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Edelson to Discuss Environmental Initiatives at Monthly Meeting

Southbury First Selectman to address environmental initiatives at monthly lunch meeting today.

Bring your lunch, and your questions!

Southbury First Selectman Edelson will host a "brown bag lunch" this afternoon to discuss environmental initiatives with interested town residents.

Edelson has conducted the monthly meetings since January to give an opportunity for residents to engage in an open conversation about their town.

“This is just one more way to continue the ongoing dialogue with the residents of Southbury about issues that concern them or questions they may have,” Edelson has said. “Some people are more inclined to use technology to keep in touch through social media, but this is an opportunity to meet face to face – rather than Facebook to Facebook – to talk about things that are of interest to all of us."

If residents would like to participate in today’s “Brown Bag Lunch”, they are encouraged to bring a lunch and take a place at the large table in Room 205B of Southbury Town Hall  from 12 - 1 p.m.

F. Pielmeier May 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Southbury uses synthetic chemicals on its municipal properties, some may be possible cancer causing chemicals. I have raised this serious problem many times with the town, however, the town refuses to address these concerns. Is this one of Ed's environmental initiatives, to use dangerous chemicals? Additionally, Ed recently called on the need for the ordinary citizen to comply with town ordinances. It seems to me that the town needs to comply with town ordinances! At one town property, the IWC required that the town use a 100% all-organic turf control method as a requirement for the town to fill in the wetlands located on the town and deeded Open Space for a special interest group desiring to use the property in a manner that violates the town's Open Space ordinance. That legally required obligation, to use a 100% organic plan, was and continues to be ignored by the town. What is the sense in legal duties and ordinances when the town ignores them for its own conveniences or the conveniences of special interest groups, yet expects the rest of us to dutifully comply with town ordinances? I would like Ed to address these serious problems at todays "brown bag" lunch!
Long Time Resident May 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Mr. P, Southbury is an old Native American word meaning "Do as we say, not as we do!"
Pgmr9 May 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM
and you NEVER EVER use dish soap,toilet bowl cleaners,oven cleaners,laundry soap,bug spray etc.etc. that contains chemicals harmful to health and land, is this what you are saying
Long Time Resident May 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Of course everyone uses those products. The difference is quantity and location that the town is using them, as in 4 town owned parks: Ballantine, Ewald, Settlers and Seman which are alongside or have drainage into the Pomperaug River! That river empties into Lake Zoar which flows into the Housatonic which flows into Long Island Sound. In contrast, I use organic fertilizers and solutions, which go into my septic tank which is emptied into a truck, not a waterway.
carol renza May 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
It's most unfortunate that Edelson doesn't take as much interest in correcting the flawed purchasing policy and loopholes as he does in the environment. We just spent over $370,000 on two dump trucks (only one bid received since the bid was published in the LOCAL papers which do not reach anyone other than locals). He refuses to task employees and department heads with hall picking up the phone to call other vendors to determine if our price is competitive - even though he was furnished vendors and contact numbers in Hartford--one being the state bid for trucks. He finds bidding 'burdensome' while we spend hundreds of thousands on capital equipment without competitive price quotations. Edelson was elected with a mandate for change. All we got was a Facebook page, a Twitter account and his using the town website to defend himself, when he's not running around tackling environmental issues, trying to buy more land and taking pictures of everything under the sun. What we got is 'Davis Lite' .

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