Thank you, Meriden
I am truly humbled by the show of support on Election Day. Thank you for putting your faith in me. I will continue to work for all of us taxpayers in my new role. I look forward to helping Meriden thrive in my time on the Council, and I am grateful for being given the opportunity.
To those Councillors who are leaving their roles. We may not have agreed all of the time, but I appreciate all of your hard work. The time you sacrificed for us is to be respected, and you all have my respect. I can only hope to match your efforts. Thank you all, and I am ready to be your voice on the Council.
Michael Carabetta, Meriden
Save Chauncey Peak
Chauncey Peak must be protected. For two hundred million years, this majestic little mountain has graced what we now call Meriden. But in our brief lifetimes, we are watching it die a death of a thousand cuts.
A November 4th Record-Journal article reported what appeared to be good news. The quarry company owner stated, “We have no intention of removing the trail.” The reporter explained, “The excavation recently expanded in the northwest corner, but Suzio said it will not expand any further in the area to avoid encroaching on the trail. Excavation will extend southward along the trail toward the golf course.” The ribbon of trail may be saved, but the threat escalates for the rest of the mountain, a priceless natural asset for Meriden.
Most of the quarry has been hidden from public view until now because of local topography. But the mountain’s south face, where the new excavation is planned, looks out over Meriden. What happens to the attractiveness of our city, and to the property values of homeowners, when a magnificent landscape is transformed into a quarry pit?
I truly appreciate that the quarry company allows access to hikers. I recognize that it is an important local business that has been passed down through generations. Despite any assurances by the current generation, the next generation will face pressures to continually expand the quarry.
There are federal, state and philanthropic funds available for open space preservation. Our city officials and the quarry owners should seek a win-win solution. They should identify the most precious parcels, in terms of ecological and recreational value, and explore the potential for a conservation easement or outright purchase by the city.
Hopeful promises are not a substitute for legally binding protections. Mountains do not grow back.
Jeffrey Freiser, Meriden
A missed opportunity
This past Wednesday evening the Southington High School Music Department presented the audience with the 2019 Veterans Day Concert. The show was nothing but outstanding. The musical talent displayed by the students did not disappoint anyone. Unfortunately, the public attendance was disappointing. This was a missed opportunity to see a great show because of a lack of promotion by the town of Southington. Hopefully, next year, the town will make a little more effort to promote this wonderful event.
Robert Krause, Southington