Chasing Tails

23Jun08

“Study Circles”? Is that like crop circles? Is it possible that 100 people divided into 10 groups can delay this for at least 18 months? You know, in time for Miron to run again?

Gee, you’d think this location wasn’t Miron’s “idea” in the first place.

You read it in the Post:

Study circles part of shelter project
RICHARD WEIZEL STRATFORD —
Article Last Updated: 06/23/2008 12:19:05 AM EDT

Mayor James R. Miron, taking a cue from the former first lady and presidential candidate, believes it may take a town to build a new animal shelter.

At a meeting last week that brought together neighbors opposed to using a 1.5-acre Access Road site for a new shelter and animal advocates who contend that replacing the existing shelter is long overdue, the mayor decided that a “study circles” process should be used to find the best site.

That means as many as 100 residents, or more, will work in small groups of 10 or less to study the issue and make a recommendation on a place to build a shelter.

“We’re placing on hold any plans to move forward on the Access Road site until after this four- to six-week process is completed,” Miron said. The informational session was organized last week by Town Council Minority Leader Alvin O’Neal, D-2, whose district includes the site now proposed for the 7,500-square-foot shelter.

To help review options for the shelter, Miron said he’s bringing in the same national nonprofit group based in East Hartford, Everyday Democracy, that helped the town after a racial crisis two years ago.

“I know the two issues are vastly different,” he said. “But the study circles process that helped the community to better understand issues involving racial issues can also help us in this effort as well.”

Miron said, “90 percent of town residents support a new animal shelter” to replace the 50-year-old cramped facility on Frog Pond Lane that has been cited several times for not meeting state standards.

But, he added, that “90 percent of residents also don’t want the shelter built in their neighborhood. I think bringing residents together in small groups can help gain a consensus about the best type of location, and maybe the best actual site.”

The proposed facility, with an estimated price tag of $1.5 million to $2 million, would be three times larger than the present shelter.

Supporters of a new shelter said they are disappointed with the delay, while some neighbors said they believe the mayor’s may just be a temporary diversion.

“I think [study circles] is a waste of time,” said Frash Street resident Marion Perreira, who lives near the site and served on the Frash Pond Redevelopment panel nearly 40 years ago when she recalls a deal was made to keep the land as open space forever.

“I don’t think it has to take months to find an alternate site or that all those people have to be involved,” Perreira said. She said if the mayor tries again to have the shelter built on Access Road, “we will fight it all the way. I found a 21-page document of our committee’s work, agreed to between the panel and HUD [the Department of Housing and Urban Development] from 1969 to 1975, that clearly states the parcel be kept as open space and park land.”

She also said the intention was to keep the site as a buffer between residential properties and industry along Access Road.

But Miron said “no official document” exists that supports restricting any development on the property, including municipal buildings.

Neighbors have argued the shelter would create noise, foul smells and have a negative impact on property values.

“I told the people to come out and express their views because this wasn’t a done deal, and now they know it isn’t,” O’Neal said.

Marjean O’Malley, president of the Stratford Animal Rescue Society, said, “We are disappointed with another delay, but we believe the mayor is determined to really find a site for the new shelter.”

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14 Responses to “Chasing Tails”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    I’m guessing the “study circles” are not quite circles yet. Does anyone think Miron would just love for this issue to go away?

  2. 2 1george1

    Considering the “JERKS” in politics and the “study circles” concept…

    I am teeing this one up for SUDDS as I promise Sue Sulier to refrain or
    at least cut back on less pure thoughts and postings.

    Altogether now, what would these be called?

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Can this be what the “study circles” came up with? Let’s steal it from children and give it to the animals? And where is this shelter going to be built? Has anyone decided THAT yet?

    Hmmm…that should bring the town together; Parents v. Animal Lovers.

    Council to reconsider funding requests
    RICHARD WEIZEL
    Article Last Updated: 07/29/2008 12:32:17 AM EDT

    STRATFORD — The Town Council may cut more than $1.5 million in proposed capital improvements requested by the Board of Education in a bid to reduce the town’s overall $14.8 million proposed capital improvements expenditure.

    While $1 million is likely to be allocated for a long-awaited animal shelter, and $650,000 for new and used firetrucks, the council will consider dropping some school board capital requests, council leaders said.

    Heaven forbid we should take it from the $2 million/year that we pay Berchem Moses & Devlin.

  4. 4 1george1

    I have 1099 for Burturla for 2006 & 2007 for over $ 500,000

    And where can I find the other $ 1.5 so referred?

  5. 5 jezebel282

    George,

    You are forgetting labor negotiations, arbitration and grievances. Guess who handles that?

  6. 6 1george1

    And where would I find that in the Budget?

    What does H. R. do?
    New H. R. Director is an …Attorney.
    Worked in … Bridgeport
    I wonder if he worked with … C. R. C. John August.

    Oh wait, Esq. Jon August was appointed to the C. R. C. prior
    to old H.R. Director quitting and new one being hired.
    I wonder if any DOCUMENTS were shredded and replaced? 😉

    In USPS E L & R handled Grievances and Arbitration.
    (Employee Labor & Relations)
    They also handled Negotiations.

    I know Labor Consultant DAVID DUNN gets paid $ 5,500 a month,
    according to the Budget Work shops.
    Not sure where to find it in BUDGET or what he does, if anything?

    Jeze, can you document $ 2 m per year?

    I also do NOT believe numbers from O’Connell years as to what was
    paid to Burturla. got PRINT OUTS from K KELLY F. O. I.
    Range was $ 50 – $ 70,000
    Milford has always paid $ 180,000 Annually

    We know some people sacrifice and may give home town discount.
    Oh I have a Bridge in Bridgeport I would like you to BUY.

  7. 7 jezebel282

    George,

    It depends upon whether you consider Berchem Moses & Devlin and Richard Buturla as one and the same thing. (Hint: I do).

  8. 8 1george1

    Jeze,
    From Stratford = I agree
    From around the state of evilness = no it is an intellectual brothel

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Update:

    Stratford zoners OK animal shelter
    Richard Weizel
    STAFF WRITER
    Updated: 05/20/2009 12:18:12 AM EDT

    STRATFORD — Every dog has its day, and in Stratford, that day has finally come.

    After more than a decade of frustration and stalled efforts by animal advocates, the Zoning Commission on Tuesday following a public hearing at Town Hall, unanimously approved a new animal control shelter to replace the 50-year-old, cramped facility on Frog Pond Lane that has been cited repeatedly for not meeting state standards.

    The new $1.7 million, 10,000 square-foot shelter will be constructed on town-owned property behind Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field on Main Street, not far from the Water Treatment Control Facility

    Town officials say the new shelter could be completed late in 2009 or 2010.

    “It’s been a long, hard-fought battle, but I’m just glad it’s over and we can now look forward to the ground-breaking,” said Marjean O’Malley, president of the Stratford Animal Rescue Society, among several groups who lobbied for a new shelter for more than a decade. “This time everything seemed to finally come together and this will be a facility the whole town can be proud of.”

    Councilman Gavin Forrester, D-3 and Planning Commission Chairman Joseph Vescey strongly urged the Zoning Commission to approve plans for the new shelter.

    ( Once again, we ask ourselves why Forrester isn’t running against Miron.)

    We are amazed the Mayor Moron isn’t quoted in this article taking complete credit for the project. We strongly suspect that Mayor Moron is hiding in his office. Someone must have told him the lying on camera is not a campaign tactic he can use.

  10. 10 1george1

    The animal shelter is long over due.

    There is never a good time to spend tax payer money.
    However in these economic times …..

    In late 1990s Town Pension cost averaged under $ 3 million.
    Most in the $ 2 million range.
    Right now monthly average projects to almost $ 17 million
    in 2009. Mayor projected $ 18 million in proposed budget.

  11. 11 rocki4mayor

    “Once again, we ask ourselves why Forrester isn’t running against Miron”

    I will gladly suspend my campaign if/when Mr. Forrester decides to run!!!

  12. 12 jezebel282

    Rocki,

    “I will gladly suspend my campaign if/when Mr. Forrester decides to run!!!”

    Gee that should do it.

    But I’m not sure we need a pussy in the mayor’s office. The DTC and RTC are already full of them.

  13. 13 rocki4mayor

    In the mayor’s office??? I thought they were all going to the Russian massauge parlor down the street!?!?!?!

  14. 14 1george1

    Rocki,
    Gavin is among the smartest and most capable of the present
    & past Town Councils. He, Calzone, & Jon volunteered, not
    just for years, but decades for EMS.

    HOWEVER:

    1 – Gavin chaired C. R. C. # 1 which

    A) Created the office of the Mayor.
    * Both Jim & Gavin are D.
    * Both Jim & Gavin were on C. R. C. # 1

    B) This NEW form of Government has a NEW OFFICE (MAYOR)
    with 4 year term and can NOT be RECALLED, since it is a NEW
    OFFICE and NOT GRANDFATHERED – even IF GRANDFATHERED
    RIGHTS were somehow ruled NOT INVIOLATE by a JUDGE.

    C) Most likely ABRIDGED Rocki’s 1st Amendment appeal rights
    IF the GRANDFATHERED RIGHTS are inviolate:
    – No Public RIGHT to Term Limits
    – No Public RIGHT to initiative
    – No Public RIGHT to Petition Process
    – No Public RIGHT to Referendum, created by Public
    – No forcing Town Council to enact legislation caused DIRECTLY
    by voters
    – No TOWN BUDGET referendum, created by Public
    – No BORED of EDUKATION BUDGET referendum, created by Public
    – No CAPITAL BOND referendum, created by Public
    – No PENSION referendum, created by Public
    – No TPZ referendum, created by Public

    D) Rubber Stamped, although with questions, PENSIONS.

    E) Never PUBLICLY raised PENSION ISSUES on annual vs. base pay.
    Was instrumental in creation of the FAC, which may or may not
    have had intent to create a COVER for the 2008 police pensions,
    which BOB SAMMIS resignation and my TIRE incident – exposed!

    F) Has NOT raised issue IF AVCO should be a SUPERFUND SITE?
    This would mean the GOVERNMENT would PAY for CLEAN UP,
    NOT a developer, making the REDEVELOPMENT more VIABLE.
    – GAVIN has helped RAC & SAVE STRATFORD with RAYMARK ISSUES
    and MEETINGS.
    – However, NO ONE forces the EPA – DEP to do anything.

    GAVIN frustrates me.
    GREAT ABILITY.
    REAL CONCERN and SERVICE to the TOWN.
    Appears captive of a “different interest?”
    – Everyone is entitled to own political priorities.
    – GAVIN’s sense of humor has slowly increased as the time on the
    Town Council appears to end ….. GAVIN is capable of being more
    devasting than Don Rickles and funnier, because of his intelligence.

    GAVIN frustrates me.
    GREAT ABILITY.
    REAL CONCERN and SERVICE to the TOWN.


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