Friday, March 28, 2008

Another STEAP grant

State Rep. Al Adinolfi just announced that Cheshire will be receiving $400,000 for West Main Street improvements. This is in addition to the $500,000 already alotted via the Small Town Economic Assistance Program.

Tim White

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

great, now I can have a sidewalk in front of the body shop.....great way to spend my $900,000

And we really need Al tio get this money, Its taxpaer money that shouldnt be wasted on this crap.....this again, is why I am voting against every single incumbent in office until they are replaced....

Anonymous said...

to 4:21

I strongly disagree. We need to make this town an attractive place to live and where businesses are willing to set up. We can't just sit on our hands and hope people will want to live here. This will be money well spent versus some of the other areas where we waste money (i.e. turf, pool consultants, etc.).
What would propose us to do? Should we not spend a penny on anything that will help beautify our town and make it an attractive place to live?
Is that what you do at your home? The heck with mowing the lawn and taking care of your property??
Get real, this is important to this community as a whole.

Anonymous said...

Let the business owners decide. Don't shove it down their throat.

Anonymous said...

"The heck with mowing the lawn and taking care of your property"

Are you putting you landscaping bills on your credit card?

That's what the state does when it borrows money to build yuppie sidewalks in front of car repair shops

Anonymous said...

"That's what the state does when it borrows money to build yuppie sidewalks in front of car repair shops"

It's a shame that all you notice on West Main St. is an auto body shop. Perhaps if they did some nice sidewalks and cleaned the area up a little you may notice other businesses exist there.

"Are you putting you landscaping bills on your credit card?"

If I have to in order to keep up my property I will.
What would you do? Let it crumble?

West Main can be a nice area, especially if the linear trail is finished.

I am sure businesses like Rossini's, Pops, West Main Grill and Laras would benefit.

Don't be so short sighted that you think the state is doing this for an auto body shop. Open your eyes and look atyour surroindings.

Anonymous said...

A survey of business owners on West Main has shown most do not want the beautification program.

Anonymous said...

"If I have to in order to keep up my property I will.
What would you do? Let it crumble?"

Well, when we bond for esthetics insteads of essentials other things crumble...like highways and public schools.

I suspect you would go into hock to pay the landscaper and let your furnace fall apart from lack of funds

Anonymous said...

Where is the responsibility of the business owners to improve the aesthetics of their businesses? Shouldn't they be doing that? Exactly how does $900k go towards improving the economy of this town? West Main isnt a shopping area. What is there exactly to attract consumers....a few restuarants? Rossinis is a dump, maybe they coudl spend a little money to clean the place up? Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

You sound like the competion. What your definition of a dump? Have you been in there lately? Give me a break. It's a pizza place not a five star restaurant.

Anonymous said...

Even a five star restaurant should not have the state's taxpayers spend $900K to build it a new sidewalk in front of the business...it's called corporate welfare

Anonymous said...

If the business owners brighten up their buildings the value goes up, therefore the property taxes go up. As a business owner if my building is sufficient for my business why would I intentionally increase my property tax through valuation? I also know that by making the building prettier does not bring in new business. Increasing value of a commercial property is not the same as putting an addition on your house.

Anonymous said...

My definition of a dump is a place where it is generally dirty most of the time, where you are afraid to touch anything for fear of contracting some illness due to filth. Thats Rossini's, dirty, filthy plac. As for the pizza.....as a native born and bred NY'er, what they are serving there doesnt qualify as Pizza....

Anonymous said...

So does spending money to make the outside area look better going to change the way business owners maintain their properties?

Anonymous said...

Where is the responsibility of the business owners to improve the aesthetics of their businesses? Shouldn't they be doing that?
I believe they are talking about sidewalks and the general area of the old railroad tracks. It isn't like the state is going to pay to re-do their buildings.
The town owns and is responsible for the upkeep of all the sidewalks in town. West Main St. is technically a state road, so I am not sure if the town has to take care of those sidewalks or the state does.
To call busnisses in our town "dumps" is pretty insulting. Rossinni's has been part of Cheshire for over 20 years and unless you have some specific information, you shouldn't slander them like that. There are other Pizza places in town that you can go to, but you don't need to stoop to name calling.
I suspect you would go into hock to pay the landscaper and let your furnace fall apart from lack of funds.
Realistically, this state is not letting its "furnace crumble" to take care of esthetics. This should fall under taking care of the roads.
Lets not get into knit-picking. That area needs to be taken care.

Anonymous said...

Okay Rossinis isnt a dump, its a lousy pizza place.......

Anonymous said...

How people like to bash. Here is a business who has been paying taxes and providing a service to the people of Cheshire for many years and one has to knock it. I'm sure that they didn't ask for this beautification grant.

Anonymous said...

"Realistically, this state is not letting its "furnace crumble" to take care of esthetics. This should fall under taking care of the roads."

We always have money for pretty sidewalks but we never have money to build jails