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Bristol economic projects leave citizens un-stimulated

On March 8, 2011, the Bristol City Council focused on investments in the city to stimulate the economy and job growth. Members of the community felt the actions were bad business and took money away from the tax paying community.

Bristol resident Stephen Butler had something to say on how the city was wasting money in projects he called “unnecessary and poor spending.”

Butler held a piece of paper with a list of his major concerns. At the top of the list was the city’s $9,500 repair to a book drop outside a church that had been ruined by the series of winter storm last month. Butler said if the book drop was up on crates the water rot would have never happened and that it was of poor design. “Now that’s coming out of my taxpayer money,” Butler said.

Another item was the construction of subsidized housing for lower income families in the Downtown Bristol area. Butler couldn’t see the cost benefit and claimed that Bristol had enough low income developments and it didn’t seem to be doing anything beneficial for the city.

“Build more apartments? In this part of town? I would never live down here.”

John Rudnick, an Iran War veteran and long-time resident of Bristol stepped up to the podium to oppose a recycling transfer station located very close to his property at 685 Lake Avenue. Both Butler and Rudnick apposed the recycling center’s presence in the city and didn’t appreciate the $25 increase for each additional bulk collection on top of the $145/year recycling tax fee. “I can’t spend anymore!” stated Butler.

Rudnick turned his attention to the Liberty Realty, the owners of the land the recycling center is built on. He claimed that Liberty wasn’t licensed to operate in Conn. The council seemed familiar with his concerns about this. “We would, again, direct you to speak with the zoning board about that,” said Chairman of the Council and Bristol Mayor Arthur Ward. Rudnick feared that his concerns may not me heard because he wasn’t a resident that had a lot of “clout” in the city, but said he would attend the meeting anyway.

Both Rudnick and Butler weren’t present for some of the line items that were to follow including two economic development grants to the DuPont Systems on Halcyon Drive, and HRF Fastener Systems in Farmington.

The grant to DuPont System was approved for $40,000 and proposed by the Board of Finance. The grant was approved for the “economic development” of the city. DuPont also receive $25,000 in new funding grants, and $15,000 in reprogramming funds.

An “economic development” grant for $30,000 was also approved for the relocation of the HRF Fastener Systems Co. from 111 Brickyard Rd. in Farmington to 70 Horizon Dr., Bristol.

The Board of Finance or City Council didn’t elaborate on the projected cost benefit of either projects, but it’s implicit that the grants may be related to a series of federal dollars that were given to the states for various economic stimulation projects.

The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for March 14 at the Bristol Public Library. Governor John Malloy will be holding a series of Town Hall meetings to discuss job growth and unemployment in the City Council Chambers.

~ Jaymi Harrison

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