It appears that there are major concerns and issues with the upgrading of Meriden’s sewage plant. It seems to have faulty equipment that is releasing pollution levels of nitrogen into the environment. It also appears that “unforeseen” levels of polluting phosphorus are being released into the air due to the upgrades. To me, unforeseen means the results of not following standard codes. In my opinion and research, I consider these pollutants to be life-threatening. The upgrades were not mandatory. I think that Meriden taxpayers may have footed the bill for these multi-million-dollar upgrades. My understanding is that the city has been fined by the EPA and told to fix the issues. I believe that the city may have hired, at our expense, an out-of-state firm to fight the EPA so Meriden can release high levels of toxins into the air and into the soil. Is Meriden becoming another New Jersey? Will carrying portable oxygen tanks (as compared with bottled water) be the future? Are Meriden residents again labeled as sheep with wool over our eyes?
Edward Gagliola, Meriden
Congratulations to Senator Bartolomeo! Our state Senator, Danté Bartolomeo, has just been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Connecticut Community Development Association. This highly regarded organization is composed of professionals in the public and private sectors who build municipal infrastructure, revitalize neighborhoods, and create safer, stronger communities. They selected Senator Bartolomeo for her leadership at the state capitol on this complex range of issues. They praised her ability to bring people together to solve problems, both at the legislature and in her district. The award recognized her tireless commitment to the well-being of our children, the security of our families, and the health of our cities and towns.
In just her first term, Senator Bartolomeo has achieved this impressive honor. She makes her constituents proud.
Jeffrey Freiser, Meriden
I have been hiking Chauncey Peak for 64years. When I was in college, I worked at the Record-Journal and also cleaned offices at the trap rock company currently gutting the mountain. Dr. Giuffreda was our team doctor on the Meriden High School football team. As you should guess, I am personally involved in what is happing to Chauncey Peak. It irks me to read Leonardo Suzio’s condescending nod to the public concerning Chauncey Peak, wherein he would “want it to be open” providing we don’t “cause problems” (R-J, 4-12).
Let’s look, for a minute, at the obvious point — that the Suzio’s “own” the mountain, or a good portion of it. Not too long ago, 15 people in New London “owned” their houses before the state allowed the city to allow the development company to seize these homes for “public use.” A large portion of this public use was, oddly enough, labeled Pfizer Chemical. The city , state and private firms conspired to strip these people of their homes because of the need for public use. Well, what is more “public” than a mountain? Did Suzio build it, place it there, nurture it? Of course not. My understanding is that 36 acres of it was bought for $5,000 in 1966. Seems like a low price for that much land — but, who knows?
Ten years ago, developers in another town wanted to destroy 58 acres of virgin land to accommodate their schemes. I, and others, formed an LLC, and fought them in state and federal courts for years. The land we fought for is still there — pristine and available to everyone. Anyone interested in forming an LLC to save Chauncey Peak should write to me at P.O. Box 191, Marion, CT, 06444.
Pat DeAngelis, Middlebury