It has been quite a week in Simsbury!
1. Keep the Woods gathered well over 1500 signatures in less
one week. It is important to COLLECT EVEN MORE, right
away, and use
the opportunity to get our fact sheets and information out to the
residents in one-on-one conversations. Extra petition pages and
sheets are available at Flamig Farm. If you haven't signed, stop
Flamig during business hours.
2. There was a Special Board of Selectmen meeting Wednesday
at Eno Hall where the selectmen unanimously agreed to send on the
town's appropriation of $11.1 million dollars to the Board of Finance
Hartford Courant article
and/or hear the WNPR
). The Trust for Public Land is committed
to an extra $2.75
million dollars in private fundraising to get this $13.85
acquisition done. State and federal grants as well as private
fundraising above the $2.75 million level will lower the final price to
the town. As of now, at least 2 state grants are likely for over
$900,000. The price for the town is consistent with the
value for the property, and well below market value of just the woods
portion of the property. However, the agreement we will vote on
donate to will protect the entire piece, including the vista
horse pasture on Bushy Hill Road, and will give the
small pieces of land that are non-contiguous with
the woods and
Bottom line: Negotiations about price and
funding responsibilities are over. This is the first clear
we have had to preserve this land, and this opportunity, with help from
a national group, will not come again.
At the meeting there was an initial
motion to recommend that
the BOF bond 8.5 million; we have no problem with this, but the point
of this was unclear. No matter what amount is bonded, and no
what amount is guaranteed in state grants that will reduce the cost to
to the town, the town must "appropriate" 11.1 million and this is what
must be voted on in referendum. We trust the BOF to work out the
financing option for whatever is the final amount the town must
and we are doing everything we can to find ways to reduce the cost to
the town as much as possible. Any additional sources,
suggestions are welcome.
Bottom line: To meet the terms of the
$11.1 million must go to referendum.
3. In light of all of the above, the Board of
meeting on August 15th is of critical importance.
We need more signatures and very high attendance at that
we know we will have the chance to VOTE ON THE BALLOT we
can work on
EDUCATION AND FUNDRAISING to get this done! Tell people
meeting while you are collecting or are out and about. Everyone
cares needs to be there!!
4. Next KTW community meeting
- Wednesday 7 PM
Flamig Farm. Make sure to come with all of your petition pages to
notarized, Pick up extra sheets at Flamig ASAP and
as many as possible. There is a lot of territory that has not
covered. If you need an assignment, contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have pages already notarized either bring them
Wed. or contact Diane email@example.com, 658-0530 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Diane if you will NOT
be at the meeting, have pages, and need a notary.
Keep The Woods!
P.S. See pictures from the Mushroom and Bird Walks here.
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