A 2.67-mill increase in property taxes on top of last year’s increase and the “For Sale” signs will be popping up all over. What does the BOE need a one million increase for? I would like to see that line item. With inflation running rampant with no end in sight, we, the taxpayers, have had enough. There isn’t a company anywhere where it increases the employees pay 4.2% every year unless that company is the City of Meriden. This is just the start of more increases down the road, we haven’t heard what the cost of a new senior center will be yet, that will be on next year’s budget. And the beat goes on with no end in sight until there will be nobody left to tax.
Frank Milano Jr., Meriden
Choate Rosemary Hall is proposing to build a 30,000-square-foot parking garage and new admissions building on the corner of an already busy and unsafe intersection. There are many residents in Wallingford who regularly avoid passing through the intersection of North Elm Street and Christian Street on their way through town. These drivers find other routes to avoid the daily formation of traffic delays at the four-way stop, a congestion aggravated by the multitude of students crossing between the four quadrants of Choate’s campus.
Situating a new large admissions center and relocating parking to within 160 feet of the intersection will unnecessarily intensify the difficulties found at the intersection. To bypass the intersection, most drivers in the area choose to make use of the smaller local streets such as Curtis Ave., Academy St., North and High streets. These local roads are not designed to accommodate the increased traffic. It has even been observed that the mounting number of Choate vans, trucks and other service vehicles avoid the main intersection as well and elect to add to traffic on the neighborhood roads.
Many alternative locations exist on the Choate campus for this new building. Their continued movement toward achieving their goal, in spite of sensible arguments and neighborhood opposition, displays a notable lack of community-minded problem solving.
Jennifer Coyne, Wallingford