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Bethel Water Tower Denied By Danbury Planning Commission

First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker has his say on the water tower situation.

Tonight's decision by the Danbury Planning Commission to deny Bethel the ability to build a water tank on property owned by Bethel for more than half a century was short-sighted and unfair.

The commission ignored the extraordinary efforts undertaken by the town to fully address the concerns of the neighboring residents.  

It ignored the fact that Bethel has been a good neighbor in allowing Danbury to locate their water storage within the town limits of Bethel.

It overruled the written testimony in support of Bethel's project by many of Danbury's residents including Danbury's fire marshall.

It ignored the fact that Bethel had included in the plan a new fire hydrant that would improve the safety for Danbury neighbors.  

It allowed six opposed residents to deny the entire downtown section of Bethel the water it desperately needs.  

Bethel will review the decision and consider future options.

Matthew Knickerbocker

 

Bethel First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker's monthly Brown Bag lunch will be rescheduled to Friday, September 28th from noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Eric T Gray September 20, 2012 at 08:35 PM
What about all that land we just bought off of 302? I think Knickers should just realize this isn't happening and stop wasting his time (our tax dollars) discussing... lets look at alternatives... I think its funny Knickers says the decision was short sighted and unfair... I feel the same way about the continued tax increases in our town
Karl September 20, 2012 at 08:55 PM
The water storage tank is for the high pressure side of the system and should be located at the highest point possible so gravity can help (that is, we don't have to maintain as high a pressure inside the tank as we would if it were situated in one of the less elevated parts of town.).
Tubeworm September 20, 2012 at 09:05 PM
This is one reason why Bethel and Danbury should be jointed... too many problems with water, sewer pipes, utilities, roads, ect. Enough of the bickering and get the damn water tank built. The engineers know a hell of a lot more about city water networks than then the cranky neighbors crying about it.
PJ September 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM
COULD EMINENT DOMAIN COME INTO PLAY ON THIS FIASCO?
Bill Hillman September 21, 2012 at 02:23 AM
cell phone tower forest, transfer station, or affordable housing... I wonder if there's some state statute that can override local for water pressure and safety

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