Push to Force Town Vote on Dollar Tree Falls Short

The drive to get 5 percent of Windsor electors to sign a petition against a proposed tax abatement for Dollar Tree has fallen short by just 9 signatures.

Windsor Town Manager Peter Souza announced Monday evening that residents' push to force a special town meeting and town vote on a tax abatement for Dollar Tree, Inc. has fallen short.

Residents submitted a petition with 1,075 signatures to the Town Clerk last week, 110 more than the 965 required to force a special meeting and vote with the opportunity to overturn the Town Council's decision to approve a 40-percent tax abatement for Dollar Tree; however, the Town Clerk's office was only able to verify 956 of the signatures obtained.

The petition came up just nine signatures shy.

Accordingly, the April 7 special meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at Sage Park Middle School has been cancelled, and a special town meeting will not be held.

Town Clerk Agnes Pier said signatures can fail to be verified for a number of reasons, including illegibility and failure to be registered as an elector.

Catherine & Dennis April 28, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Malvi, that sounds almost constitutional...of the people, by the people and for the people that does not appear to be what happens here in Windsor. Nevertheless, those that were told they could not be counted can vote on the budget -I hope they show them now. There were others that were indeed registered voters that were discounted and they too were very angry they were not counted. Bottom line 1,077 residents of Windsor were upset over the abatement. I will revisit them prior to the budget vote and prior to elections to remind them they now have their say loud and clear. The fact that the Town Council just disregarded the wishes of so many speaks loud and clear. More people need to become involved to stop this egotistical bunch and remind them they work for us not the other way around. Just wait for increases in tax for upgrading the roads destroyed by Dollar Tree trucks, landfills being filled with the recalled junk, lower home values therefore lower taxes paid by those affected. It is totally ridiculous to pay a Fortune 500 company to come to a site that has the perfect location for them, one they wanted in the first place. They have little to offer to us once you take out what they will cost us. The jobs offer nothing to people to better themselves, the wage stinks and benefits are routinely taken away when forcing people to parttime status for vacation etc. Get over your egos and do the right thing before it is too late. Vote no to this company coming in here!
Catherine & Dennis May 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
The Town Attorney with the conflict signed off on it. Then once the conflict was mentioned has since removed himself. Interesting huh?
Catherine & Dennis May 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM
You are not allowed to comment by the oath of office? Al???????
Catherine & Dennis May 03, 2012 at 10:46 PM
WC -watch the last meeting. The company KNOWS it is being conveyed polluted land. They cherry picked what they sent in (see cross examination...2 samples taken,one turned in..) See how they only tested for chlordane and dieldren. What about the amount of the by-products arsenic? The tests were ordered for what they wanted, not what is there. The company paid for the results. I dont feel good about that at all. They will put up air monitors and monitor once a week. The ones that didnt do full testing? Come on!! They said they would take the highest levels of the chlordane and dieldren and move it to the area under the building...that is 250ft from my home. They say it will take 9 weeks to do this. 9 weeks we will be exposed. We asked the DEEP director if he even came to the site, he said he saw an arial photo. The 'facts' are paid for by the hired 'experts' for Dollar Tree. The DEEP guy is paid by the Governor that wants the 200 count. There is nothing that is factual at all. Welcome to Corrupticut and it's first town Windsor.
WindsorRocks May 09, 2012 at 10:38 PM


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