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SADDLE RIDGE UPDATE

When: Thursday December 5, 2019 @ 11 AM.
Where: Hartford Judicial District, 95 Washington St
Why: It is important to show Judge Berger that Easton residents care enough about the safety of the public drinking water supply to drive up to Hartford and observe the proceedings!

 

🚗 Please contact us if you want to share a ride!

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👋 The motion to re-argue has, of course, resulted in *additional attorney’s fees*. We would appreciate any contribution you can make to our efforts in opposing Saddle Ridge.

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If you would like to pay by check, please mail to:

Citizens for Easton
PO Box 151

Easton, CT  06612

Thank you! Hope to see you there!

EASTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS TRYON’S 1777 BURNING OF DANBURY

Tryon’s 1777 Burning of Danbury & the Battle of Ridgefield

Tryon's Raid 1777

 

Please join us in the main conference room at the Easton Public Library on Morehouse Road in Easton on Sunday, October 27th at 4:00 PM for a presentation by Ed Hynes on the 1777 Raid on Danbury and the subsequent Battle of Ridgefield. April of 1777 saw the only British forces pass through what is today’s Easton on their way to capture the Continental Armies storehouses in Danbury. Learn about the march and the confrontations between the opposing forces. Admission is free, however donations to the Historical Society of Easton are most appreciated

SADDLE RIDGE

PRESS RELEASE                                                                     OCTOBER 5, 2019

  The Connecticut State Superior Court in Hartford ruled Thursday that a cluster housing application known as Saddle Ridge, or Easton Crossing, be remanded back to Easton’s Planning and Zoning Commission because it failed to require an assessment by Easton’s Conservation Commission when it approved the application.

In the 32-page memorandum, the Court ruled that Easton’s Planning and Zoning Commission was in violation of various statutes when it approved the 2016 application for 30 single family homes and 18 duplexes. Consequently, the Court held Planning and Zoning must “refer the application to [Conservation] for consideration as discussed herein.”

The decision was a victory for Citizens for Easton, whose corollary organization, Coalition to Save Easton, has battled Saddle Ridge’s various cluster housing applications over the past decade. Those were not only in violation of Easton’s long-standing zoning laws, but if successful, would have posed an immediate threat to the public watershed.

In a statement, the CFE board said, “We thank the Court for its careful consideration of this vitally important matter, and are gratified that the court also agreed that P&Z had acted illegally when it approved the application without first requiring Saddle Ridge to make the required application to Conservation. Easton’s Conservation Commission is specifically charged to appraise any application’s impact on the watershed. We continue to believe this application, if successful, will have a profoundly deleterious effect on the public watershed. Moreover, it will set the precedent for other developments of this scale and impact.

“Since CFE and CSE first challenged this assault on the wetlands over a decade ago, we have maintained that any application which potentially threatens the wetlands is a matter of public health. Easton has a unique role in Fairfield County, as steward of a resource that serves over half a million people. We will continue to pursue an outcome consistent with that mandate.”

The Court, however, did not agree with CFE and CSE, that the septic systems as proposed by the developer would be in direct violation of Easton’s ordinance against community septic systems, referring to letters from Easton’s public health officer and director.

Therefore, the Court ruled that our appeal of the application “is remanded in part and denied in part.”

In a statement, the CFE board said, “We’re disappointed that the Court did not rule in our favor on this matter, but we continue to believe that the septic systems as proposed would be in direct violation of ordinance barring community septic systems.

Notwithstanding this victory, CFE has found it necessary to move to reargue two parts of the decision. First, we are asking that the court reconsider its decision that the septic systems as proposed do not violate the ordinance because the court, in ruling as it did, accepted the opinion of a state official which cannot override the town ordinance. Second, we are asking that the court reconsider its instruction to have P&Z refer the application to Conservation because we believe that the court should have just granted our appeal.

“Once again, to restate our position, which has not wavered since we first took up this fight: This application seeks to overturn any number of long standing measures that were put in place to preserve the watershed and the reservoirs. It has sought to undercut those by throwing smokescreens over them, with intent to confuse and obfuscate. Their proposed multi-dwelling septic system proposals are but one example. Easton’s Planning & Zoning Commission regrettably has been duped. CFE/CSE has not. We will continue to pursue this matter as well. “

 

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EXHIBIT TO HONOR THE SENIOR FAMILY’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO EASTON, INCLUDING THE CREATION OF OUR RESERVOIRS  BY SAMUEL SENIOR; WHICH NOW PROVIDE SAFE DRINKING WATER TO OVER 600,000 RESIDENTS OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY IN 14  TOWNS 

2019 Radio Interview

Citizens for Easton’s Vice-President William Kupinse and Lucas  Carreno – Co-owner of J&L Orchids were interviewed on the award-winning ‘For the People’, produced by John Voket!

Thank you John and all participating radio stations for the feature/mention!

Make sure to mark your calendars for the CFE Farm Tour Aug 10th 10am-2pm!

Please click on the link below to hear the interview.

http://www.wplr.com/for-the-people/

Interview regarding the farm tour concludes at time stamp 21:35

 

11th Annual Citizens for Easton Farm Tour

FARM TOUR IS SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH!!!

This year’s celebration of Easton’s farms will take place on Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 2pm. The self-guided tour of Easton farms will begin at Samuel Staples Elementary School Pavilion, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton, Connecticut,  to receive a map –  the map serves as your event pass, which lists all participating farms,  and activity locations.

The farm tour is free, but you need the map to obtain entrance to certain events and be eligible to receive free goodies.

At the Pavilion we will have food trucks, a field for games orchestrated by our very own Joel from the ECC, Dunk a Cop, Master Gardeners, Master Composters, a free prize drawing which includes many donations from Easton’s farms and businesses. There will also be representatives from the Pollinator Pathway Project, who will provide informational materials regarding the pathway from the Hudson to the Housatonic and how to have your property become a part of it!

The day will include many family-oriented activities including tastings, Easton Garden Club and Easton Historical Society events, antique farm tool exhibits, and games. Families can visit a petting zoo and tour greenhouses.  Easton Garden Club volunteers will provide lessons and fun for children.  Everyone will be able to sample Easton grown and harvested veggies and fresh fruits and learn about beekeeping, gardening and composting. Throughout the day there will be food and entertainment and old-time fun and games.  Opportunities to learn about “growing your own” and composting will be at the Master Gardener and Master Composter booths.  

The Adams Schoolhouse will be open from 10-2 with information on the history of the 1850 schoolhouse and early American schooling in Easton’s farming community.  On display will be a 1963- 35-star flag from the HSE flag collection. The Bradley-Hubbell Barn will also be open from 10-2, with Harry Audley’s farm tool collection; hands on demonstrations of several tools will be available.  

 “Mabel”, Dick Grieser’s 1953 Allis-Chalmers tractor,  was repainted in 2017 as a HSE project. Mabel sits at the intersection of Center Road and Route 136, a reminder to all of our farming heritage.

Citizens for Easton, is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Easton’s land, air, water and rural character. For more information check out: www.citizensforeaston.org