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The good life in East Haddam July 22, 2014 at 09:57 AM
The analogous situation would be Sunrise Resort. After the state bought it they put out a requestRead Moref or proposals for private investors to operate the property. They got a couple of proposals for hare-brained schemes from people with no capital and no ability to raise any (other than government grants) and, thanks in large measure to Melissa Ziobron, the buildings were eventually razed. There were no viable proposals for Sunrise because the resort industry is dead, killed by cheap airfare to Orlando along with Atlantic City, the Catskills and the Poconos. Apparently this working group took a lesson from that and skipped the step of issuing any RFPs, knowing that no one with any understanding of agriculture or business believes that this can work. Indeed, were its potential anything close to what they claim someone in the private sector would have built it a long time ago. If this is such a great opportunity, why doesn't Mark Walter resign, get a bank loan, build a food processing center and get rich? Farming in East Haddam now consists of three things. First is a handful of families who have owned large amounts of land for decades or centuries and run beef cattle, grow silage and hay or raise nursery stock. Second is horse stables. Then there is the Mister Rogers' Land-of-Make-Believe agricultural sector, people who own little or no land but want to pretend they are farmers by raising a few animals or growing vegetables during a four month growing season. If that makes them happy it's fine with me but when they start spending my taxes to indulge their fantasies I have an issue with it. This is being driven by a very tiny minority. The solution is to petition a town meeting and kill it by a vote of the majority.
Barbi B. July 20, 2014 at 01:58 AM
Thank you Jeff, for all of the endless hours of paperwork, phone calls and emails to help the Group Read Moreachieve this status! You're AWESOME, Sir!!!
The good life in East Haddam July 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Simple solution. Add to this proposal a provision that if the boondoggle it is creating ever needs Read Moremoney from the East Haddam taxpayers the funds will be transferred from the First Selectman's salary and benefits each year until those funds have been exhausted. If it ever achieves positive cash flow then the First Selectman can be paid his back salary and benefits with 8% interest per annum. If the First Selectman isn't lying and actually believes in this he should have no problem agreeing to those conditions as they will present zero risk to him. Does he believe in this or is this just the latest edition of his program of drive-by pandering - giving away free taxpayer money to various constituencies to purchase his own re-election?
We The People July 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM
FIVE years in the works behind the scenes? Maybe someone, such as the Selectman, could have takenRead MoreF IVE minutes to inform the neighbors that a commercial food processing plant would be built next to their homes.
We The People July 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM
FIVE years in the works? Maybe the Selectman's 'team' could have taken FIVE minutes to inform theRead Moren eighbors that a commercial food processing plant was going to abut their property.
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