Letter: Reader gives his side of the Hatton Meadow story

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To the editor:

Several recent articles have been penned by elected Southington officials trying to justify their failure to hold a public hearing on the Hatton Solar panels that affect an entire neighborhood. They even sent a parade of speakers to the recent Town Council meeting…and for what purpose?

How can any adult who believes in democracy actually stand up and support denying town residents a public hearing?

Another writer recently declared the Hatton Meadow a “vacant lot” … using the 1950s term that is as outdated as his knowledge of ecosystems and the environment. I’d suggest that writer needs a high school level course in Ecology 101.

And The Planning and Zoning Committee? Another writer declared how the PZC was open to “input” from town residents in regards to the Solar Panels. However, the writer failed to tell you that the commission merely rubber-stamped the proposal and “allowed” a few of us to speak briefly at one meeting.

Why bother with a messy public hearing? In fact, the FOI documents that I personally reviewed indicated that some members of the commission wanted to visit an actual solar array of a similar two acre size in another residential area in Connecticut. Unfortunately, there are no such arrays located anywhere in Connecticut in residential areas.

So…no trip, but that didn’t stop the commission from approving the project…only Steve Leggett had the courage to vote “no.”

Much has also been written about the ‘big savings”… but we didn’t get the best offer, nor did the town consider multiple bids fairly…and leaving many to wonder why Cheshire, New Britain, Rocky Hill, and Avon recently chose Solar City over Greenskies…

Richard Panek, Southington

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