Sunday, September 04, 2011

Town to assist in Irene cleanup

Tom Ruocco suggested I post this:

The Town of Cheshire will be assisting residents with removal of branches downed on their properties by Hurricane Irene.

Residents are asked to leave the branches curbside, without obstructing the roadway, by the morning of September 6, 2011. Branches less than five inches in diameter will be chipped and the chips will be removed. Branches and logs over five inches in diameter will be cut into approximately 18 inch logs and left at curbside for firewood for use by residents. Town staff will not go onto private property to retrieve or cut branches. Public Works crews will make only one pass through town, and will not return for debris that were not place curbside prior to their collection. This program is expected to take at least ten days. Residents can also dispose of this storm-related brush and tree material at the designated drop off areas at Mixville Park parking lot on Notch Road and the Quinnipiac Park parking lot on Cheshire Street at any time until September 14, 2011. This program is restricted to storm-related woody debris only. The Town will not accept loose leaves, yard clippings or trimmings, or any other lumber, garbage, non-woody storm debris or bulky items for collection or drop off.

Along with his ongoing outreach efforts, Tom is a fiscal conservative. Despite being in the minority, he voted in favor of avoiding long-term liabilities more than once this year. When it came to both the pool bubble and turf, Tom voted to avoid future expenses. If I could I would definitely vote for Tom Ruocco in November.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

More silliness form a citizen who doesn't understand that amenities need to be paid for - and if we want equal access to those amenities, then the form of payment is taxes.

For shame, from someone who is currently living in a country with terrible infrastructure and its consequences.

Anonymous said...

Guess what, there are many who believe the same way Tim does and we live in this town and pay taxes.
Not saying that amenities are needed, but to what extent?
Why put another bubble over the pool when we know it is a poor design and collapsed last winter under the weight of the snow?
Why push to have an artiificial turf field when we know that the tax payers will get stuck with the bill of replacing it?
My friend, this is not "silliniess", this if being fiscally responsible in a time when the economy is hurting many people who live in this town. It is a time to slow down on adding amenities until times are better.
Thanks Tim for keeping the residents aware of this.

Tim White said...

12:21 thanks.

As for 11:40, such comments are both misleading and highly offensive.


Who said "we want equal access"? Only ten months ago the voters spoke very clearly. We said we did not want to spend $400,000 on track maintenance. Yet the Council chooses to disenfranchise the voters and nullify the referendum.

Highly offensive:

To equate a lack of running water with a track not getting repaired. In fact, walking miles to a water supply for a household's daily needs is a chore that is often handled by slaves here. Yet in 11:40s world, it's somehow appropriate to draw this offensive anology.

Anonymous said...

You're the one who seems both offensive and blind, Tim. Between the attack on unions and labor in general, the road to, "meh,the slaves will carry the water" is paved with libertarian intentions. It's just pretty sad that when the results are staring you right in the face, you STILL can't see your folly.

Ever read any Borges? You might want to find that short story he wrote about Averroes and Aristotle.

Tim White said...

10:49... you originally drew an analogy between the infrastructure of Cheshire and the infrastructure of Haiti. And you suggested I should be ashamed for my non-support of the track repair.

Then I challenged you on your analogy.

Instead of explaining the basis of your analogy, you've moved onto another topic: attacks on unions and labor.

And while I recognize and acknowledge your concern... and understand the point you're making about libertarianism:

1) I'm not a libertarian. I just think our federal govt is too big and unaccountable. Look no further than the Obama / Dem war mandate of 2006 / 2008.

2) I have a record of seven years on the Council. While I suspect you would probably characterize me as being anti-labor, I prefer to characterize myself as fair toward labor... that's something I wouldn't say about management... and it's an issue over which I routinely and publicly challenged management.

But back to your original point... in what way is the infrastructure of Cheshire (and our worn, rubberized track) comparable to the infrastructure of Haiti (and their lack of running water, etc.)?

Also, last fall the voters' opposed track repairs 61% to 39%. Why should I be ashamed of agreeing with the majority of the voters on this issue?

Anonymous said...

Of course, had you and Tom been able to redirect the turf grant money to the pool it would have been okay then. Developement of a Capital recurring fund to help ease the burden of future costs of repair/replacement to infrastructure or some type of account like that should be looked into. If this had been done when the pool was built and contributed to each year based on life expectancy, this may not have been such an issue.