There will be a Public Hearing on the Town Manager’s Recommended Budget on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Tolland Middle School Auditorium. Residents are encouraged to attend and speak under Public Participation.
From the Town of Tolland:
There is a 3/24/15 Budget Discussion meeting that was rescheduled from 3/19. This meeting will be held at 6:00 pm in the 6th floor Council Chambers. Please call the Town Manager’s Office at (860) 871-3600 if you have any questions.
From the Tolland Town Council:
The Tolland Town Council is deeply saddened by the passing of David Ridzon, a Laborer in the Department of Public Works, a friend to his co-workers, and husband and father to his family. We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to his wife Kim and to his children, and we grieve with them in their loss.
Dave was fatally injured yesterday as he was patching potholes, one of the essential services he performed during his nine years of working in our community. His efforts were vital in keeping our roads in repair and free of ice and snow. We have often remarked that Tolland enjoys a level of road repair and maintenance unlike any surrounding town, and Dave was an important part of sustaining this high level of service.
As we drive through town, we will be reminded of his dedicated efforts for years to come even as those who knew Dave are grieving his passing. It will be hard to see the efforts of our Department of Public Works and not wonder if we’re witnessing his handiwork. And as we ride, walk or drive through town, we have no doubt that we will realize that he died as he served our community, and we will see these efforts in a different, more-appreciative light.
The Council will honor Dave at our Tuesday, March 24th meeting with a moment of silence dedicated to him and to his memory.
Our prayers are for Dave, for his family, for his friends, co-workers and neighbors. Though we cannot lift the burden or share the load with them as they mourn, we pray for peace and comfort for all who knew him and are saddened by this tragic event.
The Town Council of Tolland, Connecticut
This is a Letter to the Editor sent into the Journal Inquirer and published March 10th from our former State Rep. of the 53rd Assembly District, and current Executive Director of the Connecticut Farm Service Agency Bryan Hurlburt:
Trade Promotion Authority
In rural communities, hard work is a way of life. You put in long hours, day in and day out, and, with the help of innovative technology, good weather, and a little luck, you reap what you sow. Your hard work contributes to a rural economy that is one of the world’s strongest.
Whether you’re a farmer and rancher, small-business owner, or an employee at a rural business, you make products in high demand here at home and abroad.
America’s farmers and ranchers, for example, exported a record $152.5 billion worth of products to other countries last year. Thanks to past trade agreements that have lowered barriers, aggressive monitoring and enforcement, and targeted promotion programs to get our products in foreign markets, the past six years have been the strongest in history for U.S. agricultural trade.
Trade Promotion Authority allows America to speak with one voice on trade. Congress sets the parameters for negotiations by the president and his team, and they can vote down the deal if they don’t like it and don’t think it is consistent with Congress’ instructions.
With TPA, everyone has a say, but ultimately, new trade agreements are passed to the benefit of every American. Whether it is sending more beef to Japan; poultry to Vietnam; or fruits and vegetables to the growing Asian market, all rural businesses stand to benefit from new and expanded trade agreements that will come as a result of TPA.
The impact of expanded exports reaches even deeper into rural communities. With expanded sales, rural businesses create new American jobs up and down the supply chain. Agricultural exports support more than 1 million jobs here at home, a substantial part of the 11.3 million American jobs supported by exports overall. With more money in their pockets, rural business owners not only hire new workers, they spend more at local businesses, strengthening rural economies and supporting communities where more people want to live and work.
To stay ahead of the game in international trade, actively negotiate new agreements that ensure American products can compete on a level playing field, and continue the momentum of our rural communities, rural businesses need TPA.
This tool has been put in place for Democrat and Republican presidents alike and it allows the administration to show a united front when negotiating with other countries and get the best deal for American farmers, ranchers, and workers.
Until Congress passes Trade Promotion Authority, they force us to stand still as other countries make agreements that leave out American businesses and hold back our rural communities.
The writer is executive director of the Connecticut Farm Service Agency.
Dear Friends and Valued Supporters:
We hope this finds you well and looking forward to Spring after such a trying winter. How lucky we are to call Tolland home, with the unwavering commitment from our Town Manager, Superintendent, Tolland Fire Department, Public Works and many other groups dedicated to providing us safety and comfort.
It feels like we just voted, but believe it or not, we are starting to gear up for the 2015 municipal elections. We will be working hard to identify insightful, hard-working candidates. Candidates who can win elections and provide the kind of leadership that will help see Tolland through any challenge while continuing to make Tolland the kind of place we are all proud to call home. There will be numerous volunteers working hard behind the scenes to make that happen making calls, writing letters, and going door-to-door.
One of the hard truths is that hard work and good ideals is not all it takes to get the job done. Having the funds to run an effective and positive campaign is the foundation of victory.
We will be planning several fundraising events throughout the year, but this appeal is the easiest and can be accomplished from the comfort of your own home. The best part: 100% of your donation goes toward the efforts of the Tolland Democrats!
Please consider donating whatever amount is reasonable for you. See our Contribute page and send it back to the address above.
$250- Blue Ribbon Patron
$100- One Hundred Dollar Club
$50- Gold Star Status
$25- Silver Circle
$__- any amount helps!
Thank you in advance for your contribution. We are working hard for our town everyday. Your contribution will help us do our job for you and all of Tolland. Additionally, please consider yourself cordially invited to our monthly meetings held the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at Hicks Municipal Building. You can also visit our Facebook page for information and upcoming events.
The Tolland Democratic Town Committee
Chair – Steve Jones; Vice Chair – Bob Rubino; Treasurer – Larry Gramling; Secretary, Audrey Gifford
Paid for by the Tolland Democratic Town Committee, Larry Gramling, Treasurer
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Council Chambers
- Call to Order
- Public Comment – Any Tolland resident wishing to ask a question, make a comment or put forward a suggestion may speak at this time. No business will be conducted for anyone until their issue appears on an agenda. Comments or questions concerning Public Hearing items will be accepted only during the Public Hearing.
- Public Hearing(s)
- 3.1 P&Z App. #847 – Scott & Heidi Morey – Request for a Zoning Regulation revision to allow veterinary hospitals without outside facilities as a Special Permit use in the Gateway Design District (GDD).
- 3.2 P&Z App. #844 – Town of Tolland – Proposed revisions to Section 17-2.B.1 of the Zoning Regulations for clarification of detached garage setbacks on Collector Roads.
- 3.3 P&Z App. #846 – Tolland Economic Development Commission – Request for Zoning Regulation revisions to Section 16-7 “Drive-through Service” and to allow Drive-through Service at Restaurants in the Gateway Design District subject to conditions.
- Public Hearing(s) Action
- 4.1 P&Z App. #847 – Scott & Heidi Morey – Request for a Zoning Regulation revision to allow veterinary hospitals without outside facilities as a Special Permit use in the Gateway Design District (GDD). Take action on Public Hearing item.
- 4.2 P&Z App. #844 – Town of Tolland – Proposed revisions to Section 17-2.B.1 of the Zoning Regulations for clarification of detached garage setbacks on Collector Roads. Take action on Public Hearing item.
- 4.3 P&Z App. #846 – Tolland Economic Development Commission – Request for Zoning Regulation revisions to Section 16-7 “Drive-through Service” and to allow Drive-through Service at Restaurants in the Gateway Design District subject to conditions. Take action on Public Hearing item.
- Other Agenda Items
5.1 P&Z App. #441 – Midwood Quarry – Review Annual Map Submission. Location: Mt. Spring andOld Post Roads
5.2 Budget – Review budget and Statistical pages
- Approval of Minutes – Approve minutes of December 8, 2014.
- Liaison Reports
7.1 CRCOG Report – Sue Errickson
- Town Staff Comment
- Communications and Petitions from Commission Members
10. Public Participation 11. Adjournment
NOTE: ALL PUBLIC BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY 11:00 p.m. UNLESS WAIVED BY A VOTE OF THE COMMISSION.
The Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing and Business Meeting will be held in the Hicks Memorial Municipal Center, 6th Floor Council Chambers, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT commencing at 7:30 p.m. Any party needing an accommodation please contact the Development Group at 860-871-3601.