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O’Neill Recognized for Conservation of Southbury Training School Farmland

L-R Tom Crider, head of the Southbury Land Trust, Rep. Arthur O'Neill, Senator Rob Kane, and Commissioner Steve Reviczky as he accepts the 2014 Special Conservation Project Award on behalf of all four.
L-R Tom Crider, head of the Southbury Land Trust, Rep. Arthur O'Neill, Senator Rob Kane, and Commissioner Steve Reviczky as he accepts the 2014 Special Conservation Project Award on behalf of all four.

Representative Arthur J. O’Neill (R-69) was recognized by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council which awarded him their 2014 Special Conservation Project Award for his work on permanently preserving 825 acres of state-owned prime farmland at the Southbury Training School, ensuring its continued use as viable farmland engaged in agricultural use.  The award was presented during a ceremony on Saturday, March 15th at Wesleyan University in Middletown. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Land Conservation Council alongside several people who worked tirelessly to achieve the preservation of this parcel of land at the Southbury Training School,” said O’Neill.  “This capped a long effort on my part to achieve preservation of the largest section of this farmland since I first got Governor Weicker to agree to a preservation plan in 1992.  There have been many people involved in that process along the way and I thank them all.”

O’Neill was recognized alongside Tom Crider, President of the Southbury Land Trust; State Senator Rob Kane; Steven Reviczky, Commissioner of the CT Department of Agriculture; Ed Edelson, Southbury First Selectman; and Governor Dannel P. Malloy for their work on the project.  During the acceptance speech, Commissioner Reviczky commended Representative O’Neill for his many years of continued efforts during the various phases of the preservation plan for this prime farmland.   

The new law preserving the Southbury Training School land, Public Act 13-90, An Act Concerning the Preservation of Farmland at the Southbury Training School, became effective upon the governor’s signature.

carol renza March 25, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Arthur's efforts on behalf of Southbury for very many years appreciated. We applaud his well deserved recognition! Carol and Richard Renza
Jeffrey Manville March 26, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Arthur has always looked out for the people he represents. Well deserved. Thanks.
John March 26, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Don't know Mr. O'Neill but I have never heard a negative word said about him. Thanks much Arthur!
Jeffrey Manville March 26, 2014 at 04:12 PM
John. I would invite you and others to look at his face book for sure. I believe he is having meeting at town hall SOUTHBURY for people to meet him. I know that when the cell tower in the Purchase was steam rolling in people met with him. I believe Arthur found a solution they are working on. The people were able to get an extension on the time for the siting council to make a decision. You should take the time to meet him.
John Trenam April 02, 2014 at 07:20 PM
I haven't lived in this area long but I have only heard good stuff about Rep O'Neill and he seems to have senior positions in many House committees. We are lucky to have him and I really like what he has done for land conservation.

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