LETTERS: A Quinnipiac River linear trail clarification; talking tolls

LETTERS: A Quinnipiac River linear trail clarification; talking tolls

A trail built with respect


We, the co-chairs of the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Advisory Committee (QRLTAC) respectfully correct the inaccuracies in the letter of April 9 from Ray Rys, Sr.  

The trail Mr. Rys refers to is the Senior Center Loop for which the Town of Wallingford was granted federal funding quite some time ago.  The grant was applied for and awarded to The Town of Wallingford.  While the QRLTAC is unanimously in favor of the trail, the QRLTAC did not plan the Senior Center Loop nor did the QRLTAC apply for the grant.

The trail is being built with utmost respect, care and concern for the habitat wildlife and especially nesting birds.   DEEP and DOT also scrutinize the proposed project to determine what can and can’t be removed from an area due to flora and fauna protection.

The trail will not disturb underground sediments contaminated by the former gas company and walkers will not be impacted.  However, those Oak Street residents who, without permission planted gardens on the Town of Wallingford’s land may have grown their plants near contaminated soil.  

The Senior Center Loop will be used by nature lovers as well as folks simply wanting to get out for a quiet, peaceful walk. To those who use our beautiful trail systems they are more than a good investment, they are PRICELESS!

Catherine Granucci and Mary Mushinsky,
co-chairs, QRLTAC

Pick a lane


Elected officials have the distinction of being chosen by a popular majority and have the public exposure to bring to light many important topics. The discussion of tolls returning to Connecticut is an important topic. Based on the general feeling one gets from the media, many people are divided on whether this could be a solution to the state's transportation needs. Many in support of tolls, only see this as an unpopular “best option” to address our aging infrastructure.

In Wallingford, we have a unique situation. One of our more popular Town Councilors also happens to be an elected State Representative. Republican Councilor (and State Representative) Craig Fishbein sits with the majority party on the Town Council in Wallingford and is in the minority at the state level as State Representative.

Holding two part-time elected positions is not against the law. It does appear to be somewhat of a conflict of interest with regards to separating town and state business though. One might even question whether someone should hold dual positions in 2 legislative bodies at 2 different levels. I don't intend to insinuate that Councilor/State Representative Fishbein is not capable of performing his duties in both positions – but I think that it would be preferable to have distance between these elected positions.

A recently passed resolution to oppose tolls was added to the Town Council agenda by Councilor Fishbein. State Representative Fishbein is using the same building to host a discussion with other likeminded state politicians the following day. It comes across as a gross overreach for the same politician to use multiple public forums to leverage the majority opinion of a local government to support the agenda of the minority in state government. I don't doubt Mr. Fishbein's commitment to his supporters, but perhaps he should 'pick a lane.'

Jesse Reynolds, Wallingford


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