It has come to our attention that many Simsbury taxpayers assume that the vote for the Development Rights Purchase to preserve the Ethel Walker School is AUTOMATICALLY going to referendum in November. This is NOT the case.
First, the Selectmen must recommend to the Board of Finance that it go to referendum. Second, the Board of Finance reviews that recommendation and either supports that recommendation or rejects it. All of these recommendations MUST occur by September 6th.
The Board of Finance meets this Tuesday night. They need to know ASAP, as do our Selectmen, how many people care about this. We deserve to vote on this issue in a referendum. Otherwise the land WILL BE DEVELOPED. Regulations do not prevent development of the land and do not adequately protect our drinking water.
The decision on the expenditure to protect this land and our drinking water must go before ALL Simsbury taxpayers. If the Board of Finance rejects a referendum, petitioners can demand it. However, a recommendation from all town boards will make the strongest case to foundations and other grant sources, and enable us to focus our time and energy to lower the town's expenditure. We don't have much time.
Contact the Selectmen and Board of Finance members NOW. If you only sent to Tom Vincent before, the other Selectmen need to receive your emails. Please, before you do anything else, tell our town officials that purchasing the development rights to the Ethel Walker School Land needs to be decided in a referendum! The email addresses for the Board of Finance (finance1 is forwarded to all Board of Finance members) and the Board of Selectmen (members' emails are listed individually) are listed below.
Finance1@simsbury-ct.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; D_ryan@comcast.net;
email@example.com; John.hampton@UCONN.edu; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Tell others to send, or resend, their letters. It can be one sentence: "Let us vote on the EWS land."
We don't have email contact with all of our supporters. Please forward this email and tell others to sign up for our
email list for future mailings.
Selectman Moira Wertheimer noted that this is a once in a generation opportunity in her
letter to the Courant. "Today, we face such a decision - whether to preserve the Ethel Walker property and the pristine Stratton Brook aquifer. . . . It is about who we are and what kind of town we want, for today and for tomorrow." It is up to us, now.
Also important: make sure to attend the meeting this Wednesday at Flamig Farm, 7:00 PM with Trust for Public Land.
Thank you for your support.
Keep The Woods!
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