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Hide the Water Tank, Council Member Tells Bethel

Danbury City Council Member Duane Perkins has an idea for Bethel, which is trying to build a water tank in a spot that overlooks Long Ridge Road.

After the Danbury Planning Commission rejected for the fourth time a three-quarters-of-a-million gallon water tank overlooking Long Ridge Road, Danbury City Council Member Duane Perkins had some advice for Bethel.

"To date, Bethel still has not addressed in any clear or coherent way, why the tank cannot be moved to a location where it will not be seen from the roadway," Perkins said in a release following the Danbury Planning Commission vote.

Perkins said Bethel lost an appeal in Superior Court in August 2011 of this water tank. Danbury residents have opposed this highly-visible tank from the get-go, and you can hear and see them in this video shot and edited by Danbury Video's John Neumuller.

"The money Bethel is spending in court on legal fees would be better used on relocation of the tank," Perkins said.

Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker had harsh words for the Danbury Planning Commission in his letter to the editor, which was published Thursday on both Bethel Patch and Danbury Patch.

In a Planning Commission meeting held on Wednesday evening, the commission voted unanimously 5 to 0, to reject a Draft Stipulated Agreement for Special Exception & Site Plan Approval of Eureka Lake Water Tank for the Town of Bethel, 37 Long Ridge Road.

"To put a highly visible 750,000-gallon water tank on Danbury’s only scenic road shows disdain for everyone in that area," Perkins said. "I commend the commissioners on their diligence, fairness, and long-term vision to protect our neighborhoods."

Michael Shea September 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM
So why do we actually need this water tank anyway?
Bill Hillman September 22, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I'm told to provide better water pressure and additional fire protection coverage
Christine Rose September 22, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Here ya go, some answers here: http://bethel.patch.com/articles/water-tank-issue-may-be-nearing-resolution
Matthew Knickerbocker September 22, 2012 at 09:38 AM
Because, Mr. Gray, the tank cannot be relocated. Councilman Perkins is not an engineer. Danbury's own engineering department concurred with our engineering firm (Wright Pierce) that the Eureka Lake location is the place for this tank. Bethel has a very serious public health and public safety need, and it is my obligation to do everything I can for the people of Bethel to provide the water they have a right to obtain from the property owned by Bethel taxpayers.
Michael Shea September 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM
More answers: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Bethel-to-build-new-water-tank-near-Eureka-223185.php Apparently we do not even use the reservoir - water is pumped from a well field on Maple Ave. up to a treatment plant at the reservoir and kept in a small tank there. The existing tank is to small. I wonder what is wrong with the reservoir water - I better quit taking drinks from downstream.....!!

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