14, 2019. I urge the commissioners to avert a colossal catastrophe by rejection of this application and voting “no.”
Judith Singer, Wallingford
Deny this proposal
Please attend Monday’s Planning and Zoning Meeting at 7 p.m. to oppose Calare’s invasive proposal for the former Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) property.
Town Planner Kacie Hand said the reason Calare requires a special permit is because it will generate a high volume of traffic. Google “Wallingford Connecticut Planning and Zoning Regulations.” Look under 7.5 Special Permits on pages 162-166, specifically B. Criteria for Evaluating a Special Permit (pg. 163-164), for a whole host of reasons this project should be denied.
Regulation 7.5-B.1.i relates to “the availability of adequate sewerage and/or water supply” and 7.5-B.1.e is in regards to the “unusual topography of the land.” This project should be denied because it’s part of our largest watershed area which provides 75 percent of our town’s drinking water. Prevent Calare from contaminating our water supply!
Regulation 7.5-B.1.c is “the capacity of adjacent streets to handle peak traffic loads and hazards created by use.” If approved, this proposal will increase the amount of truck docks on or around Research Parkway by 133 percent, adding 133 percent more truck traffic. The majority of buses for our town (and others) travel down Research Parkway. Buses do not turn right on red. Truck platooning is inevitable. Shouldn’t this warrant an independent traffic study and not just a peer review?
Regulation 7.5-B.1.g speaks to “problems of fire and police protection.” In December, one truck spill requiring a HazMat crew shut down a lane on Research Parkway for half a day creating a dangerous traffic situation. Police officers on two different shifts had to sit with the truck. Deny this project to prevent excess truck traffic, allow our officers to patrol the town, and ensure no spills enter our water supply.
Read the regulations for further evidence to support denial of this proposal. Please attend Monday’s meeting to oppose this project!
Mike Frechette, Wallingford
A traffic nightmare
One thousand eight hundred thirty-two trucks 24/7 entering and leaving the Calare property (BMS) on Research Parkway in Wallingford will now be the largest truck terminal/warehouse in the State of Connecticut. This is over one (1) a minute day and night to our town from Calare alone, in addition to trucks from Amazon, USPS, New England Motor Freight, and the new car storage warehouse going in across from BMS, just to name a few. It will be a traffic nightmare for our town.
Meriden is the Silver City, Cheshire is the Bedding Plant Capital, will Wallingford be the Truck Capital of New England?
What will be carried in and stored in these one million sq.ft. on Research Parkway in Wallingford?
Calare told the town at the meeting in November only 600-700 trucks per day. We were able to obtain the documents with the correct number of trucks submitted to the town by Calare and it was 1,832 trucks per day. At the same meeting in November Calare asked the town to provide electricity for the day care on site since BMS was leaving and the day care would be in the dark, actually the day care closed in September.
So I ask my fellow citizens of Wallingford, stand up and fight this plan for our town, they are not being forthright.
Mary Ann Puttre, Wallingford
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