DTC Voter Registration Drive Continues Thursday, Saturday
The Democratic Town Committee’s voter registration drive is continuing this week after last week’s efforts netted over 100 new registrations in the canvassing of neighborhoods and signing up of new voters.
Town Committee members and volunteers are invited to join the August voter registration drive. If you can volunteer please go to Democratic Headquarters, 19 Bassett Street, to get instruction, voter list and locations.
This week’s schedule includes Thursday, August 14, 5 to 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 16, 3:30 pm after the Soulfood Fest.
Thank you to the volunteers and the DTC voter registration committee members Isabelita Cancel, Willie Justiniano, Tom Shields and Don DeFronzo for the drive that will continue through the October deadline.
CAMPAIGN “DIET” EVENTS
Black Dems’ Soul Food Fest, Saturday, August 16th At Spottswood Church
The Black Democratic Club will hold its annual Soulfood Fest on Saturday, August 16th from noon to 3 pm at Spottswood AME Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane (off Alexander Road).
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and other state and local elected officials are expected to attend the event.
The menu includes traditional Southern cuisine from the grill with Macaroni & Cheese, Collard Greens, String Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Corn Bread, cakes, pies and (if you’re lucky) Emma Pierce’s Peach Cobbler.
There is a $15 pp donation with proceeds going to the Black Democratic Club.
Backyard barbeque for Row B Democrats Is Saturday, August 30th, 3-6
The Democratic Town Committee will hold a Backyard barbeque in support of the Democratic slate on Saturday, August 30th from 3 to 6 pm.
The event will be held at the home of State Rep. Peter Tercyak (26), 150 Belridge Road.
Donations are $20 pp in support of voter registration and Get Out The Vote Activities.
Thanks to Rep. Tercyak and his family for hosting the event. For reservations and information call 860-505-8901.
CITY HALL WATCH: Council Meets Wednesday, August 13th
Controversial Sale of Watershed on Common Council Agenda Wednesday
The proposed sale of watershed property to the Town of Southington — opposed by residents who testified at a July hearing — is on the New Britain City Council agenda at Wednesday August 13th meeting of the Common Council.
Mayor Erin Stewart and Republicans, who last year falsely charged that the O’Brien Administration was planning to sell off New Britain’s watershed, are pushing strongly for a $1.2 million sale of the Patton Brook Well to Southington.
The move would break with the city’s longstanding policy of retaining valuable watershed assets in exchange for a one-time shot of revenue proposed at $1.2 million and may open the gates to similar sales of public assets as the city remains mired in borrowing and deficits and a property tax increase of 11% this year.
The Board of Water Commissioners reportedly approved the deal but the Stewart appointed board was not unanimous with only three members present and one of those Stewart-appointed members abstaining. Public testimony at the Council committee hearing was unanimously against the sale.
In July the Democratic Town Committee adopted a unanimous resolution opposing the sale of watershed to Southington.
Stated Rep. Rick Lopes (24) in a recent letter to the editor: “The idea that Southington refuses to renew the lease for the well because they no longer need it does not hold water when it is followed up by their offer to buy and renovate it for millions of dollars. If the town really does not need the well, then why would they buy it from us? Obviously the well is part of their long-term water sustainability plan and they see great financial savings though purchasing the asset instead of leasing it indefinitely. Water and access to water will always remain a valuable asset. The city of New Britain had the foresight to purchase property with access to water all over the state and these water rights remain among our most valuable assets. Giving up wells and reservoirs are short-term fixes that will only cost the city in the long run.”
Public participation begins at 7 p.m. for the regular Common Council meeting in the Council chambers at City Hall.
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