To the editor:
It appears a lot of time and effort is being put into beautifying Southington. They have town officials walking to make sure there aren’t any weeds in the sidewalks downtown, but at the same time, they are creating an eyesore and destroying a beautiful pristine field at Hatton School by installing two football fields of large structural solar panels.
Why the hurry to try to push through this without proper zoning and environmental impact studies? We are all quite sure that if any of the Town Council members that voted for this had these panels in their back yard, they would be against putting them up.
Mr. Hatton left the land to the town for the children of Hatton School and others to enjoy and use. Let’s not destroy this land. There are alternate sites to consider.
The town wants to buy $2 million of open space. They could designate the field behind Hatton as open space and let the children and others enjoy the field as Mr. Hatton wanted it used for.
Green energy is great, but I doubt it will save us the money they claim when we buy the power from them. Also, when it becomes obsolete…then what?
To quote Joni Mitchell, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
Lets all get together and fight for saving Hatton School field. It could be your backyard next.
Deb Milewski, Southington