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Jodi Lisitano July 23, 2014 at 07:20 AM
We have already been giving $430,000 from the government to build a commercial kitchen. What do we Read Moredo with this money if we fight this project? We need to work together on this to have a positive outcome for ALL East Haddam residents. Will East Haddam residents be able to buy lower cost organics instead of buying from grocery stores which buy from Mexico? Why does this projects have to take place at the Harris property? The old Sunrise is a much better location with established land for farming as well as better trucking accessibility than Mt Parnassus Rd.
Barbara Borent July 23, 2014 at 01:44 PM
I agree,Jodi!!
The good life in East Haddam July 23, 2014 at 02:48 PM
1. We don't own Sunrise. The state owns it. DEEP is NOT going to establish a precedent thatRead Morewould have towns all over the state asking to use state park and forest lands for their projects. 2. Let me guess, Jodi. You have lived your whole life in southern New England and have thus never been exposed to real agriculture. If someone could make serious money selling "organics" for less than grocery stores charge they'd already be doing it. Ever notice at the grocery store how the organics cost more??? Your produce comes from Florida, Mexico and elsewhere because they have farms of thousands of acres and can produce year-round, harvesting multiple crops a year rather than just one, keeping their machinery running and funding a return on investment twelve months a year instead of four, and not being saddled with the highest minimum wage in the country. Low taxes might help, too. And OBTW, do you expect to buy East Haddam produce between October and May? 3. What do we do with the $430,000.00? Why don't we send it back? This will never work without being supported by higher property taxes. It cannot work. Has anyone written a business plan? How many written commitments do we have from people who will pay to use the building? This is like if someone gave me a brand new $430,000.00 Rolls Royce. Would that be nice? Sure it would, but there is no way that I could ever afford the taxes, insurance and maintenance because I can't just raise everyone's taxes the way Mark Walter does whenever he needs to buy some votes or neutralize someone he fears might challenge him in the next election. The only difference is I could sell the Rolls but once this building is up we will be stuck with the costs of operating it ad infinitum and will have nothing to show for it.
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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