To the Editor:
I would like to thank our bi-partisan Board of Selectmen for publishing the facts about the sale of 19 acres of the South Park property to the esteemed Aspetuck Land Trust. I and my family appreciate the truth from our elected officials, rather than a leaflet full of what-ifs and wild assumptions from fringe groups.
Republican Selectman Kristi Sogofsky: “Contrary to what some may say about splitting the parcel, the state cannot require the town to put affordable housing on the remaining property under CT General Statute 8-30g…Do not confuse the proposed sale to Aspetuck Land Trust with discussions about potential options to increase affordable housing units in town. They are two separate issues.”
Democratic Selectman Bob Lessler: “ Let me be clear — there is no proposal to develop this site for affordable housing…Don’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good.”
Democratic First Selectman Dave Bindelglass: “…the people of Easton can act now to insure the first 19 acres of this beautiful property will be preserved and cared for forever. Eastonites will also continue to have control over any future sale of the remaining land.”
And this, from Rocky Sullivan, Chair of the Easton Parks and Recreation Commission, who stated at the 4/25/22 Town Meeting that he does not think the town has the expertise or funds to adequately maintain and care for its open spaces: “If we really want to protect that land, we should put it in the care of the best people suited to care for it.”
We will be voting YES for this sale on May 3, and for the other items on the ballot. And we will continue to vote YES for positive ways to support our beautiful town.